Use Of Precious Metal Headpins


Do most jewelry makers use sterling silver or gold-filled headpins?

It increases the cost so fast, especially when designing a cluster of stones.

Is there some way around this cost?

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use of preciooous metal headpins
by: Linda

If you mean how to use the material again, yes you can if there is enough to use it for something, like a jump fing or something.

But you can also save the material, keep it separated, you get more money that way, and turn it into cash from some of these reliable companies
that melt it down to reuse again.

Keep your silver-filled separated from the sterling, and Argentium. And of course keep the gold-filled separated.

You can get cash from copper and brass too.

by: Anonymous

I do save all my scraps and plan on selling it to one of those places.

If a sterling silver 1/2" headpin cost $.10, and you use 40 in a cluster = $4.00. Then, everything I read says to triple cost, so now you're looking at $12 sell price just for headpins. That's crazy!

I've started buying sterling silver online, but even then, it's only a little cheaper than bead stores.

I was just wondering if there is anyway to get that math equation down more.

I don't seem to have this problem with wire or jumprings -- just headpins.

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