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steve in so az
iconnumber posted 06-07-2000 01:55 PM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Over a long period of time I have taught silversmithing at a local HS. My students usually cannot afford the price of scrap silver for projects so they go through the thrift stores boxes of silverware and frequently find pieces. I'm sure some of you shudder at the thought of melting a piece but I just wanted to bring this up to show that there's still silver to be had. Steve in so az

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iconnumber posted 06-08-2000 09:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for June Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Silver has always been melted down and fashioned into newer, more fashionable things or to pay for war. Sometimes the pieces melted down are made into more beautiful things. In the case of your students, they are doing it to learn a long and honorable craft. I just hope they're not melting down any real treasures. Gee, I also wish I would have had silversmithing offered when I was in high school. Lucky kids!

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iconnumber posted 06-08-2000 10:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for wev     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A great and justly celebrated craft indeed; I'm just glad I got to the pair of Burrnett tablespoons I bought yesterday before the students did!

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iconnumber posted 06-09-2000 12:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for steve in so az     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Only a few times did a student bring in a valued object and I explained that it would be better to keep it and get something else that's expendable. Really rewarding for me to see them make items and, weeks later , still wearing them. Steve in so az

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