Did you know you can send your scrap sterling and PMC/Art Clay Silver to Rio Grande and get $$$ or credit?? Neither did I, and you can take cash or get higher percentage in store credit!
I have a small jar that I've been putting in bits of wire, tiny scraps of sterling sheet, etc...into for years..... With silver being high, I decided it was a good time to cash it in. I went on Google to look for a place and saw that Rio Grande has a scrap recycling program. They take sterling, as well as fired PMC, fine silver, gold, gold plate, palladium and platinum. I had a a bunch of really ugly PMC beads I made years ago at classes thru Shepardess. I as much as I wanted to love working with it, I have no talent for it. Seriously, my work was BAD!!!! I couldn't use 80% of the things I made with it and had a nice bag of that to send in as well. Well lemme tell you - all those TINY bits of wire really added up! I got store credit and was able to get myself this lovely new Pepe Dapping set!
I really wanted to get a new disc cutter, but they didn't have the one I REALLY wanted so new dapping punches it was. I've put my old and well loved smaller set on Etsy for cheap. I hope a new jewelry maker or metal worker will continue to use them for many more years to come. I need to get busy and put more into my destash shop. I have truly got lazy with it!
Other good news, I 'found' an airline voucher I got last year for getting bumped on a flight. I had TOTALLY forgotten about it! It was about to expire so I decided to use it to go to CHA in a couple of weeks! Now I just have to line up sleeping arrangements and I"m set LOL. So if any of your are going to be there, lemme know!