Although broken gold jewelry seems like a definite loss, you don’t always have to resort to paying exuberant prices to have it repaired, or selling it to a gold broker for a cheaper price than you paid. Instead, consider creating a new piece by recycling your broken gold jewelry with the guidance of the following summarized steps:
- 1. Design the Jewelry
The first step in creating any new piece of jewelry is to complete the conceptual design process. You can do this the old-fashioned way with a piece of paper, or the high-tech way using graphic design software. If you are new to jewelry making, it’s recommended that you start with a simple design the first time around to minimize the possibility of errors. In general, rings, bracelets, and necklaces are the easiest to make for beginners because they are created using castings, so you won’t need advanced jeweler saw/dremel skills.
- Create a Casting
Once you have an idea of what you want the new jewelry piece to look like, you can use rubber/wax casting kits to create your own custom mold. If you’re not yet confident enough to conceptualize and construct unique designs, you can skip the design and casting processes altogether by purchasing a premade mold and moving on to the final step.
- Melt Down the Gold and Pour It in the Mold
If you want to know how many karats the new piece will contain, you’ll need to have the gold appraised by a professional before melting it down. Once you’ve gathered your scraps of broken gold jewelry place them in a ceramic crucible and melt them down using an acetylene or butane torch. Be sure to utilize the necessary safety gear and equipment, including a welding coverall, gloves, and mask. Once melted, pour the gold into the mold/casting, and let it cool until it solidifies. Finally, remove the jewelry piece from the mold and inspect it for shape deformities and other defects. Of course, if the finished product is not satisfactory you can always melt it down and try again!
Logically speaking, if you don’t recycle your broken gold jewelry you’ll have to resort to selling scrap gold to a broker at a reduced price, so you might as well spend the extra money to purchase the casting, crucible, and welding equipment required to turn it into a new piece instead.