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Monday, February 1st 2010

2:12 PM

I Do...Do You?


Hello Everyone!

A few weeks ago I wrote about some ways that can we survive our current economic situation. If you think about it, it’s a very important subject. If things keep going the way they are now none of us would be able to survive unless we tighten our belts. With that in mind I thought that it would be a good idea to talk a little more on the subject.

When I first began wirewrapping I had no idea what to do with my scrap metal. When I was finished making a piece I would take all of the scrap from the project and brush it into a garbage can. Each and every time that I did this all I could hear is money being flushed down the toilet. I did this for several years. Then I read online something that would change the way that I dealt with my scraps forever….recycling.  

Were you aware that you can sell your scrap metal? Obviously I wasn’t. However it’s true. All of the small scraps of wire that you end up with after you have finished a project can all be sold to either the company that you purchased it from, or a dealer who deals in recycling precious metals. The process is very simple and extremely rewarding. Here’s how.

I purchase my metal from Rio Grande (http://www.riogrande.com). As I am working on a piece I keep a separate container for all of my scraps. That’s extremely important. You don’t want to waste a lot of time separating all of your scrap before you send it off. Take my word for it, Rio won’t do it for you.  As I clip off wire I place it into the receptacle. When I get a few ounces I package it up and send it off to Rio. They make it really easy to return your scrap metal. They have a separate department that handles the entire transaction. When they receive it they process it and give me either a credit on my account or a check. In my case I always have them give me a credit because I earn more on deal. I think of it as a savings account for future projects.

Rio Grande is only one company that will accept scrap metal. If you do a little research on the internet you’ll find many companies that will take your scraps. Before you send any of your metal to one of the online recyclers make sure that you fully understand what you are getting into…read the fine print. There are a lot of “shady” people allowed to run around in this world and all of them are looking to steal a buck off of you.

This is just one way to recoup some of the costs involved in making jewelry. If you have a great tip that you would like to pass along on how you are saving in this bad economy please let us know. Email your tip to jim.mcintosh@macjewels.com and we’ll pass it along.

‘til next time,

Jim McIntosh  


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