Silver Refining

Did you know that you can find many ways to collect old silver and refine it in order to create silver bullion for sale or investment? Many people have heard of using Aqua Regia solution to refine gold, but I bet you didn’t know that you could use a similar process to refine silver. The great thing about silver refining is that it is much easier to find old and leftover silver since it is used in many forms of wiring and circuitry. In fact, silver is one of the most conductive metals which means that it is likely going to be found in many more places than you would expect. If you’ve got a collection of silver that you want to refine or maybe you know where you can find some, then read this guide and learn how you can start the process of silver refining for fun and/or profit.

Silver refining is much easier to do than gold; you simply need to get in touch with some nitric acid, which easily melts silver down so that you can remove the impurities. You will probably want to do this outside, because the fumes from nitric acid can be dangerous. You will need a metal bucket and approximately 150 ml of nitric acid for every ounce of silver. Make sure that you have a bucket large enough to hold 3 times more liquid, as the reaction from the metal and acid will cause the mixture to bubble and you do not want it to overflow.

If you have a lot of silver then you will want to try and melt it down before hand so that you can cover as much surface area with the acid as possible. Once you have melted down all the silver and placed it in the bucket, wait for the bubbling to stop and then pour out the acid into another bucket, being careful not to pour any solid out with it. For every 40 oz of silver dissolved, pour 1 ounce of silver precipitant crystals into the acid and wait for the solid mixture to separate itself to the bottom. This will be your silver.

Give the mixture approximately 30 minutes to finish and then pour out and dispose of the acid, making sure to dispose of it properly. Rinse the silver mud with water and a drop or two of ammonia until the mixture is completely clean and clear of acid. At this point, your silver refining is complete and you will have a form of pure silver bullion that you can either sell or have molded into silver bars.

Silver refining can be a great way to make some extra money or create a profitable hobby. You can find silver in a lot of circuit boards and electrical wiring and if you have access to it, then you can make a weekly profit silver refining. You can also do this for others and make a little bit of money on the side. If you don’t have a lot of money to invest in silver, then this is a great way to get started.


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