I thought I would pass on some valuable information to you. Did you know you can sell you silver scraps? When I make jewelry, I throw all of my bits and pieces of silver wire into a bowl. When it gets filled up, I mail it off to Rio Grande and they pay me for the scraps. Last time I mailed off my scrap silver, I got over 200.00! They melt it down and use it to make sheet or wire, so it can be any size or amount. I learned this in my metalsmithing classes in college, we even saved our silver dust to sell back. Rio Grande is not the only company that buys scrap, most of the larger companies that sell silver wire will buy back the scraps.
Happy New Year!