sitting next to someone like this guy:
But like almost everything I learned about in cartoons, it isn't quite an accurate picture of what an ingot is. Or at least not the kind I can make at my workbench.
When the price of sterling hit $30 an ounce (an ounce!! I used to buy sterling for about $12 an ounce...and that was only a few years ago), I decided to look more seriously into reusing my silver scrap. I read up on what I would need to do and bought an ingot mold and rolling mill so I could start recycling my scrap into wire and sheet. They sat for a while with all of the December traveling and festivities, but today I got out the ingot mold and the acetylene torch and braved the frigid garage to see what I could do with them.
I picked out my scrap and coated the pieces with flux, then dropped them in my crucible.
I prepped the ingot mold to make wire (if I want to make sheet instead, I can turn the mold around, but that is for another day.) I read somewhere that I needed to heat the mold to make sure there was no condensation hanging around in it, so I did that before heating the scrap.
Once it was molten, I just poured it in the mold. Then I opened the clamp and used tongs to move the pieces to a dish of water to quench them. Much faster and easier than I thought!
If I had used more scrap, it would have given me more pieces of wire in the end...something to remember for next time. But not bad for a first run!
I suppose I could stack them in a cartoonish pyramid if I made enough, but the ingot mold I have creates round edges on the wire, so I'm pretty sure they would just roll all over the place.