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« on: April 07, 2019 08:23:00 PM »

Hullo!
I have a sterling silver traditional charm bracelet that I am giving a bit of an overhaul. Many people have gifted me charms over the years and unfortunately I have ended up with two practically identical charms. One given to me as one of the original charms on the bracelet by my aunt, and one sent later by my great aunt.

Since the great aunt who gave me the second one was very dear to me and has now passed away,  I don't want to simply replace the charm,  but would like to have it melted down and remade into a different shape to remember her by.
I've asked jewellers and etsy sellers and have looked into silversmiths, but I can't seem to find anyone who would be able to do this. Does anyone on this wide and wonderful community have any idea who I could contact?

I do realize it's an odd request and an overcomplication, but it's important to me.
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« Reply #1 on: April 08, 2019 08:39:02 AM »

I'm sorry.  I have no ideas for you.  Charm making is so specific, because it requires molds for the charms. 
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« Reply #2 on: April 12, 2019 02:20:25 PM »

Yeah, from my conversations with charm- sellers on etsy it seems that most designers send their things to be cast by an outside company, and therefore cannot do the smelting.

Thanks for the response though, I figure it can't hurt to ask!
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« Reply #3 on: July 29, 2019 09:38:41 AM »

Where are you at? I would look into finding someone or somewhere they teach wax casting. Is the charm silver? If you don't know anything about lost wax casting...it's making a shape in wax, cast it into plaster (that's what I remember doing anyway), and then pour molten metal into the cast. The wax disappears, while the metal solidifies.

If you can find a class, you might be better off taking the class yourself so you can go through the whole process. I actually learned this process in high school (a very very long time ago) and have a ring that my mom made using the process decades ago.

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« Reply #4 on: September 28, 2019 01:18:39 PM »

I have no suggestions for reshaping it, but how about...
Make earrings of the two charms
Put one on a chain for a necklace
Start a second bracelet or a charm necklace.  You can put more charms on a necklace and it's not so annoying to wear.  Or is that just me?
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« Reply #5 on: November 16, 2019 08:50:17 AM »

This place has a silver pot melter.
You might be able to contact the owner and see if he would like to do it for you.
Colorado High Grade Silver Studios
227 East Main ST
Montrose, Colorado 81401
https://www.coloradohighgrade.com/
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