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how can you tell if somthing is silver

 
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how can you tell if somthing is silver
I bought a small tray at a thrift store, the only marking was "Made in Japan". It was also heavily tarnished. It was also not magnetic at all.

I used a propane torch to melt it all down. Now I have a 10oz pool of silver colored metal, that can be polished to a shine.


How can I test it to see what material it is?
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12/03/2009 09:06 PM
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Re: how can you tell if somthing is silver
If it doesn't state sterling silver on it with a STAMP..its tin.
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Re: how can you tell if somthing is silver
If it doesn't state sterling silver on it with a STAMP..its tin.
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cool, thanks!
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Re: how can you tell if somthing is silver
also when I polish it my cloth that i use is black. It is about the size of my hand and very heavy.
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Re: how can you tell if somthing is silver
the following is plagerized from a random internet comment when I googled "How do I tell if something is silver"

One sure way to tell if something is silver is to use a little diluted bleach on the item. If it turns dark then it is silver. I have some silver ware that are silver. I discovered this when I accidentally placed them in dish water with bleach in it. By the way, the other pieces of silverware did not turn, only the silver pieces.
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Re: how can you tell if somthing is silver
the following is plagerized from a random internet comment when I googled "How do I tell if something is silver"

One sure way to tell if something is silver is to use a little diluted bleach on the item. If it turns dark then it is silver. I have some silver ware that are silver. I discovered this when I accidentally placed them in dish water with bleach in it. By the way, the other pieces of silverware did not turn, only the silver pieces.
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Thanks, I will try that soon.

I saw that one also, just wanted to see if there are any silverbugs here.
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12/03/2009 09:23 PM
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Re: how can you tell if somthing is silver
Place a magnet on it.

Doesn't stick it's silver.
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12/03/2009 09:24 PM
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Re: how can you tell if somthing is silver
Can your propane torch reach 1700 degrees fahrenheit?
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Re: how can you tell if somthing is silver
Place a magnet on it.

Doesn't stick it's silver.
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The magnet doesn't not stick.
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12/03/2009 09:31 PM
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Re: how can you tell if somthing is silver
The density of silver is 10.49 g/mL or 10.49 g/cm3.

So make a block one cubic cc, or measure displacement in a cylinder, weigh the silver and divide. if you get around 10.5
it's silver.

If you get 7.3 then it's tin.
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12/03/2009 09:34 PM
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Re: how can you tell if somthing is silver
If it doesn't state sterling silver on it with a STAMP..its tin.
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He melted it down. Too late.

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