Here's the start. Pile up a bunch of scrap on a kiln brick.
Don't worry about the floating junk, it's impurities that melt along with the silver. Later I file it off. Here are four blobs in various stages, two fresh and bumpy and two that have been through the rolling mill once or twice. You see the one on the right has cracks, I didn't anneal it enough and stressed the metal.
The big piece I cut into three sections and ran each through the rolling mill with a brass texture sheet, sandwiched between heavy paper.
I've been wanting to try some brass or bronze etching so I can make my own texture plates but these plates are so gorgeous and relatively cheap, it might not be worth the hassle. Except I'd love some script texture and if I could pick out the words that would be even better.
I LOVE my job.
Peace to you and yours.