learned a lot from talking to Tom Palermo of Palermo bikes for a few minutes today.
painters to check out:
each part of prepping a frame (BB, HT, ST) would be $25-30, or more depending on how much cutting is involved.
according to Tom's recollection, Roberts Oxygen's prices are:
$9/pound for 1/16" brass rod
$20/troy oz. for 56% silver coil
he said a troy oz. of silver outta do roughly 4 sets of lugs, so it sounds like 1 coil outta start me off well.
also, he said to try to run the silver from the front of the HT lugs to the back, that is from the front of the bike to the back.