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  1. #16

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    Clay .. you must live in the bible belt dude .
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    Quote Originally Posted by Customx_12 View Post
    Are you always such a condescending delight? Of course, the irony is you say physics wins over advertising and every physics site I've visited says gold is attracted to a static charge. Perhaps a simple Google search before attempting to insult others would be beneficial. Otherwise, you come across as the one who doesn't know what you're talking about. You wouldn't want that now, would you?
    Stop being disrespectful and argumentive. Go try your idea in the real world...or not. Then report back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KevinInColorado View Post
    Stop being disrespectful and argumentive. Go try your idea in the real world...or not. Then report back.
    I think you should reread the thread, Kevin, to see who was being disrespectful and argumentative.
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    Take a balloon and rub it on you head to build up a good static charge then stick it in your cons and you will see it does not work --- if it did you would see guys with lots of balloons in the gulches(do they sell camo balloons).
    Weight and gravity is how a drywasher works. Keene makes a nice drywasher and the hot air I can see working but I'm not sold on the static charge.
    Mike
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    Damn, I just bought a gross of balloons! You hear of guys finding platinum occassionaly while dredging or MDind, but I haven't heard of anyone finding any drywashing. Could just be location.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bodfish Mike View Post
    Take a balloon and rub it on you head to build up a good static charge then stick it in your cons and you will see it does not work --- if it did you would see guys with lots of balloons in the gulches(do they sell camo balloons).
    Weight and gravity is how a drywasher works. Keene makes a nice drywasher and the hot air I can see working but I'm not sold on the static charge.
    Mike
    Actually, I think I have seen camo balloons for sale somewhere. I think the idea behind the static charge is that it uses the weight of the heavies in conjunction with the static primarily for the fine dust pieces of gold. Where I'm at is mostly fine gold and not the fun chunky stuff.

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    I have to agree with Kevin in Colorado on trying your idea and reporting back.

    I had an argument/debate with a member some time ago on a thread called ; gold is magnetic ; or something like that. That member was hung up on the idea of using electrets and diamagnetism for gold recovery. If your experimenting try looking into those areas of research. But take that thread, if you read it, with a healthy dose of research on your own.
    Everyone Believes they have gold buried in the back yard... small wonder so few ever look for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DDancer View Post
    I have to agree with Kevin in Colorado on trying your idea and reporting back.

    I had an argument/debate with a member some time ago on a thread called ; gold is magnetic ; or something like that. That member was hung up on the idea of using electrets and diamagnetism for gold recovery. If your experimenting try looking into those areas of research. But take that thread, if you read it, with a healthy dose of research on your own.
    While I appreciate the encouragement to try my idea, I'm not sure what idea people are referring to. I didn't propose an idea. I was asking if people thought platinum would be attracted to a static charge as gold is. Instead, I have people telling me gold isn't attracted to a static charge which contradicts the research I have done and what physics says. So that makes me more confused.

    Can some of you check the fabric on your drywasher and tell me if there is one sheet or two. If two, from what I've read elsewhere, the purpose is to have two pieces rub together for a static charge that helps with fine gold recovery. If not two, again from what I've read, you may be blowing out some of the fines.

    I had one person here tell me they haven't recovered any platinum in their drywasher. What about others of you? Any platinum recovered?

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    Since Platinum is heavier than gold I'm sure your drywasher would catch it if it's in the ground.
    Good luck, I hope it goes well
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    Have you done any research as to who is willing to buy what you may find? If you find platinum nuggets then that shouldn't be a problem (collectors) but if you have just concentrated fines then it probably will be unless you have a large quantity of it. Native platinum is always naturally alloyed with other metals/contaminants and thus it requires a complicated process to refine it to a usable purity that is then marketed for industrial or jewelry usage.

    Good luck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by arizau View Post
    Have you done any research as to who is willing to buy what you may find? If you find platinum nuggets then that shouldn't be a problem (collectors) but if you have just concentrated fines then it probably will be unless you have a large quantity of it. Native platinum is always naturally alloyed with other metals/contaminants and thus it requires a complicated process to refine it to a usable purity.

    Good luck.
    I'm finding out about the refining process and actually found a place that does it and buys it off of you (for a generous fee, of course). We have a lot of it. When we had the land assayed in numerous locations, the assayer sent his machine out to get recalibrated because he thought something was wrong with it because it tested for so much. He got the machine back and retested our samples and was so excited at how much registered, he wrote "WOW!!" and drew fireworks all over the assay report. Certainly not the most professional thing to do but his enthusiasm was motivating.

    We thought about trying to refine it ourselves but it seems super complex with a lot of dangerous chemicals involved. Something I don't feel comfortable messing around with.
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    Custom I can understand your confusion. Fine gold is attracted to static charges but so are a lot of things. Its just not considered a feasible recovery method. As to platinum I dont know of any reports on recovery of it with static's. So if you want to try it I'm sure we are all ears.

    Fine gold recovery from milled materials using flotation and various spiral pans/blue bowls are a preferred method and work with platinum as well.
    Last edited by DDancer; Mar 10, 2017 at 04:14 AM.
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    Customx look up triboelectric

    Get some leather. Platinum and gold run over it will stick to it.
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    I found this to be an interesting read...

    Selective attachment processes in ancient gold ore beneficiation
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