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  1. #1

    Aug 2012
    Garrett Gold A/T
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    Gold stuck in Clay - hard clay

    I am relatively new to this but using my Garret I cam across several large pieces of gray clay that you would mistake for any other rock until you smash it with a hammer. It does not easily dissolve in water ( I found them in a river) .I broke open several pieces and found , what I think, is a fair amount of gold. Problem is getting it out. I used a classifier to try and free it but then I have about 1lb of now powdered clay and gold dust that I am trying to pan out but I still can not get it , the gold, free of the clay. Any suggestions of technique or tools I can use? I still have several chunks of clay to go through but I held of on grinding them down. Is there some chemical I can use to dissolve the clay and keep the gold? Thanks
    Hayduke.

  2. #2

    Nov 2007
    ,M.X.T.& Tesoro Tejon
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    dish soap
    M.X.T , Tesoro Tejon





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    us
    May 2009
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    Clay doesn't actually disolve it disintigrates.

    Mix some water with hydrogen peroxide or vinegar. DO NOT USE BOTH HYDROGEN PEROXIDE & VINEGAR!

    It will make it easier to get the gold
    Last edited by nickmarch; Aug 02, 2012 at 04:03 PM.
    Research is more important than detector but Positive Thinking & The Laws of Attraction Rule!
    Think Gold get Gold! Think canslaw get canslaw and other garbage!

  4. #4

    Aug 2012
    Garrett Gold A/T
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    1 times
    Prospecting
    Thanks. Just pour some dish soap and water into the mix and it will wash the clay away?

  5. #5

    Aug 2012
    Garrett Gold A/T
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    1 times
    Prospecting
    Quote Originally Posted by nickmarch View Post
    Clay doesn't actually disolve it disintigrates.

    Mix some water with hydrogen peroxide or vinegar. DO NOT USE BOTH HYDROGEN PEROXIDE & VINEGAR!

    It will make it easier to get the gold
    I have tried Peroxide ( it was only 3%) and it did bubble and fizz for a while and it did allow me to shake up the container and get some more of the garbage off of it but that took every bit of 5 days to accomplish to varying degrees of success. Do think a higher % H2O2 would do it better? What kind of vinegar? Thanks for your suggestion.

  6. #6
    us
    May 2009
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    A higher % would work better.

    White or red vinegar would work the same.

    How much clay do you have?

    Do you have anything such as a drill with a mixer to mix the crap out of it?

    Plain water & something to mix would break it up.

    "Clay Gone" works too! Search google & you will find it. Youtube has some videos showing how it works
    Research is more important than detector but Positive Thinking & The Laws of Attraction Rule!
    Think Gold get Gold! Think canslaw get canslaw and other garbage!

  7. #7

    Nov 2007
    ,M.X.T.& Tesoro Tejon
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    ...yes just add some to a pan of clay and work it with your hands,or put it in the bucket with water and let sit.Clay be gone is basically soap
    M.X.T , Tesoro Tejon





  8. #8

    Aug 2012
    Garrett Gold A/T
    6
    1 times
    Prospecting
    So the clay gone does work for the solids? Thank you again.

  9. #9

    Aug 2012
    Garrett Gold A/T
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    Going to try the soap right now. Thanks again.

  10. #10
    us
    May 2012
    Kent, Wa.
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    go to a hair salon and buy what they use to bleach hair, its peroxide.

  11. #11

    Aug 2012
    Garrett Gold A/T
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    1 times
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    Quote Originally Posted by phishisgroovin View Post
    go to a hair salon and buy what they use to bleach hair, its peroxide.
    I actually did do that because its 40% H2O2 but its also a bunch of other stuff to make it into a cream so now my gold nuggets and flakes have blonde highlights.
    calisdad likes this.

  12. #12
    us
    Jul 2012
    colfax, ca
    Garrett gtax 400
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    Ha!

 

 

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