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    Quote Originally Posted by Bonaro View Post
    Get a plastic concrete mixing tub and do all your work inside it to contain spills. Wear nitrile gloves and work in a well ventilated area.
    Hg will not go thru a coffee filter easily and the filter will tear if you force it. I use a patch of nylon fabric like from a tent or wind jacket. Lay the fabric in a jar, pour in some hg then wring it out. Any solids like gold will be strained out.
    Its messy, be prepared
    Be sure to post back with what you find
    Do Not Use Chamois!!! You Will Not be able to get all the micro mercury out of it and it will have to be disposed of as Hazardous Waste!
    I use "Rip-Stop" Nylon tent patching material. It is apx. 600mesh fine. You may be able to get some at a Fabric Store or at an Out Door Store as a tent patching kit.
    Like Bonaro says use Nitrile Gloves and a plastic container to catch the Little Itty Bitty Tiny Beads (is this clear?) of Hg. If your Hg is clean enough it will coalesce back together into one big blob. If it doesn't then you will need to reconstitute it by placing in a stainless steel container with Distilled water and Table Salt solution over it. Then hook up a battery to one side of the bowl and place a piece of 12ga electric wire striped for 1/4" into the pool of Hg. The Sodium in the solution will combine with the Hg and it will coalesce back together into one big blob. Google this procedure to get it right.

    When done place Hg into a Lab Grade Plastic container and put 1/2" of salt sol over it. This keeps the Hg from out gassing at Room temp, which it will do over time and contaminate the Air in a confined space. This will be a Low Grade contamination but over years you will get a dose like the old "Mad as a Hatter" saying! Hg was used to SET the Felt on the Hats they made.

    You will have to take the amalgam and Retort it to Evaporate the Hg in a Retort and it will leave you with Au,Ag,and ?? in the Sponge in the container. This is what you will take to a Refiner/Gold Buyer. I would recommend AAA in Portland, Or. as Jason knows what to do. You will be charged a refining fee. And a Hazmat fee if they even do this anymore.
    You may have to Melt the Dore into a Bar/Blob before they will take it. Ala Yukon Gold!!!

    You will Still have all the Hg as an Impure Product that can't be used for anything except amalgamating Au from you black sands.

    Do Not Burn the Hg off into the Air, even in an Open Area!!! When the Hg condenses back to Micro Droplets and fall to the ground in 20'+ you will have a Hazmat Situation on your hands, and if found out by the Powers That Be you will be charged a BIG Cleanup Fee.

    Your best bet with this Crap would be to find an Old Timer who has all the equipment to do this process and would be willing to Charge/Split the proceeds.

    If you want to Learn this for Yourself then I suggest you contact Action Mining in Sandy, Or. and either buy their literature or see if they will process this Crap for you!!!

    Sincerely
    Bill "Lost Adams"
    PS I used this stuff back in the '70's and '80's while I was Dredging to clean up my cons.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KevinInColorado View Post
    Nope.
    The stuff he was using he ran out on a slide to see the evaporation rate, but said the oxide buid up (from being filled with multiple metals) actually prevented it. I think he filmed it.. Of course that was probably only that particular circumstance.
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    rip a little piece off a cotton ball and stick in a small funnel. if any amalgam it will stick to the cotton.
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    GOLD FROM MERCURY !!!!!! Out Of Black Sand. ask Jeff Williams
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    Warning viewers are advised to lock all firearms up prior to watching this video.
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    All treasures found with permission on private property or on active mining claims.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IMAUDIGGER View Post
    Warning viewers are advised to lock all firearms up prior to watching this video.

    Come on now its not that bad he has many videos covering everything from panning to hard rock mining and everything in around and in between
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    Quote Originally Posted by IMAUDIGGER View Post
    Warning viewers are advised to lock all firearms up prior to watching this video.
    and no drinking, if you mix mercury, nitric and alcohol you get the ingredients to make cherry bombs.

    the web page Basement Chemistry for the Prospector
    was a good resource looks like it's no more, this is the web archive of that page.
    look under "All about Mercury" it's a good resource...
    https://web.archive.org/web/20160710...cftp/bcftp.htm
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    Quote Originally Posted by JosephT View Post
    Come on now its not that bad he has many videos covering everything from panning to hard rock mining and everything in around and in between
    No doubt there is great info, its the way its delivered that rubs me the wrong way.
    I wish one time hed try and tone it down a bit and see how that works.
    All treasures found with permission on private property or on active mining claims.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IMAUDIGGER View Post
    Warning viewers are advised to lock all firearms up prior to watching this video.
    yea, I don't waste ammo. So I will not watch Jeff Williams.

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    got tired of seeing a cool subject..clicking on it and having to stop about twenty seconds in..

    he is a smart guy. i just wish he made videos for grown ups too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IMAUDIGGER View Post
    No doubt there is great info, it’s the way it’s delivered that rubs me the wrong way.
    I wish one time he’d try and tone it down a bit and see how that works.
    I can see what you are saying but I see it as his way to attract newbies to the hobby as opposed to a boring video.
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    Jeff tried to be normal at first, if you look at his videos as a whole then by age you can see what I mean. He adapted to reach more audience, I don't think people realize how non existent and full of angry old old guys the gold prospecting world is. If you look at all the people providing content that is mining related on youtube you will see that Jeff blows everyone away. It takes years to build the fan base he has and he is living very comfortable now. I follow him and his wife on Instagram also and all they do is travel the world and enjoy thanks to his hard work. Check out the end of the video when he announces all his patrons, if every partreon listed gave just 1 dollar, thats thousands a month just from that. And then the youtube income, the private diggs.. He's basically retried and digs gold and has fun with his wife all day, I sure would like to be in that situation!
    Come check out my California Mother lode Adventures!---->https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4U...aqFXriPUONmEtw

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    Either way, the skit is annoying. Call me grumpy
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    Strain it through a chamois. DO NOT HEAT IT!!!! Liquid mercury is quite safe. One whiff of mercury vapor will kill you graveyard dead!!! That's a good find. Enough to gold mine the rest of your life if you are careful and us a retort or acid to work the amalgum. Two Toes and Jeff Williams both have videos on amalgamation. Store it safely. A 1 inch black pipe and 2 caps is best. It will not stick to steel or iron and if you drop the pipe, it won't break!!! It is always shipped in steel containers.
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