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    depends what it is alloyed with if its pure silver it will not take long mabey over night if alloyed with arsenic antimony or others mabey longer or not at all depends on composition and how much silver is actually there if at all.
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    Thanks for the info. I put a piece in a bowl with and egg and we'll see what happens.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rgb1 View Post
    take a small piece put in the presence of sulphur a raw egg will do if silver it will turn black good luck rgb1
    Silver Sulfate?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken S. View Post
    Plenty of places I'd rather be . Like the place a guy I was fishing with told me a story of a vein of some sort of soft metal that ran across a creek. Said it was about 2 - 6"s thick but wouldn't melt at lead melting temps when he tried to make sinkers out off it . Said it had a shine like lead or silver looking, but could NOT melt it to pour sinkers out of . He did bring me a piece of it about 2 1/2" square. it weighs almost 3 lbs. still not sure what metal it is but it does shine like silver.
    Soft metal makes me think of aluminum or lead with that color. I don't think silver would be soft....zinc maybe?
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    Ken,

    Yes that is the map is, similar to hers but hers had a close up by streams and such. This one shows a lot of mine possibilities ..thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by KY Hiker View Post
    Soft metal makes me think of aluminum or lead with that color. I don't think silver would be soft....zinc maybe?
    I think it's to heavy to be aluminum, but I might be wrong it won't melt at lead melting temps so that rules that out . He and I both tried melting it to make sinkers for fishing. So I'm not sure what it is. Thought about calling the jewelry store and see if they could tell me anything.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken S. View Post
    I think it's to heavy to be aluminum, but I might be wrong it won't melt at lead melting temps so that rules that out . He and I both tried melting it to make sinkers for fishing. So I'm not sure what it is. Thought about calling the jewelry store and see if they could tell me anything.
    I might be wrong here but I do not think naturally occurring silver would be "shiny". I think it would have a layer of oxidation on it from being exposed to the elements over time. (Think tarnish) I have never found any silver or silver ore out in the wild so, like I said, I really don't know. Best of luck to you with your tests. I hope it turns very black very fast if that means it is pure silver.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PirateLabs View Post
    I might be wrong here but I do not think naturally occurring silver would be "shiny". I think it would have a layer of oxidation on it from being exposed to the elements over time. (Think tarnish) I have never found any silver or silver ore out in the wild so, like I said, I really don't know. Best of luck to you with your tests. I hope it turns very black very fast if that means it is pure silver.

    Bill
    It had a brownish/black layer on the outside except where he had cut it off. I took a stainless wire brush to it and shined it up though.

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    By the metal being soft reminds me that it could be pure white gold. But since you said it had tarnish except where it was cut, most likely silver.
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    Ok not aluminum !!! Aluminum when heated to a melting point with a cutting torch will pop this doesn't. Wish I'd paid more attention in science class .
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    You need to take a picture of it and post it here. If it were magnesium and you took a torch to it you would have had a major problem LOL. I'm still thinking zinc. It oxidizes too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KY Hiker View Post
    You need to take a picture of it and post it here. If it were magnesium and you took a torch to it you would have had a major problem LOL. I'm still thinking zinc. It oxidizes too.
    Not really I considered that before I decided to do the heat test.
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    Zinc melts at around 780-790F lead is a little lower around 620-625F.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zinc

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lead

    Remember silver can be found in either of these deposits.
    Last edited by KY Hiker; Oct 09, 2018 at 12:23 PM.
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    Well I've made a decision, If it's worth anything I can sell it , if it isn't worth anything I can use it to patch the holes in the fender of my Chevy !!! lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken S. View Post
    Well I've made a decision, If it's worth anything I can sell it , if it isn't worth anything I can use it to patch the holes in the fender of my Chevy !!! lol
    Natural bondo deposit?

 

 
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