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Author Topic: PANNING or SLUICING CLAY  (Read 9115 times)

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Offline XT18000

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« on: April 09, 2013, 10:41:22 AM »

  Here's a way to test for gold in clay;  dig it out and pile it up in rows along the bank of the creek and let it dry in the sun.

  When thoroughly dry, run it back through a sluice. You can do a pre-run test by taking a coffee can amount home and

  lay it out in an old cookie sheet or an old pizza pan in the oven to dry. When it's dry, take a chunk and lay it in your gold

 pan which is half full of water; just let it set there and watch it slowly decompose. It will disintegrate before your eyes.

  When you break it up to pan it, all that gooey, slimy feel is gone and you'll save all that fine gold you were loosing before,

  if there was any gold in it in the first place!

  It's also reported that if the clay only partially responds to pre-drying, trommel  it down to 30 mesh then when its fluidized,

  precipitate the clay by adding rock salt.

  This information came from an unknown source that I dug out of one of my files, never tried it myself ,never had the need,

  but if you have a clay problem it might be worth giving it a try.

  You might also want to check with your better half before you go sticking it in her oven !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Offline fraser river dan

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« Reply #1 on: April 10, 2013, 08:04:17 AM »
   Well never thought about drying out the clay.

 I have clay to one side of an old creek bed, i will have to try this method out.
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Offline ckd315

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« Reply #2 on: May 18, 2013, 12:33:05 AM »
Pretty keen insight to dry the clay first...

Definitely better to not dry it with the kitchen oven...

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« Reply #3 on: September 30, 2015, 01:52:39 AM »
 <_miner_>I have processed clay and I usually find nothing but it acts like a false bedrock and stops the gold from going any deeper , if I find clay I mine from the clay layer up that's where the gold is , I also test below the clay layer and heve not found any gold using that method yet !javascript:void(0);


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