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Post  moredeep on Thu May 31, 2018 8:42 pm

Pinged this a couple of weeks ago.
Pretty little specimen approx 4cm high, not much gold in it, I did a S/G test on approx 1.2 to 1.5 gms of gold in it if i'm lucky.
definitely a keeper for the kitchen window sill/display/for the family to inherent. Shocked
It Keeps the gold juices flowing. Very Happy
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Post  deutran on Thu May 31, 2018 9:32 pm

That a nice find Moredeep good display speci.
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Post  moredeep on Thu May 31, 2018 9:46 pm

Thanks deutran,it's always tempting to get the mash out and smash it to smithereens!!! Laughing
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Post  Kon61gold on Thu May 31, 2018 10:18 pm

Might not have much gold in it, but a nice looking speci none the less. Well done moredeep. cheers

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Post  moredeep on Thu May 31, 2018 10:56 pm

Thanks kon,I've been looking for it's big brother but no luck yet.

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Post  Wombat on Fri Jun 01, 2018 8:24 am

Moredeep nice looking specie mate. If you give it an acid wash for a few days and then put it in a liquid bleach solution for about 6 to 8 hrs like Demestos Bleach that you can get at any supermarket. Then wash it of with dish wash detergent. It will come up as bright as anything. The bleach whitens the quartz and at the same time put a shine on the gold. I do it with all my quartz species and they come up great. This process will not harm your specie at all but will improve it's looks.
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Post  adrian ss on Fri Jun 01, 2018 8:57 am

Nice little speci. I guess you could run an ohm/continuity meter over the bits of gold and find out if they are all connected internally to each other. If they are and you dissolved the Qtz then you would end up with an interesting but very fragile speci.
I tried some rust remover from Bunnings and it cleaned up surface iron oxide on a couple of species quite well.
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Post  Axtyr on Fri Jun 01, 2018 12:44 pm

Moredeep, I agree with Wombat. Clean it up. The whiter and brighter the better that specimen will look. Beautiful piece.

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Post  moredeep on Fri Jun 01, 2018 5:20 pm

Thanks wombat and adrian,I didn't think of giving it a clean,i'll give it a go.
As to its connectivity ,I tried it with the ohm meter as you suggested and unfortunately they didn't connect.
I'm assuming wombat that the acid is just a basic hydrochloric acid from the hardware shop?
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Post  adrian ss on Fri Jun 01, 2018 7:54 pm

My suggestion is to stay well clear of acids unless you are totally aware of all handling procedures.
There are acids that will dissolve qtz but the risks involved in handling that stuff are not worth taking if you don't know what you are doing and you value your life.
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Post  moredeep on Fri Jun 01, 2018 8:36 pm

Thanks for the advice Adrian,if I do use hydrochloric it wont be in my shed ,had a mate do that and he rusted all his tools Laughing
Other acids are are no go area for me.
If I do give it a go I'll post the results.

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Post  Mike54 on Fri Jun 01, 2018 9:43 pm

G'day moredeep and welcome to the forum,
that's a very nice specie you found there.
I think the acid Wombat is talking about is Alibrite, which contains a small percentage of hydrofluoric acid which does dissolve Quartz.
As others have said, you need to be very careful when handling these types of acids.

Congrats on your nice find and thanks for sharing. T25

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Post  moredeep on Fri Jun 01, 2018 10:27 pm

Thanks mike,I'll be staying away with any thing that has the word "FLU" in it, nasty stuff.
might just polish it with my Colgate and trusty electric tooth brush.

Nice to be finally part of the forum

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Post  Wombat on Sat Jun 02, 2018 12:17 am

Hi again moredeep Yes the acid I was mentioning was hydrochloric. Follow the safety instruction on the container and you should be OK. I also use Alibrite on my species as well with no problems. It will only dissolve quartz if you leave it in the Alibrite for a very long time. Most times I leave mine in for about a week. But just check it every couple of days. Remember Safety First when handling acids. I've been using acids for many years in the Stainless Steel industry, so I know how to handle them.
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Post  moredeep on Sat Jun 02, 2018 11:13 am

Thanks wombat,I'll give it a go I reckon,I'm fairly safety conscious when it comes with these sorts of products,[err on the side of caution]
It'll be interesting to see the end results,and I'll try to avoid rusting my tools in the shed Laughing

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