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Post  Wombat on Fri Jan 06, 2012 5:15 pm

I picked these specimen nuggets up a few days ago and I have treated them in the normal way, 1st. putting them in Hydrochloric Acid for about 5 days ( the biggest one had a lot of iron stone stains on it) then into Alibrite for another 2 days. But I wanted to get the quartz really white so I tried a full strength bleach, and I found out that Domestos, Hospital Grade, Bleach works well, (can be bought at most super markets). I only left them in for 8 hrs and the Quartz turned a lot whiter and clean. I think if you left it in longer you may even get a better results. The big one went 1.7gms, next size 0.3gms, small did not register (these are total weights)

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So if you have any spessy's and you want to try and get the quartz that little bit whiter try Domestos or any other strong bleach cleaner.

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Post  Guest on Fri Jan 06, 2012 6:53 pm

Hi Wombat,
They look really nice.
It seems they were all one bigger stone in previous life.
Love the specimens but have not dig one out yet Sad
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Post  Jigalong on Fri Jan 06, 2012 7:01 pm

That's a good tip about the bleach, Wombat. I will have to try it as the gold looks twice as good against white quartz.
Thanks,
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Post  mariner3800 on Fri Jan 06, 2012 7:53 pm

Hey Wombat,

Niiicccee GOLD and thanks for the tips on how to clean it in the quartz. I have a few I will have to clean up. Hope they come out half as good as yours??.

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Post  Guest on Fri Jan 06, 2012 9:02 pm

good stuff wombat Very Happy
cheers dave

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Post  Hey presto on Fri Jan 06, 2012 9:07 pm

Hello Wombat

Nice job, advice and good gold. Do you have any before photos?
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Post  Wombat on Fri Jan 06, 2012 9:20 pm

Sorry Presto "NO" I should have but I was thinking on how to get a better clean up when I got the idea of using bleach and that was after I already had them in the acid. If I get another specy I'll do a before and after photo's.
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Post  pilbarachad on Fri Jan 06, 2012 11:04 pm

Hey guys,

Not sure if you are aware or not, but chlorine based products such as bleaches and domestos will react with gold so be careful. Below is a link about the effects of chlorine on gold leaf, a simple google search will turn up more info.

http://www.ehow.com/facts_6809702_effect-chlorine-gold-leaf.html

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Post  flyspecks on Fri Jan 06, 2012 11:17 pm

very nice pieces there wombat..... good tip for my next specky Smile
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Post  Guest on Fri Jan 06, 2012 11:59 pm

Proofs in the pudding, Nice job Wombat.
An old geologist friend stated in very harsh headings "If your gold isn't clean" Don't even think about using merc?

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