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A perfect end to an absolutely beautiful Northern Michigan day at the creek this evening feeding the sluice. I did sing a bear song on the way out this time because it was well dark by the time I was heading back to my truck! I figured if a woods cop was waiting at my truck to give me a ticket he would be laughing his ass off by the time I got there. I was digging around the big rock in the first picture, and I did get a few fly poops and one really nice chunky bit. The chunky one looks fresh................

Then it dawned on me as I was looking at all the round rocks and black sand eroding from the banks I am probably prospecting at the source of the glacier Gold in this creek when I should be looking for where the little specks of Gold are going.

Back to the drawing board! It sure is fun though!

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Tried out my new bionic arms at the beach today! Probably the first time since 2017 I got to run my metal detector hard for a couple hours without being in constant pain. It was pretty wavy but the day was beautiful and the water is warm.

Managed some coins. 2 silver rings and this sweet diamond studded 14k clunker. A nice $217 stroll in the lake!

Thanks for looking! You too Smooth!

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Tried out my new bionic arms at the beach today! Probably the first time since 2017 I got to run my metal detector hard for a couple hours without being in constant pain. It was pretty wavy but the day was beautiful and the water is warm.

Managed some coins. 2 silver rings and this sweet diamond studded 14k clunker. A nice $217 stroll in the lake!

Thanks for looking! You too Smooth!

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About damn time, I was tempted to escape the BS in MN and come up there with my magic wand and see if I couldn't find some of Iron's treasure.
 

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... fyi... my metal-detector is just sitting corroding in the basement, since in France it's quasi-illegal to use one - VERBOTEN for "historical relics" (coins INCLUDED), and forbidden on most beaches and river-beds...
You CAN run one on somebody's private property with his permission... but your "finds" had better be "very recent" - and must be DECLARED and what the government doesn't take shared with the property owner.

I do have a little pan (for the rivers where it isn't "regulated or forbidden"), but I've NEVER found even one flake...

Don't even think of bringing a "sluice-box" or a "vacuum pump"...
 
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Check out this guys contraption he set up in his garage to water purify the gold containing sand he wishes to wash away. This is a really cool set up.

I have tried to upload pics for this but can't even upload a small pic without the system telling me it's too big to display. BS.

What gives, mods?
 
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Tried out my new bionic arms at the beach today! Probably the first time since 2017 I got to run my metal detector hard for a couple hours without being in constant pain. It was pretty wavy but the day was beautiful and the water is warm.

Managed some coins. 2 silver rings and this sweet diamond studded 14k clunker. A nice $217 stroll in the lake!

Thanks for looking! You too Smooth!

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Check out this guys contraption he set up in his garage to water purify the gold containing sand he wishes to wash away. This is a really cool set up.

I have tried to upload pics for this but can't even upload a small pic.

What gives, mods?

in my history of posting pics, the ones in your phone are TOO BIG TO UPLOAD

so you upload them to your computer, open them in "Paint", and "resize" to 30% (& even "crop" them and/or add "text"), "save as jpg" in "pictures", then they will post as "insert image"
insert image GIM2.jpg
(3 per post)... and not overflow the screen
 
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Check out this guys contraption he set up in his garage to water purify the gold containing sand he wishes to wash away. This is a really cool set up.

I have tried to upload pics for this but can't even upload a small pic.

What gives, mods?
Is it the Gold drop system?

 

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Just tried again. It tells me that a 350k size pic is too big.
 

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in my history of posting pics, the ones in your phone are TOO BIG TO UPLOAD

so you upload them to your computer, open them in "Paint", and "resize" to 30% (& even "crop" them and/or add "text"), "save as jpg" in "pictures", then they will post as "insert image" View attachment 221584 (3 per post)... and not overflow the screen
Already resized the pics to suitable size. Done this many times and normally it works.

They still won't load.
 

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Halving it down worked. But this has changed.

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Perseverence...

What's missing is "superposing text" (in Paint, again) to explain what we're looking at...
 

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What you're looking at is water swerving circular around a circuit in a pan that lifts the lighter rocks depositing them over the circular dump into a secondary sluice and leaves the heavier material in both places. You adjust water pressure to increase or decrease swerving pressure until you have nothing left but the heaviest rocks. This works great for tiny material and you have to screen down to a certain size before placing in the pan
 

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What you're looking at is water swerving circular around a circuit in a pan that lifts the lighter rocks depositing them over the circular dump into a secondary sluice and leaves the heavier material in both places. You adjust water pressure to increase or decrease swerving pressure until you have nothing left but the heaviest rocks. This works great for tiny material and you have to screen down to a certain size before placing in the pan

Seems to me that "thin flakes & dust" could be "shoved out" with this process, being "pushed" by the rotating water, notwithstanding their "relative weight"...
 

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And that's probably why there is a secondary sluice in the system before the water recirculates. Waters not rotating there, it's pure weight.
 

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This would be easier than a stick or a sluice.

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Perseverence...

What's missing is "superposing text" (in Paint, again) to explain what we're looking at...
That's a blue bowl concentrator.
For Fine gold recovery.
 

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Not really as fun as your guys, but I get paid to do it. Nice haul today(new building to me). While working, I look on roofs and in units for silver brazing rods. These are 15% silver. Also found a nice little sterling earing in the parking lot.

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Went to the beach this morning, gorgeous day with small roller waves and great bikini scenery!

Didn't find shit. Enjoyed it anyway!

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Went to the beach this morning, gorgeous day with small roller waves and great bikini scenery!

Didn't find shit. Enjoyed it anyway!

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Got me thinking... Tried the nudist beaches? - Because they take EVERYTHING off, right?... so it's somewhere in the sand...
 

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Hit the creek for a couple hours after dinner, it was cool and quiet out in the woods. Found a few specks of Gold too!
I got a big 50L backpack that holds all my prospecting stuff except of course the buckets and shovel, it's really nice.
Holds a small cooler too! Cold beer @ the creek!


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Hit the creek for a couple hours after dinner, it was cool and quiet out in the woods. Found a few specks of Gold too!
I got a big 50L backpack that holds all my prospecting stuff except of course the buckets and shovel, it's really nice.
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Got some great Gold at clay bottom creek yesterday but I forgot my camera. I did get a couple pics on my phone so I'll see if Mrs Irons can email them to me and I can post them here. It's so freaking hot and humid we didn't go up to the cabin this weekend, I didn't feel like trying to air condition 2 houses when it's 100 frickin' degrees. There is way more specks of Gold in this creek than the one I have been prospecting up north, but the specks are much smaller.

Prospecting clay bottom creek involves a hike down a ravine and then some brush busting to get to the creek. The mosquito's were attacking in clouds and working in that heat did me in. I wanted to go back in today but feck that, it was 93 degrees and climbing by 10:30 AM.

If this was easy every fool would be doing it.

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I got pictures! Not the best but they'll do. I ran both sluices because this is clay and once classified it is really dense and feeds through the sluice pretty slowly, even in fast water. This way I could sit on my camp chair behind them and feed one then the other as the first cleared. That worked really well and both sluices fit in my backpack so it wasn't to big a boo humping them both back in there. Both sluices worked extremely well catching tiny flour Gold. I'm really impressed with my equipment, zero complaints here.

The last pic shows my Keene extra deep classifier full of the material I get in clay bottom creek. I scrape the gravel off the clay at the bottom of depressions in the creek bottom and there's always Gold in it. There's no reason to dig into or break up the clay because the Gold doesn't penetrate it much.


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I got pictures! Not the best but they'll do. I ran both sluices because this is clay and once classified it is really dense and feeds through the sluice pretty slowly, even in fast water. This way I could sit on my camp chair behind them and feed one then the other as the first cleared. That worked really well and both sluices fit in my backpack so it wasn't to big a boo humping them both back in there. Both sluices worked extremely well catching tiny flour Gold. I'm really impressed with my equipment, zero complaints here.

The last pic shows my Keene extra deep classifier full of the material I get in clay bottom creek. I scrape the gravel off the clay at the bottom of depressions in the creek bottom and there's always Gold in it. There's no reason to dig into or break up the clay because the Gold doesn't penetrate it much.


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(Standing in creek shouting into speaker phone...) " Hey Iron's! Hey man....wese tryin' to replimcate that there sloose-a-ma-bobber thingy soes wese can git that there shiney barmabaric relic-y stuff too....anywho, juss wonderin' iffins da camo'z necessary or any print do? Cuz we ain't done found nothin' usin' momma's plaid padded Goodwill hand me down and Frankie says its cuz we d'in use da camo like u says..."