color in the brazos river(north texas)

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    found a few flakes and a picker in the brazos river sunday just panned the top but plenty of black sand and a little color.(i didnt take any pics before i dumped it in the mercury, i forgot lol)
     
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    Congrats on the gold! Very good find, Beale.
     
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    :pconfused:Good for you, Gold is awesome, WTG:pconfused:
     
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    WTG.It's always nice to find that color.I found 5 little peices saturday here in MO and last night I found a big nugget - a brand new g'grandbaby!
     
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    Good deal hope you find the mother load congrats. Howard
     
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    Thanks yall.

    it may be worth taking a sluice out to the river next time because i dumped some mercury in the black sands that i panned and its getting pretty thick with good seperation so there is some of the good stuff in that sand.

    if any of you live close to mineral wells go do a little sampling because there should be plenty to make it worth your time.

    just look for the iron and clay layer with gravel and start working.
     
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    WELL,Congratulation's on you granddaughter Warsawdaddy,bet you are one proud Gramps,Hope the both are doing well.those grand kids are jewels aren't they..Creek
     
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    Congratulations on the finds, hope you're able to pull out more! I know it's dangerous to work with, but how exactly does the mercury thing work?
     
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    He is some Really good info on the subject


    Page 16 shows a set up like Beaks is using I think.

    http://www.artisanalmining.org/userfiles/file/Pg53-89Ch5GoldAmalgamation.pdf


    Yes Mercury is Toxic!

    If handled with some basic cares, It is no worse then most items under your kitchen sink! :rofl:

    If you have ever broken a Fluorescent Lamp in your house, you have Mercury contamination!
     
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    He is some Really good info on the subject


    Page 16 shows a set up like Beaks is using I think.

    http://www.artisanalmining.org/userfiles/file/Pg53-89Ch5GoldAmalgamation.pdf


    Yes Mercury is Toxic!

    If handled with some basic cares, It is no worse then most items under your kitchen sink! :rofl:

    If you have ever broken a Fluorescent Lamp in your house, you have Mercury contamination!
     
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    yes mercury can kill you and if you dont know what you are doing when working with mercury then just ask for some pointers from me or someone else that knows the score.

    dont burn off any ore or amalgam without using a retort to recover the mercury because the vapor will trash your body beyond your wildest dreams(i can tell you how to remove mercury from ore and reclaim for later use without killing yourself LOL) and always keep your mercury covered with a little water in a closed container (glass or plastic bottles work fine)
     
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    not much in the order of nuggets here in texas but there is plenty of flour and flakes if ya know where to look.
     
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    mercury bonds with gold, silver, copper, etc but will not bond with iron so all you have to do is load your cons into a tumbler or plastic water bottle and add mercury and get the shaking started until the mercury contacts all of the cons. (i always leave it for a couple of days and then remove the mercury which contains the pm's)

    the mercury will become thick and dull when it becomes "loaded"

    wear protective gloves and eye protection and if you have a spill just use a shop vac to suck it up (dont dump mercury in the trash, toilet,sink, etc.)

    i forgot to add that caustic soda is a plus for cleaning the mix while amalgamating.
     
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    HI

    What part of the brazos river did you go too , i just got back from there and we were right off the bridge . I noticed there is more sand there with very little black sand ? I just moved here from prescott az in the bradshaws i have found alot of gold ..
     
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    brazos gold

    where exactly did you go?

    do you live in the area?(if you do i may snag you sometime for some gold grubbin)

    what type of prospecting did you do (panning, sluice, dredge, highbanker)

    john
     
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    I live in Crowley and plan on making a micro suction dredge. Maybe we can meet up...
     
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    Brazos gold

    i have a 2 1/2 inch dredge (should be small enough)
    just send me your info and i will give you a call when i heal up and have enough time to get out and prospect.
    i sort of got stupid and messed up my back again so i have to chill on the heavy work for a while(cant even process the stuff i have right now)


    john
     
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    Thanks. PM at ya...
     
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    brazos gold

    Gonna be in Grandbury TX memorial day weekend and was wondering where I might get a little color. Thanks, Pat
     
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    brazos gold

    to the west and north of mineral wells texas in the brazos river is where i find color.

    the gold in the brazos is mostly fines but if you can read a river you will have no problem finding it, there are allot of garnet sands in the brazos if you find the pockets you will find the gold.

    be safe and watch out for snakes and pack out your trash.

    john
     

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