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  1. 13 points
    Well, Jan 9th makes one year of nugget hunting for me. I've had a blast, learned a lot, and gotten myself in decent shape. If I live another 30 years, I just might be able to absorb something from my pile of geology books. I spend summers in Wa. State, but spend half my time up there wishing I was down south. Here's my haul for my first year. Wifey has claimed the largest specimen as her own. I have been informed it will be a pendant hanging around her neck. Makes up for all the flowers I never get her, I suppose! Thanks for all the good advice and entertaining stories you guys post. I've learned a lot, with a helluva lot more to go! Regards, Kyle
  2. 3 points
    Meteorite ring how to
  3. 2 points
    Jewelers saw, which basically a coping saw with metal cutting blade. https://www.bing.com/search?q=jewelers+saw&qs=AS&pq=jeweler"s+saw&sc=8-13&cvid=5CB8FED609D84BADAEC5E05F4549493C&FORM=QBRE&sp=1
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    Kyle: You will learn that certain geology/rocks/ground are more favorable to finding gold as you go along. BUT......I have also found gold in areas that I googled and once on the ground it looked like crap. Detected it anyways and found some gold. Guess what im trying to say is, dont get too focused on looking for a certain type of ground that you dont detect other areas. We dont know what happened mubzillion years ago on earth or what has eroded away in the not to distant past to make the ground look good or bad. Just keep at it and you will learn. P.S. if you get into a area with iron stone/green stone and rotten rusty quartz.....slow down and hunt. The ironstone may drive you nuts, but, GOLD RIDES AN IRON HORSE. Tom H.
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    I fabricated and welded the hanger bar for the folding wings. This will make more sense after I build the wings.
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    Like Mel Tillis said: Don't give me no plastic saddle! I want to feel that leather when I ride! Same thing for gold!
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    On the website that Skip posted the link to: https://bywindestal.com/crafted/custom-made-meteorite-rings/ The gentleman discusses at length the methods used to help prevent rust. The main concern is a nickel allergy however. In order to make stainless steel more rust resistant, a process called passivation is employed. The metal object is placed in a nitric acid solution for an hour or so. The nitric will dissolve the iron atoms at the surface only leaving the nickel and chromium behind. There by creating a 'stainless' skin on the surface. Just an FYI.
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    hardest material have machine is titanium, two small pump shafts with a 3/8-16 tread in end of each. had use a new tap on each one. glad me bid time and materials.
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    Luke it just so happens we have "Pinned" topic on doing the etching by Ruben Garcia who is an expert in the meteorite field and community and very knowledgeable in the etching process, just use extreme caution if you decide to do the etching because the acid/chemicals are very hazardous or get someone else to do the etching.
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    If the surface was 'skin-like', I would tend to agree. If you were to take a hazelnut and wrap it in one layer of gold leaf, would that be detectable? I don't know, that's my question. I do know that a bunch of tiny nuggets placed close together, do not act like a bigger target. Unless of course they are 'electrically' touching each other. The way I read the description was that the latex made a matrix that the gold particles were suspended in and there were even some air bubbles trapped. Based on that description, it seems unlikely to me that all the gold particles would be touching each other. Either way, it doesn't matter to me. It is interesting though. Why don't one of you guys buy one of these 'nuggets' so we can run some tests? Luke
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    This is the photo I meant to post of all of them.
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    I suspect the Eddy Current of the surface would be detectable. As Gold.
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    Thanks guys. It's been a fun trip so far. I enjoy a challenge, and this fits the bill, for sure! My goal for this year is to learn more about WHY I am hunting a particular spot. Right now I freely admit, there is more head scratching and hiking, than prospecting. I pick a wash from Google Earth, hope it's not full of too many tin cans, and dive in. Even a broken clock is right twice a day, and sometimes I find a piece of gold. Now, I just need more, and bigger, and more often... Sound familiar? Regards, Kyle
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    Very nice...congrats on your gold. Hope this year is even better. Tom H.
  15. 1 point
    Not bad for a first year.
  16. 1 point
    New update just got digital proofs today. They look good. My publisher and I just signed off on them 45 min. ago. He will get an email sent off to the printer in Korea letting them know proofs are good. Next week we pay the last part of the printing costs. I assume once they get the last part of payment they should be setting up the press with the plates to start printing. Here are five pages of digital proofs. I will let everyone know new news as soon as I get it. Thanks for your patience everyone.
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    Ya lol. I find weird stuff sometimes. I dont have any geologists or a university close to where I live the closest one is probably 4 hours away. So that kind of sucks.
  18. 1 point
    Nice gold !! A new coil can sure boost your confidence `eh
  19. 1 point
    So what about a recovery scoop and a pocket gold pan in one? I promised you that I would be giving you another surprise this week. I have always loved using a recovery scoop, but it sort of aggravated me that little pieces of gold would sometimes sneak out of the scoop when I was trying to sift dirt into my hand. This aggravation has been even more exacerbated by the introduction of machines like the Gold Monster that find such dinky pieces of gold that they can surf right on top of the dirt and be easily lost. I have always advocated that when you get the target into your scoop try to agitate the dirt so the heavy gold sinks to the bottom. Well what if there was a scoop made where the bottom of the scoop was recessed a little to make it a SPOT to catch the GOLD. A Gold SPOT, Or a "G" Spot? Then what if the scoop was designed with an incline that led to three riffles of three different heights? This way when you sift the dirt out into your hand, the riffles stop the heavy gold and hold it making it easier to recover? I designed the "G" Spot so the scoop is smooth on the bottom so you can shove it in your pocket and take it out with ease. I looked at gold pans and they always form the riffles by molding them into the pan by raising the riffles on the inside of the pan by indenting the molded material on the bottom of the pan. This just causes a weak spot, and leaves crevices for dirt to collect in. Like to crevice? Add a little water to the "G" Spot and you have a recovery treasure scoop and pocket gold pan all in one neat little package. I think the "G" Spot with these unique features will speed up target recovery and it's just fun to use.. I guess this is actually sort of a tease because I only have these 5 scoops. They are just the pre-production proto-types sent to me for approval. So what do you all think should I approve these to go into production? I vote yes! What do you think? Doc
  20. 1 point
    What does it appear to be composed of....rock, sand, glass or metal? An how and in what type of rock/soil was it found?
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