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A client brought me rock that had some crystal gold exposed. He asked me if I could remove some of the matrix rock and expose more of the crystals. Since I have a great microscope to work under and all the right tools to try this.... I said sure why not! This is painstaking miniature work, but it may pay off big time. My client did not want to do the HF normal treatment. Wish I would have taken a before picture.

I think I am now about 1/2 way done but will have to wait the owners opinion.

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WTG Steve....great work and beautiful gold...

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Reminds me of unearthing fossils from solid rock, do you use tools similar to dental tools? It looks like the gold coming out of there is really worth the effort. :brows:

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:thumbsupanim fine work as always but??????? makes no sense to me not to HF that piece??but not my gold-John

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I use dental tools and my high speed fordam tool with tiny dental burs......... HF treated stone leaves a telltale trace that it was treated with acid. My client wanted the piece to be free of acid and will be sold as such........ Also it is easier to be very selective on matrix removal while HF is harder to control......... It was an experiment and as soon as my client sees it today, I think he will judge it successful

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Steve what kind of magnifying glass do you use? Mine is a 10 power with a light on a swing

arm but I can't do much with just dental picks...I've always wondered what a piece like

yours would look like done the way your doing it...thanks for posting...

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I use a microscope....... 50X

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:stupidrb: Is it just me or does that look like a jaw fulla broken gold teeth??? :unsure: kudos on the work Steve, scopework and the manual dexterity to do things at a micro movement scale is ungodly tedious. No major scars showing,even under magnification :zapped: make ya blind staring that hard. John

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