Gus's Method for Processing Black Sand Concentrates (Conclusion)
(Fine gold recovery table showing color.)
Over time California placer miner "Gus" has developed his own unique method for recovering fine gold from black sand concentrates. In my previous post on this topic Gus outlined some of his approach to handling black sands...now here's more.
"Tried Them All"
"My next step in processing black sands evolved over many years. I've tried just about everything out there but now I use the 'Black Magic Fine Gold Recovery System.' This system is designed pretty much along the lines of a classic Miller Table except that it employs what appears to be a siliconized or 'sticky' rubber surface instead of slate."
Gold Panning Kits
"I'll digress a bit here and tell you that over the years I've tried them all...spiral wheels, Blue Bowl concentrators, Miller Tables, micro-sluices, and dozens of my own do-it-yourself designs. By the way, most of the latter ended up in the scrap pile."
"One Tablespoon at a Time"
"I like the 'Black Magic System' the best...hands down. It really shows you those minus-300 mesh particles of gold and you can easily suck those up with your snuffer bottle right off the rubberized surface without stopping the water flow or waiting for them to head to the other end. Keep in mind, however, that I'm loading the 'Black Magic' one tablespoon at a time."
(The "Black Magic Fine Gold Recovery System.")
"Anyway, you may be interested to know that there's an enormous amount of fine gold here in California's Motherlode country. Using the methods I've described, I've been able to retain much more fine gold weight overall and it all adds up to good money. In fact, I just sold three vials of this very fine gold which paid for a bathroom and kitchen remodel."
Two Links of Interest
There you have it. If you'd like to learn more about "Gus" and his prospecting and gold recovery methods (as well as small-scale mining in general), here are a couple of links of interest:
"Gus's" website: Gold Prospector's Network
Additionally, if you're interested in learnign more about the "Black Magic Fine Gold Recovery System" here's the link:
I want to thank "Gus" for his willingness to share his expertise and knowledge with all of us. My best to you "Gus!"
If you liked this post, you may want to read: "Gold Rushes of British Columbia (Part 1)"
(c) Jim Rocha (J.R.) 2013
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