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#51

Heatho
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11 August 2013 09:10 pm

Hey thanks for the info Joe. Will have a look at the club website.


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#52

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11 August 2013 10:55 pm

The little clinker weighed in at .07g. Almost enough for retirement  tongue


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#53

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11 August 2013 11:25 pm

Nice stuff Matt, I've gotta get back down there, nice setting at GG, very pleasant.


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#54

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12 August 2013 07:57 pm

went to gg on saturday, met with mat magic man  and colin&lee, i come prepared with lousy diy seives, did cleanup sunday, panning seems to take longer than digging, very time consuming, this is what we got
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#55

joe
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12 August 2013 10:04 pm

charlie123 wrote:

did cleanup sunday, panning seems to take longer than digging, very time consuming,

Nice going Charlie, I got 2 sieves that I use "2mm and 5mm mesh" and two buckets . shovel dirt into 5mm sieve inside bucket #1 filled with water shake till all <5mm falls in the bucket, clear off larger stones and then 5mm sieve takes about 10seconds to concentrate all the heavies to the middle of the sieve follow by flipping sieve over and pick gems from centre. After bucket #1 is full with gravel smaller than 5mm take your second bucket and 2mm sieve follow the same process. Anything smaller than 2mm -run through cleanup sluice for yellow.

cheers,

#56

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13 August 2013 06:56 pm

thanks joe, basicly we used bunnings garden pot base wich was raised in the middle and didnt center the spinels so was like looking for needle in haystack, and we were a long way from the bridge so i decided to just quarter fill 2 buckets classified down to quarter inch, i may need to get more time at gym, my opinion is if your after sapphires pack yourself light with 2 seives, folding shovel, small crevesing tool and small hand shovel, test test test, then when good spot is found stay there throw the waste from all your 1/8 seives into bucket and at the end of the day take home couple of buckets with leftover from 1/8 seive, just in case there a little gold, pan it, i seem to get more tourmaline through panning than with sluice


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#57

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13 August 2013 08:06 pm

Not a bad haul for your first outing Charlie you'll only get better at it the more you go  wink

Look forward to seeing you out that way again soon mate

Matt that's a honking bit of gold for out that way I'll take that any day

Catch up soon dude

Cheers

Col

Last edited by Colin&Lee (13 August 2013 08:07 pm)


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#58

Heatho
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14 August 2013 09:29 am

Nice bunch of stones for a first go Charlie. What are the Greenish/Yellow stones guys?


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#59

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14 August 2013 12:53 pm

Looks like tourmaline heatho.. Being grabben gullen it's more than likely


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#60

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14 August 2013 02:25 pm

they are green tourmallline, but the led light does it no good


Walbanker, seives pans, pick, crowbar.  Full moon

#61

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14 August 2013 02:27 pm

I would not have half as much if it wernt for col & lee, they showed me where to look


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14 August 2013 03:43 pm

i will be going to gg this weekend with propa seives, the fever is on


Walbanker, seives pans, pick, crowbar.  Full moon

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14 August 2013 04:26 pm

Thanks guys, Tourmaline hmmm looks good to me, I'll most likely be there on Sunday with 2 mates having a scratch around. Yep we are addicted too after last visit. Just bought 2 new sets of sieves and a Garret panning kit.


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14 August 2013 05:41 pm

I am a wanna be fossicker and have been browsing this great forum for a couple of months now.  I would like to contribute to this subject of minerals and gems but as I have not  yet found any myself I would like to share with you some photos of gems and minerals which I have been collecting from National Geographic ROCKS Gems and Minerals books which I buy once a fortnight.  I will add the photos now and then as I get them.  I appreciate all the photos and stories that are posted here and I hope that my entries are not too boring for the experienced diggers here. 
The first photo is of a DESERT ROSE, it is a mineral structure that forms on the surface of the ground. It forms in hot, arid sandy places such as deserts.  Mostly they are formed from gypsum, which is precipitated out as bodies of water on the surface dry up.  As the crystals form they trap particiles of sand.  This specimen is from Mexico.
I find these books very interesting and enjoy handling the gems and minerals, it just makes me want to go out and find my own.

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Cheers Debra

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#65

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14 August 2013 07:44 pm

yes, good seives and a good pan makes all the difference, i met a guy from lapidary club and he was using I think a turbo pan with the spiral riffles, and that was fast, real fast, I dont even think he was using the seives to often either, incredible!


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#66

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28 August 2013 08:34 pm

ok this is the load of last weekend
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keeping in mind im still learning the river, every time i go i seem to do a little better than the last


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28 August 2013 11:15 pm

hey, anybody keen to head out to GG on Monday..looking to have a day off and try and find myself a fathers day pressie (albeit 1 day late!).
I have only been out a couple of times, with no real success..would be good to get an idea of where and what I should be concentrating on
would like to try a test run of the Ikea-banker, see what works and what needs changing.


its not dirt, son...its soil!

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#68

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01 September 2013 06:27 pm

Well I did get out for few hours today "Fathers Day" smile

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01 September 2013 07:00 pm

Very nice big fella,

You only keeping quarter inchers  wink with your giant sieve tongue ?

Col

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01 September 2013 09:27 pm

Very, very nice Joe. big_smile

I was gonna go there today too, smile

"B"


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01 September 2013 09:57 pm

Nice work Joe. My mate Joe and I went to Sapphire Bend today for a dig and got a few nice little ones. Was not much water there so brought home a tub full of semi washed gravel to go through. Pictured stones are what we picked out there. So I'm hoping the tub has quite a few in there, anyway was a nice day in the forest.

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#72

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01 September 2013 11:33 pm

Colin&Lee wrote:

Very nice big fella,

You only keeping quarter inchers  wink with your giant sieve tongue ?

Col

Thanks Col, yes mate had to introduce quarter inch seive after finding stuff like this in my waste.
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01 September 2013 11:34 pm

Gold689 wrote:

Very, very nice Joe. big_smile

I was gonna go there today too, smile

"B"

Cheers B, endless supply - mate

#74

joe
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01 September 2013 11:37 pm

Heatho wrote:

Nice work Joe. My mate Joe and I went to Sapphire Bend today for a dig and got a few nice little ones. Was not much water there so brought home a tub full of semi washed gravel to go through. Pictured stones are what we picked out there. So I'm hoping the tub has quite a few in there, anyway was a nice day in the forest.

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Nice blue color Heatho,  Sapphire Bend is on my list to visit mate smile If I have limited time after each flip I scoop the centre of heavies with my hand and throw it in a spare bucket for later.

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#75

Heatho
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02 September 2013 08:00 am

Cheers Joe, yeah it's a good spot to have a go, we were just in the main fossicking area yestereday. The wash layer is right on top in places so it's pretty easy digging, did not get a speck of gold though after a few test pans. Though there were a tiny Sapphire or 2 in pretty much every pan I did test.


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