What to do with Black Sands?
Last Post 17 Aug 2015 10:14 PM by LEO LORENZ. 8 Replies.
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Benjamin CrainUser is Offline
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16 Aug 2015 07:56 PM

    I am curious of what people do with their Black Sands. I have heard of people smelting them for their minerals, I know people that pour them around their roses to make them big and red when they bloom, but I am curious what most people do?

    I myself collect them and then use a magnet to separate them and send the magnetic material to school teachers I know, but several family members have told me they love them as a stress reliever by placing them in a clear bottle and placing a magnet to it, they just roll the magnet around and watch the shapes change. A uncle of mine is even using them for experiments with electromagnetic fields.

    So let me ask, what do you do with yours? I have a few pounds of these heavies set aside and besides donating to people that have a interest what is the best use of them in your opinion?

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    17 Aug 2015 11:27 AM
    I dump them in my grass. and around plants .As it does help them grow Never had anyone ask for them for any other reasons.
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    17 Aug 2015 02:05 PM
    We use them to mix in with native dirt/rocks (and some "salted" gold) to take to the various events where we teach panning to the school kids
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    17 Aug 2015 02:45 PM
    I like sprinkling them over my salad as I get my full USDA recommended daily allowance of iron without spending anymore money at GNC.
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    17 Aug 2015 03:05 PM
    Leo,

    I was taught that chewing on old rusty nails was the best source of iron. :-)
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    17 Aug 2015 03:45 PM
    After running my cons through 4 different processes, I take them back to the river and put them back and will recapture them after they refill with color.


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    17 Aug 2015 05:49 PM

         Before one throws away or gives away their black sands or anything that is heavy regardless of color, examine it carefully first because anything heavy is suspect.

     

         Gold can be stained / coated with Iron or Manganese oxide. Also, there are 17 Gold Minerals that I know of that can be found mixed in with the black sands. Plus, there are other Elements that if found in large enough quantity could make you some nice money.

     

         If your out there looking for Gold why not keep an eye out for the other things that can make you some extra grub stake money !!!!!                Ron

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    17 Aug 2015 06:34 PM
    Trust me, I hang on to these for the most part because I can see the minerals in them, that is why I send only the fine magnetic stuff out, I hang on to the rest. I have a couple of ideas I am playing with on what to use these for besides smelting them, so far what I can tell is give a small glass bottle of the magnetics to people and a magnet and they will play with it for hours. I am playing with a different idea on how to use these thanks to my retired Genius Uncle, he stumbled on something I never considered.
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    17 Aug 2015 10:14 PM

    I always wondered why the black sands are black and not a rusty color, as I guess they would if left out in the open to oxidize? After all they are iron,

     

    Leo
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