posted on Jul, 20 2012 @ 05:07 AM
It would be easier to watch than try and explain..
So simply go to YouTube and type in "How to Pan Gold".. You'll be surprised how many instructional videos are in there for you.
And no.. it won't take you that long to get the knack of it. If you remember this that as long as you keep the material under water (always in a
fluid state), always shaking and reducing the lighter material to leave the heaviest of "concentrates" in the bottom of your pan (stratifying),
you'll be fine.. The reason why you always want the material under water is that if it dries out (even in a matter of seconds), you can lose the
smaller (flour) gold by it floating out (yes I said the gold floating off, has to do with surface tension). Always remove larger rocks by hand out of
the pan (always reducing, always condensing down).
And when you get the material down to black sand, start slowing down in the reducing/eliminating of the lighter stuff. When you get to about a
tablespoon of the black sands, you can swirl the pan with a little bit of water (just enough to cover the top of the material), and you'll start to
see the gold (if you have any at all). Remember gold's specific weight and density is the heaviest of all metals, so it wants to go to the bottom.
Thats why those that dig down to 'bedrock' will usually get the bigger and better nuggets. If all you do is scoop up the first foot or so, your
lucky to find 'flour gold (microscopic sized).
Practice makes perfect and always do so over another pan or bucket to catch your material (and just in case you blow it, you'll still be able to
re-do it). I'm going to add a few links (I'm not affiliated with any of these folks but their instruction is correct).
HOW TO FIND GOLD USING A GOLD PAN
How to Pan for Gold
How To Pan For Gold - Complete YouTube Search
A great book to read on the subject of finding gold is called "Underwater Sniping for Gold" (by Sam Radding and Jim Garlock). I happen to have met
Jim Garlock and he really knows his stuff (and a hell of a nice guy too).
BTW, I'm a third generation miner, here's a small piece of real old gravel bed gold I found not too long ago when I dug into an ancient river