what I have here is borax
regular household borax I bought it from ebay, but
you can get it in a local hardware store.
then I have here some quartz rock that I washed
it’s nice and clean I washed it in boiling HCL.
here’s the gold; I still have some water in there
makes it easier to get out. Then I have spectracide stump remover
that’s an easy source of potassium nitrate.
so that’s gonna be a flux use just a tiny little bit of it to be an
oxidizer then when all of this stuff is melting,
if there are any base metals that are still left
it will help make an oxide out of them and
they will absorb into the glass, the borax and quartz glass
Ok, I’m going to put the gold into my graphite crucible.
It’s tiny, but there’s very little gold so i won’t need much space.
Although, I am worried about it overflowing so i will contain it within this larger
crucible I’m worried because the borax and stuff
tends to foam up. I’m going to put it down in there like that.
I will start with my quartz. I probably won’t even use all that.
I’m going to get a scoop of the borax, and then the gold
I’m just going to take my crucible back out of here for now.
Oh, I almost forgot, the potassium nitrate…
just a little bit of that. now we scoop the gold out of here
I have the water in there, makes it easier for me to get the gold out.
I scoop it out wet. That helps it stick to the inside of the crucible
and it’s less likely to blow out that way my flux and stuff
Ok, I’m definitely not going to be able to do this holding the camera,
but you get the idea, the gold goes from the pot to the crucible
I’m just adding a few pinches of this stuff
my flux stuff water and all
water actually helps absorb microwaves at the beginning.
From what I understand, it’s a long haul from the time the water is gone
until the glass is like red hot. because it’s hard to absorb microwaves.
Alright, so this is all loaded up. These are just some insulating panels of very
light material that will not absorb too many microwaves
I’ve also cut as much of that away as i possibly can
There’s a nice little seat down there for my crucible.
The lid goes on top. now some people…
that’s what it looks like on the outside some people will modify the microwave ovens
with extra vents i will try to get past the heat problem, over-heating
the microwave by uh… switching from one microwave to the other
and then letting one cool… between.
…and that folks, and this is how you make gold.
You be careful, because you don’t want to be rich
too much work. I’m going to put it in for
thirty three minutes. So, how long did we set the first one for?
ummmm, three minutes thirty minutes
thirty minutes and we’ll probably check it in about ten
And this one we only set for fifteen, because as it heats up and gets hotter,
we’ll have to swap them more rapidly.