Object 1

Gold Recovery Correctly
by Railes in electronics

I will detail a SAFE process of turning old electronic parts into little round lumps of pure gold.
There are many tutorials that claim to offer methods of gold recovery such as "Cupellation"*.
These processes are DANGEROUS and put the user at the risk of inhaling vaporized metals.
No over the counter breather will protect you from these dangers; Only lab grade isolated breathing
systems can protect against metal vapors. ********************************** SEE
HEALTH HAZARD ON STEP 6***************************************

**** a Side cautionary note, This process is not suitable to purify Panned Gold or KARAT (Gold
Alloyed with silver.) This Guide is best suited for gold plated or pure gold object.


*Cupellation is a refining process in metallurgy, where ores or alloyed metals are treated under high
temperatures and controlled operations to separate noble metals, like gold and silver, from base
metals like lead, copper, zinc, arsenic, antimony or bismuth, present in the ore. The process is based
on the principle that precious metals do not oxidise or react chemically, unlike the base metals; so
when they are heated at high temperatures, the precious metals remain apart and the others react
forming slags or other compounds

Step 1: SAFETY FIRST, Always.

In this instructable you will be working with basic house hold chemicals. By themselves these
chemicals can be fairly harmless. The combination of such chemical which will be presented in this
instructable can be EXTREMELY hazardous; By such there are a couple of safety items which are

Item # 1.

Breathing equipment. You will need a chemical mask rated AT LEAST as a P100. If you dont know
what a P100 rating means It is your responsibility to yourself to find out.

Item # 2
Heavy duty Gloves. pvc or rubber is fine, do not use Latex or Nitrile gloves.

Item # 3

Safety Glasses. Any pair will work as long as It is safety rated and solvent rated.

. Object 2 Object 3 Step 2: Equipment Needed.


You cannot substitue with these chemicals trying to do so will no give the required reactions. Step 3: Chemicals Required. Coffee filters 6. 8. Hydrogen Peroxide . 7. a 1 gallon bucket with holes drilled in the bottom.3% but no greater then 5% 4. 1 gallon of Clorox Bleach. 2 1/2 gallon bucket. a 60 ounce pickle Jar 5. 2. 4. Filter holder from a coffee machine. Stumpout by Bonide. 1. . . or Sodium bisulfate . 9. some pipettes and test tube.9% as specified in the Msds or Sodium Meta Bisulfite.Helpfull items which can make doing these experiments easier. Mini scale with the ability to measure Grams and Oz. or Sodium hypochlorate at 6% 2. Borosil glass labware.99. Muriatic Acid 34% HCL ~ Baume. I have used a number of chemicals these I have found to be the most widely available. 3. 3.to be used as a strainer. Spray bottle.

ISA cards. Step 5: The First Chemical Bath. Gold fingers are typically found on PCI cards.Step 4: Selecting Materials to Be Recovered. or Cyrix or older 486 and lower generation chips. You want your materials to be as clean as possible with the least Amount of Garbage as possible. . I was taught by the method of Crap in Crap out. or on Memory sims/dimms/etc. This process can also be used to recover gold from CPU such as Pentium Pro. They create the corrosion free connection between the computer and the expansion card.

as pictured.Objective of this first chemical bath is to remove a large majority the base metals. you want to keep your waste Acids to a minimum. second. be sure to also remove any steel or iron parts attached. Add enough muratic acid to cover your fingers about 1 cm above your materials. After cleanly removing your plated sections of computer parts. and hydrogen peroxide. Tools 100 ML beaker. Chemicals Muratic acid. or other components. To activate the . Such as nickle. 2 1/2 gallon bucket. 1 gallon bucket. First step. keep track of how many MLs are added. zinc and copper. into your 2 1/2 gallon wash bucket. remove any visible capacitors transistors. Materials you are looking to recover. But first place your parts to be recovered inside your 1 gallon strainer bucket. These metals can foul the reaction causing poor results. place your 1 gallon stainer bucket.

90 F.48 hours. At this point you should be wearing your safety gear because a few unfriendly fumes are being released. and the base metals should begin to dissolve. This process can take up to 24 . When this has been completed you will see a batch of gold foils floating in your now dark green acid. this works best at the temperatures of 80 . after the Peroxide has been added to your muratic acid the mixture should start to bubble. Once you have pored off all the acid you will . two parts muratic acid to one part hydrogen peroxide.5% solution in a 2 to 1 ratio. or glass container large enough to contain waste acids. Items required • coffee filters • filter holder • 60oz pickle jar. Step 6: Filtering the Gold Foils.solution you want to add your Hydrogen peroxide 3 . Simply Poor the contents of the two gallon bucket into the pickle jar using the coffee filters to catch any foils that are floating on the surface of the acid.

chiefly in the muscles of the wrists. Symptoms of metal fume fever are very similar to those of common influenza. ********** ************************************* HEALTH WARNING *************************************** Melting at this stage may lead to the following health hazards. lasted beyond 24 hours. mercury vapors will be produced. Exposure to these fumes is known to cause metal fume fever. Symptoms include metallic taste in the mouth. fatigue. and significant weight loss. kidneys. develop. chills. anemia and general weakness. diarrhea. CADMIUM . BERYLLIUM Beryllium is sometimes used as a alloying element with copper and other base metals. kidney damage. Long-term exposure can result in shortness of breath. MERCURY Mercury compounds are used to coat metals to prevent rust or inhibit foliage growth (marine paints). emotional instability. after which the body temperature begins to return to normal. ZINC Inhalation of zinc oxide fumes can occur when welding or cutting on zinc-coated metals. Under the intense heat of the arc or gas flame. nausea. They include fever (rarely exceeding 102o F). nausea. or respiratory failure. In time. abdominal cramps. and hearing damage.be left with a pile similar to what is in the picture. circulatory system. Acute exposure to high concentrations of beryllium can result in chemical pneumonia. chronic cough. Exposure to these vapors may produce stomach pain. central nervous system. accompanied by fatigue and general weakness. reproductive system. and muscles. The symptoms of metal fume fever have rarely. and general weakness and aching of the head and body. Lead adversely affects the brain. The victim may sweat profusely for a few hours. cough. Congratulation you are about 50% finished. and insomnia. The subject can then appear to be more susceptible to the onset of this condition on Mondays or on weekdays following a holiday than they are on other days. LEAD Inhalation and ingestion of lead oxide fumes and other lead compounds will cause lead poisoning. Long- term exposure may produce tremors. scoop these from the bucket into another container for future processing. loss of appetite. dryness of the throat. if ever.

pulmonary edema. CADMIUM and LEAD. NIOSH. Step 7: Creating Stannous Cloride. Long-term exposure to low levels of cadmium in air can result in emphysema (a disease affecting the ability of the lung to absorb oxygen) and can damage the kidneys. BERYLLIUM. You can take these items to your local hazard roundup or recycle your acids with a method I plan on detailing in another instructable. it is IMPORTANT to be responsible with wastes. death. Label these bottles as CLCu2 with a black sharpie marker. Place your acid in a separate container. Cadmium is classified by OSHA. DO NOT dump your acids down the drain or on the ground.Cadmium is used frequently as a rust-preventive coating on steel and also as an alloying element. and EPA as a potential human carcinogen Disposing of your waste acids. Acute exposures to high concentrations or cadmium fumes can produce severe lung irritation. I choose used 2 liter or 3 liter bottles. . under that write may also contain trace amounts of NICKLE and ZINC. and in some cases.

For this you will need 1 beaker. Step 8: The Second Chemical Bath Refining Your Gold Foils. For that we will need to create a test Chemical called Stannous cloride or Sn CL2 This metal is essential for Identify how much gold is left in our 2nd chemical bath. and about 30 ML or muratic acid. and copper 20% In order to reach a higher level of purity a second bath is required. Weigh it out using your Scale. The resulting solution should be bright yellow. 1 gram of tin metal powder or shot. or instantly for the powder. . it takes appox 4 hours to completely dissolve the tin metal shot.These foils are about 80% gold.


about 3 grams. this is by far the most hazardous step and with the most reactive wastes. depending on if little bits of green plastic from the board found their way into this step. it may be desirable to filter your solution with the coffee filters 1 more time. For this step I am going to use a 100 ml beaker a portion of recovered foils. Using a Pipette I will slowly add Clorox until all of my foils have dissolved. . I will be adding only enough Muratic acid to cover my 3 grams of foils. After your foils have dissolved the resulting solution will be a deep golden yellow maybe a little orange in color. Step 9: Filtering Particles. you can use a glass rod to help felicitate the process.THIS STEP SHOULD NEVER BE ATTEMPTED without your CHEMICAL MASK. and clorox. I will be using Muratic acid. For this chemical bath I will be reproducing the process on small scale.


. Step 10: Testing Your Solution for Gold. Simply Filter again using a long neck funnel and a tall flask. caps and transistors that wormed their way into the final process.After Dissolving ALL the foils you might notice a small amount of inductors. This is normal.. The resulting solution should be a Deep and bright golden yellow.

2 pipettes or glass droppers. you will need: Stannous cloride created earlier. Simply place 1 dot of recovered solution on a piece of filer paper.Ok. . Next place one drop of your stannous cloride on the other.. The resulting reaction should turn purple. 1 coffee filter paper. this is the exciting part and one where you get to see some real chemistry at work.

Repeat Test. If your test drop didnt turn purple. . add a little more tin to your stannous cloride and heat gently with a alcohol burner and BOROsiicate test tube. Step 11: Recovering Your Gold.If your did CONGRADS you have created AURIC Cloride Or Aucl3 a gold bearing solution. depending on how much gold is in your solution it may appear black.

Whats needed. the solution should be clear at this point. a plastic spoon. Simply add very small amounts of stumpout. It will take appox 10 hours for the gold to competely settle. This is caused by the SO2 Gas which acts to chemically displace the gold in solution. Your Mixture should start to look like the pictures I have provided. Any gold which was trapped in the solution has now be come a brown precipitate at the bottom of your beaker. and the sodium Bisulfate or Stumpout.Recovering your gold in solution is one of the Coolest steps. Step 12: Melting . and replaced it with Sulfur. When the reaction has finished you will have driven out a majority of the chlorine. if your reaction still turns purple you need to add more stumpout. Retest with Stannous chloride.


Heat with a MAPP torch or something more aggressive. TO date I have used this process to recover approx 1 pound of gold from computer chips and the like. a few pounds anyway. Enjoy. I'd like to know before I mess it up.. http://goldrefiningforum. careful not to blow your powder off the firebrick.. We have a be nice comment policy. Apply your powder.S.OK this is the last stop.com/ This is a community of some of the brightest people I have ever had the pleasure of speaking with. Please be positive and constructive. Melt the borax till it becomes glassy. . At this point you have drained off the last ot the solution with your pipette the bottom of your beaker should be coated with what looks like dried cinnamon. Railes. For more information about this process Visit this website.. klamp54 4 years ago Will this work with gold on magnetic based parts ? I have some old glass resistors from 70's. TADA Pure 24Karat gold. P. THATS PURE GOLD. Put that powder onto a fire brick that has been treated with a flux material like borax.

the resulting pulp will not re-precipitate any gold I'm the final step. ΓιωργοςΚ17 10 days ago can i use Aqua Regia to disolve gold ? CliffordK2 3 months ago I got some smelted bars that where supposed to contain 40% gold and 60% brass. He said they came from computer chips. . Can you use the same procedure for pins containing gold? Can I use potassium metabisulfite instead of sodium Bisulfite (i cant find any)? num1bandit Powersb 4 years ago sodium bisulfite aka baking soda right? DouglasD11 num1bandit 4 months ago baking soda is sodium bicarbonate Railes (author) num1bandit 4 years ago no baking soda is calcium carbonate. ferrous metals will vastly reduce the effectiveness of chemical bath 1. For magnetic conductors use Aqua Regina. and yes you can use pottassium metabisulfite. Is there a way to separate them now that they are mixed together? Powersb 5 years ago Really interesting procedure (never seen anything like this).bert102 klamp54 9 months ago Hry Railes (author) klamp54 4 years ago No.

and many other things. if you don't. If you're not familiar with chemistry. see above num1bandit num1bandit 4 years ago metamisulfate . ions in solution. not exactly. dolomite. otherwise you might nerve gas yourself or blow yourself up. or it will backfire on you.DouglasD11 Railes 2 years ago lol. Just because it has a Sodium or a carbonate in the name does not make everything baking soda. Do your homework and you will have success. google solutions. then you need to do a little research until you do. precipitating metals and salts out of solution. chemistry safety procedures. Anyone attempting this procedure really needs to know the difference. it won't work if you don't. Baking soda is sodium bicarbonate. Calcium carbonate is chalk. Folks. MSDS Safety information for every chemical you use or make. molecular bonds. if you don't do your homework you will fail. so start googling :O) num1bandit DouglasD11 4 months ago Lol Doug I tried to heat pyrex and make nitric I was out side pirex broke floor full of acid Guitar_Player Railes a year ago baking soda is actually sodium bicarbonate NaHCO3 calcium carbonate is CaCO3 which is a lime not baking soda num1bandit Railes 4 years ago aka ph down? DouglasD11 num1bandit 2 years ago no. This is a process that requires some knowledge about what you're doing. reactions.

Should create so2 gas. . num1bandit Railes 4 months ago Smelled chitty Guitar_Player a year ago You may want to clarify in step 5 that it is the circuit board fingers not yours. you need to keep away from all chemical compounds. Lol give it a try. Instead of creating sodium chloride.. just dont hold your face over the beaker if you added distilled water . You would create potassium chloride the resulting exchance...DouglasD11 num1bandit 2 years ago no.there are those people out there who will put their fingers into acid. baking soda is sodium bicarbonate SteveRogers num1bandit 3 years ago If you don't know the difference between baking soda and sodium bisulfite.. MichaelG524 Guitar_Player 5 months ago You are a funny man/woman Guitar_Player guy person you! :-D AmandaG151 Guitar_Player 9 months ago Bahahaha!!!! Right?!?! .. not even close to the same chemical. Railes (author) Powersb 5 years ago That shouldnt be an issue.

Nickel (Purple). DavidS531 8 months ago I am sorry about this question but I need to know. etc. It turned yellow gold indicating that there was no nickel or other metals just gold. etc. just to get started? Allowing you enough pre-purchased equipment & materials to use in the recovery of more gold at a profit. EnochS3 DavidS531 7 months ago the ratio I saw was around a gram per pound of fingers + boards. nickel. would it take to pay for all of the equipment & materials (including chemicals). Chromium (Purple Cr3+). If it was lead it would have turned I think white. Another link said that 95-99. SDRAM chips. About 50 ml of 50% of 1 g of EDTA was added to double the gold solution (filtered and decanted). A close guesstimate will do fine. I may buy on e-bay a very percise nickel test for liquids. EnochS3 EnochS3 7 months ago .99% of cell phone cpu are gold with little lead.SHOE0007 6 months ago I even filtered the gold and diluted it. SHOE0007 6 months ago I have done test with EDTA ph 8 with ammonia and ammonia chloride and sea salt and test dissolved partly neutral gold at a ph (solution of 4). let's say. Just how many.

you'd need to find the scrap for 35-45 a pound max in order to make any money from the gold recovery effort if you were purchasing the scrap. Will the process work for this item? ahmad__hatami 11 months ago my first liquid was blue.In other words. ElmakatyA made it! 9 months ago it is simple but for mor safty use dillute hydrochloric acid till 17% ElmakatyA 9 months ago good work ni1der 10 months ago I have an antique gold plated cane handle.what is my problem? and what should i do with the deposit of it? YasirB7 ahmad__hatami 10 months ago I will help you Contact me on WhatsApp 00923136437898 Yasir Bashir . people sell the scrap for way more than it is worth gold-wise.

Ubong01 a year ago Hello Sir can this work for all CPUs ?. or it is because I need to heat it ? Please help. MarkoK25 a year ago Okey.cause I have about 10kg of Computer CPUs m-iftikhar447 Ubong01 a year ago Hello Ubong01 can u give me details of cpu kinds. you have you can e-mail me iftikharcomputer@yahoo..com Michelle-GianniM 2 years ago How do you recover the copper from the HCL.. I add SMB to the ''Yellow solution that contains gold'' and it went collorless. Then you have pure copper. Pull it out and rinse it off. The copper will cement to the steel. I left it over the night and nothing. namindu 2 years ago who can tell me where I can find those acids? . Thanks. What I should do now?! Did I add too much SMB. hydrogen peroxide and copper solution? EricJ70 Michelle-GianniM a year ago Just put a stainless steel butter knife in the solution for a couple of days.

. My understanding was that only AR can dissolve gold. You are saying that gold can be dissolved with HCL and Clorox? I thought nitric acid was required? .. *pipes disappear* getrich1981 2 years ago I got two of 155 gram of melted cpu pins.. *dumps acids down drain* realizes he has metal pipes still. Att. FredBack 2 years ago I'm confused. is 37% hcl from lab company ok? ClaudioHunter 2 years ago Bom dia amigos estou precisando de ajuda para extrai ouro de placa dedos e processadores porem se possivel de agua regia um passo a passo com todos os quimicos. treestump420 a year ago Would it be viable to use a 66% acid as opposed to the 34%? If have both but I'm not sure if the 66% would be too strong? Guitar_Player a year ago Lol.claudio enemek 2 years ago this is should be fun. but looking a safe way of doing it.treestump420 namindu a year ago Pool acid will do the trick. I'av made some collection.. Can i still use this process? Also i couldnt find klean strip muriatic acid.

RonD2 2 years ago bonide stump out is smb it is just coled by an name they used years ago. Ron Donahue and pk11195. tests were good. please help AnnaG14 2 years ago Amybaby314 2 years ago You mentioned putting 3G of flakes into the solution. what was the weight of 24K gold of the finished product? Thank you for your time.. patents BS/MS/MDs/PhD AnnaG14 2 years ago I did all steps. when melted I got glass not gold. ? BoudyB 2 years ago Help !!!! When i added some of smb the solution become clear and no ppt although solution contain gold Object 4 .. smb is not sodium bicarb "baking soda" i should know i am a patented publised scientist.

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