Making Gold Ingots

To make a gold ingot, gold is first melted down and poured into a form, or it is cut by hand into an ingot shape. The melting point of gold is 1063 degrees Celsius, or 1945.4 degrees Fahrenheit. This means that gold, if the lighter could withstand the temperature (very unlikely) can be melted with a Bic ® lighter, the average temperature of a Bic lighter flame is 3,590.6 degrees, this does have a huge variable depending on atmospheric conditions, (temperature, wind speed, etc. etc.)

To make ingots you need scrap gold, (old fillings, rings, chains, etc. etc.) a crucible made of ceramic, and a source of flame, for home use a propane torch will work fine. The gold must be heated to a temperature of 1,945.4 degrees Fahrenheit before it will melt. It can then be poured into an ingot form, or jewelry form, or to make gold shot, can be poured into a pail of water. If you choose to do this, be careful! You need to wear safety glasses, a leather apron, leather gloves and long sleeves and pants just in case of problems. If you decide to melt down your own gold, or if you decide to sell it to a shop that purchases scrap—you are sure to have fun. Either through the process, or with the money made from the sell of the gold!

Gold Nuggets

Gold nuggets, after ingots are probably the most thought of form of gold. They are formed by a process of Mother Nature, through erosion. Generally caused by water erosion, a gold nugget will break from the ‘mother rock’ when the conditions are right. These will float downstream until they find a resting place at the bottom of the stream or river, then other gold nuggets, or flakes will also settle in the same place, forming a deposit of gold. This happens because of the density of gold. Nuggets are found less in nature than other forms of gold, (in the form of gold dust, or gold ore.)