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    An older fellow saw that we collected eyeglasses at our facility and chuckled, noting that the manufacturers once solicited for eyeglasses to be returned to them for gold recovery. I can't seem to verify this memory but it doesn't seem farfetched. Can anyone here attest to the accuracy of it? Is there still gold worth harvesting in even new eyewear? We get in quite a few vintage/antique frames but I can't acid test anything at work.



    I just want to know if I'm sending away money to the Lions' Club which might be otherwise be made into valuable revenue for our facility. I can't see us refining it or breaking frames apart but if there are buyer for "eyeglass scrap," I've never heard of them.

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    hm i didnt know there was gold in glasses where would the gold be located?

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    Yes there were glasses with gold. Look here.
    "Only the weak blame parents, their race, their times, lack of good fortune, or the quirks of fate. Everyone has it within his power to say, this I am today, that I shall be tomorrow. The wish, however, must be implemented by deeds." Louis L'Amour The Walking Drum

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    Nice, another thing to be looking out for at estate sales, auctions and yard sales. Thanks for the guide

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    Quote Originally Posted by mike1 View Post
    hm i didnt know there was gold in glasses where would the gold be located?
    In the nose bridge part and around where it touches the ears. Or plated to the whole frame. Or individual parts.

    Gold, has germ killing features, most metals do, Silvers used in 'Silverzine burn cream' for its antiseptic property's.

    Note, if you get burnt, use proper burn cream and replace it every day, as directed by your Doctor etc etc.
    Normal, say, Detol antiseptic cream is the wrong sort.

    I get the impression that metal sets up some sort of electric circuit, due to acid/base or something, and this breaks thru the outer surround of the germ and kills it.

    Around the ears and nose are susceptible to germs and considering the places glasses get put and then used, germ contacts going to happen.

    ~~~~~
    BURNS.

    On the subject of burns.
    I have burnt the skin off the back of both hands over the years. Right hand slipped thru a oxyacetylene flame. Left hand thru boiling oil from a deep fryer.

    OK it hurts. Get it under cold water within 3 seconds and you have made recovery almost %10000 better and chances of not even forming scar tissue possible.
    There's no scar tissue or even the slightest difference in appearance, use, or anything compared to beforehand on my hands, 100% mobility and no colour differences.

    Get the burn under cold water immediately. Then kept it under it.
    When its under it the hurt will go, take it out and the hurt comes back.....
    So, keep it under it till the hurt goes away, do not stretch the skin or touch it or use water under pressure, do not deform the skin at all.
    While they say "under cold water for 15 minutes". Bollocks, keep it under until it does not hurt when taken out at all.
    Ok, this might take 30 minutes. This might also take 3 hours. And it might take 5 hours.

    After 30 minutes, hypothermia might become a possibility, actually a probability, Dehydration and toileting also.

    These have too be sorted out. Moving the person at all is a problem, jarring, slipping, stumbling all could cause a rubbing of the burn and therefore skin loss and therefore lifetime scarring.

    So, sort it out, under cold water within 3 seconds, no looking, no grabbing the burnt area, no arguing, no discussions, under cold water right now!
    Then keep that cold trickle going 100% of the time, often all thats needed is a slight trickle from the tap flowing over the burn. As long as there's no hurting its going to be good.

    Sight see'ers are a problem. If you are taking some sort of charge, you are going to have to sort out somebody to act as a bodyguard, 3 if nessary. That good, it means there's three people under your instruction, they feel important/needed and can sort out the idiots (there's always some, believe it!

    Highly strung, self important, self centered, or just drunk...or stoopid) once things are under control (the trickling water period) you can let people see, one by one, if the situation can handle it, obviously first degree burns do not look too gruesome, its also a way of defusing any stress in people associated first hand that the situations be handled properly.

    Idiots and emergency situations go hand in hand. Dunno why, 1/2 of the population goes into idiot mode in a emergency.
    [[[[[[ Last week at a house demolition project i was on, somebody decided to burn some of the rubbish off...
    Of course without actually telling anyone first...
    Then deciding to put the fire to get rid of some wallpaper/scrim in a open roofed garage in the vehicle inspection pit, without even bothering to check what's in it first... Plastic sheeting, kids swimming pool plastic, oil containers and oil floating on grease on water....
    Next thing there flames billowing out and then followed by huge amounts of choking smoke, in a quiet residential area, during a open fire ban...
    Hmmm $1000-$2000 fire brigade callout costs awarded to the person in charge (who I know has just missed getting one once before....)

    They all take turns to stand around it and then complain of the smoke before leaving, and then re enter the smoke again...?!!!!
    While im trying to find containers and a water supply, they stand in front of the bucket and hide the soft drink bottle....

    So i find 4 other bottles, and large tub and the bucket, and the neighbours water tap... Try and organise a sort of circuit of filling/transporting/emptying/returning and refilling by he bottles.
    Once given quite clear and obvious directions, reasons and some sense of importance, and even then constant "please and thankyous" , even idiots can be useful.
    Tell them what they did right, correct & thank them, afterwards too. ]]]]]]]

    (This is for Surface burns, deep burns also do not hurt because the burns gone thru the skin layer past where the nerves are. This is really dangerous and 3rd degree burns, ambulance right away, along with cold water, there's going to be scarring.)

    While the skin may look ok or waxy, later on its going to blister big and under a florescent light it will look greenish and horrible. Once its pains gone away due to keeping it cold, it needs protection using a Silver based cream, 'Silverzine' is what I was given, its sorta expensive, not in the long run.... And mesh gauze covered and bandaged.

    A proper Doctor/Nurse is going to do this. It needs removed everyday, inspected, more cream applied and gauze and bandaged again.
    After 7-10 days of this, the blister will break up, it will need trimming off as at this point the skin layer under the fluid blister is ready to come into effect. Broken blister skin can reapply/reattach to the under burn skin and this can cause scarring. Not trimmed back to the extreme edges of the blister, they leave a little 'feathered' edge so it can die back as it heals up.
    The new skins going to need silver blister cream covering it for a while too.
    All up, expect 3 weeks for total healing.

    Ok. This is just to give you an idea of what's going to happen if you or someone gets a skin surface 1st degree burn, in a best case situation. Proper Doctors treatment is nessessary. They know more than I do.

    Actually I was quite proud to be the 'Guinea pig' test/learning example for my Good Doctor to be able to teach a training future Good Doctor.
    First hand (sic) experience to a Indian Doctor where they do have many examples of burn patients.
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    That's very encouraging to hear, the part about gold in glasses. And an online buyer, to boot! I have been looking at the frames for years, thinking, "It looks like gold but why would you smear gold on something so disposable?" Then again, the same thing could be said for cell phones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Breakage View Post
    An older fellow saw that we collected eyeglasses at our facility and chuckled, noting that the manufacturers once solicited for eyeglasses to be returned to them for gold recovery. I can't seem to verify this memory but it doesn't seem farfetched. Can anyone here attest to the accuracy of it? Is there still gold worth harvesting in even new eyewear? We get in quite a few vintage/antique frames but I can't acid test anything at work.

    I just want to know if I'm sending away money to the Lions' Club which might be otherwise be made into valuable revenue for our facility. I can't see us refining it or breaking frames apart but if there are buyer for "eyeglass scrap," I've never heard of them.

    Thanks!
    Kudos for donating your used eyeglasses to the Lions club, They'll also accept hearing aids previously worn by the departed..

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