Techniques in separating mixtures PICKING – picking up each solid with hand. SIFTING – Sifting mixtures with cheesecloth or sifter. MAGNETISM – using magnet to separate iron fillings or magnetic materials. DECANTATION – pouring of liquid in another container to separate mixtures from insoluble solids. FILTRATION – Filtering with filter paper and funnel. EVAPORATION – Evaporating liquid from solid with the use of heat.