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Bentone EW

Description: Rheological additive for ceramic glazes

Oxide Analysis Formula
CaO 5.50% 0.13
Li2O 1.30% 0.06
MgO 22.70% 0.74
Na2O 3.20% 0.07
Al2O3 0.80% 0.01
SiO2 53.20% 1.17
Fe2O3 0.30% -
LOI 12.70%n/a
Oxide Weight 115.00
Formula Weight 131.72

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Getting a start on testing Bentone


Bentone (AKA Macaloid) is a super plastic additive used to modify rheolgy in many consumer products. It is made by refining Hectorite. It is very difficult to mix pure Bentone with water, it is just so sticky and the water content is so high, it takes a week to dry a sample and it cracks into pieces during drying. I am studying five different grades for use as a plasticizer in premium porcelains. I am interested in how they stack up against the king: VeeGum T (both in price and performance). The first step was to fire square tiles of the powder on small porcelain tiles at cone 6 to compare the iron content. Three sintered into a solid mass, shrinking to about half the size. The CT grade is the natural, untreated Hectorite clay (accounting for its darker color), the processing to purify the material obviously increases its affinity for water, shrinkage and fired maturity.

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Typecodes Clay Other
Clays that are not kaolins, ball clays or bentonites. For example, stoneware clays are mixtures of all of the above plus quartz, feldspar, mica and other minerals. There are also many clays that have high plasticity like bentonite but are much different mineralogically.
URLs http://www.elementis-specialties.com/_pdf/Datasheet/T/8104XXEN.pdf
Data sheet for Bentone EW
Materials Veegum
A clay of incredibly small particle size. It has the highest plasticity of any known clay and acts as a suspending and gelling agent in slurries.
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