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This material is imported into North America for use as a flux in the fiberglass industry.
It melts much better than colemanite to a bubble-free transparent clear glass and does so below cone 06. It is very clean and consistent. Its potential in ceramics has not be explored.
This materials is a candidate in the recipes of materials substituting for Gerstley Borate.
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All about Gerstley Borate
Materials that source Na2O, K2O, Li2O, CaO, MgO and other fluxes but are not feldspars or frits. Remember that materials can be flux sources but also perform many other roles. For example, talc is a flux in high temperature glazes, but a matting agent in low temperatures ones. It can also be a flux, a filler and an expansion increaser in bodies.