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This chart compares the decompositional gassing behavior of six materials as they are heated through the range 500-1700F. These materials are common in ceramic glazes, it is amazing that some can lose 40%, or even 50%, of their weight on firing. For example, 100 grams of calcium carbonate will generate 45 grams of CO2! This chart is a reminder that some late gassers overlap early melters. That is a problem. The LOI (% weight loss) of these materials can affect your glazes (causing bubbles, blisters, pinholes, crawling). Notice talc: It is not finished gassing until 1650F, yet many glazes have already begun melting by then (especially fritted ones). Even Gerstley Borate, a raw material, is beginning to melt while talc is barely finished gassing. And, there are lots of others that also create gases as they decompose during glaze melting (e.g. clays, carbonates, dioxides).
|Materials||Light Magnesium Carbonate|
|Materials||Ferro Frit 3124|
|Oxides||LOI - Loss on Ignition|
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|Temperatures||Talc has finished gassing (1650F-)|
|Temperatures||Calcium carbonate, talc finished gassing (1500F-)|
|Temperatures||Gerstley Borate stops gassing (1400F-)|
|Temperatures||Comparison of frit melts at 1650F (-)|
|Temperatures||Common frits begin melting (1400F-)|
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