|Monthly Tech-Tip |
This bag is very small, this material is very dense and heavy. The primary use of this material is obvious: For making welding rods. We can thus assume it will continue to be abundantly available for ceramics. Notice the bag bottom is marked "Ceramic Rutile" (with a batch number). Why would a product intended for making welding rods be used in ceramics? The answer is very interesting.
Rutile mineral ground to a very fine particle size (e.g. 325 mesh) contributes titanium and iron that colors and variegates ceramic glazes.
A raw TiO2-containing mineral used in ceramics to color and variegate glaze surfaces.