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shells for decoration or wadding

updated fri 2 nov 01


vince pitelka on wed 31 oct 01

> Actually the shells are still there after the firing and interestingly
> enough it seems 3-4 days after they come out of the kiln they start to
> and turn into powder. But straight out of the kiln they are still rather
> tough. Why being in the air for a few days finishes of the process I will
> let others figure out. Thats what happens to me ....

In the firing limestone or plaster inclusions in the clay turn into calcium
oxide or lime, which upon cooling absorbs water and expands, causing "lime
pops." The sea shells also turn into calcium oxide (with trace materials),
and upon cooling absorb water and expand, which simply causes them to
Best wishes -
- Vince

Vince Pitelka
Appalachian Center for Crafts
Tennessee Technological University
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