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How to Make Glass Frit

How do I make my own glass frit? Since frit is nothing more than small pieces of glass it really isn't that hard.

Glass FritOne way to make your own frit is to use the pipe-crushing method. What materials will you need for the pipe-crushing technique? 1. Two hollow pipes. One slightly larger than the other. 2. Eye protection. 3. A mask or respirator. 4. A magnet. 5. Rocks (A really hard material to find!).

After you have gathered your materials begin by filling the smaller pipe with the rocks and then close off the other side. Now place your larger pipe on the ground and fill it half way with glass. Next make sure you are wearing eye protection and a mask or respirator to protect yourself from silica dust. Begin by sliding the smaller pipe into the larger one. Now all you have to do is let gravity do the work. Repeatedly drop the smaller and heavier pipe into the larger one until the glass is at the desired size. Finally grab your magnet. What's the magnet for? This is to extract any metal chips that might have broken off from the pipes into the glass frit. Presto! Homemade glass frit.

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