Some Colouring Agents in Glasses and Glazes1


BEFORE dealing with the colours and effects produced be ferric oxide in glasses and glazes, let me direct attention first to the different shades of colour which can be seen in varieties of the oxide itself. These range from a reddish yellow through brick reds, bright reds, to a rich brown red and almost to a black. Some specimens also have almost a bronze-like appearance. The range of colours produced when ferric oxide is used as a colouring agent for glasses and glazes is practically as great. It is doubtful if the colours produced by ferric oxide are due to compounds of this oxide with the other constituents of the glass. Without going into elaborate detail it is somewhat difficult to give adequate support to this statement. Perhaps the simplest way of dealing with it is to take the behaviour of ferric oxide in lead glasses, frequently described as flint glasses. There are light flints and dense flints. In the light flints there is always a notable quantity of an alkali such as potash or soda along with the lead oxide. In the dense flints the proportion of alkali is decreased and the proportion of lead oxide is increased.

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JACKSON, H. Some Colouring Agents in Glasses and Glazes1. Nature 120, 301–304 (1927) doi:10.1038/120301a0

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