I make enamel beads with a torch and I anneal them in a crockpot
full of vermiculite.
Recently I read a letter in Glassline claiming vermiculite is a
sort of natural asbestos (yikes!) and perlite is a better
alternative. I do care about my lungs so I decided to give the
perlite a try.
So far I’ve found that the stuff crackles, pops, and smokes a
bit when I drop hot beads into it, but so far this hasn’t hurt my
beads any. They seem to be coming out just fine. The worst
problem I’m facing is the perlite is SO dusty. When I sift it
out or pour it into the crockpot I’m getting a cloud of white
dust. I can’t imagine that this is any better for my lungs than
Does anyone know a method for removing some of the dust from the
perlite? A way to wash it perhaps? Any thoughts on the merits of
vermiculite vs perlite in general?
Pam East <@Pam_East>
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