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[Enamel Bits] Vermiculite vs Perlite


#1

Hello,

Has anyone used vermiculite or perlite in their annealing pan?
It seems like perlite would make a nice and cheaply available
media. Could a crock pot of either one be a nice place for
silver work to cool so that it would not be fully annealed?
I’ve heard about vermiculite having asbestos in it, does it
become a hazard?

Thank you for the info,

Pauline


#2

Has anyone used vermiculite or perlite in their annealing pan?

Pauline,

I’ve been grappling with this one myself. I use a crockpot with
vermiculite. When I heard the dangers of vermiculite, I
switched to perlite. The perlite was AWFUL. SOOO dusty. Much
worse than the vermiculite. I posted the same question to this
board, and here is a copy of one answer I got that may interest
you:

I’ve switched back to vermiculite. I’m just careful to always
wear my dust mask when I’m pouring or sifting the stuff.

Pam East <@Pam_East>
http://www.pinzart.com

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