All About Glass

All About Glass

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Gold Ruby Glass
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Gold ruby is arguably one of the most beautiful colors of glass. Beyond its aesthetic qualities, there is an alchemical connotation: Since ancient Greek times, descriptions of the sorcerers’ stone agree that it was believed to be a red substance and the key to the transmutation of metals,

Glass of the Alchemists: Introduction
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Glass of the Alchemists: Think of Glass as a Cake- Recipes and Crizzling
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Glass of the Alchemists: Ruby Covered Goblet
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Glass of the Alchemists: Johann Rudolf Glauber
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Glass of the Alchemists: Johann Kunckel and Ruby Glass
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Glass of the Alchemists: Imitation of Rock Crystal
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Glass of the Alchemists: Gold Ruby Glass in Southern Germany
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Glass of the Alchemists: Gold Ruby Glass in Bohemia
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Glass of the Alchemists: Gold Ruby Glass
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Glass of the Alchemists: Glass Crizzling
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Glass of the Alchemists: Glass Casting Technology
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Glass of the Alchemists: George Ravenscroft in England
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Glass of the Alchemists: Engraving Before Lead Crystal
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Glass of the Alchemists: Crizzling Over Time
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Glass of the Alchemists: Central Europe and Chalk Glass
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Glass of the Alchemists: Bottger's Research in Porcelain
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Glass of the Alchemists: Bohemian Glass Cutting
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Glass of the Alchemists: Baroque Glassmaking Furnace
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Glass of the Alchemists: Baroque Crystal in Poland
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Glass of the Alchemists: Baroque Crystal in Norway
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Glass of the Alchemists: Baroque Crystal in Eastern Asia
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Glass of the Alchemists: Alchemists Throughout Europe
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Chemistry of Glass
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Thousands of different chemical compositions can be made into glass. Different formulas affect the mechanical, electrical, chemical, optical, and thermal properties of the glasses that are produced. There is no single chemical composition that characterizes all glass. Typical glass contains formers

Glass of the Alchemists
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In the late 17th century, European glassmakers scored two major successes. In Bohemia, the British Isles, and Germany, they produced crystal glass vessels that resembled natural rock crystal. And in Brandenburg, Germany, they also manufactured red vessels—from gold ruby glass—that looked as if they