These are pics of mixing up glass batch for my furnace
bead or cane bead beadmaking from somewhere around mid-winter in 2004.
There's an easier way to mix smaller amounts.
Mix smaller batches in a bucket or small plastic drum cut in
half. I use a drywall mud or paint mixer and a drill. Cardboard with a
hole for the shaft sits on top of the bucket to keep the dust down.
This is fast and some of the most complete mixing so far.
Spraying a bit (not too much!) water in it helps with the dust. If you
super-sanitation on dust issues the industrial supply houses sell
plastic bucket caps that look like a womens showercap. You'll have to
add the hole for the shaft.
weighing out the sand on a digital scale
Dumping it onto the screen to be sifted.
Crushing the Lumps
Bumping it to get it to go through the screen
I check off each addition on a checksheet to minimize
checksheet comes from a spreadsheet I built to calculate the expansion
of the finished glass.
Same as above
Measuring some of the smaller quantity chemicals
Into the mixer it goes.
Adding a bit of water to help pelletize it and cut down the dust.
Dumping it out
Into the glass furnace it goes!!!!