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    Default Wet Cutting of Glass

    I was wet-cutting murrini and thought to have a look at the particulates suspended in the water mist that comes off of the saw blade. I captured some of the mist and dried it before looking at it in a scanning electron microscope. The particle sizes range from quite large down to less than 1 micrometer. The images below show the sizes and shapes that one will encounter (scale bar = 1 micrometer). Always wear a particulate mask in addition to impact protection when cutting and do a damp cloth cleanup of the area when you are finished.




    Robert
    Robert Simmons
    Director for Bead Donations
    Beads of Courage, Inc.

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    Beautiful images but scary when you think of what they are. Thanks, Robert, for sharing the results of your research.

    Debby

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    But look how interesting that image is!

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    Mini shards and frit! Thanks for sharing, Robert!
    Margie

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    So amazing to see, Robert. Thank you for posting.

    -Kendra

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    You have some amazing equipment to be able not only to view this but also to photograph it. The textures are gorgeous!

    Robyn

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