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Old 09-09-2017, 05:49 PM
Chris Lowry Chris Lowry is offline
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Sugar Acid

I was in Denmark talking to a guy about sugar acid. He uses it all the time and feels it is safe but it still scares me.

What do people think... is sugar acid any safer than others? Is acid just just to dangerous for small studios?
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Old 09-10-2017, 05:20 AM
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There is a lot of misinformation about sugar acid in the glass community, I'd be wary of any information offered up however well meaning it is intended.

Ammonium bifluoride still gives ions of HF.

Getting rid of the stuff responsibly once you're done with it might make you rethink the whole thing. Can get very very expensive to dispose of.
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Old 09-10-2017, 07:24 AM
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I had an ammonium bifluoride vat in my old Santa Fe SHop in the early 1980's. At one point I wanted to neutralize that mix and dumped some soda Ash in and it jumped right out of the booth at me and I mean jumped- several feet.
Where are we going and why am I in this basket?
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Old 09-11-2017, 04:53 AM
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use at your own risk. if you've really got a hard on for this kind of thing, best either leave it to the cogs... or your own bone marrow.
Don't have the structure, but sugar acid is a mild form of hydrofluoric, used extensively in Oz.
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Postby Bert Weiss Wed Mar 17, 2004 10:46 am

Mild hydrofluoric will still dissolve your eyeballs, remove the paint from a car, dissolve glass... overexposure can be fatal. It is a wetting solution so once it is on it's way through your skin, water is not an effective diluter.


I was taught to use HF with simple safety equipment outdoors, so it is possible. On the other hand, after mastering the technique, I vowed not to do it again. At least not without an OSHA approved acid booth, which is not in the budget any time soon.

me<---> quoting me, as I write this, right now

Myself, I've seen HF used casually, via the bucket ( its in a bucket[in Mexico]) system,

and as a staple part of the shop via the bath ( there's a Whole crane, bath, rinse, Re-Rinse dilution, and then professional dispenser... The bath was in a dedicated room the size of your entire shop that,BTW, smelled like nuclear cancer) system.
Neither of which I feel comfortable with as a professional art bum.

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Old 09-19-2017, 09:42 AM
Henry Halem Henry Halem is offline
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Sugar Acid

Here is the link to Sugar Acid.
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