Frit, rod and batch sold here are the RAW MATERIALS for GLASS ARTISTS.
The unique story behind Sunspots Batch starts with a company that makes a material called Sodium Silicate, a main ingredient in glass making. The company produces the compound in several U.S. plants for use in many different industries, from poultry processing to soap and paint production. When it is shipped in brick form by train, the vibrations cause the glass bricks to rub together, giving off powder and dust. Giant vacuums siphon the dust and debris created by the bricks into giant boxy woven plastic sacks called Super Sacks® that are moved with forklifts. Each Super Sack holds nearly a ton of the waste, but it is of no use to its manufacturer in this form. So if no end use is found before storage space runs out, it will end up in a landfill. Tons of it. Fortunately, this material is adaptable for use in our studios. It now makes up 50% of the materials in Sunspots Batch.