What is devitrification or "devit"?



Devitrification, the growth of crystalline structures on a glass surface

Devitrification ("devit") is the growth of crystalline structures within or on the surface of glass. ("Vitri" = glass; "devitrification" = the process of becoming un-glasslike). Devit can result from firing too slowly through the devitrification range of temperatures. It can also result from firing contaminants like oils and fingerprints onto glass and thus seeding the growth of crystals.

To learn about how to fire safely through the devitrification range of temperatures, see TechNote 4: Heat & Glass. To learn about removing surface contaminants from glass before firing, see Glass Cleaning Basics.

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