A fine, glassy powder used in glass, glazes, and enamels. Frit is made by melting inorganic materials with flux, silica, and glass colorants. The melted material is cooled to a vitreous mass then pulverized into a fine powder. When heated, frit will turn into a glassy film. Frits are used on industrial pottery glazes to ensure color uniformity.
Synonyms and Related Terms
frita (Esp.); fritte (Fr.); fritta (It.); frit (Ned.); frita (Port.)
Insoluble in water.
Sources Checked for Data in Record
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