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barium carbonate / stannous chloride...toxicity concerns not a

updated sat 19 feb 05


Craig Clark on fri 18 feb 05 more source

Maura, if someone is advising another potter about toxicity concerns
with regard to Barium Carbonate it is not a sermon. Believe me, I can go
on at length about things relating to safety and health in a sermon like
manner. It's kinda funny when folks eyes start to glaze over..LOL
The question about a supply source of Barium Carbonate indicates
that you may not have much experience with the material. It is a common
courtesy to inform folks of potential dangers. I think folks have been
gently suggesting that, if you are not familiar with them, take a look
at potential health concerns. They have not been giving sermons.
I don't know where you are located, but our local ceramics store
sells Barium Carbonate. Here's the link
Tom, the proprietor, is someone with whom I have been doing business
for the past fifteen years. They have only recently gone to the web. His
prices are quite competitive. I used the Ceramics Store as a material
source when I was "down south" as I like to say (Bolivia), because he
was still less expensive than Miami Clay or any of the folks on the East
Coast even after I had to pay an extra shipping cost from Houston to
Miami. Don't know what the varying prices for materials are today. That
was seven years ago. The store is only 1/2 mile from my house so the
convience factor is worth a bundle.Just do a quick search at the various
links/compare the prices/figure in the shipping cost and you have your
winner if you are primarily concerned with the price.
Hope this helps
Craig Dunn Clark
619 East 11 1/2 st
Houston, Texas 77008