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Old 2024-02-09, 12:40pm
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Default Lybian Desert Glass

I've been wanting to get a few pieces of that stuff ever since I heard about it, well two pieces, one to put up and one to you know... melt. LOL

Anybody here actually tried it, if so how did it go?

I assume it's similar to obsidian, but not quite as hard as quartz but I couldn't find any information on it in terms of melting temp etc. I've torched on some obsidian before and way back before I knew what I was doing I about cooked my eyeballs melting some quartz pieces. If it's ridiculously hard I have a hydrogen set up that can pretty much melt anything, but figured I'd ask my distinguished colleagues here.
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Is this the same as lightning forged glass?
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Is this the same as lightning forged glass?
There's all sorts of theories going around about how this stuff was formed. Science says it was a meteor impact that caused miles and miles of desert to turn into a literal sheet of glass, but apparently there is no associated impact crater there. If you look at the ancient Hindu texts, apparently the gods had some kind of nuclear sounding war in that same area, which is totally weird but it's there. There's miles of the stuff though, it reminds me of vaseline glass. Seems like I heard or read somewhere it is slightly radioactive as well, but don't quote me on that.
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hey here is some, not expensive so you can try it out. I don't see why it would be Hindu texts for Lybia, but yeah that could have happened during one of the prev extinction events.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/1503551...n-desert-glass
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Here I found this, looks like the latest studies do support a meteorite impact.

They are supposed to be almost pure silica. I'm sure things are added to our glass to make it easy to melt and manipulate, perhaps you could do that as well?
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Not even sure why, but I've always wanted to get a few pieces of it just to try it out, the HHO torch I have can pretty much melt anything but if it's pure silica it is going to be close to quartz in terms of melting temps.. ugh.
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hey here is some, not expensive so you can try it out. I don't see why it would be Hindu texts for Lybia, but yeah that could have happened during one of the prev extinction events.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/1503551...n-desert-glass
Damnit, now I had to buy a couple pieces... LOL Got two coming, supposedly. A larger one to put up and a smaller one to (insert disaster) with. I bet I'm going to have to wait until I get my torch upgrade to put a dent in that stuff if it's pure silica though. The HHO will melt it, but that's my small hand torch and doesn't want to work anything larger than about a nickel or so. Any of you guys have much experience with quartz? The only time I ever fooled with any, I darn near cooked my retinas out of my scull but this was way back before I knew anything about anything.
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nope, I have quartz I use for punties, that's about it. Of course with the prices nowadays, I would have gotten something else.

That little torch scares me LOL
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nope, I have quartz I use for punties, that's about it. Of course with the prices nowadays, I would have gotten something else.

That little torch scares me LOL
Looks like a lot of folks use it for fuming and puntys, good lord you're right about it being expensive. I wonder how many years I knocked off my eyes trying to melt the little piece I had like an idiot. I've got to get some darker shades before I get too excited about the new torch anyways, but I'll keep you guys updated when I get the desert glass in, if nothing else maybe I will have an ultra-cool punty (I swear I used to spell that puntil)
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I'd never heard of it before so I did a little (very little) reading. The desert glass seems to be classified as a tektite, and then I remembered moldavite which ABR sells. It's supposedly compatible with Boro so...maybe not quartz level of difficulty? Good luck with your experiment! Sounds interesting.
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Actually this looks like a decent price here. Fuming! yeah I got mine for punties and fuming, but I never got around to learning to fume so i had forgotten that. LOL Much better price than those scientific ones. yikes
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