Electroanalytical study of the composition of the raw pigment mixtures that yield the metallic lustre on ceramics. A link between composition and final result

Autores: Cepria, G.|Roque, J.|Perez-Arantegui Molera, J.|Vendrell, M.
Fuente: Electroanalysis
19 (11), 1167-1176

Voltammetry of immobilized microparticles was used to study the electrochemistry of the raw pigments that produce the metallic lustre on ceramics after a successful firing. To study this influence of the mixture components on the reduction properties to achieve the metallic lustre, 14 mixtures of illitic clay, Fe2O3, HgS, CuO and AgNO3 were prepared and studied in different media. Iron oxide improves the yield of the reduction of the metals and cinnabar helps a closer reduction of silver to copper reduction and prevents the Ag-Cu alloying because of the formation of silver-mercury adducts. The presence of one of the metals influences the peak position of the other metal. The use of vinegar as diluting agent is not casual, because in this media the reduction of silver takes place at a potential closer to the copper. This electroanalytical technique allowed to distinguish between powders of different composition and offered some information about the role of the components ! in the reduction of copper and silver and the selection of vinegar to prepare the raw pigment suspensions.

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