What is a Crucible?

A crucible is a container built specifically to hold burning hot material such as molten glass and metal. Originally, they were made from ceramic clays to melt and poor bronze.

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As more durable metals were discovered, such as iron, crucibles were fashioned out of thick metals to withstand the heat. Crucibles are still used in modern foundries, though in larger scale. 5205904395_9cf86c201f_o

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