What is glass made of?

Glass is generally made of three components: silica, in the form of sand; an alkali flux, such as soda or potash, which promotes fusion; and lime, which stabilizes the mixture.

In the process of being heated and then cooled, glass loses its crystalline nature and becomes an amorphous but rigid substance.

Like a solid, it is stiff enough to keep its shape.

But like a liquid, the spacing of its molecules is wide enough for the glass to be transparent.

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