| Originally Posted by sunnydaes |
yes, its the left over. sorry i'm vegan, so any animal by-product is gross. I just don't understand why they have to make that china the "best" and the one that everyone feels that should invest in. There are soooo many alternatives. Also we live in the 21st century, do we really need to use bone ash in plates?
read this:"You have probably noticed cups and plates often carry the label â€œBone Chinaâ€.
Does it really mean they are made of bones ?
Bone China is a product of a technique perfected in England to add bone ash of animals to the clay, resulting in delicate looking but very strong china. Sometimes, it does not carry the label â€œbone chinaâ€ but it can be easily recognized as it has more transluency and whiteness than normal porcelain.
How itâ€™s made
Calcined bone ash makes up about 50% by weight of the final body recipe. It is produced from animal bone, which is first processed to remove any
adhering meat which is generally sold as pet food. The bone is then treated to remove glue, which is processed and upgraded for use in normal applications where glue is used, and also for the sizing of expensive paper.
The raw bone which is left after the meat and glue have been extracted is then heated to about 1000 C at which temperature any residual organic material is burned off and the structure of the bone is changed to form suitable for the manufacture of bone china.
It is then finally ground with water before being added to clay."
It is something still done? From the little googling I did, it sounded like it was in antique china.
I don't want to drink out of a tea cup made out of animal bones. I'm not registering for China. I have no interest in owning it.