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Name: Rashad
Status: Educator
Age: 30s
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Date: 2001

Can you give me some information on sand particles used to make bricks?

Familiar red ceramic bricks are made from primarily from clay and water. When the clay/water mixture is heated to extremely high temperatures (up to 1800 deg F) the clay fuses to form a solid, strong mass, as with many other ceramic items.

Although brick fragments may appear to contain sand, what you see is actually glassy particles created from the vitrification of the clay. For more detail, go to the Brick Industry Association's web site ( and look at Online Technical Note 9.

Andy Johnson

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