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Reusing Milk Glass

Many antique glasses are usually not recycled and are sometimes kept as collectibles.

Milk glass is one type that is valued for its aesthetics and historical worth.

Milk glass popped up around the 16th century in Venice, Italy and was popularly made into vases, cups, dishes and other items.

During the mid 1800’s, arsenic was added to the manufacturing regimen to give the glass a thick, white cloudy appearance. Many types around this time and after were made with flint glass which contained lead. Tin oxide was also sometimes used in the process, which turned the glass white due to a reaction with the compounds.

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