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The table below shows the chemical compounds routinely used in industry to colour glass. Some of the compounds used may not be suitable for use in school environments. Always refer to CLEAPSS or SSERC guidelines before attempting to use any compound listed here or anywhere else.

Compounds Colors
Iron Oxides greens, browns
Manganese Oxides deep amber, amethyst, decolorizer
Cobalt Oxide deep blue
Gold Chloride ruby red
Selenium Compounds reds
Carbon Oxides amber/brown
Mix of Mangnese, Cobalt, Iron black
Antimony Oxides white
Uranium Oxides yellow green (glows!)
Sulfur Compounds amber/brown
Copper Compounds light blue, red
Tin Compounds white
Lead with Antimony yellow