Step 1: Prepare Sample

A successful fusion relies on a well-prepared sample. The sample must be ground and, if necessary, treated for sulphides and other compounds that may be insoluble or can damage platinumware and prevent successful beads from being made. Grinding the sample reduces the particle size, reducing the dissolution time. The sample must be dry and the loss on ignition must be recorded to allow for any weight loss during preparation.

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