One project down, now on to the next, having to do with chemical analysis in mining. You'd think that mining has come a long way over the centuries, but you'd be wrong. It's still basically alchemy. You take your crushed and powdered ore, add a flux containing litharge and also some flour to aid the reduction in the furnace. After removing the slag and cooling your button, place it into a pot made of bone ash and pop it in the athanor for a thorough cupellation. Then apply aqua regia. Finally, your gold is ready for the inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometer. Okay, that last bit goes somewhat beyond alchemy. You may think I'm joking, but only one of the preceding terms was fudged.
And now I know that bone china is actually made of bones. Yay, I learned something new today! I win!