A new type of glass made from soul sand. When a player smashes a block of soul sand and sets it in a furnace, it smelts into Soul Vitric (soul, obviously coming from soul sand, and vitric, which means relating to, resembling, or having the nature of glass). This product is not available for purchase in-game but can be created at a blacksmith's workbench.
Soul sand is similar to obsidian in that it is formed when volcanic glass is exposed to heat and air. However, instead of turning to liquid like obsidian, soul sand remains solid until heated again in a fire. When this happens, it melts into a dark grayish-black glass that is useful as armor material or weapon components.
In Minecraft, soul sand can only be found in desert biomes. It has a color scheme similar to that of regular glass, except that it has a red tint to it. Like other types of glass, breaking soul sand does not cause it to break into smaller pieces; instead, it will burn away slowly like coal if not removed from the area where it was found.
However, soul sand is more resistant to damage than regular glass. It can only be broken by hitting it with certain blocks including diamond tools, iron weapons, cobblestone, stone, and wood planks.
Soul sand typically slows the mobility of creatures and people that walk on it. It's also used to develop nether warts and make withers.
Soul sand is hard to find in civilized regions, but miners and adventurers use it as a resource here and there. It can be bought at Nether Fortress Stores for 2 coins per pound or acquired by breaking open Soul Sand Dunes with a tool called a sander.
Soul sand is white or gray when fresh and darkens over time. The darker it gets, the more powerful it becomes.
People usually mix soul sand with lava to make it harder and give their weapons better properties. However, not all soulsands are made equal. Some contain more soul material than others, so they create weapons that are better suited for their owner's style of fighting.
Miners check dune locations daily to see if they contain any new soul sands. When they find one, they break it open with their tools and harvest the contents. When you collect enough soul sand, you can sell it to merchants who trade it in exchange for money or items from other players.
People use soul sand to craft weapons and armor with special properties. These items are then sold by miners or traded between players.
It's like claiming ordinary sand produces golden glass.... Except maybe for the red color of the sand. That's because the substance contains large amounts of iron oxide, which can be reduced with hydrogen gas to produce red pigment.
The reaction is called "reduction" and it occurs with almost all metals. When silver is reduced, for example, it turns into a shiny black powder called "argentiferous silver." Gold is also reduced to gold dust when it is burned in an airtight container over a flame or furnace. And copper can be reduced too! The name of this process is "cupric reduction."
You can reduce most elements at room temperature if you put them in a porous container with enough hydrogen gas to cover them. The only exceptions are uranium and plutonium, which cannot be reduced even under high pressure. They must be cooled below 100 degrees Celsius (212 degrees Fahrenheit) for their atoms to fuse together instead of splitting into smaller pieces.
So now you know how to make metal powders that can be used for making new materials. But what happens when you mix different metals together? That could give you a better material than either one of the components alone!