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    Jesus Christ, Ceramics, Espresso, Surfing
  1. Ceramics and Saltwater.. Advice needed

    Thanks, the porosity is actually extremely beneficial in saltwater aquaria as it provides more surface area within the actual structure to populate beneficial bacteria, but that's a topic for the fish forums lol. I can live without the porosity of it means a stronger piece. I can't have any crumbling down the road. Ill prob stick with a food safe glaze as the MSDS doesn't appear to contain anything caustic. I may however pay for a lab analysis to be done on a water test run down the road just to be certain. Thanks for the feedback
  2. Ceramics and Saltwater.. Advice needed

    Smastca, My aim is for some more traditional organic shapes as opposed to Octopus rocks and various other sea creatures etc, but thanks for the link!
  3. Ceramics and Saltwater.. Advice needed

    Lol,Yes was referring to Glaze. In effect, you're essentially engaging in the action verb of " painting" a glaze correct? Rest assured I wasn't go to throw some Krylon semi gloss on my piece! My bad for breaking the covenant of the clay terms;) Interesting take on the clay as a stamp. Makes sense. Ill do a couple test runs with a clay stamp as well as some coffee beans and see what I come up with. ( Also to see how the piece itself holds up!) Thanks for the thoughts, they're appreciated. John
  4. Ceramics and Saltwater.. Advice needed

    Thanks Maryjane and nice vases btw in your link. Digging that Jade green one.. In regards to shapes etc: was planning on some irregular shaped semi "branching" pieces with B-Mix Grog Paper clay.. See any issues with that choice? Yes I was planning on drafting up a pattern on CAD and then routing the pattern into aluminum to cast a stamp with epoxy, and then of course stamp the green piece. My concern is that the pattern will warp significantly to a point beyond recognition. If that's probable then perhaps ill just go with the coffee bean/ grounds approach. Stains: was just going to paint the surface. Any brands you can recommend? Have been contemplating a few from Laguna. Thanks John
  5. Ceramics and Saltwater.. Advice needed

    Weeble, very nice pieces! I really just want the surface texture , the only reason for the porosity was to achieve a more light weight piece. I'm willing to tolerate some added weight however if it means longevity: I don't need this project crumbling a few years down the road. If I'm not mistaken( I'm probably mistaken) a vitrified stoneware will only truly reach vitrification starting around ^6 clays and up? How does stoneware accept brighter colored stains? I was planning on using a sight blue or purple tint. Further, regarding texture: I have a friend with machine shop with various laser cutters, CNC machines etc. For the texture I was planning on simply routing out my texture of choice via CAD software, then forming the stamp with a casting epoxy. My concern though is that the pre fired texture pattern will warp drastically during the firing process, thus rendering the epoxy stamp futile. My question is: will finely detailed texture patterns warp significantly during a pass through a stoneware fire?
  6. I'd like to craft some ceramic "rocks" for my marine aquarium. My experience in the ceramics world is a little sparse, having only created a few projects within a 6 month period or so, but I understand the very basics. My question is: will a vitrified stoneware still retain some of its porosity? I'm looking for a surface texture on the end product similar to that of finely porous pumice. Also, I'd prefer the piece(s) to be somewhat lightweight as well. Or Would an earthenware of say, ^06 fired to roughly ^03 be a better option for porosity yet still retain its strength to be able t withstand a marine environment? Thanks in advance.