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Urn To Be Sunk In Lake

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A friend with a terminal illness wants an urn to eventually (soon) be sunk into a lake with some of his and his now deceased brothers ashes.  

 

I'm thinking that ashes, even in a ceramic urn, may float.  Any ideas to insure that the urn will sink during the ceremony?

Thanks

Nancy

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Ashes do not have much buoyancy if any. Only the smaller micro ashes float on surface when spreading (I have had a lots of experience in this field).The larger pieces will sink. The pot will sink as long as the air can get out (and this is only if pot is way oversized as the pot should sink with its own weight) so leave a small pin hole for that if the pot is a large one. especially if you use say silicone to seal lid.

Why not just spread them on lake and forgo the urn?

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if your friend is ok with it and if his family is not going to store the urn for a significant period of time why cant you just do a greenware item with slip if you so desire or even just acrylic paint if you so desire. 

 

i would imagine it would eventually sink if it doesnt right away. 

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Thick walls, thick bottom. If the intent is for the urn to sink, design/make it to sink. Large enough to hold the amount of ashes, but not too large to allow for an air pocket that could create buoyancy. If you are unsure, make a prototype and test.

 

Private lake or public lake? And, are there any ordinances, laws regarding disposal of ashes in that place?

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Thanks for your comments.  It's an urn with a cork type in the opening, I'll make sure to let who ever is filling it know to leave a hole when sealing it.  Never thought of someone diving it up.

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