Something I get a great deal of pleasure from is making tools for projects I'm working on. There aren't a lot of tools you can make with ceramic, but I thought I'd share the crucibles I make. I've use these for water casting copper, and when the weather's nice enough to safely cast again (one stray snowflake or water droplet could cause an explosion) I'll be casting copper, bronze, and shibuichi(75% copper, 25% silver). I'm even going to play with using them for making crucible steel or wootz, which has a lovely dendritic structure. The clay body is Pottery Supply house's Sheba Raku. Miraculous stuff--I get three pours at about cone 4 from a crucible before it starts to break down.
The copper blob will be a tsuba when I get done with it.
I'd love to see what tools you make from ceramic, and how you use them. Soufflé dishes, jars, thermal components, it's all good.
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