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How Thin Does Ceramic Need To Be For Light To Pass Through It?

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#1 TomD



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Posted 27 March 2014 - 01:47 PM

Hi all, 


I'm looking into making a lamp shade out of ceramic and was wondering how thin does the ceramic layer need to be for light to pass through it? 


And from this how strong/durable would this be? 


Any help appreciated, thanks 



#2 Chris Campbell

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Posted 27 March 2014 - 04:17 PM

A translucent porcelain would be what you are looking for ... light glows through it when fired to maturity.

Thick for me would be 1/8" but others might have had success thicker.

It would be strong ... the durable depends on the owner.

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#3 Colby Charpentier

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Posted 27 March 2014 - 09:17 PM

Just to clarify, this is a property of some porcelain bodies. It's imperative that you're using a body formulated to achieve this effect.

#4 Marcia Selsor

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Posted 27 March 2014 - 11:01 PM

Frost will pass light at 1/8" maybe more.
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