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  1. Thanks John and everyone for the feedback. I'll check this out. Cement cures long-term by what is called a pozzolanic reaction. Ceramics cures from firing(not sure what the reaction is) but is very similar. While using a torch or torch exposing process is not practical for green ceramics, it would be beneficial for something that does not require firing like cement. I'll put it on my experiment schedule when things calm down here at work. Hope some of you get a chance to try it. If perfected, I could sell the heck out of it.
  2. If you like projects that have a fun learning curve but take you a long time, go for it. It takes ALOT of time and experimenting to get things right. This company is this months trend in sealers http://surface519.com/ Each month there seems to be new better suppliers out there. This above company has an EAP sealant that has recieved good reviews but the process is long. Any interest in trying a blow torch on one of your concrete scultpers? I really would love to hear some results about this or even better yet some pictures! Unfortunatly I am swamped at my real job and have not had a c
  3. Believe it or not concrete countertops (as many people know them) have taken some dramatic changes in the last couple years. Concrete is very durable but sealers for countertops have not stayed with the new trends and advances. My guess is that 70 percent of countertop builders are not completely satisfied with their choice of sealer. Kiln drying is not an option but in my origional post I was inquiring if anyone has tried mapp gas or another type of torch method . The tempuratures match for mapp gas with the kiln tempuratures of glaze. Untreated Concrete is inherently prone to scratchin
  4. I can't wait to read it. The process of concrete curing is completely different than that of ceramics. New "high performance" cements interestingly have many of the same ingredients as ceramics but with a few more additives. Thanks, Troy
  5. Thanks John Yeah, I've been known to bark up the wrong tree a time or two. The process I use does not have the traditional large pores of cement. They are very small in comparison to traditional concrete. Using the term "glaze" might be the wrong terminology. Enamel might be a better term. I typically think of enamel cookware with thick coatings when I use that term. Slight penetration into the concrete would be best.
  6. Yes, many epoxy's are toxic after curing. There are many types of wax, epoxy, acrylics, etc.. but all of them have their faults. Wax needs to be reapplied and does not give the look or feel most of us are trying to acheive. Epoxy often hardens to fast and is tough to repair along with keeping dust and other particles out. Using a blow torch on cement is common practice because glass fibers often stick out from the cement after some of the steps in prep. Has anyone tried using a torch on glaze over ceramic just to see what happens?
  7. I never thought about the evening out. I was trying to keep the laughing down to a minimum but the projects I do are countertops. Garage floor epoxy is toxic and expensive.
  8. Yeah, I was just hoping there was something out there that would. The temperatures match for Mapp gas but it's only a theory. The closest thing I could find on google was a guy wanting to try to glaze his kitchen tile grout. I know there are many dianamics to why glaze fuses with the clay but it does not have to be as bonded. Just so it fills the pores. I might just stop by a craft place tonight and see if they sell any low tempurature glaze. I know the suspense isn't killing anyone but sometimes thinking out of the box pays.
  9. I've never worked with Ceramics but my preferred material is cement. Specifically decorative concrete. Lately I've been trying to find a sealer or way of sealing projects against heat and chemicals. All the options we have in the cement industry are extemely expensive and have many steps to them. The ideal sealer would be much like the glaze that is applied to ceramics. While cement cannot be fired at the tempuatures you guys use, are there low temperature glazes out that could be applied with butane or mapp gas torch? Instead of buying and testing all of this myself, I figured I would ask
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