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  1. Thanks ever so much for your help. My girlfriend uses porcelain a lot so sounds like a good start. By lining I mean using two clays that might have different porous levels, that way before firing I can blend in another clay within the middle area to have less moisture. This allows me to see areas the ants choose depending on the level of moisture to hold there lava and pupae. Food stores areas need to be in a relatively dry area in order to stop fungal growth. Acrylic nests with a damp sponge in a chamber is usually the best possible way to go without risking mold. But I'm trying to figure if creating a ceramic bisque nest would work and giving a more natural feel. The challenge would be more getting the thickness correct so it didn't explode on me, and warping as it needs to have a flat top for a sheet glass to lay upon, so the ants cannot escape but I can see the work. Basically I'm having to make what looks like a minature maze for a ant colony to live in lol
  2. Hello everyone. I'm into formiculture. The study of ants with formicariums. And looking into creating clay nests. Ant formicariums need to be able to soak moisture into its body and currently for small starting set ups I use bisque in glazed tiles. After many years of people setting up nests and so on, the bisque ceramic seems to be the best sturdy and mold resistant material we can use. Except a tile is no ideal set up. My girlfriend is a ceramicist part time. We have a kiln and studio so no problems creating anything. What I would like to know is what clay after a bisque firing soak's moisture better? And perhaps even lining the tunnels or chambers to have less moist areas? Any help will be greatest appreciated
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