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New Mug, But Will Need A Silicone Ring! What Do You Think?


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Hello ceramic artists!

 

I am making a new type of mug and it will need a silicone ring at the bottom. I'm unsure of what people think about it...

 

I'm hoping I can get honest opinions about it from all of you. Here's a link to the survey that literally takes 49.3 seconds. It also has a picture of the ring. Feel free to share it if you want!

 

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8N5T89Q

 

Thanks!

-Harry

 

EDIT: the mug has a heating element underneath and the silicone is needed for making it water tight.

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I really can not see enough on the one Photo to see the mug and make any sort of proper decision. Does the silicone ring hold in a glass or otherwise transparent area? What does the form look like? So many questions, but not a good representation of your mug.

 

 

best,

Pres

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How can you see a ring on the bottom with a bunch of dark coffee in it? I am still confused as to what this is for? Not trying to be a meany or anything, but if you want good opinions you should explain the product better so we can understand what your offering, right now its a ring in a cup? No one knows anything else about it.

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I honestly doubt I would buy a hand made mug with that in the bottom. I may not bee the target though as I am not into knowing things like temp of my coffee beyond tasting it like Neil said.

 

I am wondering if this is a class phych assignment to gauge reactions :-)

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I'm not bothered by a silicone ring, as long as it has a clearly defined and valid reason for being there. Checking the temperature isn't valid in my head, but I'm not a coffee or tea snob where things like that matter. But I agree that it will be a point of future failure. Function to me does matter, and there are enough disposable gadgets in the world. I don't like buying things that I think will break too soon, or not be super useful before they do. I will qualify this by saying I am highly suspicious of advertising, sales pitches and unnecessary consumerism in general. (I am aware of the irony of me doing the shows that I do and holding these beliefs.)

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Test the public, make your mugs, insert the silicone ringx and try it out ..café??may give it a whirl for you.

I wouldn't buy it. prob. end up swallowing it if it worked loose. Like to stir, unimpeded, my cuppa. Alters the morning sounds.

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Not a big ring fan or little ring fan

The mug looks slip cast and vey plain

Does it heat coffee or tell you to stop drinking?

Does it tell you when the tea is done steeping or sound an alarm when it's just right to drink temp wise?

 

I need more info before looking on why and what I,m looking for?

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Thank you for more honest feedback. 

 

The thing I mentioned about temperature was hypothetical. Actually this mug has a heating element underneath and the silicone is needed for making it water tight.

 

I have modified the survey and added more colors to the ring. Perhaps some might be tastier than the grey I showed? Or perhaps not?

 

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8N5T89Q

 

-Harry

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I think I am with many of you. I would really need to see pictures that showed the whole mug, not just a top down view.. In terms of the ring, I think if  it has to be there then you might as well make it look deliberate and not try to hide it.

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So, you've got a thermal thingy in the mug base that uses a sensor in the silicon dot to keep the mug contents hot/warm.

 

1. How durable is the silicon button? Is it a gasket that would age and degrade? Is the silicone permanently affixed to the mug?

2. Will it withstand dishwasher (and what will the dishwasher hot water and heat drying cycle do to the life expectancy of the seal and button)?

3. Will it withstand being put in microwave to heat water?

4. Will the silicone button withstand being hit by a spoon while stirring, etc.?

5. Does it keep the liquid the same temperature as when first poured into the cup or does it allow it to cool?

 

It is not necessarily about aesthetics but also about function.

 

Short answer, not of interest. Easier ways to keep your mug contents hot than going hi-tech.

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Silicone will fail gripping on a ceramic surface. It will not hold up to use. It will leak sooner than later

That's what I meant by saying it's not going to work well over time.

Glues that will work better are not food safe as far as I know.

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Silicone will fail gripping on a ceramic surface. It will not hold up to use. It will leak sooner than later

That's what I meant by saying it's not going to work well over time.

Glues that will work better are not food safe as far as I know.

I have made dots of GE clear silicone on the feet of my mugs since the 70's. It has remained secure against dishwashers and microwaves on mugs I have been using since then. Some other brands discolor to a yellowish color but remain secure also over the years. However, it is not proof against a determined assault by an exacto blade or a small child.

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I have made dots of GE clear silicone on the feet of my mugs since the 70's. It has remained secure against dishwashers and microwaves on mugs I have been using since then. Some other brands discolor to a yellowish color but remain secure also over the years. However, it is not proof against a determined assault by an exacto blade or a small child.

 

 

equating the destructive power of an exacto blade with a small child, love it, LOL  :P (did you know my kids when they were younger?)

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