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Old 07-24-2008, 05:22 PM   #11
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That is awesome. I have always wanted to learn how to do that. How cool would it be to give a gift of homebrew inside of one of your home made clay bottles. Keep us posted.


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Old 07-24-2008, 07:02 PM   #12
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Alternately... if anyone's in the market for a hand thrown ceramic tap tower?
I would be up for this, especially if you're able to inlay the graphic in my avatar.


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Old 07-24-2008, 07:12 PM   #13
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reminiscent of the little brown jug! dont forget the XXX on the side.
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Old 07-25-2008, 12:46 AM   #14
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They look cool!!!! How are you going to pressure test them? It'd be a shame if they became home-made bottle bombs...
True enough. I believe they'll certainly hold pressure -- additionally, by letting the slip (liquid clay) sit in the molds longer I can vary the thickness of my bottles. I fully anticipate that these will in fact be sturdier than glass... that is If I make them in Porcelain.

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Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe that clay is porous. it evaporates liquid that defuses through the surface, hence I imagine its no the best sanitary solution. Another point is that clay should be very hard to sanitize, plus it can absorb your sanitation solution. It will be a shame to use your great artwork for only a single batch, and not being able to refill.

that being said, if you'll do an internal glazing, you should on the safe side. porcelain should be a good solution as well
Absolutely -- this ain't the first set of pottery I've made, not by a long shot. Mud is porous, stoneware less so, and porcelain hardly at all (looking at 20%, 5% and 0%, water absorbtion, respectively). I plan on at the /very/ least glazing the insides with some thick high gloss. The outsides will then vary in style.
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Very nice job. Hope your idea works out.
Are you perhaps the hand model for the movie Ghost?
Demi Moore was the potter in that movie. Patrick Swayze just 'helped.' I didn't hand model for Ghost... but that thing that happened in the movie? ...pretty common event.

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I would be up for [a custom tap tower], especially if you're able to inlay the graphic in my avatar.
Nothing could be simpler than an Inlay. It's as easy as printing the graphic off, stick it to a wet pot, let it dry, then scratch out the lines. I'll try throwing some towers the next chance I get.

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I'd probably not spend a ton of money on them, but they would be cool to show off on those special occassions. Maybe if you were doing ren faires or period re-enactments or something too.
Slip is pretty cheap. Once I get the molds done I could probably make these for $1 or less in materials and heat. *shrug*

And as for the ren faire? Totally would do it. In Monk garb.

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reminiscent of the little brown jug! dont forget the XXX on the side.
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Old 07-25-2008, 12:55 AM   #16
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Ninjaneer glad you came back today to get the props you deserve!!! We all agree that they are awesome to behold! Hopefully you will have no problems.

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Old 07-25-2008, 02:39 AM   #17
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Ninjaneer glad you came back today to get the props you deserve!!! We all agree that they are awesome to behold! Hopefully you will have no problems.

Thank ye kindly, rev. I've been eying your kegerator... I must say props to you as well!

Thanks for making me feel so welcome!
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Old 07-25-2008, 05:36 AM   #18
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Hey Ninjaneer, I have always wanted some of these to cork + store some brew in. If they end up working out, I would definitely support your projects (love clay stuff).
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so how exactly would you "safely" pressure test this? dry ice possibly?
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Dry ice would actually be MORE dangerous than simply bottling some beer in them. The yeast give off a certain amount of CO2, wheras dry ice will sublimate completely and ultimately cause an explosion.

Nice jugs! I wish I could make something like that, but for now I'm content to just ogle yours.


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