My Materials class is studying countertops right now and it is so interesting. The instructor delved into how each of the natural stones are formed by the Earth which helps us understand durability, appropriate usage and maintenance needs. We went over all types of natural stone to recycled glass and everything in between. But the most interesting to me was cement and how it can be customized. It can be made into any color, the edges can be decorative and imprints can be made--anything from a leaf to your college alma mater's logo. She shared a story about creating a cocktail table with a client, a base was purchased and a custom cement tabletop was created with three different colors to look like abstract art. It is expensive and takes 28 days to cure, but is very durable and beautiful.
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