I collect my stones along the Old Saybrook and CT shoreline. While I am certainly no Geologist here’s some general info . . .
There are three rock types: Igneous, Metamorphic and Sedimentary. The first two types, Igneous and Metamorphic, are formed after molten rock from magma and lava eventually cools down and finally hardens into rock again. Sedimentary stones are formed on shores or in the water by the weathering of older stones. These bits settle to the ground in layers and harden into compact sediment.
Some of the beach rocks that I collect form superficial cracks, crevices or notches. These variations can create the most beautiful, unique and desirable of stones but will not affect the structural integrity of your product. While I do my best to diamond polish the tops and bottoms to a smooth finish I cannot always eliminate each notch. I like to think of all my stones as imperfectly perfect.
I use handheld machines and tools coupled with water, vacuum braised synthetic diamond wheels, blades and polishing pads to carve and finish my stones. I DO NOT use any chemicals. I polish the tops and bottoms and leave the sides as natural as possible. Some dishes and stones are polished more than others for various reasons.
How to Use and Care for
I personally place my dishes directly onto my sink or counter top. The polished finish is smooth enough as to not damage the surface. However some of our dishes have a natural crevices or notches that cannot be completely polished out. These will be noted in the description. I include a swatch of fabric felt with every order. You may place the felt underneath your vessel. There’s enough for 2 felt swatches, simply cut in half. Hand wash and line dry as needed.
If you decide to use your dish for soap bars, you'll discover it’s magical secret of being naturally cool at room temperature—wet soap will solidify much quicker. Please be aware that if used in direct sunlight, rock absorbs heat and the opposite effect happens.
Soap clumps up, it’s life!
I usually run my stones under warm water to remove any goopy soap. Using harder bars helps to avoid this. If your stone has a natural crevice or notch, I suggest using an old toothbrush to remove any soap buildup in those harder to reach crevices.
Which stone vessel is right for me?
It depends on what you're using your stone vessel for. The best place to start is by drawing out on a piece of paper the dimensions of your vessel using a ruler. All dimensions are noted in the product description. Connect the points into that shape. Cut your shape out and place it on your designated surface. Does it fit?
If you're purchasing a vessel for soap bars I suggest a dish style instead of a bowl. Bowls tend to collect and pool water. A dish is much easier to tip and keep tidy. Our smaller dishes are perfect for pedestal sinks, guest bathrooms or if you're using a small guest-sized soap bar.
Both dishes and bowls are perfect for holding jewelry, guitar picks, beads or any small accessory. Some of our bowls are great for even holding small food items such as nuts, olives, candy, etc.
Why are there no drain holes?
I think that drain holes disrupt the stone's natural beauty but I also find them unnecessary. I simply tip the dish into the sink if too much water fills up. Most of the dishes I carve shallow for this purpose.
Rocks can break!
Some stones are harder than others and may not necessarily break, however, please keep in mind that your vessel can break if dropped onto tile or other hard surfaces. It's best to treat your stone vessel as fragile—especially those that are thinner and lower in profile.