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VanTiki
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Joined: Nov 25, 2005
Posts: 1031
From: Hawaii
Posted: 2006-10-19 7:15 pm   Permalink

Yessir - I can't believe it has been months since I've made a mug! Never fear, the studio has been cleaned and the clay is back in motion. Updated the site a tad (the Jabber Pod mug is officially retired!) and will get some shots of the new mugs up soon. In addition to a handful of Trepanning Skulls and Pongo Logs, I'll be making a bunch for Traveling Jones, as well as some custom one-off mug types (along the lines of my Tooty mug), and a few *halloween specials* - oooooo!

Sorry for vanishing! That's the problem with a day job

VanTiki
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VanTiki
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From: Hawaii
Posted: 2006-10-21 4:21 pm   Permalink

Okey Dokey -

Put together a few Trepanning Accident Skulls this morning - as I have already put a zillion photos of those guys up, I thought I post some "making of" shots for a change.

First up - early in the creation process - I've shaped out the "bowl" portion of the 4 mugs (lower left) and have begun shaping the porcelain teeth (arranged in order for each mug: molars, bicuspids, incisors - the works! I make 12 teeth per mug, but usually only use 8 to 10). I need to let both of these firm up a bit before stage 2. I also have my trusty turntable along with some reference materials: a photo of one of my favorite skull mug sculptures and a chipped mug that I wont sell.



Next we have two shots of the "face" roughed in on a bowl. I will refine the shape, smooth things out with a scotch-pad and a brush, and stick in the now hard teeth (I dip the roots in water before pressing them into the softer clay on the skull to help the different clay bodies bond together).




Here you see the "fresh" skulls drying out. I will let them get leather hard, then carve the "shattered" rim as well as the assorted cracks and fractures in the bone to "age" them. As we are itching to see The Prestige, and I need to hit costco for a turkey fryer (Halloween goodness with dry ice!) I think I am gonna loosely cover these guys in plastic and detail them tomorrow morning.



More mugs to come!
Mahalo,
VanTiki

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Sneakytiki
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Joined: Mar 31, 2003
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From: Boise, Idaho
Posted: 2006-10-21 5:06 pm   Permalink

Looking SPOOKTAKULAR! Nice Job Man.

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Paipo
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Joined: Jun 22, 2006
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From: Aotearoa / NZ
Posted: 2006-10-22 02:41 am   Permalink

I'm always impressed with the amount of effort you put into your work - all the little details like the teeth and the various surface effects. I'm pretty excited to hear you've got some new mugs coming...how long do we have to wait? I definitely need to add couple of your pieces to my fledgling mug collection.

 
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hewey
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From: Sydney, Australia
Posted: 2006-10-22 04:48 am   Permalink

always wondered how these babies go together

cant wait to see some fresh designs
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Capt'n Skully
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Joined: May 28, 2005
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From: The Lost Lagoon
Posted: 2006-10-22 08:34 am   Permalink

Vantiki- Your work is amazing!

Thanks for sharing the progress and process- It's cool to see everything come together!!
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TravelingJones
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Joined: Mar 11, 2006
Posts: 897
From: Eastern Shores of Western Civilization
Posted: 2006-10-22 3:12 pm   Permalink

Somewhere on the Island of Misfit Tiki?...

- Vantiki the Elf," but I don't wanna make tikis, I want to be... a dentist!"
+Vantiki wrote, "arranged in order for each mug: molars, bicuspids, incisors - the works! I make 12 teeth per mug, but usually only use 8 to 10"

SMILE

Flip-flOp-fLipPp...


 
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VanTiki
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Joined: Nov 25, 2005
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From: Hawaii
Posted: 2006-10-22 5:17 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2006-10-22 15:12, TravelingJones wrote:
Somewhere on the Island of Misfit Tiki?...
- Vantiki the Elf," but I don't wanna make tikis, I want to be... a dentist!"



Too funny! Mahalo for all the kind words - it is alway SO encouraging to her good things on the ol' TC! Put the final cracks and edges on the skulls:



Now they get to dry for a week or so while I work on the next few mugs. More photos soon!

Thanks again -
VanTiki
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TikiJosh
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Joined: Feb 01, 2005
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Posted: 2006-10-25 12:41 pm   Permalink

Awesome as usual. Good job!


 
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VanTiki
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Joined: Nov 25, 2005
Posts: 1031
From: Hawaii
Posted: 2006-10-25 9:26 pm   Permalink

Off to din-din, just wanted to get this posted really quick. It's a Work In Progress shot of my next Musical Tiki Mug (there is an ocarina built into the base). This is as far as I got today - I'll be adding more detail to the big guy (and I mean big - the biggest mug I've made to date) and texturing/aging him a bit tomorrow AM after he's dried out a tad. A sprinkle of "Hawaiian style" in a vantiki mug.



Mahalo for peeking!

VanTiki
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hewey
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From: Sydney, Australia
Posted: 2006-10-26 06:01 am   Permalink

Looks kool - check out those chompers!

Whats an ocarina?


 
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VanTiki
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Joined: Nov 25, 2005
Posts: 1031
From: Hawaii
Posted: 2006-10-26 3:19 pm   Permalink

Okey Dokey -

Here is the final sculpt of my next musical mug! You can see the mouthpiece you use to play him poking out of the back of the mug on the bottom.



and here he is next to a Pongo Log mug for scale (note - he will be shrinking 12% by the time he is dried out and fired - still my biggest mug yet by far):



I'm really digging this big guy. Can't wait to get some glaze on him! He is a one-of-a-kind mug, just like my first musical mug (Tooty Tikki Tavy).

Mahalo for peeking!
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VanTiki
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From: Hawaii
Posted: 2006-10-26 3:24 pm   Permalink

Quote:

Whats an ocarina?



An ocarina is a simple clay flute - here is a link with more info. Any Zelda fans out there know what I am talkin' about

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ocarina


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Hiphipahula
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Joined: May 27, 2006
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From: The Valley! Female, leo,fav color pink.
Posted: 2006-10-26 7:11 pm   Permalink

I'm dig'in that big 'ol bad ass boy, sign me up for one! HiPhiPaHuLA!!

 
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squid
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Posted: 2006-10-26 10:14 pm   Permalink

Van Tiki-
Your shit is OFF THE HOOK! Glad I checked out this thread......whewwww. You work hard! Keep it up.

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