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VanTiki Mugs: Octopus Time Lapse
Paipo
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Joined: Jun 22, 2006
Posts: 1886
From: Aotearoa / NZ
Posted: 2007-07-24 2:23 pm   Permalink

That's one surly looking heptapus! You'll have to provide some backstory to the missing limb - hungry shark? Pirate cutlass? This mug looks like a real exercise in problem-solving and is going to make some swapper mighty happy (hopefully me!)...
Eagerly awaiting the glazing!
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VanTiki
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Joined: Nov 25, 2005
Posts: 1023
From: Hawaii
Posted: 2007-07-24 4:12 pm   Permalink

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On 2007-07-24 14:23, Paipo wrote:
You'll have to provide some backstory to the missing limb - hungry shark? Pirate cutlass?



Totally! Perhaps the critter is a spirit who grows a limb for every century spent in the murky depths guarding the submerged tiki... (thunderclap) Good thing I didn't sculpt the 100 year old version - he looked rather silly

Finished up the sculpt today - lid is now removable and has a straw hole in the middle:



I am gonna dry this guy veeeeeeeery slowly!

Henrik "VanTiki"
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teaKEY
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Joined: Nov 09, 2004
Posts: 3664
From: The thumb !
Posted: 2007-07-24 4:15 pm   Permalink

I really think this is one of your best mugs.

 
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AlohaStation
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Joined: Sep 27, 2004
Posts: 2148
From: So FL
Posted: 2007-07-24 5:57 pm   Permalink

Wow. The sculpt iteself is excellent - the fact that its a mug!!!

 
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Babalu
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Joined: Nov 19, 2006
Posts: 2505
From: Lemon Grove
Posted: 2007-07-24 10:25 pm   Permalink

Van...I agree with teaKEY. This could be my favorite of yours as well. You hit a major long ball with this one Captain.

Is this the cone 04 low fire clay? Are you using white slip on the teeth, or is that a different clay body?

PS - Well, I just went to your first page and answer my questions...cone 6 - teeth porcelain.
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little lost tiki
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Joined: Jun 12, 2006
Posts: 7582
From: Orange,CA-right near the Circle!
Posted: 2007-07-24 10:42 pm   Permalink

In-freakin-credible!
you're like Beastmaster,but with clay!


 
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hewey
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Joined: Sep 14, 2004
Posts: 4278
From: Sydney, Australia
Posted: 2007-07-24 11:39 pm   Permalink

Yep, definitely your best clay art to date - it's awesome!
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OceaOtica
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Joined: Sep 29, 2003
Posts: 909
From: near Atlanta, Georgia
Posted: 2007-07-24 11:40 pm   Permalink

beautiful sculpture, looking forward to seeing your underglaze and/or glaze choice

 
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VanTiki
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Joined: Nov 25, 2005
Posts: 1023
From: Hawaii
Posted: 2007-07-25 11:46 am   Permalink

Wow you guys, I just don't know what to say! teaKEY, AlohaStation, Babalu, little lost tiki, hewey, OceaOtica - your compliments are like creative rocket fuel! I wanna keep pushing the clay so I can get more happy posts I am so happy to hear the great comments on the octo-hat. Funny thing is I was agonizing over what to do for the tiki swap as the nautical theme was very intimidating! I have a second mug started, and I think based on everyone's kind words I am gonna do him as a submerged tiki as well. It is a much larger mug - well, same height with a larger diameter - so the proportions will be different. Hope it works out a second time!

Oh - and Babalu, yep, it is cone 5 calico clay by laguna, and I use porcelain for the teeth. I was using a cone 6 "frost" porcelain for a while, but I just switched back to a cone 5 (not so translucent) porcelain as I was having a lot of trouble with the different shrinking rates of the calico and cone 6 porcelain clays. Also - I've decided to stop applying a gloss clear coat to the teeth, as I really like the matte white frost teeth on the wedding mug set I did (see earlier posts). A very nice old bone look. Besides, I am a sucker for matte and semi-gloss - never really liked the glossy glazes.

Once again, a big Mahalo!

Henrik "VanTiki"
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hewey
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Joined: Sep 14, 2004
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From: Sydney, Australia
Posted: 2007-07-25 8:26 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2007-07-25 11:46, VanTiki wrote:
I wanna keep pushing the clay so I can get more happy posts I am so happy to hear the great comments on the octo-hat. Funny thing is I was agonizing over what to do for the tiki swap as the nautical theme was very intimidating! I have a second mug started, and I think based on everyone's kind words I am gonna do him as a submerged tiki as well.



Yes - more submerged tikis!
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Tonicacat
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Joined: Feb 17, 2007
Posts: 10
From: Hawaii
Posted: 2007-07-25 10:11 pm   Permalink

This is probably one of the coolest things I have ever seen. The damn thing looks like it's actually crawling as I stare at it. Truley talented you are!

 
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VampiressRN
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Joined: Nov 23, 2006
Posts: 5750
From: Sun City Lincoln Hills (NorCal)
Posted: 2007-07-26 6:37 pm   Permalink

Wow...that is super wicked. Can't wait to see the final.
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KAHAKA
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Joined: Mar 03, 2003
Posts: 825
From: San Jose, CA
Posted: 2007-07-27 2:16 pm   Permalink

Killer man, killer. The detail is amazing! Keep up the good work!

 
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VanTiki
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Joined: Nov 25, 2005
Posts: 1023
From: Hawaii
Posted: 2007-07-28 7:02 pm   Permalink

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On 2007-07-25 20:26, hewey wrote:
Yes - more submerged tikis!



You got it brah!

Here is submerged Tiki #2 - a very big denizen of the deep! More of a "rum bucket" than a "mug". I added some "ears" to the tiki that interlock with the lid to help things line up. And I've included a view of my bare feet as an added bonus!





Ms. Tiki thinks I'm nuts for sculpting this guy so big - I keep telling her that it just kinda happened. Perhaps he can find a home guarding the corner of a bar where he can be seen from all angles. I'm especially proud of the coral texture on the branch growing up the back of the "mug"

Mahalo for peeking!
Henrik "VanTiki"


 
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teaKEY
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Joined: Nov 09, 2004
Posts: 3664
From: The thumb !
Posted: 2007-07-28 8:01 pm   Permalink

You do in clay like Tiki Shark does on canvas, only faster.

 
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