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Tiki-On-A-Budget
shampoovta
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Joined: Jun 20, 2007
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Posted: 2008-07-27 4:19 pm   Permalink

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On 2008-07-26 07:41, TikiMango wrote:
I think this is a great topic, lots of creative thinking and great results being shared.

I always wanted a cool hat, but my gourd is just too big for most baseball caps (7-7/8 hat size). I soon learned that "one size fits all" really means "one size fits everyone but you". So I went to my local sporting goods store (Big 5 here in Los Angeles) and found a straw sun hat for $6.95. Well within my budget. I took it home, scribbled some with a Sharpie and dabbed a bit of acrylic paint on it. I found a terrible shirt at the thrift store for $1.98 and cut a swath of material from it.

I am by no means a tailor, so it was hot glue to the rescue to apply the cloth around the hat. I already had the glue gun from a sock puppet project, so there was no cost there. When I needed the glue gun though, I went to Big Lots and purchased it for $2.80. A small package of glue sticks was $0.80. I wasn't sure what to do with the bunched material going around the hat, but you can hardly notice it in the proper tiki-esque lighting.





I was thinking about cutting the brim a tad with a pair of scissors to give it a distressed look, but I am unsure if the final results will look right. I will probably clear-coat the whole thing matte as well since acrylics are water-based. I hope that gives some ideas to folks.




Thats hot!


 
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KreepyTiki
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Joined: Mar 18, 2007
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Posted: 2008-08-06 9:00 pm   Permalink

Wow, shampoovta!

You are TOO modest! You make it sound like "Oh, I just scribbled a little with a sharpie and then slapped on some acrylic paint"! Jeez! I'm an artist myself, and I'd be damn proud of that beautiful job!

You could SELL those for decent money, I'm tellin' ya!

Could I COMMISSION you sometime???

Cheers!


 
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KreepyTiki
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Posted: 2008-08-06 9:06 pm   Permalink

By the way, I'd be real cautious about cutting the brim if I were you, as it looks like it might just start to UNRAVEL at that point. Besides, it looks great as it is.

I really love your subtle and delicate use of color. (That pinkish tone is also acrylic?)

And is that a BROWN sharpie you used? If so, I wasn't aware Sharpie's came in that color.

Lastly, did you draw the design on lightly with some kind of pencil first? Because Sharpie is not exactly the most forgiving medium when it comes to mistakes!

Cheers again!


 
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woofmutt
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Joined: Mar 26, 2002
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From: Seattilite Telstar
Posted: 2008-08-06 10:50 pm   Permalink

This was a photo from a newspaper article on Oceanic Arts some years back. At the time I needed more Tiki things, so I cut out the image from the newspaper pic, glued it to a dark paper I had around, and penciled in some shading.

No scanner, no Photo Shop, no motor cars. As primitive as can be. And more importantly: Cheap and simple with nice results.




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TikiMango
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Joined: Jun 17, 2008
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From: Satellite Beach, FL
Posted: 2008-08-07 08:04 am   Permalink

KreepyTiki, I used a Sharpie to outline the figure and section-off the tapa design on the hat. It also had a vinyl sweatband around the outside that I marked-up, but it wasn't looking too good. That's when I had to cover it in the cloth. Sharpie does make several different colors of ink, but I only used black. The rest is mixed acrylic paint, I was shooting for a natural/organic color. Up close it is about the color of dried blood, a nice color.

I was blasÚ about how I constructed it simply because they don't compare to Cammo's awesome lids. Cammo's work inspired me to create this... on a budget.
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ClassiTiki
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Joined: Jul 27, 2008
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From: Tulsa, OK
Posted: 2008-08-11 9:27 pm   Permalink

I absolutely LOVE this thread. BTW... I'm new. Hi.

For the last five years, my husband and I have thrown a luau every September. So around July or August I go crawling the net for anything Tiki related. Inevitably, every year I end up here, searching through your pages of Tiki Decorating Gold.

I'm a little embarrassed to be posting a picture of ANYTHING I've done, considering the seriously talented people here. But I wanted to show how you don't have to spend a lot of money to come up with some interesting decoration.

This was a decoration for last year's luau. He's a 4 foot tall lump of chicken wire, paper mache, and granite paint (by far the most expensive part). He's not authentic or original, but he was cheap, and super impressive at the party.






 
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Unkle John
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From: Middle-of-the-Ocean, TX
Posted: 2008-08-14 10:28 am   Permalink

Great job on the Tiki!
There are many thread here showing how you can have a really cool luau and leave the colorful party city tikis for the kid's area and such. Not saying your luau's have been bad b/c you use part city. They have alot of good stuff to have for the party. Anyways, this website is the greatest. Welcome!

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ClassiTiki
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Joined: Jul 27, 2008
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From: Tulsa, OK
Posted: 2008-08-24 11:41 am   Permalink

Wow... I'm a little.... bewildered. I guess you wouldn't know this because I haven't posted before, but you made an incorrect assumption when you assumed I buy plastic decorations from places like Party City. Maybe I didn't make it clear that I turned my kitchen upside down for a week while I made that tiki... for my diy mini golf course, or that my evenings are being spent in my garage as I dremel tool wood for our patio... or that the ONLY time I've used Party City is when I bought a 3-D plastic decoration to make concrete tikis with (an idea from here, btw).

Sorry if I seem defensive.... I go to a lot of trouble (and have for the last five years) to NOT use run-of-the-mill commercialized tiki decorations. It never once dawned on me that you would assume that from one home-made tiki decoration in one photo.

Guess from now on, I'll keep my ideas, my party, and my photos to myself.


 
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JenTiki
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From: An island in the bay
Posted: 2008-08-24 12:59 pm   Permalink

ClassiTiki - Please do not stop posting your ideas here simply because one member made a false assumption. I can't imagine how Unkle John came to the conclusion he did, but remember, it was just the opinion of one person. I encourage you to continue to visit Tiki Central, learn what you can, and contribute when you can.

By the way - I applaud your resistance to the Party City kind of luau.


 
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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2008-08-24 2:55 pm   Permalink

Classi - I can't speak for Unkle John but I don't think he meant to offend you. He commended your tiki and said you came to the right place. This is a great board with lots of artists (as you've seen), lots of inspiration, and lots of great supportive people. Just keep creating & posting, and welcome to TC
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ClassiTiki
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Posted: 2008-08-24 8:12 pm   Permalink

I realize I'm probably a little sensitive in this subject... lots of work goes into throwing this kind of thing, as you all know very well.

Let's move on!

Anyone got any cool decoration ideas I just can't have a luau without this year?



 
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Unkle John
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Posted: 2008-08-25 10:29 am   Permalink

Mike is right Classi, I had no intention on sounding offensive. I apologize for that. I had been drinking and I assume I read the post wrong. I was stating a tip for anyone who was reading. I would like to see photos of your tiki (from above) during the luau.
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mieko
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Joined: May 01, 2006
Posts: 532
From: San Diego
Posted: 2008-08-25 11:37 am   Permalink

Hey Classi! Welcome to TC! Glad you're posting! My hubby and I got into tiki pretty much the same way - we've been having Luau parties for 10 years. I made a tiki head a lot like yours - paper mache and granite paint!
Check out this thread for my volcano:
http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?mode=viewtopic&topic=23711&forum=18&start=0&hilite=volcano

I made it with the "greatSTUF" expanding foam, it was really fun to play with.

We also made some pub tables and a fold up bar that's been really useful for our party, I could share some of those pictures if you're interested.
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ClassiTiki
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From: Tulsa, OK
Posted: 2008-08-25 7:36 pm   Permalink

Wow, now that's a volcano! I'm not sure if I'm ready to have something that permanent in my yard, but it definitely gets the wheels spinning... I've thought a little about a volcano in the past, but wasn't sure how to go about it. Now I've got some solid ideas.

This is a little off the subject of tiki crafts... but I'm in the phase of the luau prep where it's time to order flowers. Every year we've ordered flowers from a farm in Hawaii that we've really liked. But a little googling turned up a new seller that has a little higher prices, but better selection and a couple of values I like (for instance, I can order fresh flower leis from them and they don't charge me extra shipping like the other farm)... The website is
www.hawaiiblooms.com Anyone ever heard of them/used them/know of a different fresh cut flower supplier that ships to Oklahoma that I should be considering?

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Badd Tiki
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Joined: Aug 28, 2008
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Posted: 2008-08-28 4:52 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2008-04-03 15:25, jpmartdog wrote:
Aloha.... for those of you in desperate need of Tiki bar art, I picked up this cool FREE poster from the NH State Liquor store. Sailor Jerry spiced Rum is giving them away - just tear 'em off the cardboard point of purchase display.. and its yours. It would look quite nice in a wood frame.
It's 16" x 20". I assume its a promotion, wherever Sailor Jerry spiced Rum is sold, but definitely aavailable at the New Hampshire State Liquor stores...FREE! Now, that fits the budget!




Ah man, I drink Sailor Jerry's too, good stuff. But missed that deal, bummer.


 
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