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VanTiki Tiles - Ku Squared tile taking shape - 1/25
VanTiki
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Posted: 2009-05-09 7:21 pm   Permalink

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On 2009-05-09 18:37, leleliz wrote:
Whoa VT...loving these all laid out together. Looks rather impressive !

Will you be selling these or auctioning them off on Ebay? I am esp digging the skull with the missing teeth.



Mahalo Liz! I'm going to be dipping my toes into the ocean of Estsy with the tiles. I'm putting together an Estsy.com storefront, and once I have the first batch done I'll sell the tiles there at a fixed price (no auctions! ). Since these are molded "production" items, I feel better selling them at a fixed price. That's not to say that I won't do some special altered tile/glazed tile pieces on ebay in the future!

Aloha -
Henrik
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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2009-05-09 8:32 pm   Permalink

They look great Henrik, especially the All-Seeing Eye. You press clay into a plaster mold, let it dry a little and pop it out? How do you prevent warpage? Every 6 inch test tile I ever made warped at least some.
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VanTiki
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Posted: 2009-05-11 2:26 pm   Permalink

Hey Mike - Warping is a problem, but I've dialed in a technique that works really well after reading about a bunch of other folks trials and errors with drying tiles. I set mine on metal wire drying racks, and lay a loose plastic sheet over them. This lets them dry out almost evenly - with the bottom drying a tad faster. This way the delicate bits up top get a bit more time to balance out moisture-wise and (so far) this set up has worked really well. As always, slow and steady wins the race - drying them too quick can cause a lot of distortion. Also - be careful how you handle the wet tiles as clay has a "memory". If you cut a flat slab, bend it, then bend it back flat, it will bend slightly while drying/firing!

When I with the lottery I'll head over to the Moravian Pottery and Tile Works to take some classes and see how they do it!
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VanTiki
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Posted: 2010-02-25 7:20 pm   Permalink

Aloha folks! Remember me
My apologies for the studio silence - I've been really busy getting various projects in motion for the trip to Tiki Oasis (SO excited!). One of the projects is 4 new tiki tiles, each featuring a carved visage. I've decided to go thick and deep with the sculpts on these new ones! Here is a peek at the first tile taking shape - please note that it is a work in progress, and I still need to add more details (wood grain, clean up, etc.)



Mahalo for peeking, and I hope to meet a few of you at Tiki Oasis!
Henrik
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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2010-02-25 9:32 pm   Permalink

Van The MAN!!! Good to see your work and excited you'll be in SoCal this summer!
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VanTiki
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Posted: 2010-03-03 12:57 pm   Permalink

Mahalo Mike!

Quick comparison of concept doodle by the finished sculpt. One down, three to go!



Mahalo for peeking -
Henrik "VanTiki"
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leleliz
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Posted: 2010-03-03 1:18 pm   Permalink

awesome Henrik!

 
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nuKKe
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Posted: 2010-03-04 01:44 am   Permalink

Looking great!

 
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Posted: 2010-03-04 12:14 pm   Permalink

Your unique, cool style flows through everything. Love it!

 
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Makiki Tiki
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Posted: 2010-03-08 03:01 am   Permalink

Can't wait to see the whole set! Knowing Vantiki, it's gonna be good.

 
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VanTiki
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Posted: 2010-03-10 1:09 pm   Permalink

Mahalo everyone! I think these 4 new fellows are going to look swell together. I want to press up a slew to ring my office with!

Here is #2 nearly done. Still need to tweak and smooth a bit, but you get the idea. He's an angry elf! Moving on to #3...



Aloha!
Henrik
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amybean
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Posted: 2010-03-10 1:39 pm   Permalink

SO AWESOME!! and inspiring !!

 
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VanTiki
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Posted: 2010-04-09 12:52 pm   Permalink

As some of you Creating Tiki thread regulars may have noticed, I'm taking part in the current TC art swap. The theme is "headhunter", and it gave me the push I needed to finally make some of the framed faces that were dancing around in my head. I envision these being found in a mysterious crate shipped back to a museum from a lost expedition. Or something like that. Here are the first three - each is entirely hand-build ceramic (unlike my other tiles - these are all one-of-a-kind). I made them to HOPEFULLY fit in a standard picture frame, and tomorrow I'll find out if my clay calculations were correct. The fellow with the solid yellow eye will get some lashing thru the holes in his lips. Mr. TwoClosedEyes is going in the art swap. I'll post more when I get them framed.







Mahalo for peeking!
Henrik "VanTiki"
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leleliz
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Posted: 2010-04-09 1:37 pm   Permalink

Awesome!

Cant wait to see them completely finished!


 
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TikiDaye
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Posted: 2010-04-09 4:45 pm   Permalink

Henrik,

Those have turned out incredibly... what an honor it would be to receive one in the art swap. You rock!

peace,
Jason <><


 
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