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MadDog Mike's Platterful of Pupule - Krakatoa Mug Minor Success
Atomic Tiki Punk
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Posted: 2012-08-06 7:19 pm   Permalink

That joke soft landed on my funny bone!

 
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tikilongbeach
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Posted: 2012-08-06 7:20 pm   Permalink

The guy I was going to ask wasn't at work today. He's the only one I work with that would understand what you're trying to accomplish and he's creative.

 
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Posted: 2012-08-06 7:39 pm   Permalink

I found the answer on Google. Now I won't have to explain myself at work. Use liquid candle dye. www.candlescience.com/color/liquid-dye.php/

Liquid Candle Dye
Liquid dyes from CandleScience are a quick and economical way to color paraffin, soy, gel, and palm wax.

Requiring only gentle stirring to achieve an even color, our liquid dyes mix easily - leaving no particles or sediment.

Additionally, our dyes are extremely concentrated to save you money: just 1 oz. brings over 40 lbs. of wax to a medium shade.


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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2012-08-06 8:47 pm   Permalink

Thanks for humoring me peoples

Thanks for the info TLB. I'll check at Michael's, they may have some liquid candle dye. I got the copper coupling I needed to hold the wick and tried it out, works great. It will look better with dark oil in it.


Total cost was about $5 (not counting the rum) Check out the link above and build yourselves a few.
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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2012-08-10 6:46 pm   Permalink

There's toxic chemicals in my kiln!!!

Doing a test run of aluminum foil saggar firing tonight, results posted tomorrow morning success or failure!


Assembled reagents in the laboratory (my kitchen ) crumpled aluminum foil, ferric chloride, sodium chloride, iron oxide, copper carbonate, copper mesh (dish scrubber), and a "volunteer" subject; a miscast tiki pistol glazed on the inside.



One part ferric chloride was mixed with 3 parts water (add the acid to the water like you oughter, water added to the dry acid powder will react violently!) and brushed on the test subject.



The subject was wrapped in copper mesh.



I misted the foil with water in hopes of keeping the chemicals in place, sprinkled on sodium chloride, copper carbonate, and iron oxide. I added a few random pieces of cat food to include some carbon.



The foil was wrapped around the test subject and placed in the kiln. It will be brought up to 1000 degrees (about half of normal firing temp) over the next 3 hours then cool 'til morning when we will see results.

There is a two-fold desired effect; that there be cool fuming colors & designs on the piece and that the interior glaze will not be damaged


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Posted: 2012-08-10 7:10 pm   Permalink

Why do I get this creepy image of you acting like Snidely Whiplash while wrapping the test subject and placing it in the kiln?

- Dale




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Posted: 2012-08-10 8:45 pm   Permalink

Please tell me you were wearing PPE and had safety glasses on. I work with toxic chemical and you gotta use protection, ha, ha! Actually I'm fascinated to find out if it works.

 
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Beachbumz
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Posted: 2012-08-10 9:02 pm   Permalink

Wait a minute Brada... How much acid do you take to see this effect again??

Can't wait to see it mike, fingers crossed..
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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2012-08-11 07:23 am   Permalink

Dale ~ How did you know I grew out a handlebar mustache for Tiki Oasis?
TLB ~ If by "PPE & Safety Goggles" you mean contact lenses, a shirt & pants then, yes I did. Note to self; never fry bacon naked again! TLB, any chance you're going to Tiki Oasis?
Bumz - I dropped about 2 tabs

I pulled the "willing test subject" from the crucible this morning and got a little sneak-peek



And here's what it looked like after I cleaned it up and put some paste wax on it (no glaze on the outside)



This design is not really optimal for saggar firing, it needs blank smooth surfaces like on the Japanese Lantern. Also this clay was not burnished while drying so it doesn't have the smooth finish the the other will, BUT the burnishing seals the clay somewhat and burnished clay may not pick up as much color? The bottom picture has a little more black, I think that was from more cat food one one side than the other. There were a few fuming stains to the inside glaze but they don't compromise the integrity of the glaze so it's still drink safe. A dark glaze on the inside would have prevented that from showing as much.

Overall I'm very happy with this experiment and I'm eagar to try it on the Japanese Lantern, maybe today with pictures tomorrow morning?

Now I'm off to the community art center and try to teach a shellac resist tile technique to a handful of kids
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littlegiles
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Posted: 2012-08-11 07:38 am   Permalink

Very cool results there Professor. As for how I knew you grew out a handlebar for Oasis...every guy must have a secret and I swore to never talk about my Psychic abilities...oh damn.

- Dale


 
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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2012-08-12 06:51 am   Permalink

I can't believe I got up at 5:30 on a SUNDAY to take a picture of a mug! But I'm really stoked about the way this turned out.





I really like the way this finish turned out. The clay was burnished and polished while it was drying so it has a smooth surface without glaze, then Minwax Paste Finishing Wax was rubbed on to give it a gloss. Nice colors all around and you can see where the copper mesh left dark patterns on the clay. The inside glaze was undamaged so it still can be used for drinking. I like several of the more "organic" looking firing techniques like pit firing, smoke firing, and raku - but I haven't found a way to make them food safe, saggar firing solves that problem.

No my only problem is to come up with some designs for this finish that are sufficiently "Tiki". I may do another of Bryan's Kamehameha Bown and saggar fire the outside after I glaze the inside and the heads. But I have to find someone with a bigger kiln that located OUTSIDE. I'm planning a new and improved Japanese Lantern (sorry LittleGiles, you get the prototype ). The Japanese Lantern Mug isn't very "Tiki", I guess I could sell them in the parking lot of Benihanas

I will be sending this out to LittleGiles, probably not until after I get back from Oasis.
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Posted: 2012-08-12 07:48 am   Permalink

WOW!! While the lantern may not be "tiki", it is one damn fine looking piece of art. Beautiful. I can't wait to see this in person. I also appreciate the early rising for that photo cause it is wonderful.

Thanks so much.

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Posted: 2012-08-12 08:17 am   Permalink

The mug looks awesome Mike! But those Sea Monkey S&P shakers...Nice!!! I see those being a big hit on Etsy or some such site.
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Posted: 2012-08-12 1:10 pm   Permalink

MDM you continuously astound and amaze me with your talents AND motivate me to be more creative! I am IN LOVE with your lantern mug and it's plenty tiki for me. (I'm not a purist.) My only regret was that I was busy cruising and didn't get a chance to guess your shape & win. Drats!

But since you inspire me perhaps I will try something similarly shaped when I'm back to school in a month and have access to clay and a kiln - in your honor!

Keep those creative juices flowing man!!!!!

One day I need to get to Oasis. Then I could meet you and a my other TC friends!
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Posted: 2012-08-12 1:50 pm   Permalink

Your first picture flashed me back in time to the 1970s and watching "Kung Fu" as a teenager.
Raising the bar every time, Mike.


 
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