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MadDog Mike's Platterful of Pupule - Krakatoa Mug Minor Success
4WDtiki
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From: Omao, Kauai
Posted: 2009-10-28 11:25 am   Permalink

Congrats from one Grandpa to another!

 
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mp
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From: Nor Cal
Posted: 2009-10-31 01:10 am   Permalink

Awesommmmmmmmmm maddog! So Beautiful. Congratulations Grandpa

 
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blacksandz
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From: Western NY
Posted: 2009-10-31 07:10 am   Permalink

BIG congrats, Mike!

Your not that old, are you?


 
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TikiMango
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From: Satellite Beach, FL
Posted: 2009-10-31 09:58 am   Permalink

Congratulations! Now you can get revenge on your kids and spoil your grandson. Maybe we Gramps should form a club?
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MadDogMike
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Joined: Mar 30, 2008
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From: The Anvil of the Sun
Posted: 2009-10-31 10:56 am   Permalink

Thank you all for the kind works to ease my transition to old-foggy grampa-dom

But now I' singin' the "Can't get my Underglazes Right Blues" Picked up some Duncan Cover Coat underglazes and some Duncan Concepts underglazes for a very important project I'm working on and they're giving me fits. GROG, I feel your pain. The Covercoats seem to work OK, can be put on greenware or bisque but greenware just seems a little delicate to be messing with. But I'm having all kinds of problems with the Concepts. To start with, it fires to a gloss - I thought underglazes fire to a matte finish? I fired them first, then put a clear over them and fired again (not sure why I did that if they were already glossy?) Parts of the Concepts Underglaze/clear glaze combo actually CHIPPED OFF, taking pieces of ceramic with it! WTF!? Any advise from the glazemasters?

EDIT - THE PLOT THICKENS!
I went out to reload my kiln and may have found the problem. My kiln uses a kiln sitter - a little bar that bends when the right temp is reached and turns the kiln off. Here is a pic of a normal used bar (top) and of the one from yesterday's firing



Looks like the bar failed and the kiln got too hot, eventually turning off by the backup timer a couple of hours too late. Hmmm.....

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Tacky Tiki
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From: Tackyville, N. CA
Posted: 2009-10-31 10:16 pm   Permalink

Congrats on the grandson!!! he got your hair!!! you are way too young for a grandbaby, but what the heck!

I think the skull mug turned out well. I can see a lot of potential there...different glazes, different themes, personalizing for a home bar, etc. Glad you found out your kiln had an issue before you put anything major into it. Can't wait to see what you make now that you are on the road to having the kiln working properly!!!

BTW...got some molds from thrifts...just need to find artwork and I'm casting resin stuff...even got a bottle shaped mold originally from Ikea for stuff...maybe Beverly's tomorrow....I'll keep you posted...

Good luck with your kiln and congratulations on the next generation!!! I hope he gets your artistic talent!!!


Tacky



 
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MadDogMike
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From: The Anvil of the Sun
Posted: 2009-11-01 6:43 pm   Permalink

Thanks Tacky Good luck with your casting endeavors!
"Glad you found out your kiln had an issue before you put anything major into it"
Unfortunately, it did have something major in it - a "top secret" project I'm working on. Hopefully I'll get it all repaired.

I decorated a new fiddy-cent skull mug from DollarTree. I have tried to make some matching shirts and mugs with varying degrees of success. Here is the mug with the shirt and a matching hat band I stamped. The colors are a little darker than I wanted, it was one of the things in the over-fired kiln. Maybe I can finally get the elusive
"Buzzy's Tiki Guy Certification"



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tikigodz
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Posted: 2009-11-01 8:17 pm   Permalink

great job ON THE SKULL!!! and congrats on the little one..

 
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MadDogMike
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From: The Anvil of the Sun
Posted: 2009-11-04 7:39 pm   Permalink

Thank you TikiGodz

Ooops, I did it again. I have been wanting to make a volcano for several months but I couldn't figure out what to do for a handle. While researching for the Menu Art Swap, I came across the Lake Loreen Blue Lagoon Menu. The volcano is the perfect shape for a mug; it's "self-handled" on the top.



The problem is that I misjudged the size and it's HUGE for a mug. The base is 9 inches in diameter and it's 8 inches tall I swapped out my 2 poured epoxy mugs, so now I can make one for me - complete with a shark swimming in the lagoon. Maybe it will be a decanter instead of a mug
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Babalu
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From: Lemon Grove
Posted: 2009-11-04 10:27 pm   Permalink

Nice...it looks like a valcano bowl for two. :-)

 
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Iokona Ki'i
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From: SoCal
Posted: 2009-11-05 11:18 am   Permalink

Volcano decanter with water and shark! This I gotta see!


 
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wplugger
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Posted: 2009-11-05 11:26 am   Permalink

I'm here to tell you Mike is a stand up guy !
The kind we need more of around here.
I didn't play in this swap & I won any way.
I was just pleased you liked my carving,
had no disappointment or expectations.


Thank you very much & I'm glad Tom didn't pick this.
Will


 
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From: A Little Island called Australia
Posted: 2009-11-05 1:23 pm   Permalink

maddog keep up the good work

 
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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2009-11-06 11:38 am   Permalink

Oh Mike, what a terrific photo of you with your grandson. He needs a piece of art with his birthdate that he can keep in his room forever. Hummm wonder who could make that for him. Hugs, Wendy
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beadtiki
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From: Bothell, Washington
Posted: 2009-11-06 1:07 pm   Permalink

Mike - you are a very generous guy (maybe due to the endorphins of grandfatherhood ) but I think that's just you. Congratulations and will you be passing on the "Tiki Torch"? My dad really enjoyed teaching my daughter how to carve and paint her pieces and she was soooo pleased with her work. Now she's nearly 20 and completely not interested in those things - but the seed has been planted.
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