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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2010-09-19 8:13 pm   Permalink

Thank you men. Another man Dan helped me so much today. He held the three AP mugs upside down until the insides dried.

Then he figured out the spray gun and got it going.

I did a first coat on the bottoms of all the mugs. Did 18 test strips for a for glazes and spray painted three coats on the three APs.

The test strips and the 3 mugs are now baking in the kiln to see if this worked.

Fingers crossed,Wendy


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VampiressRN
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Posted: 2010-09-19 8:22 pm   Permalink

Looking good Wendy.

Dan...during the drying period...shouldn't you be wearing like a clown suit...or maybe a hula skirt and a flowery headband...or an orange highway worker vest!!! I certainly don't want to see you listed on Richard Blackwell's Worst dressed list for mug making.


 
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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2010-09-20 4:38 pm   Permalink

Hi Vamp, I just got Dan signed up for TC. He will be known as Wendylovestikis!
He will be answering your post about his attire soon.

A HUGE thank you to Joniece Frank of Frankoma Pottery
Babalu
MadDogMike
Gecko
and Notch

All of their helpful hints led me through a successful first firing of the crawl mug. I know that books alone do not tell you everything you need. I used every hint and instruction given by these dear friends and the 3 AP test mugs came out perfectly.

Babalu stressed test test test, so today we finished off the test strip wall and hung the 18 that fired with the mugs. I learned a lot from those tests, sometimes 3 coats are not enough. On the bottom of the crawl mug 2 coats will work so that you can still read Duane's' name (=: Ha Ha.

Here's the update photos, hugs, Wendy

PS We will be at Rugby Matt's tonight for the Hawaii 50 party.

Next for these AP's I will hand paint on the white detail with enamel.

Test Strip wall. I have 40 more to do.

Second coat of glaze for the bottom.

I'm am soooooo happy. 47 mugs to go.





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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2010-09-20 5:07 pm   Permalink

3 down and 47 to go...

That sounds like you're only 6% done but it's closer to 75%! The concept, sculpt, the mold, the kiln installation, the casting, the bisque firing, the glaze testing - ALL DONE! You're on the home stretch and they look BEEEYOOOTIFUL!


 
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1961surf
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Posted: 2010-09-21 10:00 am   Permalink

They are looking awesome Wendy and Dan.All your hard work is paying off 10 fold.
I never realized just how much work goes into making tiki mugs....but I do now .
Can't wait to see the white detail painted on .


 
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VampiressRN
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Posted: 2010-09-21 8:37 pm   Permalink

LMAO...I love it...Wendylovestikis...you guys are a riot!!!

Wow, those mugs just look awesome. I am so sorry I missed Matt's Five-0 event last night. I was stuck in Oakland at work till 7:45pm. I jetted home and caught the last 15 minutes of the show. Bet you all had fun watching the original and new version. I see someone posted a link so hope I can see the whole show online.

You are so wonderfully organized on your glaze chips and the care you take of the mugs...you will make a mark on the industry. I'm so proud of you!!! Thanks to Dan for all the fabulous pictures too.


 
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LiddleLola
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Posted: 2010-09-21 9:52 pm   Permalink

That mug felt sooooo good in my hands Wendy. You must be so thrilled and proud.
In answer to your question last night, Brian did not make it back to the La Mariana
He did however pick up an Islander Mug and S&P shakers for me. I have not seen them yet.

See you soon,
Darilyn
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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2010-09-22 03:50 am   Permalink

Thank you women of tiki, its so fun to be one of you. Vamp we missed you so much. We didn't watch the old version, too much fun talking to each other and eating wonderful treats by Duane and Matt. We did shut up for the new one and it was good.

Today I glazed the inside of the 47 mugs.
Then I cleaned up the lip of each.


Then I spray painted the outside of each mug three times. 6 hours with an air compressor required that I add ear protectors to my cool outfit.

I started in the morning and the last mug was done as the sunset.


There are so many steps that I've not shown. Each mug must have the sides wiped with a sponge before glazing, that starts a capillary action so the glaze sticks. After glazing I have to clean off the bottom ring so the mugs don't stick to the kiln shelf (kiln wash helps too).

Dan and I worked and re-worked the mugs in the kiln but we couldn't get the last two to fit.


As hard as this is I'm enjoying the process and especially all the notes I read here. I smile as I read them. Thank you all so much. Hey 1961surf are you coming to the crawl?


I'll have to fire up the kiln a second time tomorrow just to do those last two mugs.The big load of 45 is baking right now. I woke up with a headache so why not post more of Dan's terrific photography. Tylenol works, I'm going back to sleep.

I hope you are all snuggy in your beds with dreams of tiki mugs dancing in your heads! Cheers, Wendy

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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2010-09-22 07:16 am   Permalink

Go Wendy GO!!! (and what a beautiful back yard too )

 
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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2010-09-22 10:21 am   Permalink

Thank you MadDogMike, Dan and I lay all those perimeter bricks ourselves. To lay brick you have to dunk each brick into a bucket of water or it dries up the mortar so fast it doesn't stick to the brick well.

When I was learning about glazing the mugs I was told to lightly wet the inside and outside of the mug with a clean sponge before glazing. This starts the capillary action so the glaze will adhere well. They used the brick analogy which worked well for my mind.

Hugs, Wendy
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1961surf
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Posted: 2010-09-22 6:27 pm   Permalink

I am certainly going to try Wendy , if not I am surely down for a mug ......especially
after all the TLC you have put into them.
Aloha-Bill


 
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ka'lenatiki
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Posted: 2010-09-23 6:56 pm   Permalink

Looks great Wendy!!! Well now the bad news, MY WORK SUCKS! Just found out today that I have a inventory on that Saturday and due to cut backs, I'll be there late........ Was hoping that if I couldn't make the day crawl, We could at least get there for the party at vamp's house and Sunday. looks like now we'll miss out till next time. Wendy, we would still like to get a mug, We will be down in Folsom the following week for our own business ( yep work full time and still run my own) If There is any left, We could pick up then?

I love my work, I love my work I... o forget it.....


 
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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2010-09-23 7:44 pm   Permalink

Hi Surf, I hope you make it.

Opened the kiln this morning, found 13 mugs with some small glaze defect such as a pinhole. Glazed them again and put them in the kiln with the two that had not been fired yet.


It's a big kiln so I did 45 more glaze tests on underglazes. Each chip has the glaze as one coat, two coats and three coats. Then I ran two coats of clear overglaze along the side. Clear glaze can change the color of the undercoat. These chips will guide me on future projects.


The rest of the mugs, 37 of them, that are ready to be hand painted have been brought into the house so I can start. Fed Ex delivers the paint tomorrow for that phase of the project. The crawl is in two weeks! Wendy


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1961surf
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Posted: 2010-09-23 7:57 pm   Permalink

Wendy ...you and Dan have taken on a real monumental task here.I can real appreciate
all the time and effort you have put forth to bring these mugs to fruition.
Your dedication is commended and appreciated by all reading this thread and
enjoying your pics .


 
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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2010-09-23 9:16 pm   Permalink

Hi Surf, can you imagine how many people work to make all the mugs for Tiki Farm? Dan said he has a new appreciation for all mugs, mass produced or not. Every mug takes so much labor. Holden really keeps the cost low for all of us.

I'm enjoying this challenge and I've learned so much super fast. I've also had the gift of valuable advice from so many mug makers. Today LuRu from Facebook contacted me. I don't know if she's on here but she's been in ceramics for 20 years and she loves tiki. I have a new friend who said I could ask her questions any time.

Surf posts like yours keep me going, thank you, Wendy
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