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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2011-06-30 7:06 pm   Permalink

Robert, you cast your pendands in open faced molds with slip instead of using solid clay like a push/sprig mold right? Seems like that worked out good for you. The pendant I have is flat on the back, did you have to sand them down on the back or did you somehow refill them with slip after the shrinkage?

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Posted: 2011-06-30 8:22 pm   Permalink

Mike, I sand them down smooth. When they are just dried slip the sand easily. Are you going to try making some?
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Posted: 2011-06-30 8:55 pm   Permalink

So they must have had a dip in the middle where the water absorbed out of the slip before you sanded them.

I'm working on a mold for some coasters, wondering about the difference between slip casting and press molding. I've press molded flat items and slipcast mugs but never tried slip casting a flat object


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Beachbumz
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Posted: 2011-06-30 9:21 pm   Permalink

Howzit Mike, I made a couple pendants with the slip and it would shrink down in the middle after the moisture was sucked out.. Once it sucks down a bit I'd just refill it with more slip.. I suppose with the coaster you could just make taller than what it should be and sand it down like rob said, should work fine.. BTW, those coasters are great!
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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2011-07-28 9:59 pm   Permalink

How's my bowl coming? Have you fired up the kiln? I need that bowl for Dan before he goes through tiki withdrawl - not a pretty sight! Cheers, Wendy
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Posted: 2011-07-29 7:47 pm   Permalink

Oh nooo, we must not let Dan go onto Tik withdrawl! The plan is to get it fired this weekend and shipped early next week. Sorry it has taken so long.
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Posted: 2011-07-29 9:34 pm   Permalink

Terrific, thanks Rob, Wendy

 
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Posted: 2011-08-07 6:41 pm   Permalink

Really glad to see you guys got your kiln. Looking forward to some cool tiki stuff.

 
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Posted: 2011-08-08 9:26 pm   Permalink

Thanks SeaDawg...

My new Mug design "Kamalo" finally made it through the mold making process. (I'll tell you about the name "Kamalo" later)
I took Grog's advise and it's been drying in the Hot Kihei Sun since Thursday. I'll pour my first couple mugs tonight! Nothing like a new design to get you motivated and excited about making mugs!

Here are some "preview" photos...

Kamalo ready to go under...


My first 4 part mold! (now how do I get it apart?)


With some effort and a tip from Wendy, it came apart nicely.


The 4 parts have been sunning themselves all weekend. (I rotate them to keep them tanning evenly.)

More photos soon!





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ebtiki
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Posted: 2011-08-08 9:56 pm   Permalink

Looking forward to seeing Kamalo!

 
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Beachbumz
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Posted: 2011-08-08 11:59 pm   Permalink

Stop teasing us Rob, let's see Kamalo already!!;)

btw, great job on the mold!


 
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Posted: 2011-08-09 01:34 am   Permalink

From what i can see from the picture, the design looks great Rob. I can't wait to see how you go with your first pour. A 4 part mold i'm finding a little intimidating at the moment but i know i'll have to tackle one soon, rather than later.
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Posted: 2011-08-09 11:37 am   Permalink

Thanks Swizzle and Ebtiki for the nice comments. Swizzle, I've been watching your progress, your mugs are great! Ebtiki, I'm waiting to see a photo of your mug display! Get that collection out of the boxes!

Here are the first two out of the mold. Wow it's nice to work with a new mold. Everything is so smooth and the seams are so small. I'll add the teeth lines to each one as part of the clean-up. I have one in the mold now and a couple more tonight.

Yo Scott, when do you want to bisque fire? I'll have 5 ready by Thursday, then maybe we can glaze fire this weekend! Save room for me in the kiln!





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Posted: 2011-08-10 8:46 pm   Permalink

BRA - Kamalo looks great!! Can't wait to see him all dressed up and ready for one mai tai..
Kiln's hot as type but will be ready for a bisque firing anytime.. I had a full load but I'll start pouring..


 
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Posted: 2011-08-19 8:18 pm   Permalink

First batch of "Artist proofs" of the Kamalo Mug made it into our little kiln last night.
Hopefully they all survive! We will know soon!

The kiln fits 8 mugs which so far has been just right.



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