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Wendy Cevola 7/23/14 Tiki Atari's Horror In Clay Two versions one is Tapa.
danlovestikis
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Posted: 2011-03-25 09:40 am   Permalink

Kinny you touch my heart. I like painting something or someone that makes me smile, this painting did just that. You are so dear to all of us how could I resist. Thank you for all your kind words over so many years. Wendy



http://www.egcitizen.com/articles/2011/03/24/lifestyle/doc4d8bc08b9f43f270562584.txt
I have a new newspaper article out today! It has a few errors that Sven could easily correct. Example it was service men who started the craze after WWII. But overall it a well done article and I thank Raina and Kerri for their effort. Raina and her husband are working on their backyard to transform it into a tiki retreat. They also go to Forbidden Island so you may meet them there.



Here is a sneak peek at my Tiki Bob's for Monday's sale.



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Posted: 2011-03-25 12:51 pm   Permalink

Awesome Wendy!! Congrats on the article, and it gave away a sneak peak on the Tiki Bob pieces, especially to those of us way over in the east...Keep up the great work.

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Posted: 2011-03-25 5:16 pm   Permalink

pwest71, they took 100 photos I didn't even think about them showing the Bobs before the sale. But I just noticed that Grog himself has shown his done Bobs and they are done well! Thank you for reading my article and writing, it makes it so much fun. Here's a distance shot just for you. The grey Bobs are the clay sculpture I did in clay and then molded.



I've decided that it's time to give up my best secret. This thread is all about teaching and learning art. I've had a lot of feedback on my painting of Kinny little lost tiki. Most were how did you get it so close. It's not easy but I have a trick that works really well.


When the photo was all together I drew the outline. Then I paint the chin and with the cut out piece I check to make sure it is the right size. Then I put another section of the photo in place and paint below it then check again. Back and forth as the painting grows section by section.


Back to Tiki Bob. I filled Tiki Bob Bowls hole in the head and painted it with enamel and baked it, the same with the Decanter Bobs eyes. So now I'm set for the show.







See ya at the show! Wendy
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Posted: 2011-03-25 6:22 pm   Permalink

Wow! Very cool technique for achieving Kenny's likeness! Thanks for sharing that as well! Great painting!
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Posted: 2011-03-25 7:15 pm   Permalink

Tiki Roberto es muy guapo, senora. ˇViva Tiki Bob!

 
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Posted: 2011-03-28 6:02 pm   Permalink

Thank you zerostreet and Torbor64, it is a good life when you have friends.

Yesterday was another mold making day. We are getting much better. We didn't yell at each other a single time. The best part was looking at the size of the mold slab and being able to guess how much plaster to put in the bucket. Counting each scoop and remembering that number for all six slabs we made.

Here are our helpful hints and our mistakes and corrections. I needed more molds to be able to make more Tiki Bob bowls (a shouldhavebeen bowl). We had made one mold but found that since the plaster was not uniformly thick around the entire tiki that top of the head was too thin if I didn't let the body be super thick. So I needed to make more molds but also correct that problem.

I still had my original sculpture of Tiki Bob and I put him back into one side of the first mold.

First I got out all of my favorite tools that work best for mixing plaster in a safe manner. Always wear a mask or the plaster dust will harden in your lungs.


The top needed to be thicker.


I added clay to the top of the existing mold.


I boxed him up and added clay to prevent leakage.


Mold soap dry with a paper towel and then do it again.








I have found that mixing the plaster with a large handled yard tool with a pointed tip is best. You can scrap the plaster out of the 90 degree angles. I mix it up really well.


Next I use a kitchen blender to get rid of any clumps.

After it is poured into the mold I hit the sides to cause the bubbles to rise to the top.

Here are some of the bubbles that came up with the rubber mallet.

I like to use this tool to get rid of those bubbles. You can just touch them with your finger.

I use the end of the mold soap paint brush to number each set of mold sides.


I have Dan roll clay into snakes. I get a pile of them and use them in the box to prevent the leaks between the boards.





I opened the mold too soon and a corner came off.


I just mixed a bit of plaster and put it on the piece.


I stuck it back on and held it.


Good as new. So fixing a mold can be done. Maybe I'll go add plater to the top of the first mold next.


So we started with one mold and boxed it and poured one side. Took it apart and used the new piece to pour the other side. Took it apart so on until we had done 6 new sides = three complete molds. Thank goodness I remembered the mold soap had to be done each time.


Clean up so you don't track dangerous dust into your home.


If you have a question please feel free to ask, we can figure it out together since Dan and I are still learning this step by step. Cheers, Wendy
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Posted: 2011-03-29 05:41 am   Permalink

I never stop being amazed by you two.

Simply amazing!!

Looking forward to the next installement.

Best,
Chris
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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2011-03-30 08:40 am   Permalink

Thanks Cris, my nephew is a West and a dad so I always notice your TC name.

Yesterday we made another Big Bob mold so I can work on my orders from Grog's Tiki Bob show. We started from scratch because I wanted to use Maui Tiki's technique. I'm not good at it yet but it worked. Here are some photos from our day.

Rolling out the clay like cookie dough.


Cutting it to the shape I need with one of my favorite tools.


Making a lock before joining the two long pieces. It could have been better.


Wrapped around the base of the sculpture of Tiki Bob. I used semi firm slip that I store in a baggie. It's the slip I cut off the top of poured tikis. It comes in handy for all sorts of repairs.



Inside I used a ball tool to press in some half domes for locks. Warning, you need to know where these should go so that the mold pieces can pull apart.


Poured in the plaster and risked it coming loose by lifting and tapping it down on the table to get rid of bubbles. I continued to hold it just in case the clay let loose from the tiki. It held just fine.


30 minutes later the plaster was hot so I removed the clay to find the Leaning Tower of Bob. Even though we had tapped the bottom on the table we could tell the plaster wasn't level.


I removed plaster where it had run along the tiki see previous photo and then I sanded the bottom until it was flat and didn't lean when sitting on the table.


Preparing for the next phase. The new plaster bottom is tight to the board.


Clay placed around the bottom half of the tiki. I made sure that there wasn't an undercut at the side of the tiki or at the bumps on the bottom plaster piece. Lots of mold soap applied wiped off and applied again and wiped lightly. Poured the plaster.


30 minutes later removed the sides and cleaned the mold half. Flipped it over and put the boards back on. Next I prepped for the third piece.


I found that I couldn't get the boards to hold the plaster base to the bottom of the tiki. So I just put a couple of pieces of cardboard there until it was snug.
IMPORTANT: I could feel an undercut at the bumps on the base piece. Remember I didn't know where to put them when we did the first pour. So I just took some more semi firm slip and put in under the bumps to remove the undercuts.
Did the mold soap twice again and poured the plaster.


It came apart easily, no undercuts. I never pour the plaster until I have checked every part of the tiki and previous pieces. It would be disaster if the mold couldn't come apart after all this work.


I didn't post photos of every step here since I have in previous lessons.

The molds will now be left to completely dry out before use so that they will last.

These are the molds that we have made together. It really helps when two people work together to make the molds.


Dan and his mop, our new family tradition.


I forgot to say that using MauiTiki technique is the way to go. Far easier than how I made my first Big Bob bowl. Thank you for sharing.

Thank you for following my thread, your comments make my day. Wendy








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Posted: 2011-03-30 08:49 am   Permalink

Excellent Step-by step on the Bobs,Wendy!

And what a great technique for reproducing portraits !
Gonna have to try that sometime!


Hugs! Hugs! and Congratulations on this latest artistic explosion of yours!!!


 
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Posted: 2011-03-30 09:30 am   Permalink

Hey, what a coincidence. GROG cut up all pictures GROG have of Kinny also. Then GROG burn them, and wizz on the ashes.
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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2011-04-02 8:44 pm   Permalink

Even though Kinny deserves some sympathy after Grog's note I'm going to post some photos of the worst disaster I've had since starting my ceramics career last August. I need the sympathy.

I have posted photos showing how I used a glass vase as a base for my clay when making the next Sacramento Crawl ceramic for 2011. I didn't have enough sculptures clay so I stretched it out by covering the vase. Huge mistake because I wanted to make multiple molds. If I was only making one mold no problem. More than one - horrors. Here's what happened.


We were so happy to have made our first 6 piece mold. However we had not opened it because we were waiting for the day we could take off one piece and mold it three times before moving on to the next side.


The clay would not hold to the glass. I'd take off the plaster section and the clay would break loose and part would stay stuck on the plaster.


I would have to pry it loose and then put it together like a jigsaw puzzle. Then I had to smooth out the cracks and resculpt the design. To get the three molds. I had to do this entire process three times per side.














Of course our bucket cracked when we were mixing the plaster. Dan ran it outside leaving this trail behind.


We just kept working. There was never a side that held.


























We had been at it from 7 am until 5:30 pm. Dan was able to get all the plaster trail off the garage floor, got to love that guy.


By the end of the day we had four mold pieces for each of the four largest most complicated parts. What's left are the two smallest sides. 6 repair jobs and then we will have our four molds. Fingers crossed that they all work. Of course all of this happened on April Fools Day. Cheers, Wendy








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What a Day!

here's a great little quote for you and Dan concerning the molds at hand and perseverance ....

"It's a little like wrestling a gorilla. You don't quit when you're tired. You quit when the gorilla is tired."
— Robert Strauss

Hats off to your bold sense of adventure AND bility to weather the storms when they happen!

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I'm sorry to hear about your difficulties, Wendy, but I know you & Dan will make it work.



 
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Posted: 2011-04-04 12:22 am   Permalink

Good to see you tried my technique. Don't judge it until you've pored a few.
But I'm confident it will work for you. You are so ambitious to make multiple molds. I'm still at the single mold stage. Someday I'll get a big order and need to make multiple molds. For now I'm happy pouring two different mugs at one time. Super busy with work and family but Beachbumz and I plan on ordering a kiln this week!!


 
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Hi Kinny, both the gorilla and we were tired at the end of that day. But we went back to work two days later and yippee, success! Thank you for always cheering us on.

Hi Torbor64, thank you for your kind words. Also thank you for the computer information. When I can't lift a mold any more I'll head in that direction.

Hi MauiTiki, I poured the first Big Tiki Bob from the mold using your technique. It was perfect, it didn't leak. I'm not going back to my technique because yours worked so well. I just have to think through the errors that I made. Thank you very much for sharing.

Yesterday we finished the last pieces of the mold for the decanter. We had bumps along the way but we made it through and now I have four molds done. In two weeks when they are dry I'll pour and see if they leak or do well. Here's our work day.

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All we needed to do was make three more of the smallest piece on each end. Only 4 scoops of plaster.


Unfortunately to remove that small piece all four sides had to be removed. Then all the sections of clay that came loose had to be put back in place to hold the top that needed to be molded.


We poured the first one and it stuck and pulled the clay right out of the vase.


I got it all put back together to pour the next one but I had to redo the sculpture first.


Then on to the next one but it all pulled apart and the plaster stuck to one side. I didn't forget the mold soap but it stuck anyway. On this part I chiseled off the stuck plaster.


I used three layers of mold soap wiping it off between after that and didn't run into any problems. We did make four of this side just in case the damaged one wouldn't work.


Our work area in the garage.


When we finished that last side we carried every piece out to the kiln shed where it will be left to dry. I'll be bisque firing some Tiki Bobs soon and that will heat the shed to 80 degrees.


On the top shelf are wooden tikis started by my good friend Benzart. One day I will work on finishing them but right now they guard my shed.

Thank you for checking out our progress, Wendy



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