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Wendy Cevola 9/21/17 Glazing up a storm with 36 mugs and 2 bowls to do.
danlovestikis
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Posted: 2015-02-10 6:39 pm   Permalink

LoriLovesTiki it all comes down to undercuts. There can't be any. It's easiest to make a three piece mold so if you do a design on the front and a design on the back but nothing on the sides then it will mold really easily. You can mold it just like these fogcutter mugs. Then after you have made the mold and cast the pieces you can add clay or do more carving on the sides. Then each mug will be special. Doing that is fun, just like adding hands to Tiki Bob.

Wendy
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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2015-02-11 10:09 am   Permalink

Yesterday I showed the molds being finished and put in front of the fans to dry.

A couple of weeks and the fan did the trick and the molds are ready to pour and to turn out some new fogcutter blanks.

We pour in the slip while I pound the side to remove air bubbles.


Two hours later it's time to pour out the still fluid slip to make the mug hollow.


I always check to make sure that none is hanging up in the bottom.


After we did this with all three they are left upside down overnight.


The next day we turned them over and it's time to open them.


The first one out is the rim less mug. This mug is requested by Professor G on the Wish List. It will have palm trees added all the way around and then super carved. He ordered 2 so I'll be pouring more.


Here all three types are out of the molds. Success!


Now using my favorite tool the label scrapper. These are sold on line with the title. I scrap off the mold lines and


I cut off the tops. This variety has the band at the top and bottom.


One done.


I remove any plaster stuck on the clay and I save to use any that I cut off of the mugs.


This next style has the band only at the bottom.


I scrap the sides.


I cut off the top and


smooth it with a wet paper towel.


Now it's time to clean up Professor G's mug.


I scrapped down this side and then when


I rotated to do the other side I found a piece of mold plaster stuck in the side.


It's really important to dig in and to make sure that all the air is removed.


I carefully press in the sides removing the air and


then I add clay to fill in the dent.


Now I finish the sides off by smoothing with a wet paper towel.


I cut the top off.


Lifted it off and saved the clay in the container.


Sometimes the insides of mugs have drip lines. These can be sanded out later or rubbed out now with a sponge on a stick.


I have three good mugs waiting to be altered and carved.


For now they each go into a large size Hefty bag.


The molds are put in position and the fan is turned back on. Now they'll dry over night and be ready to pour the next day.


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Tomorrow is a day off for us so I won't be here posting. By Friday I'll be hard at work on Wish List #5 and on the Sacramento Crawl mug for 2015. It takes me 6 months to get the crawl mug made because I will make one mold and have to cast every day for 2 months to make enough. It's time to work really hard. This is when the fun photos begin again. Cheers, Wendy

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Posted: 2015-02-11 11:37 am   Permalink

Cool! The Wendy & Dan MoldMaking Educational Channel is my favorite!

 
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Will carve
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Posted: 2015-02-12 04:20 am   Permalink

Real cool watching the process.
A lot of skills shown there. Plenty things to make sure of.
I bet even you're amazed when it's done.
Good job.
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hang10tiki
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Posted: 2015-02-12 11:18 am   Permalink

And the work continues


 
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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2015-02-12 10:13 pm   Permalink

Tiki Friends I'll share a secret. We have not been home for the last 17 days. We went to Maui to visit Maui Rob and Beachbumz. We love their art and they are shipping our purchases to us soon. I'll be sharing photos of our visit with them and highlights of our trip.

I posted each day photos that I'd saved for just such an occasion. We didn't have a house sitter this time and so I thought it wise to not mention our trip until we were back home. We have just been here unpacking for a short time so I'll answer the messages and then we are going to crash.

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TikiAno I always post the mold making sessions because making a mold is what stopped me from doing my own ceramics for so many years. Now we are to the place where it's busy work but we don't yell and scream any more. I almost always figure out something better or new. I'm glad that it's still appreciated. I could have been surfing rather than posting!

Will carve you are so right. This was the first time we made 3 different molds all at the same time. We were super happy that my measurements worked so that the molds didn't have to have the mugs cut out of the pieces.

hang10tiki I really miss the photoshopping from you, Tiki Ano and lunavideogames while we were gone. If we have a house sitter for the next trip I'll be sure to let you men know.

GROG where are you?

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Photos soon. It's good to be home. I missed the clay. Wendy

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Posted: 2015-02-13 1:03 pm   Permalink

17 days
Wow
Can't wait to see the photos

Maybe 1 or 2 of them will get photo chopped

Hope you had fun
And welcome home
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LoriLovesTiki
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Posted: 2015-02-13 2:43 pm   Permalink

Glad you got to see Rob & Scott! I'm sure you had a blast in Hawaii! 17 days there sounds heavenly. Can't wait for photos and recaps.

You did an excellent job not letting anyone know you were away. Well done!
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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2015-02-13 11:07 pm   Permalink


hang10tiki the best part of our trip was the visit with Rob and Scott. The best tiki treasures were found in their homes. We managed to snag a few. Photos soon.

LoriLovesTiki I worked all day on the HUGE Maori mug/lamp. I've run out of energy to post photos. We did have a great trip but 17 days for Maui was too long for old folks. Oahu, now I could stay there for 2 months and never run out of places to go.

I'm off to bed, we still are catching up on all the stuff that needs to be done after returning.

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I'm so happy to be back to working on the Wish List. I thought about it the whole time we were gone.

Until tomorrow, Wendy

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Posted: 2015-02-14 10:43 am   Permalink

RVICTOR sorry I missed your question and hang10tikis photoshopped picture on my three new mugs.



hang10tiki I wish these were done in time for valentines day so I could kiss each one of them. OH yes I have the original!
Happy Valentines day.

RVICTOR I have bottles of water to add to the clay slip. Once water gets hot in a car you shouldn't drink it so I put it in the slip to make it the right consistency.

Or is you are asking about the spray bottle I use it for keeping my casts wet while I super carve them. Because they can be out in the air for 8 hours I don't want any one part to dry faster than another because the clay shrinks as it dries and that can cause it to crack. If you add on clay then you must really slow down the drying process to prevent that from happening.

I have a vacation photo that reminds me of your swap mug. I'll eventually share it.

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I'm working on photos to show right now. Wendy
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Posted: 2015-02-14 8:53 pm   Permalink

I forgot to post a photo from this mornings walk





Then these two coyotes ran past us




Can't wait to see your vacation photos...
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danlovestikis
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hang10tiki I hope you carry a walking stick. Fun sun shot too. I got the vacation photos ready to post. But first let's have a contest.

HOW MANY PHOTOS DID I TAKE ON MY VACATION THAT LASTED 17 DAYS? THE CLOSEST GUESS THAT COMES UP FIRST WILL GET A SHOT GLASS FROM THE CHEERS BAR IN BOSTON. This contest ends midnight Sunday 2/15/15.

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Tyber Tiki's HUGE Maori mug/lamp is now finished. As soon as we got home I went to work on it. Now it needs to slowly dry.
Here are the step by steps until completion.








































Now I'll be on pins and needles until I hear how you all feel about how I finished this one off. My largest project ever.

Cheers (like the bar), Wendy







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Posted: 2015-02-14 10:10 pm   Permalink

170 pictures.


 
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Posted: 2015-02-15 01:23 am   Permalink

89 pictures.

 
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Posted: 2015-02-15 04:45 am   Permalink

I don't see how any piece of art, under the guidelines you were given, could be much, if any, better. I will retreat from my position that that thing is going to need wheels now that I know there's a lamp option and it won't need to be terribly portable. Beautiful work as usual from the Cevola Combo.

The total of shots from my last trip to Zambia was 637 on a two week trip. I understand that I take a lot of shots, but, nevertheless, I'll use that as my guess.

Have a lovely Sunday and I'm glad y'all are back safe and sound.


 
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