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Wendy Cevola 11/20/17 Day Six on the Big Island of Hawaii Hilo side, Discovery in a lava field.
Big Kahuna
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Posted: 2011-12-28 7:33 pm   Permalink

My kidney & gall-bladder are both on ebay. Please add me to the list!

 
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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2011-12-29 10:42 am   Permalink

Big Kahuna you are third on the list and I'm watching eBay.

I think for all mug makers the challenge is to find something new to do. Making the menu art come to life was the first step for this mug but it needed something to make it different. The name of the mug is ZOMBIES TORCH.

Step by steps to show how I made the flame that will top off the mug.

Hand building runs the risk of air bubble bombs that blow up in the kiln, even poured ceramics sometimes blow up. I lost many Missionary's Downfall women to that problem.


So knowing I needed to make many flames I looked for a mold. What I found was one for Christmas Ornaments.

This required pouring one side, wait 45 minutes and pour out the slip. Turn over and pour the other side wait 45 minutes and pour out the slip.


24 hours later I would open the mold remove the casts and then place the mold in the sun to dry.


I would then add very soft clay that was mixed with slip to the ornament. I would press and fill and change the shape into a flame.


I was able to do 6 each 24 hours that I was home and available. During this time I was also making the Tiki Bob Decanter's for the Sacramento Crawl and recovering from my broken arm surgery. What a summer.


They were set to dry. I would rotate them from side to side so that they dried evenly. This shows that they are hollow.


Once they dried I sanded each one on the outside and around the opening. I use screen to sand them. It lasts a long time.


Next I added the straw hole. This is a very tall mug to begin with and now with the flame its like the Empire State building. I then sanded the hole.


Dan is the air compressor expert. He blew off all the dust from sanding.


Into the kiln along with one of the decanter's to fire.


More photos tomorrow. Since I also broke my ankle and had knee and thumb surgery I leaving now for physical therapy. What a winter!

Thank you always for checking out this project. Cheers, Wendy

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bavtech
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Posted: 2011-12-29 11:18 am   Permalink

Hi.... Can I get on the list for one of the mugs!

 
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MikeyTiki
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Posted: 2011-12-29 1:16 pm   Permalink

Wow, this looks like it is going to be one awesome mug! Thanks for all the step-by-step pictures!

 
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WaikikianMoeKele
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Posted: 2011-12-29 2:16 pm   Permalink

Wendy,
This mug looks so cool! Please put me on the 'want one' list.
~kele


 
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Big Kahuna
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Posted: 2011-12-30 07:14 am   Permalink

Hi, Wendy. I think The Blue Kahuna is 3rd on the list. Would you please add me?
Thanks,
Rick


 
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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2011-12-30 08:19 am   Permalink

Hi Big Kahuna, I also have a paper list and you were right under him so I have corrected my error.

Today is the day sculptor's fear. We are making the mold. Looking at the detail the mold will be 6 pieces. I can also hope I don't damage it during this process. I'll be taking photos so there will those soon.

Meanwhile here are some more on the flame process. Cheers, Wendy

At this point I have made 60 flames and they have bisque fired.


Before Glazing they must be dust free or the glaze with skip and crawl. We use a strong spray of water inside and out to clear off the dust.


Then they need to dry overnight.


I filled each flame with glaze and then drained it out.







Next I hand painted three layers of glaze on the outside of each flame.









Dan's calling it is time to mold in the cold cold garage. Cheers, Wendy
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The Blue Kahuna
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Posted: 2011-12-30 10:06 am   Permalink

. . . Zombie Torch . . . AWESOME!

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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2011-12-30 6:13 pm   Permalink

Hi Blue Kahuna, Dan has changed the name to Zombie Torch. You have my permission to write comments like that one over and over again on my thread....please.

We worked on the mold all day and maybe have 4 of 6 pieces done in 8.5 hours. We made every error in the book and I'll share them soon. We'll be back at it tomorrow. I even figured out something I hadn't done before.

Mold making is not fun or easy but at least we had every thing we needed to fix the errors so we spent the day in our plaster covered clothes.

Now after a long shower we are in our PJ's and are ready for dinner and a movie, cheers, Wendy
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Professor G
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Posted: 2011-12-30 6:42 pm   Permalink

I watch this thread like normal humans watch television. If I miss an episode my whole day is gloomier.

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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2011-12-30 8:53 pm   Permalink

Well Professor G tomorrow you will have sunshine so sleep well tonight! Wendy

 
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hang10tiki
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Posted: 2011-12-30 10:23 pm   Permalink

Wendy
It's great to see the updates...
Thanks for all the pics
Sign me up...
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The Blue Kahuna
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Posted: 2011-12-31 12:07 am   Permalink

On the one hand it is really hard to wait . . . really. However, on the other hand, the step-by-step photo "essay" really enhances the experience and enjoyment of the final piece . . . so well worth the wait and anticipation!

Thanks Wendy!


 
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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2011-12-31 07:56 am   Permalink

Hi hang10tiki I have added you to the waiting list, thank you.
The Blue Kahuna, sometimes its really hard to take photos. Especially when my hands get covered with glaze or clay. But you all make it worth it for me. I think yesterday I washed my hands an extra 20 times just so I could get good shots. I really appreciate your comments.

Here are the next steps for the flame.

I decided that I wanted more yellow at the bottom of the flame so 3 more coats.


They have been glazed inside and out so they can't touch the kiln shelf or they will fuse to it. I set them onto spikes.

Two layers in the kiln for the 60 flames.

Two days later when I opened the kiln I found I'd made modern art.
Both shelves had fused flames.

Bummer!

What I learned was don't set them lightly on the spikes because as they melt unevenly they lose balance. I should have pressed them down until the spike tip touched the ceramic. I was able to break some of them apart.

I've since used a dremmel to grind off the kiln wash. In the future I will see if I can re-melt these to reclaim them.

It's time to get into the garage to work on the mold again. I hope you will all have a very happy, fun, safe New Years. I'll send you all a midnight hug, Wendy

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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2011-12-31 08:26 am   Permalink

Wendy, you're up and posting early this morning!

I love how those flames are turning out and the concept of the Zombie Torch. Hope you didn't lose too many flames to fusing. Can't wait to see it finished!
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