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Tiki Central Forums Creating Tiki Other Crafts Wendy Cevola 11/21/17 Day Six on the Big Island of Hawaii Hilo side, We found our friends.
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Wendy Cevola 11/21/17 Day Six on the Big Island of Hawaii Hilo side, We found our friends.
danlovestikis
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Wish List #6 continues and there's still so much to do. It's great to be so busy with fun projects.

comicbookhero asked for a Mr. Spock mug. This was a really fun Tiki Bob conversion. I used underglazes for this to prevent running. I always do the color first so I can wipe off any that gets on the white areas before glazing the face. Otherwise tiny specks you can't really see may show up at firing and spoil the face.





I even do the black eyes (cover coat under-glaze) and mouth before the white. I learned this through years of trial and error. After they are finished I then carefully paint the white Duncan cover coat on the face.


The blue is Duncan Concepts and so is the white used in the letters. This process takes a long time.


It's back and forth fixing the many letter edges to make sure they are sharp.


When the cover coat black and white are dry I apply the clear brilliance.


I'm happy with the back.


Into and out of the kiln this Spock is done and shipped!









Jen Tiki's bowl is finished and has been shipped. All the glaze skips have filled in with the second glazing firing run.


All the white spots are gone.


Doing a fourth layer worked really well.


On the bottom I carved With Thanks to Ken Ruzic. It was his original painting that showed this bowl and inspired Jen Tiki to have it made. Without his permission it wouldn't have happened.


Thank you Jen and Ken. Wendy

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Posted: 2016-02-09 11:19 am   Permalink

Both of those turned out great! It is so fun to watch your thread Wendy. You make so many one of a kind mugs and there is so much diversity between your projects. It is an adventure everytime I am on the internet.



 
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Posted: 2016-02-09 4:42 pm   Permalink

What Treg said
U r awesome


 
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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2016-02-10 05:52 am   Permalink

lunavideogames thank you so much. It's all a lot of fun. I've been working through the Bob's headed towards some of the most challenging Wishes. Every time I glaze something it firms up in my mind how to do the next one. Glazing is always a challenge.

hang10tiki you guys rock!

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Wish List #6 continues...

I'm backing up a bit to show the kiln loads.

Filled the bottom level.


After it fired.



Filling the top level.


After it fired.



These were extra Tiki Bob's I did along the way. The purple has sold.
The tall Safari Bob would be $85 but his nose ran a bit so he is also $75, the shorter Maori Mosaic is $75 plus shipping.


Backsides.


Howard Dinits of Maui ordered this Eat Drink and Be Merry Lanai mug altered at the bottom.
The glazing didn't turn out at well as I had hoped so I'll give it another run through. He
went to this restaurant with his parents.






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This Wish is based on the logo for a new business owned by Barbara Lawrence.

I'm not sure that the glazing on this mug worked. Her logo is bright. She mentioned sparkles so I used a glitter glaze (you can't tell by the photos) but they are darker than I thought they would be.


Three coats of glaze.


I used the top picture for this mug and for a second project that is a wall plaque.


After the base coat dried I wiped the glaze off of the stars and used a silver sparkle glaze.


I used a fine brush for the hair but doing 3 layers made the strands too thick. I did the body in white but missed shading it.


I also did a few colored stars.


Here it is after firing.


I took it outside into the sun to see if the glitter would show in the photo. Nope.


I found an edge that needs attention when I re-glaze this mug.


Backing up to the glazing of the backside.


I tried for wavy.


Three layers of each and it still came out blotchy.


I will post this on fb for her but I don't think I achieved the right effect. I don't always get it right.

Thank you for the visit. Cheers, Wendy

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the first people to sign up for Wish List #6 were those who missed the first Hot Tub Hula Girls. I decided that I would get going now on numbers 31 - 60 so I could make 30 more wishes come true.

They have been waiting under wraps.


We made a trip to Alpha Fired Arts to buy many jars of glaze.


The first step was to fill each coconut to the top with water. I count to five and pour it into the next coconut topping it off. If I don't saturate the inside with water it will grab 1/2 a jar of glaze adhering it to the sides. Adding water first has the glaze adhere in just the right amount.


Now I get out the rest of my supplies. A pitcher and two vases from a thrift store that can hold an overturned HTHG mug.


I fill up the coconut. It takes more than the pint jar of glaze. I let it sit for 15 seconds.


Next I overturn it and pour out the excess into the pitcher and leaving it upside down I put it into one of the vases to continue dripping.


I haven't found a better way to do this so the clean up of this first step is a huge job.


6 down 24 to go.


Every so often I slowly refill the jars from the pitcher. After most of the fluid glaze pours out the crystals are left in the pitcher. I use my hand to divide and scrap them into each jar. Then I shake each jar vigorously before pouring into the next mug.


Important: you can't wash your hands in the sink because these crystals will clog your drain. I forgot to take a photo of the large bowl in the sink that I use to wash my hands. At the end of this process I save all the crystals that accumulated on the bottom and add them back into the glaze jars.


When I made the last batch I found that cleaning off the glaze runs gave me muscle knots in my back from old injuries. So my right hand man will do them for me if I bribe him well. This part of the cleaning project took two days. He does the outside runs leaving the breasts for me.


Here is Dan's bribe for the first day. They are salt and pepper shakers.


Here's a bottom sticker. Look what an interesting phone number! The one plug is missing and the second plug is inside.


I had this lamp saved for his anniversary present but the fact that he worked for two days straight so I could get so far ahead meant a lot so he got it early.


I found it on eBay and it came from Portland, Oregon.


The fun part was he had bought this lampshade in Portland 2 years ago when we went to Tiki Kon. Now he had a perfect lamp to use it on.


It is now in his tiki jungle room.


The skull necklace hanging on it was a gift from Swizzle.


Everywhere we look is a tiki with a story. What a joyful hobby, cheers, Wendy





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Quote:

On 2016-02-11 07:41, danlovestikis wrote:
I haven't found a better way to do this so the clean up of this first step is a huge job.


6 down 24 to go.




I don't really know anything about glazing ceramics, so this might be a silly suggestion, but ... would it be possible to dip the mug upside down in wax, just up to the edge of the coconut, and maybe rub the edge of the coconut with beeswax before pouring in the glaze for the inside? I would think that would create a resist to keep the glaze from sticking to the waxed parts. Then you could fire it once with just the inside glazed, the wax would burn off, then glaze the rest and fire again. Would that even work? Just a thought.


 
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Posted: 2016-02-11 5:32 pm   Permalink

Hi Wendy,

I have to say that the Diamond Head mug came out amazing. That looks really, really good. So does JenTiki's Ken Ruzic bowl.

That's a great lampshade that Dan used on the lamp and it looks even better with my pendant hanging on it.

Now as for the HTHG mugs, having to clean up the outsides of the overpour is the same thing i had/have to deal with on my Bob'O'Nuts. Having the Hula Girls on the inside adds a lot more work for you, or Dan, as the case may be. While JenTiki's suggestion is one option you could try, what i'm thinking is, you could wrap the girls tightly with plastic wrap (I believe you guys call it saran wrap) and tape it down so that no glaze can run up under it when you pour it out, and then after you've removed it you can paint by hand back up to be level with the bowl.

Maybe give that a try with just one and see how it goes. Unfortunately, by the very nature of the design you have a lot of extra work per mug regardless of how you go about it. It's just a matter of finding what works the best and takes the least amount of time.


 
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I thought that all of these ideas should be put together as a leaning opportunity for everyone. They are all good ideas. It comes down to time vs cost vs Dan's labor (he likes working for tikis).


JenTiki

I don't really know anything about glazing ceramics, so this might be a silly suggestion, but ... would it be possible to dip the mug upside down in wax, just up to the edge of the coconut, and maybe rub the edge of the coconut with beeswax before pouring in the glaze for the inside? I would think that would create a resist to keep the glaze from sticking to the waxed parts. Then you could fire it once with just the inside glazed, the wax would burn off, then glaze the rest and fire again. Would that even work? Just a thought.
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swizzle

Now as for the HTHG mugs, having to clean up the outsides of the over-pour is the same thing i had/have to deal with on my Bob'O'Nuts. Having the Hula Girls on the inside adds a lot more work for you, or Dan, as the case may be. While JenTiki's suggestion is one option you could try, what i'm thinking is, you could wrap the girls tightly with plastic wrap (I believe you guys call it saran wrap) and tape it down so that no glaze can run up under it when you pour it out, and then after you've removed it you can paint by hand back up to be level with the bowl.
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Copied from facebook.

Kristina Worrall

Duncan Mask-N-Peel latex resist yet? You can cover any areas you don't want the glaze to go and after glazing peel off the latex to reveal an unglazed surface. I haven't personally used it, but others I know have and they really seem to like it. Maybe it would be worth a try? If you're interested you can buy it at bigceramicstore.com Best of luck and keep up the hard work

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Jen Tiki I have an entire gallon of wax resist and I do plan to use it one day for glazing effects. For the Hot Tub Hula Girls it would just be too expensive. Because of all the differences in thickness of the clay in this design I have to do 13.5 hour fires and once glazed not very many fit into the kiln. Otherwise it would be a good plan.

Swizzle I have a 10 pound roll of plastic wrap. I though about doing a wrap and never got around to it. For me it's less work to have Dan do this part. However you've convinced me that on the next run I should at least try it.

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Kristina Worrall is a facebook friend. Her idea is intriguing. I have to look into the cost of this latex product. Dan and I are fortunate that in decades of working in a hospital wearing latex gloves we are not allergic.

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Today we go to Alpha Fired Arts to pick up more slip and glaze so I can continue on with all these projects.

Wish List #6 continues with the next step on the Hot Tub Hula Girls #31 -60.

Oh Horrors. Johnny Velour requested that his HTHG mug had green water with Caribbean blue spots.
First I didn't have very much glaze to pull this off so I decided to risk it all by mixing three glazes together.


These tree didn't add up to enough to fill it to the top. Trying to swish the glaze around to coat the girl was a stupid error on my part. I should have worked with a brush. It's just hard to reach her back that way. Oh well. I made such a mess it even covered the outside of the coconut.


Dan worked his magic.


At the end of the two days all 30 HTHG mugs were ready for me. Actually I started on them the same day he started.


I would take the mug he just finished and wet down her chest.


I would scrape off as much as I could with a wooden stick. The at wet brush was used next. After all 30 were done I let them dry overnight to firm up the glaze and to make it dry so it could grab more coats.


Next I did one layer on all 30 and then the next day I did another layer on all 30.


Now they are lined up waiting for the


next step which is the coconut color.


At this point my hands needed a break so Dan and I took off for a trip. I took the computer so I could post each day while we were gone. I only missed yesterday while we were in the car for 12 hours.
Photos tomorrow. Wendy













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Kristina Worrall's suggestion of using Duncan Mask-N-Peel latex resist would be the one that produces the best results, however the reason i didn't suggest that myself is because of the cost. I think it would add quite a lot to the price of each mug because of how much you would use for each one.

The reason i suggested the plastic wrap is because it is cheap and would be reasonably quick in comparison to brushing on the latex resist, although after seeing in one of the pics you just posted how much of the Hula Girl is actually attached to the coconut itself, getting the plastic wrap in there and tight enough might be easier said than done. I still think you should try at least a couple that way and see if it does save you some time, and also some glaze.
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Posted: 2016-02-13 8:26 pm   Permalink

That's a fine bunch of Wahines bathing in some cool lookin coconuts

 
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hang10tiki until they are super hot in the kiln!

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While taking a hand rest time off Dan and I took off for Las Vegas, Nevada. This will be a tiki hunt and a visit to hang10tiki's.

Here is our trip and tiki loot!

Our first stop was in Bakersfield, CA for their half dozen huge shops.


Dan wants to build one of these to hold his ash tray collection.


I saw an old tray that looked like the fogcutter mug I just glazed.


We ate at an old Woolworths diner at the side of an antique store.


I love numbers. This is low mileage for our 13 year old PT Cruiser. This car is great for trips. We stopped for the night in Barstow.


The next morning for the very first time we drove off the freeway to the ghost town of Calico.


I hiked up the hill to this rock house.


Dug out of the wall it kept the miners of silver cool.


This is the view from the doorway.


We have arrived in Las Vegas and made the first stop at the Great American Antique Store. Woo Hoo we found an unmarked Bumatay mug.


The next day we visited hang10tiki and his wife Janelle.











The men traded gifts.


I gave hang10tiki a necklace that I had made. It's a sleepy Tiki Bob.


We left them to head to the Buffet at Planet Hollywood. Our favorite. We ran into Ron a friend from Forbidden Island tiki bar that is located in Alameda, CA. We only see him once a year so this was special.


The next day we were off to tiki hunt in Bolder City.






We loved this wall hanging but at $700 we had to let it stay right there. The owner said she would burn it before lowering the price. She said she researched it and it was worth that much.


I saw a letter holder and by taking the photo upside down it looked like a Moai!


The next day we are on our way home. We stopped for the first time at Peggy Sue's a real 50's diner. It was fun to do one time. My cottage cheese had a surprise of potato salad in the middle and I don't think it was meant to be that way.


Once we made it to freeway 99 we started stopping at more antique stores. This was possible because we left Las Vegas at 4:30 am.


Oh my gosh we found a Witco. I've always wanted a big Witco.


This one seems to be very old.


There are numbers and letters on the bottom.


I can't make them out.


Back home I took lots of photos of our tiki treasures. ebtiki how'd we do?




















This spoon and fork set was from Korea but for $5 it had to go into my collection.










Happy Valentine's Day everyone. I took these on our trip and told Dan, "now I have my card!"



Ethyl M cactus garden.




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Happy Valentine's Day, lovebirds! (that's to Wendy & Dan), okay?

Looks like a great trip- great find with the large Witco.

Missed a few days bc of a crazy work week, but relating back to glazing issues, don't think wax resist is the way to go, especially when dealing with all of the different glazes you do. Swizzle's call on plastic wrap sounds like a great idea- have to remember that one.

Wendy, do you ever use an airbrush for glaze? Definitely might be the fastest/ most efficient way for putting glaze exactly where you want it to go, especially when dealing with high volume like all of those bowls! I'm always impressed by your detail, patience, and skill in hand brushing all of your pieces- for those that haven't glazed ceramics before, you have NO idea how much work Wendy puts into each and every one of her pieces. Wow.

Pouring glaze is definitely a skill, and while pouring into a standard (round) bowl or mug would be one thing, pouring in/ around a wahine even tougher. Near impossible? Wow.

Love the Spock Bob, and JenTiki's bowl blows me away. So glad Kinny gave it the thumbs up to make.




 
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Posted: 2016-02-15 07:15 am   Permalink

Well hello

Like that ashtray shelf idea
That would be Kool
They wouldn't take up so much space that way

Looks like you had lots of fun hunting
Sure found some great items
And the Witco, sweeeeet

It was great to see you 2 again
Thanks for fitting us into your trip
Thanks again for all the gifts and hugs












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TikiAno I hope you had a wonderful Valentines Day. Comparing Las Vegas to a visit with hang10tiki and Janelle the visit with them won hands down. They made the trip so much fun. We only found 1 mug in LV all the rest were found on the way home. It kept the long drive interesting.

More information on the latex below.

I have sprayed some of the crawl mugs. These HTHG's are just going to always be hard because there are no shortcuts. I will try Swizzles suggestion next time. I have the wrap, I have to see the amount of time to wrap and remove vs Dan's labor.

Ceramics as you know are not an easy art form. You have to have lots of time to get things done.
You know from experience. I'm so glad you like my art. I like your swap mug. I got to see hang10tikis in person, it's great too.

hang10tiki after seeing you two the rest of LV was anticlimactic. Thank you for the fun visit and treasures.

Remember the candle can be a perpetual gift. Given to us, given to you, who would be next???

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On Saturday we went to Alpha Fired Arts to buy supplies.


We buy our slip by having them fill 36 gallon jugs 1/2 full. He fills them right in the car.


This way when we get home I can add water if their mix is too thick and then Dan stirs them with a bat.


They had the Latex. However it came in 2 once bottles for $2.65 and it's been discontinued by Duncan.
They said you have to coat it on thick or it breaks up and takes forever to remove.


This is not going to work for the Hot Tub Hula Girls but I bought a couple to experiment with. I started by painting some on a tile. It's thick and this wasn't easy. I did some thinner side pulls too.


I did my other glaze test strips while waiting for it to dry.


4 hours later it was dry. I then painted some glaze on the tile.


After the glaze dried I peeled off the latex.


I'll fire this to see if the glaze moves or the edges stay sharp.


All dry and ready to fire...someday.


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Wish List #6 next step on the Hot Tub Hula Girls.

I start with the bottoms of the coconuts. I set up what I need and then it's one at a time.


I leave the box for the number unglazed. That way I can number them with a felt pen after they are done.


8 down 22 to go for the first layer.


30 first layers done.


30 with the second layer done. This glaze is thick and 2 layers were enough.


While they are on their sides I was able to glaze the 3 dents.


All done. It was a long but productive day.


There are a lot of steps to each of these and I'm not done yet! Wendy


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Wish List #6 continuation of the Hot Tub Hula Girls

Now was the time to glaze the outside of the coconut hot tub.
I started by glazing around the strands of hair.


Then I did the rest of the first coat of glaze all the way around.


One at a time until


all 30 have their first coat of glaze.


Between each mug I clean off the turntable so that it doesn't get sticky and start to pull off the glaze. I have used paper towels but in the end it just worked out best to clean it off between mugs.


I actually got the second layer of glaze on all 30. A huge accomplishment for me on this full day of work.


Thank you for the visit, Wendy

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