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Tiki Central Forums Creating Tiki Other Crafts Wendy Cevola 7/28/14 Tiki Ano thank you very much. Kiln is open with Tiki Atari's mugs.
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Wendy Cevola 7/28/14 Tiki Ano thank you very much. Kiln is open with Tiki Atari's mugs.
danlovestikis
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Posted: 2012-01-06 09:46 am   Permalink

Hi Mike in the beginning we made too much or too little plaster. So on one mold we have a super thick piece. It wasn't intentional. I've had molds like that in the past. I worried that the thicker side would pull more water out of the slip and make that side of the mug thicker. It didn't happen.

What is your experience? (: Wendy

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Posted: 2012-01-06 7:32 pm   Permalink

Here Wendy, looks like the top and bottom are thicker than 2 inches?


I don't have enough experiance making molds to be of any help
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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2012-01-06 8:48 pm   Permalink

Hi Mike, two inches is ideal but I just don't worry too much. Many of my pieces look like one inch but they are triangular in shape and are 2 inches when close to the hole (sculpt). You can kind of see that on the top piece on the right. Look how thick the bottom piece is on the left. If we made them all that thick we would need a jack to lift them.



We were going to dry them like this in the house and then I thought maybe they would mold with the warmth so back out and apart with the fan. Cheers, Wendy
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Posted: 2012-01-09 07:38 am   Permalink

I've just begun to sculpt a Bumatay for casting for a new lamp by Roge. Copying an existing tiki with so many planes is a challenge. I'll go slow and see how I do. I'm following in the footsteps of Gecko and Tiki Al and so many others. Mine will have a flat back for the lamp and no pineapple around it because that's where the chunks will be. Cheers, Wendy


















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Posted: 2012-01-10 08:05 am   Permalink

http://www.specsspaces.com/Blogger/KastleWaserman/Article/DesignInspirationHowtoGoTiki.aspx

Kastele Waserman is a blogger for a paint company. She has done three tiki blogs that are super fun and worth a look...Dan and I have a section at the end of the third blog. There are lots of photos and fun articles. We are thrilled to be a part of this tribute to tiki decor and art.

Cheers, Wendy

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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2012-01-10 11:24 am   Permalink

You gotta love a reporter who is willing to get down in the trenches and drink at the Rumpus Room! Wendy, your place looks fantastic as always - I got to make it up there on of these days to see it in person. My son is in Sebastapol right now, I should have hitched a ride with him

The Bumatay is looking great, can't wait to see it in a lamp. Soon every tiki bar in the world with have a lamp with your tikis on it.
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Posted: 2012-01-10 4:51 pm   Permalink

I continue to be impressed with both your skills and your appetite for learning, Wendy!

 
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Posted: 2012-01-10 5:58 pm   Permalink

What a nice tribute to your domicile stylings, ma'am, and thanks for letting us get a glimpse of your home. Now I understand your drive to create new mugs: Chez Cevola contains at least one of every mug ever made. I think I saw the corner of the time machine you had Dan build to facilitate your mug procurement, although it may have been a shop-vac.



 
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Posted: 2012-01-10 8:26 pm   Permalink

Hey Mike, you should have come with him. Sebastopol is only 2 hours from us. We could have had so much fun.

ebtiki thanks for stopping by and for the kind words.

Professor G, its fun to have people view Dan's collection, thanks for taking a look. I still have my bruised ankles and black eye from that shop vac. Horrors In The Garage a new series by danlovestikis.

More photos tomorrow, Wendy
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Posted: 2012-01-11 08:27 am   Permalink

Step by step update on the Bumatay for the next Chunk Lamp. (: Wendy

I always save and use chop sticks from restaurants.They are easy to carve into a tool to use with clay. They are strong and hold their shape. So I cut one by shaving off pieces. Next I sand it.


The chop stick will fit into small places. I also use the opposite end to tamp down the clay and to smooth it in small places.


I also sculpt upside down and from the sides.


Next the eyes.


Here's looking at you!


The Zombie Torch molds are almost dry, its very hard to wait!
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Posted: 2012-01-11 12:33 pm   Permalink

...and the hits just keep coming! Nice stuff Wendy.

 
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Posted: 2012-01-11 10:34 pm   Permalink

lookin good....

 
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Posted: 2012-01-12 08:58 am   Permalink

Thank you rugbymatt and hang10tiki

We were with Dan's mom all day yesterday so I just worked a bit of clay for Roge's next lamp. The Bumatay will be the center piece and then there will be other sea creatures and shells. I used a 4.5 inch seahorse as a model for a 3.5 inch sculpt.

Mom was so happy I was making something other than a tiki. She wishes I was making dolls which is what she collects. Sorry mom-in-law I love tikis!

Sketched out the seahorse and cut off the excess with a huge knife.


Smoothed it out with my fingers.


Worked on the face and added the backbone.


Added the detail to the back fin.


This is as far as I could go, there is no light in the home. I'll finish it at ours.


So I thought I knew what a turtle looked like because I had one when I was a child.


So I played around with it the rest of the night.


Today I went to google and scanned images under Hawaiian Turtle. Wow was I off. I didn't even have sea turtle in my mind at all. So I'll use this one as a base and fix it until it's like this drawing. I had fun anyway and mom loved it.


There's always something fun to work on, cheers, Wendy






 
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Posted: 2012-01-12 8:42 pm   Permalink

Did you have a hard time finding a seahorse for inspiration? (Wendy has a whole bathroom FULL of them!) Funny how the turtle wasn't the way you remembered it.
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Posted: 2012-01-13 05:43 am   Permalink

Wendy, Floyd here thinks your turtle was a fine likeness!



Floyd is a male Florida Box Turtle. For anyone who doubts that Floyd is a "he," just see Bill Tracey's
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Floyd doesn't understand what you see in marine turtles, but he has a limited terrestrial background.

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