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Wendy Cevola 9/21/17 Glazing up a storm with 36 mugs and 2 bowls to do.
TikiHula
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Posted: 2016-06-16 9:51 pm   Permalink

Justin's photo of your hot tub hula girl is now my computer wallpaper! So awesome

 
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Posted: 2016-06-17 8:11 pm   Permalink

Tiki Hula, that's a first for me. I have my cat as my wallpaper and so does Dan.

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More steps for the Hot Tub Hula Girls #61 - #90.

Now that the girls and the coconuts were prepped it was time to assemble them together. I added sticky clay to the bottom of the girls legs and also some slip to the bottom of the coconut. Then I pressed her into place. I also carved in the 3 dents into the coconut.


For these girls I remove the hands and smooth the area.


Next I start to add clay to build hair. It will cover her hand areas and


fall down the back of the coconut.


Next I carve the detail into the coconut.


I did a couple a day and when one was done


I put it into an OPEN plastic bag on a shelf in the garage to slowly dry. This will prevent cracking.


Eventually all of them made it into the garage. As I've said there is a lot of rotation and walking and carrying each piece of ceramics.
More steps in the process and more steps I take when it's time to continue on.

Cheers, Wendy

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hang10tiki
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Posted: 2016-06-17 10:52 pm   Permalink

Beautiful

 
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swizzle
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Posted: 2016-06-17 11:58 pm   Permalink

I made this for myself Wendy when i first started making bowls, maybe Dan can whip one up for you.




Pretty self explanatory. Filed the end of an eye-hook screw down to give it a sharp edge that can cut into the clay which is then fixed into the groove of a vertical upright screwed/nailed to a flat bottom. Washers on each side of the screw and two nuts to hold it in place.

I just put my banding wheel onto the flat base with whatever it is i want to cut down centred on that and then i push it against the sharp edge and slowly turn the wheel to cut a line at my desired height. You can use the screw to cut all the way through the clay but i just use it to make a level mark and then use a sharp knife to cut all the way through.

Adjustable for pieces of different heights. All pieces will be level and in your particular case, consistency in the height of all the coconuts.


 
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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2016-06-18 7:54 pm   Permalink

hang10tiki thank you.

swizzle that's a really cool devise. I like it.


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More steps for the Hot Tub Hula Girls #61 - #90.


While they were in the plastic bags I actually rotated them in the bags so that each side was near the opening. After 2 weeks they were dry enough to take out of the bags and to be left to dry the rest of the way on the shelf.


Now that they were dry it was time for me to sand each entire mug. So many surfaces. I do each one in the same order so that I don't forget some spot.


One by one I got them done.




Once I finish the sanding Dan uses the air compressor to blow off the dust. This makes them easier to wash when they come out of the kiln. If any of this dust were to remain on the mug it would cause a glaze skip.


I loaded the bottom shelf then


a middle shelf and


then a top shelf.


I didn't have space for these. Bummer.


After firing it was time to unload the top shelf the


middle shelf and then


the bottom shelf. None of them exploded!!!


In a sense these are all my dirty dishes waiting to be


scrubbed. I do the best job possible to prevent problems later on.


I actually fired another load that was the Hot Tub Hula Girls and the crawl mugs. So all 30 are now done. I covered them with plastic. Now they have to wait until I finish the Sacramento Crawl mugs as well as one special project I'll be sharing.


Cheers, Wendy


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Posted: 2016-06-20 4:44 pm   Permalink

Suddenly craving coconut

 
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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2016-06-20 8:50 pm   Permalink

hang10tiki too much saturated fat!

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I received a message asking if I could make 150 tiki mugs for a wedding occurring in October. I said if you mean October 2017. NOPE this October. So then I asked what is the least number of mugs you could go with and the answer was a reasonable 15. OK the only way I could do this is if there were supercarved Tiki Bob's because I made four molds of my Tiki Bob sculpt. They agreed and I added this to my work day with Dan helping.


First off all molds should be checked every 10 minutes and if the clay level is getting near the top of the mug


then you need to top it off. I keep doing this until it is time to pour out the remaining liquid slip.


This opening is so small that I have to dig out the firm slip so that


I can pour out the slip without it glugging. If it glug glug glugs then the sides will collapse because the slip is pulling on them as it leaves the mold.


After years of messing with these I decided to risk a mold to see if I could make the opening larger.


I carefully chiseled away some plaster


Much better but I will still be topping it off.


So I put all four Tiki Bob molds together to get them ready to fill with slip.


But first I must fill in all the places between each piece with soft clay to prevent leaks.


All four are leaky molds. They are the first I ever made and they also have been used a lot. So that the clay doesn't stick to the table and pull loose I put a dry paper towel under each one.


Now they are filled.


2 hours later we poured out the still liquid slip.


They are placed upside-down for the night.


The next morning I opened the molds and had the first 4 Tiki Bob's.


You can see all the slip that moved between the pieces. All of this must be cleaned off before it dries. The little bits that are left are what makes the mold leak by separating the pieces with their presence.


Now the molds are clean and must dry over-night with the fans blowing on them.


Cheers, Wendy





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Posted: 2016-06-20 9:17 pm   Permalink

150

Love watching your Bob's come from da mug mold


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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2016-06-21 9:37 pm   Permalink

hang10tiki and I love reading your messages!

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I am currently working on the Wedding mugs. 15 Supercarved Tiki Bobs. I can't show the backs because they are personalized and the couple want these kept as a secret until the wedding. I have permission to show the fronts and sides.


Here are the first four out of the molds and needing to be cleaned up and prepared for doing the carving.


I can do two of these mugs in one day. More than that and my hands give out. Numbness takes over. I'm wearing out.

Mug #1





Mug #2






The first two mugs together.



The next day. Mug #3.





Mug #4





On the third day I did Mug #5





Mug #6





The first 6 mugs are dying. I turn them over so the bottom gets to dry for a couple of hours and them back on their bottoms for awhile. They go back and forth until they are dry enough that lying them on their sides won't dent the carving.


Thank you for the visit, Wendy






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ModernArtifactsNY
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Posted: 2016-06-22 05:52 am   Permalink

Wendy, those Bob's are great. The mugs I love the most are tied to specific events in my life. These Bob's will have strong Mojo for their wedding, I am sure. Love when they are pre-filled with Mana! Thanks as always for sharing!

Bill

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hang10tiki
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Posted: 2016-06-22 06:23 am   Permalink

Awesome
Now that's going to be one Kool weddin


 
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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2016-06-22 4:41 pm   Permalink

ModernArtifactsNY that's why I just couldn't turn him down. It's fun to be there. I'm waiting for photos from another wedding coming up this summer.

hang10tiki I bet it will.

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More of the wedding mugs have been carved.

I don' copy past mugs but there will always be similarities.


Mug #7





Mug #8





Mug #9





Mug #10






Two a day works out to be just right. Cheers, Wendy


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hang10tiki
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Posted: 2016-06-22 7:39 pm   Permalink

Digin da super carves
Great job Wendy
If only the original people at Tiki Bob's could see him now



Ps- I heard TikiHula had some fun yesterday

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Posted: 2016-06-23 8:44 pm   Permalink


Surprise!!! We are home after a week long trip to a family reunion in Oregon. We found some wonderful tikis while traveling. After I finish posting all the wedding mugs I will post the trip with all the tiki finds. We were on the road for 10 hours today. Eugene, Oregon to home. We took our showers and now it's time to sleep.

Cheers, Wendy
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Posted: 2016-06-23 10:44 pm   Permalink

Wow
Sounds like we get to see some good pics
Can't wait


 
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