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Wendy Cevola 11/19/17 Day Five on the Big Island of Hawaii I kept forgetting to change this title
danlovestikis
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Posted: 2012-01-13 08:27 am   Permalink

MadDogMike, TikiTomD (thank you for the photo) found the turtle of my childhood which I was thinking of when I did the first attempt. Because the next Chunk Lamp will be a sea life version with a Bumatay centerpiece I have to stick to an aquatic turtle. Sorry Floyd. Wendy

Next Step by Steps

I use a ring of clay to glue the eye mounds to the socket. I use a chop stick to smooth half the clay up and half down.


A chop stick that has its large end sanded to a rounded shape is used to smooth the clay.


During the sculpt I constantly check for undercuts. The body needed some additional clay to keep from being one. If I cast it like this then the cast wouldn't come out of the mold. I built strips of clay up the sides.


Another square carved end of a chopstick makes the eye groove.


Carving the eye groves was one of the fun parts.


Once the body is done I'll do the surface texture.


Cheers, Wendy


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bavtech
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Posted: 2012-01-13 9:12 pm   Permalink

How do I get my name on the list for the next mug you make?

 
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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2012-01-14 08:31 am   Permalink

bavtech that's how just ask, I've added your name, thank you

The first two mugs have been poured and here are all my step by steps with helpful hints. Tomorrow I should have photos of the outcome.

Sold by ULINE this is the best tape dispenser I've ever found. I've tried those one handed metal versions from Staples and ended up swearing a lot. I just treated myself to one to keep with my mold equipment. I will be using it soon, photos to come.




Finally dry it was time to get started. Then I remembered the most important step. The molds are new and still covered with mold soap. There are also a few defects that can also be removed prior to pouring.

Since the molds dried out completely the plaster is very hard so when I take a tool and run it along all the wood grain crevasses I'm not hurting any of the detail. I'm just loosening up the soap.

I dip a soft sponge in water and wipe the soap away. Rinse, repeat over and over again.

I put the #1 and #2 molds together and placed three super tight straps to hold them together.

Shake and stir the slip because water always comes to the top. To prevent defects we always pour the slip through a screen to remove chunks.

Because the opening is so small we used a funnel to pour the slip. Pour slowly and hit side of mold with a rubber mallet.


We count to 10 and then stop pouring. We have now way to know if these new molds will leak or be fine. You can plug leaks by pouring in a small amount of slip and then lower each side of the mold so that slip will pour into the mold joints and become solid. This is a fast process because you don't want the slip to dry so much that it starts to pull away from the mold. So lower turn lower each side and then quickly pour in the rest of the slip.


During this time watch for leaks. We only found one on the bottom. So I plugged it with clay.

I forgot to show that this should be covered with plastic wrap or it will stick to your table and pull loose later.

Whenever adding slip to the mold even during that first 10 second pour pound the sides with a rubber mallet to keep air bubbles from sticking. Every air bubble will leave a hole to fix later.

I want the top to be as thick as the side so for the next 15 minutes I add slip to the top until it stops lowering fast.

These will be the first casts so I let them sit for 1 hour before removing the excess slip. If these mugs are too thick the next will be left for less time.

Now it is time to remove the slip and the opening is way too small to pour it out. On my last project I figured out that a gas siphon would work well with clay.
First I estimate how much of the tube to feed into the mold. Place it slowly so that you don't scrap the side.


The bowl that will receive the slip has the opposite end of the siphon Taped to the side. Our first time we didn't Tape the end and I got shot by slip, not fun.


We pump out the slip until most is gone but not all. We don't want to have the tube attach to the soft clay bottom. While I watch with a flash light Dan starts to lower the mold toward the bowl.

Watching to make sure the opening never closes up with slip causing the glug glug noise. If you hear this you may have made your mug collapse due to suction.



When the slip is out and only drips are coming put them upside down on support boards. 2 x 4's work really well.

Some will continue to drip out so I have newspaper to collect it.


This is my book for today. Please ignore any gramatical errors its time to go to work. Cheers, Wendy








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hang10tiki
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Posted: 2012-01-14 10:45 pm   Permalink

Wow
Lots of work
Can't wait to see what's inside...


 
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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2012-01-15 10:33 am   Permalink

OPEN! OPEN! OPEN! I want to see what's inside!!!

 
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VampiressRN
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Posted: 2012-01-15 11:07 am   Permalink

Fettered anticipation!!!

 
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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2012-01-15 1:35 pm   Permalink

Wow, I better get to it, like NOW!!!

First I just wanted to show the size difference between the Bumatay centerpiece and the seahorse. All the shells and sea-life will be small so that there will be room for the chunks too.


Yesterday I said after you plug a leak with clay put a piece of plastic over it before you turn you mold upright. Otherwise the clay will pull out if you slide or lift the mold. This is what I meant as shown in the photos.



Did the molds work? YES! I have around 1 hour of clean up and specials additions for each mug before I can let them dry. I hope I showed most of the steps here. One I left out was showing how I removed clay from the opening before removing the top mold piece. If not done correctly the top will be messed up.

Cut it out.


Clean out the mold.


The top looks like this. The flame sits here.


For those of us with small muscles slide the mold out to remove the straps.


The rest is shown in photos. The mold is opened and all the clean up begins. I also had to add an earring, flower etc to each.








Shows some leakage, no problem.
























































Add slip under any clay addition to keep out air bubbles.





She required a flower, hands and arm sculpting. A bellybutton and better nipples!
A high maintenance chick!


Two down a lot more to be done.


Molds set out to dry for the rest of the day. Before nightfall they will come back in the garage and have a fan blow on them until the next pour.


When the cast is dry there is more fine tuning to areas like her nose and his eyes. They is a lot of sanding to do. I'll have photos of every step of the way.

How did we do??? Wendy and Dan

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MikeyTiki
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Posted: 2012-01-15 2:14 pm   Permalink

Wow! What a lot of work, but they look fantastic! I certainly didn't realize there was that much clean-up work to be done one each mug out of the mold...

Can't wait to see the next steps!


 
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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2012-01-15 3:58 pm   Permalink

Glad your molds turned out Wendy, gonna be great!

 
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Beachbumz
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Posted: 2012-01-15 4:41 pm   Permalink

Beautiful Wendy, that really came out great! I love your steps, We all seem to do it a little different..ya? I don't think I have made a mug yet that hasn't required at least two hours cleanup... I'm hoping to pour a new mold this coming week If I can find some extra hours and pray it will come out half as good as yours..
Aloha

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WaikikianMoeKele
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Posted: 2012-01-15 9:32 pm   Permalink

Wendy,
Your 'step by steps' are fascinating! They really show how much work is required for each object. Before seeing these, I did not understand how much time it takes for each one. I am truly impressed & in awe!
~kele


 
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hang10tiki
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Posted: 2012-01-15 11:11 pm   Permalink

Truly amazing lil lady, I can't wait to put mine on my Wendy shelf...

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The Blue Kahuna
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Posted: 2012-01-16 04:06 am   Permalink

Magnificent . . .

 
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Chuck Tatum is Tiki
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Posted: 2012-01-16 04:33 am   Permalink

Thanks Wendy, That's a crazy amount of work you put into it, but the quality really shines threw!

 
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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2012-01-16 07:39 am   Permalink

The best part of making mugs are reading the comments, each is a gift.

MikeyTiki I always choose to make hard designs that require a lot of clean up. I have the need to make something that I personally like so it is worth it.

MDM thank you so much. I'm looking forward to your next clay project.

Beachbumz you are so right. One hour to clean it up now and one hour to sand and fine tune the detail top to bottom. It looks good now but I can make it even better. You do a wonderful job of detailing on your mugs.

Kele there are so many steps. There are no shortcuts other than less detail. This is why even mass produced mugs are a work of art. We think that Tiki Farm puts out quality mugs for prices so low it is a miracle.

hang10tiki I love that you have a Wendy shelf!

The Blue Kahuna thank you I'm looking forward to seeing you at Matt's.

Chuck Tatum is Tiki its always good to hear from you, thank you.

More helpful hints. I let any pieces of slip dry before removing because they pop off when dry. So before I start I get rid of clay that might not let the mold seat right or spoil detail in the mug.


A master mold maker told me to always wet the mold with a spray before starting. He said this begins a capillary action that will make the water pull out of the slip better and you will have good detail.


Try as hard as you can to make molds without lumps in your plaster. Those dry lumps will make weak spots. I'm not sure if that is what happened here but a piece in an important area broke off. To repair it I soaked the piece and sprayed the mold. I added some plaster dust and pressed hard. It glued it in place. I will add a bit more to fill the crack that shows and hope for the best.



I have two molds to open today. If that piece fell off then one mug will be ruined and I'll have to make a new mold piece. That is why I keep my original sculpt in-tacked until the project is finished.

Thank you all for taking this journey with me. Cheers, Wendy
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