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Wendy Cevola 12/11/17 I thought up a helpful hint for clay projects.
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Posted: 2017-10-23 2:46 pm   Permalink

Gland you’re both uninjured, but sorry that it’s caused you undue stress and hardship. If you need any assistance, financial or otherwise, I’m sure lots of us would be happy to help however we can.

 
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Posted: 2017-10-23 3:35 pm   Permalink

Life is always throwing curve balls!

 
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Posted: 2017-10-24 07:46 am   Permalink

Dang
Glad you guys are ok
Bummer about the cars

Hugs


 
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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2017-10-24 2:28 pm   Permalink

Prikli Pear one adventure after the next!

Hamo that was such a sweet message. We are fine in all ways. I just like to tell stories and I missed part of it so see below.

MaukaHale and one hit you in the nose!!! This was so much less than what you have been through this year. God Bless.

hang10tiki all's well that ends well.

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Well as I looked through my photos I saw I missed part of the story so here is the end.

The cruiser made so many funny noises once jumped that we decided that towing had to be done. But in the end all it needed was a new battery.

What I missed was telling of our two sleepless nights. The first night a smoke/carbon monoxide alarm went off right at our bedroom door. We tried 3 new batteries and it wouldn't stop. Luckily even through it is hard wired to our alarm system it didn't make it go off.










After being awake most of the night and hearing it most of the day Dan persuaded the company that had installed them all 9 years ago to come that day to replace it.

That night it went off again. New batteries didn't work. In the morning the company said they would be there by noon. A test showed the unit was defective. The second new one has been fine for a few days now.

We sure slept well those two nights.

Thank you all for the really nice messages. Wendy

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http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=51446&forum=20&vpost=779615&hilite=cevola

Just found a photo of a mug I made so I've saved the link here.



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Posted: 2017-10-25 2:32 pm   Permalink



It's time to make a second half of a mold. I made the first half so I could make huge necklaces and wall hanging. Now I want to make the second half of the mold so I can cast whole Moai and make bowls.


It is a blank Moai and after casting I would hand carve each one with designs and texture.


To make the second half I put one of my casts into the mold. This will keep the oily clay from putting oil into my plaster.


This is the tiki that my friend gave me after her trip to Easter Island. It has been my model.


All done and ready to mold.



I need to prep the sides of the existing slab so that no undercuts exist. I spent a few hours doing this until I was satisfied. I even sanded it.


I used my box label scraper to cut the plaster.


Then I use a big chisel to remove plaster to make an opening.


This will be the half opening for the first slab and I will use clay to keep the plaster away and to form the second half of the opening. See below.



I set out everything I would need to make the mold.


I do 4 layers of mold soap everywhere the new plaster slab will touch. Otherwise they will fuse together.


I put the box together.



I seal all the seams with sticky clay and I also build a mound of clay where I want the opening into the mold to be located for the second slab. Together they make a large opening that hopefully is in a place that will reduce the change of air being trapped.



I use this method to figure out how much water I will need. Around 5 of these filled to the top.


I put the water into a bucket and then while Dan mixes I sprinkle in the plaster. We do this fast.


After I have done 2 plaster scoops to each container of water he stops and I stick my hand into the plaster. I should be like buttermilk. This is a bit too thick. However my sculpture has no detail so for us this was OK. Otherwise I would add more water.


Clean up fast before the plaster sets on the end of the mixer.


The slip was poured into the box. Don't worry if a layer of water forms on the top. As the plaster sets up it becomes hot and re-absorbs the water.


When it was firm enough I carved the label in to the slab. I even drew a photo.


I opened the mold about 45 minutes later. Success. No undercuts and they parted easily.


I removed the clay sculpture.


Since it will be sunny in California for the next two weeks I put it outside to dry. Otherwise I would put a fan on it 24/7 and it would dry in about 1 to 2 weeks.









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Posted: 2017-10-25 4:36 pm   Permalink

That looks like 6 months of work

 
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Posted: 2017-10-27 02:50 am   Permalink

Hey Wendy,

Just thought I would stop in for a peek (in China right now)...wow! Posting all this takes mondo time! Love it!

I am so close to retiring Can't wait to join the land of the free with you! Art for art sake baby!

Good to see ya Mud Sligger!

Babs


 
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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2017-10-27 08:06 am   Permalink

hang10tiki this was a super fast on in comparison to my routine 5 piece molds.

Babalu so good to hear from you. Retirement is going to bring you back to us with wonderful creations. You have been missed. Maybe you'll be at Oasis this next summer. I could use a hug! Thank you for getting me on my way, I still use your glaze test techniques.

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One of Wish List #7's mugs have shown up on facebook. His wife Colleen had me make them for there anniversary celebration. Until now I had to pretend they were for Dan.

Michael Boyle added 3 new photos.

2 hrs ·

...
Wow! Dinner out and then THIS!! Only one person could make this ack ack awesomeness a reality!! Thank you sooo much Wendy Cevola my worlds collide!!! Ack Ack Ack(I Looooove my mugs!!) #marsattacks #tikimugs #sacramentoohana #HNCC











These were fun to make and a huge challenge. That's what the Wish List is for, challenges. I don't always succeed but I try. Cheers, Wendy


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We have a couple of new additions to our home. Both were made by Doug Christensen on fb.
The Danno fish went into Dan's man cave and the mid-century cat is by our alarm panel.

If you need something made keep him in mind. He is working on projects for little lost tiki right now.

Cheers, Wendy


 
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Posted: 2017-10-28 08:20 am   Permalink

Love those Mars mugs


Giant coffee time here




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Posted: 2017-10-28 10:07 pm   Permalink

Flowers seen on our Morning walk










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Posted: 2017-10-28 10:11 pm   Permalink

Today’s fun
Frankie’s

3 Rum Scum

































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Posted: 2017-10-29 6:38 pm   Permalink

hang10tiki thank you, he was really happy with his surprise anniversary gift from his wife. Is that a large cup? Is it the one you painted or did Janelle paint this one?

hang10tiki sunny out. Was it a later walk. I'm used to your sunrises.

hang10tiki is Frankie's so dark inside that the flashes must make seeing the décor possible?

Thank you for keeping my thread alive as I take it slow leading up to the Wish List and next crawl mug.


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A while back I showed the Easter Island bowl with the Moai and volcanos. Well I glazed it again and here's how it went.

I had layered white Pingo on top of black Pingo glaze. All the white went away. So I started over.

This time I glazed white under-glaze on top of the already fired black Pingo. Most still disappeared so in the future I will do it again. Meanwhile Dan said I like it just fine and took off with the bowl. I've made 3 huge bowls, Dan has taken 3 of them!























At least they look and feel like stone. Wendy






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Posted: 2017-10-30 7:31 pm   Permalink

Every time I open the kiln I am surprised by what worked and what will need more glazing.

I just took these out. A Tiki Bob bowl


with a matching mug.


Same carving and same inside glazing. However they have areas where the glaze is too thin. Especially around the rim of the bowl. Unfortunately it will be months and more months before I will have thing to glaze again. OH WELL.



I have actually been working on Wish List #8. I had some people that have been waiting a year so I did their five projects first. They are done and ship out tomorrow. I will start to share those projects soon.

Wendy
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Posted: 2017-10-31 07:52 am   Permalink

HAPPY HALLOWEEN. Be safe there are Zombies out there. Cheers from Wendy and Dan for 2017



















Three rubber bands make me the scariest of all. See how worried the girl over my shoulder looks?



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