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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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Posted: 2012-02-18 09:19 am   Permalink

whoseyrtiki I'm so glad the photos will help. Picture your project in your head and then when you look at tools think about whether each will help you achieve your goal. I have a dozen kitchen tools that I use on and off. Even a fork.


Psycho Tiki D I have all the parts now to make your bowl. After I get some other Super Bob's done I'll be working on yours.



Major Glitch: This is what happens when the slip is too thick but you still leave it in your mold for the same amount of time.

When I opened the mold the cast was thick mush in the bottom three inches of the mug.


I couldn't scoop it out from the top so I cut out the bottom and removed it all from there.


By keeping the mugs in their molds the outside kept its shape.


I emptied out all three.


I aimed a fan at the inside of these mugs to dry them out. A few hours later I was able to use a tool to smooth the insides.

I will have fun thinking up something to do with these Bob's so that it is not lost labor.

Next I opened the 2 poured Zombie Torch mugs and found that they were OK. It takes a lot of slip to pour so many and these must have been poured with slip that was just right. 23 poured so far. We will pour again tomorrow when the molds have dried longer.


Next up the Fu Manchu Chu hat.

If your clay is too thick it will crack as it dries or is bisque fired. I use tools to remove as much clay as possible.


The smooth hat is fine.


I like texture better so I scratched a design into the clay.


I rounded the head to fit into the hat. I also added back the hair detail where I had removed it.


I added the straw hole to the back.


Now I'll watch to see that as it dries it still fits.


I've almost finished the Super Carved for WestADad. I need guidance. The carving is NOT finished.

I used this book for reference.


A couple of the designs I liked for the mug.



I spin the turntable as I make a cut.

To get the lines straight I used a bendable ruler.

Is it West A Dad or WestADad?

I can put this name in that rectangles at the base of the mug or just carve those decoratively and put your name on the very bottom of the mug with mine. Which shall it be?




Note to buyers. If anything I do is not to your liking please let me know. I am willing to start over on your piece. I want everyone happy at all times.
Cheers, Wendy



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WestADad
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Posted: 2012-02-18 09:55 am   Permalink

Hi Wendy,

Thank you for all the great new pictures, I love watching the progress. Fantastic!

You can carve WestADad anywhere you like on my mug, it will be great I'm sure.

Have a great weekend!

Chris


 
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hang10tiki
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Posted: 2012-02-18 10:10 pm   Permalink

Lookin good

 
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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2012-02-19 08:13 am   Permalink

Progress Report:

WestADad your mug is finished being carved. I put your name on the bottom. I asked Dan and he said that if you ever wanted to sell it having your name on the bottom wouldn't be an issue but on the outside it would. So I'm putting all names on the mug bottoms and I hope that's OK.







Professor G your palm trees are on. To do this I use lots of water then I wrap it for a day or two do that the water content equalizes and the trees stick well. OK?





hang10tiki I've started yours. The front is finished but I still have the back to do. OK?




By 9 AM we will be back in the garage pouring mugs again. I'm just waiting on Dan to finish his coffee. He loves coffee.

Cheers, Wendy


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Posted: 2012-02-19 08:52 am   Permalink

I am possibly the least giggly human on the planet. Nevertheless, when I saw my palm trees, out of sheer joy, I emitted 1 (one) giggle. Perhaps 2 (two).

 
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The Blue Kahuna
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Posted: 2012-02-19 09:52 am   Permalink

Professor G I had a rum giggle last night ...

 
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swizzle
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Posted: 2012-02-19 12:36 pm   Permalink

I hate Bob, but your Super Carved Bobs are fantastic Wendy. Could i be swayed?

 
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LoriLovesTiki
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Posted: 2012-02-19 4:20 pm   Permalink

Wendy your super carved tiki for WestADad is sooooooooooo cool. I just adore all your work. You are my idol. I swear. I'm really loving those palm trees too. Both of those mugs are SO my style!!!

One day I shall have a mug of yours. One day!


Lori



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WestADad
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Posted: 2012-02-19 4:27 pm   Permalink

WOW! I don't even know what to say that hasn't been said already. Fantastic art from a fantastic lady!

I can't hardly wait for the next progress update.

Thank you so much Wendy!



 
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hang10tiki
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Posted: 2012-02-19 8:48 pm   Permalink

Wendy
Wow
I can't wait
Love love love it
Now I have to put a rush on my new TIKI BAR (currently in the building process) so I'll have a place to show off BOB on the Wendy shelf.......
Hope BOB likes Vegas
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Worst sound ever, slurp of an empty tiki mug through my straw!!!


 
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Beachbumz
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Posted: 2012-02-19 11:37 pm   Permalink

aMaZiNg Wendy!! I just love how nice and clean your carves are, ALL OF THEM!!
Bob never looked so good..


 
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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2012-02-20 08:22 am   Permalink

Hi Everyone, I love getting up to a bunch of notes. Thank you all so much.

Professor G I'm so happy that your Island Tiki Bob brings out the giggles.

The Blue Kahuna rum giggles? How about sombrero giggles check the photos.

Swizzle wow a convert. It is his history that makes me fond of him.

LoriLovesTikis these craft threads are so fun that I know what you mean. Don't just stay on page one. Look back and check out all the artists. You'll end up with a very long list of favorites and lots of helpful hints. Your first tikis surpassed my first.

WestADad Ahhh, thank you for all your nice comments. I'm sending you a PM.

hang10tiki let us all know here on my thread when you start posting your new tiki bar on the tiki bar thread.

Beachbumz I think that your work is always to clean and wonderful. I need to check your thread to see your newest projects.

Progress Report:

Yesterday I got up to begin on this table full of projects.


But first we went to the garage and I put all these molds together.


We poured and set them upside down to continue draining. I have 25 Zombie Torches poured. Those in the kiln are still drying. They must be completely dry or the water in them will boil and explode in the kiln. Air bubbles in the clay also explode. You never know what you'll find when you open the kiln.


The Blue Kahuna's sombrero mold felt dry so we began the pour of the slip.


Slowly we filled it to the top.


It sat for 1.5 hours and was then emptied.


When it is dry enough I'll remove it and see if it is thick enough.


hang10tiki your Tiki Bob is done being carved. Now it needs to dry.





Along with each of the Bob's I continue to clean up all the Zombie Torches. I did two yesterday. Two more are coming out of the molds today.


Psycho Tiki D's bowl step by step. This tool is good for cutting holes.


I just pressed straight down.


I kept cutting away clay until the small Bob fit.


I then smeared on a lot of sticky slip that I had semi dried.


I pressed the tiki into that mess and began to fill in from the back. One air bubble and the tiki will blow off in the kiln.


It's smoothed but when it is all dried it will be sanded even flatter.


Look at that smile! Three Tiki Bobs on this bowl.


This is my little work station in front of the TV. I caught up on Top Chef and Storage Wars yesterday.


Professor G here's the front of your Island Tiki Bob.

Today I'll start on the back.



Thanks for popping in and keeping me inspired to keep working these long days. I worked 8 AM until 10 PM yesterday and I enjoyed every minute. Cheers, Wendy

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Posted: 2012-02-20 08:31 am   Permalink

Wendy,

Your and Dan's talents continue to shine through and make my day. I love the different Bobs' and the detail of each one you are creating.

The glaze you did for the other Bob bowl works great for me. I appreciate you thinking of me and making the bowl.

Thank you,

PTD


 
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Posted: 2012-02-20 12:51 pm   Permalink

Every time I think it can't get much better, Wendy makes it much better. The count has gone up to 4 (four) giggles.* Blue Kahuna, I don't recommend four Rum Giggles (lots of fruit juice in the recipe, though--practically all vitamins, that drink).

*Manly, mad scientist giggles, mind you, not girl-y ones.


 
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The Blue Kahuna
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Posted: 2012-02-20 3:15 pm   Permalink

Ole!

 
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