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TikiKIrby
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Joined: Nov 01, 2005
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From: SoCal
Posted: 2011-02-03 5:40 pm   Permalink

Mahalo Babalu, that means a lot... Your work is truly inspirational, I've learned a lot from you.

As for glazing, I have kind of a love hate thing going at the moment, but I'm learning....
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Big Kahuna
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Joined: Apr 11, 2007
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From: SoMass
Posted: 2011-02-10 9:39 pm   Permalink

WOW! Your mugs are amazing. Can't wait to see more.

P.S.: No offense, but you really should come up with a different name. Maybe something that emphasizes your mug-making prowess, cuz right now, you're confusing the hell out of people.


 
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TikiKIrby
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Joined: Nov 01, 2005
Posts: 91
From: SoCal
Posted: 2011-02-11 01:48 am   Permalink

Mahalo Big Kahuna, it's been a lot of fun doing these...

I'm actually an illustrator/ painter who also carves and sculpts... This is my first time making mugs, I don't really consider myself a mug maker yet and not sure how long I'd be doing this, I'm just having a lot of fun with it... One thing that does cover me and my work as an artist is my REAL name, that's also how I sign my work so that actually works best but mahalo for the suggestion.
As for confusing "the hell out of people", it's not Tolstoy and people here are pretty intelligent... Have you ever considered changing your name so as not to be confused with basement kahuna?
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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2011-02-11 09:47 am   Permalink

I just started at the beginning again to read the comments and look at all the great art. Kirby I need your help. What clay are you using to do your sculpts? It's all so perfect and crisp. I recently started sculpting with Romo clay but it looks different than yours the other artists. Help! Wendy
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Atomicchick
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Joined: Sep 08, 2003
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From: Southern California
Posted: 2011-02-11 10:11 am   Permalink

WOW! I'm in love!

 
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TikiKIrby
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From: SoCal
Posted: 2011-02-11 2:22 pm   Permalink

Mahalo Atomicchick, that's very kind of you..

Wendy, if you're going to cast (like you have been) I'd recommend chavant (NSP or reg) I like the hard (insert Grog comment here ), but there is a slight "getting used to" period with this. I think the oil based clays that are softer out of the box are way too much work for this sort of thing. If you can leave an impression with your finger, I think it's too soft. With the harder clays, you nuke em to soften them up and block out your piece, then as it cools you add the sharper details.. I'm guessing the roma is a bit soft (I've never used it)..

As for water based clays (what I used on these) I have no clue what's good.. Babalu would be the man to ask.. I used rovin ceramics RO-14 on these (I don't know if that's a local or national brand)... I'm using it to learn and they gave us 50 pounds of it for class so I gotta use it. I am learning to really enjoy it's limitations, I'll have a better idea when I do a few more... I do spend a good amount of time smoothing it out though, I'm not sure if I'm working the most efficient way at the moment...

Hope that helps... Btw your tiki bob looks smooth to me...


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Big Kahuna
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From: SoMass
Posted: 2011-02-11 5:24 pm   Permalink

You're giving me way too much credit. I'm really not that bright! I do really dig your work, though.

 
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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2011-02-11 5:34 pm   Permalink

TikiKirby, Babalu told me to use Romo number 4 and it's hard as wood unless heated up. I've made four items with it but it is very hard. Your clay looks water based to me like you have to let it dry and then fine tune what you have made by carving. Is it like that or like the Romo?

I appreciate your help. Thank you, Wendy










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TikiKIrby
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From: SoCal
Posted: 2011-02-11 7:56 pm   Permalink

Big Kahuna, mahalo I really appreciate the compliment...

Wendy, like I said I'm not sure I've ever tried roma, but it sounds similar to what I use normally. I use chavant
http://www.chavant.com/new_site/files/pdf/products-2006.pdf it's what we use in animation and I really like it. They also use it for car design, in fact I just picked up a 50 pound box (see pic) of it from a car designer off craigslist for $10 and I can't wait to use it!! These oil based clays (roma and chavant) seem to be better to use for casting and you can get a lot more detail from them than a water based stoneware.. You can smooth this clay like you can a water based clay with isopropyl alcohol (90% or higher) or wd-40. Try that as a final step, it should smooth out nicely..

But sorry if I wasn't clear, I am using a water based stoneware clay (RO-14) on the sculpts in this post. I'm trying to learn how to use this clay and I have 50 pounds of it to use!!! (I'm trying to see how far I can push this clay.. ) But for the production work you are doing I think if you can get used to the hard oil based clays you'll be happier in the long run.


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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2011-02-11 8:09 pm   Permalink

Kirby, Thank you so much for all this information.I will be making art that is not a production line in the future so knowing a number of alternative methods is a huge help. Cheers, Wendy

 
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Flamingo
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Joined: Oct 14, 2006
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From: stockholm, Sweden
Posted: 2011-02-12 03:48 am   Permalink

These mugs are fantastic! I'd love to buy them if you ever choose to produce them.

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A while later I realize that I was a bit fast on the trigger with my reply. Still, the mugs are amazing and I still like to have them in my collection. Super duper!

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TikiKIrby
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From: SoCal
Posted: 2011-02-21 2:28 pm   Permalink

Mahalo Flamingo, I'm in the process of casting and I'm learning a lot... Here is my first pass at the 1st Mauna Loa mug... It's a interesting lesson learned here about shrinkage... The clay I'm using shrinks about 10% plus a little more going to bisque. It seems it will be a shot glass when I'm finished.. I may re-sculpt this a little bigger in oil clay, I kinda liked the size closer to the original.. The smaller one is still wet and will shrink more, the larger one is the bisque of the original (about 10% smaller than the original sculpt )...


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TikiKIrby
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From: SoCal
Posted: 2011-02-21 2:52 pm   Permalink

This next one is probably the Tiki that started my love affair with Tiki's, we know it as one of the Tangaroa babies.. I can't wait to cast this and try to replicate the paint design with glaze. It will be fun... I don't plan to sell these for obvious reasons, I just always wanted a mug like this.. The small one is a basswood sculpt I did when I went to california recently for a job.. I couldn't travel with clay, so I used the next best thing.. I wanted to try and work out the design and at the time I only had front and back pics (and my Kevin Kidney tiki baby is in storage (somewhere). That's why the head is different, my memory isn't the best... Anyway, I changed the design a bit (bigger head,etc.) to make it more mug friendly, but I think it turned out pretty good, hopefully the cast will be a good size..




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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2011-02-21 3:42 pm   Permalink

I am so impressed. It's great to have so many tiki artists to admire, you are one of them. I want on your list of those waiting to buy one of these last two projects. Wendy
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OceaOtica
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Joined: Sep 29, 2003
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From: near Atlanta, Georgia
Posted: 2011-02-23 07:01 am   Permalink

looking fantastic Kirby! new the ceramic bug would eventually get you

 
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