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hodadhank
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From: Mission Beach, CA
Posted: 2006-02-11 09:03 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2006-02-09 23:24, hmc wrote:
PLEASE, PLEASE give up!!! Did you give one of those online translators a go?





Good luck w/your first firing!



 
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hmc
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Joined: Jan 09, 2006
Posts: 122
From: Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Posted: 2006-02-11 10:27 pm   Permalink

Clay master complete!

Friday night: build the shape...





Saturday: add features...











Sunday: smooth out features and refine...



TIP: Although you need to make your master approx 10% bigger than the final, I suggest adding extra to the height when using clay as it kinda compacts and shrinks as you work with it. This is true for the 1st and 2nd day. By the 3rd it has dried enough not to do this.

Next stage, silicon mold creation.

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rodeotiki
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Posted: 2006-02-11 10:34 pm   Permalink

That is going to be one good looking mug.

 
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tikigap
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Joined: Jan 19, 2006
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From: Arlingtron Virginia
Posted: 2006-02-11 10:52 pm   Permalink

Wow Helen - thanks for the play - by - play! (Not to mention that the design is very cool!).

I always wondered how these things were made - I'm awaiting the next installment!

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MauiTiki
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Posted: 2006-02-12 10:43 am   Permalink

I can't wait for more info!!

Let us know what type of silicone you use to make the master and how the process works. That's the part I can't figure out.

I've got some tips on making the original I'll post when I get the photos on Monday.

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hmc
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Joined: Jan 09, 2006
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From: Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Posted: 2006-02-13 9:42 pm   Permalink

The only thing holding me up at the moment is trying to access electric scales! Darn it! The silicon parts A & B need to be measured by weight and kitchen scales just don't cut it.

Other than that, I've been getting my thoughts together on how to create the silicon mold the "economical" way which is by making a 1 part mold as opposed to a 2 part mold (which the plaster needs to be). Once I found out that the silicon is flexible enough to pull away from the clay master, I got it figured. (Imagine it's like pulling a sock off your foot).

So anyway, back to asking around for electric scales, which will no doubt cost me some time.

I guess I should add another tip while I'm here hey? OK...

TIP: Create your clay master as a solid, not hollow like a finished mug. If it is hollow, you will need to block the opening in order to create your mold. Also, you don't need to fire your clay master when making a silicon mold. Just let the baby dry. Mine has turned from a poo yellow colour (otherwise known as clay colour) to a white-ish colour.

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tikiracer
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From: UK
Posted: 2006-02-14 03:59 am   Permalink

keep up the posts, this is looking great

thanks


 
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foamy
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From: The Land of Pleasant Living
Posted: 2006-02-14 05:03 am   Permalink

Absolutely. Love the step-by-step. Cool look'in mug ya got going there.

 
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SilverLine
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Joined: Mar 02, 2004
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From: Kansas City
Posted: 2006-02-14 07:23 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2006-02-13 21:42, hmc wrote:
The only thing holding me up at the moment is trying to access electric scales!



Try specialty kitchen supply stores like Bed, Bath & Beyond. Also firearms reloading/gun shops carry very precise gram scales. If you're just looking to "borrow" one for a minute, you might be able to use a scale in the produce section of the grocery store. Mine has a couple electronic scales out for the public to use. Hobby and craft stores may have the same.

Good luck! I LOVE this post!!


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Bete
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Posted: 2006-02-14 10:31 am   Permalink

Lookin' cool, that mug is gonna rock!

 
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atomictonytiki
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Posted: 2006-02-15 10:26 am   Permalink

Is there a reason the clay master is made from clay rather than modelling clay like plasticine?

 
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hmc
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From: Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Posted: 2006-02-15 1:14 pm   Permalink

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On 2006-02-15 10:26, atomictonytiki wrote:
Is there a reason the clay master is made from clay rather than modelling clay like plasticine?



This clay *is* modelling clay, but it isn't plasticine.

Plasticine wasn't an option when I learned how to make masters, it was either plaster or modelling clay.

I'm going to make an assumption here and say that, maybe because plasticine doesn't dry up solid?
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atomictonytiki
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Posted: 2006-02-15 1:35 pm   Permalink

Is the clay original sculpt going to be destoyed in the making of the silicon master? i think i should just wait to see how this process unfolds.

 
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hmc
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From: Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Posted: 2006-02-15 1:39 pm   Permalink

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On 2006-02-15 13:35, atomictonytiki wrote:
Is the clay original sculpt going to be destoyed in the making of the silicon master? i think i should just wait to see how this process unfolds.



No it won't be destroyed. It will however crack in time, therefore I want to make a master that will last longer. Hence creating a silicon master.

I could go onto make a plaster mold from this clay master but I choose not to, as I want to be able to make these mugs for quite some time.
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teaKEY
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Posted: 2006-02-15 3:22 pm   Permalink

hmc
Quote:
I want to be able to make these mugs for quite some time.



Right On !!!!



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