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hmc
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From: Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Posted: 2006-03-21 02:26 am   Permalink

Okily-Dokily... Finally more pics and information!

Ceramic slip - I used Mid-Fired White Eathernware. This slip is ideal for mugs, it's durable and strong for those times of chink-chinking and washing up hazards.

Pouring in the ceramic slip.

As you leave the ceramic slip inside the mould, it starts to dry and you can see the edges forming a wall. By tilting the mould you can see how thick the mug is getting. I leave mine for approx 20-30 minutes:


Then tip it over and pour him out (do the hokey pokey):


Let it drip for about 15 mins:


The ceramic slip includes a content called "defloculant" which helps the ceramic slip stay put and not ooze to the bottom in a heap of mush.

The top can be cleaned up at this stage and the edges can be tidied up after you pull him out as he's still soft then:


As it dries (I leave mine for a minimum of 2 hours before pulling out) the mould sucks the moisture away from the ceramic slip making the mug shrink. The mug continues to shrink as it dries completely (hence needing to create a mould about 10% bigger than the finished size). You can see the size differences in this row of mugs:



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hewey
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Posted: 2006-03-21 03:36 am   Permalink

Cool! Nice mugs Helen! That mold did a good job, cant wait to see em with glaze

 
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Posted: 2006-03-21 10:50 am   Permalink

??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? HMC comes along... LightBUlb.

I always wondered about the slipcast sticking to the walls. Thanks for solving life's great mysteries.

Hey, anyone want to know the meaning of life?


 
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PockyTiki
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Posted: 2006-03-21 12:24 pm   Permalink

Meaning of Life = To sit with one's self at thine computer. Forever contemplating the meaning of life.

Very cool design on your mugs! Those are sweet.
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tikiracer
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Posted: 2006-03-21 1:52 pm   Permalink

thanks for the 'how to', the mugs are looking great, can't wait to see them finished and full with booze

 
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Tikiwahine
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Posted: 2006-03-21 1:55 pm   Permalink

Looking great, thanks for the wonderful thread!

 
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Sneakytiki
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Posted: 2006-03-26 5:56 pm   Permalink

Those are some great designs, very inspiring, one hot tiki!

 
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Benzart
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Posted: 2006-03-26 6:39 pm   Permalink

I think you have done this before.... What a great lesson thread from beginning to end. can't wait to see the rest. Excellent!
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atomictonytiki
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Posted: 2006-03-27 12:36 pm   Permalink

Did the shrinking of the mugs solve the problem with the lip undercut? or have you hacked at your silicon master to improve the molds.

 
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poptiki
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Posted: 2006-04-21 5:39 pm   Permalink

hmc

Your mugs arrived today. I really like them. What a fun thing to do. Don't stop now we need more!!!!!
Thanks
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atomictonytiki
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Posted: 2006-04-22 10:34 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2006-04-21 17:39, poptiki wrote:
Don't stop now we need more!!!!!





exactly how did you glaze them? where did you fire them? i need closure on this thread


 
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hmc
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Posted: 2006-07-20 01:14 am   Permalink

Apologies for the massive delay in posting the final stage! I've been busy making little arms, legs, ears, eyes etc in my belly for the last 5 months!!! And I guess because *I have seen the outcome* I have been slack in sharing it with you guys.

So, here's the line up of mugs to be fired (first firing):



They took about 2-3 days to dry at the point where they could be fired. Depending on the weather and room temperature - this may differ.

Once I got them back home - it was time to glaze them. I gotta say, although the glaze colours were (supposed to be) honey and the other a dark choc brown, I really loved the charcoal velvet look of the un-fired glaze.

The instructions state to add 3 generous coats... I add what I think is 3 *generous* coats....



They were then sent for their 2nd firing (if they survived the 1st one, it doesn't mean they are safe to survive the 2nd!). As you can see in the outcome, the glaze is not even nor is it "thick". The honey looks "honey-ish" and the dark choc brown... well - what colour do you think we can call it?!




But, on the bright side - they do look very antique-y, like the first "un-earthed" tiki mugs... in Australia!

So the next time I do this (will be next year after we settle in with the new addition to the family) I will certainly give these little suckers 3 GENEROUS coats of glaze

Thank you all for your enthusiasm in this thread - and your patience!


 
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harro
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Posted: 2006-07-20 03:55 am   Permalink

finally the update we've all been waiting for hmc.
the aged effect just adds to the angriness of these little fellas!
well done!


 
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Benzart
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Posted: 2006-07-20 04:54 am   Permalink

Excellent How-to post HMC, Thanks for taking the extra time to show us how to make our own mugs.
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atomictonytiki
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Posted: 2006-07-20 2:59 pm   Permalink

You say the mugs might not survive the 2nd fireing, so what if you cast ten mugs are you going to have ten mugs or are you looking at loosing half in the process?

 
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