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Tikitronic Mug # 3 : Luaahi
Babalu
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From: Lemon Grove
Posted: 2007-07-12 11:58 am   Permalink

TT - Very nice design there! Very interesting process too!

How many plaster molds are you planning to make on this mug? What kind of qtys are you planning to run on this design?

I am only able to pull about one casting per day from the molds I have, for a few mugs that I am doing now....I find that after I pull a casting, I have to put the plaster molds in the range of a house fan (while I'm at my other job during the day) to let them dry out a little before I can pour the next one, usually, that evening...doing one a day is a slow process. It would be nice to have multiple plaster molds...Another interesting thing...I had just figured that the original sculpt that I had made out of oil clay would be ruined in the plaster mold making process, and surprisingly, they came out fine; so I could feasibly do another plaster mold from them if I choose....can't say for certain that that would always be the case, but hey?


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Melintur
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Posted: 2007-07-12 1:43 pm   Permalink

We usually do 4 plaster molds for a run of 100, 25 per plaster. I know our ceramicist gets up to about 5 before she puts the plaster in a 200 degree oven to remove the moisture.
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Babalu
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From: Lemon Grove
Posted: 2007-07-12 3:41 pm   Permalink

Thanks for coming back Melintur....This is all very interesting to me. I've heard that you can get up to 200 castings, or so, from a plaster mold before you start to loose definition. Does that sound about right to you? I'll have to try and heat my plaster molds to 200 degrees and see how long that takes them to dry them out. I guess it's just been fun just to have a clay studio up and running for a bit. Thanks for taking the time to post these progress pictures...It's also great fun to learn new stuff as well.
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FreddieBallsomic
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Posted: 2007-07-12 4:55 pm   Permalink

Great step by step... Pretty damn interesting... Thanx for all the pix. ~fB

 
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Melintur
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Posted: 2007-07-13 08:40 am   Permalink

It's the first time I did that part by myself. I'm getting the help of Rum Demon Studios for the next bit, which we'll hope to have done by next Tuesday. Tonight and Tomorrow I pour some positives that we'll use. I will keep up the snaps as we go along for fun (there's no profit save the joy of tiki!)
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kingstiedye
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From: sackatomato
Posted: 2007-07-13 6:26 pm   Permalink

this year's mug looks great! i'm looking forward to scoring one of them. however, i don't understand your dissappointment with last years mug. i dig the png style and think it turned out great.
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kingstiedye
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Posted: 2007-07-13 6:28 pm   Permalink

p.s. say hi to mark (dr. tongue) for me. i hope married life is treating him well.

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Melintur
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Posted: 2007-07-16 09:30 am   Permalink

Bad news: our main run will be late due to scheduling difficulties.

Good news: We're doing a limited run with the help of Rum Demon. Expect more pictures and process, until they finally come out of the Kiln.
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Melintur
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Posted: 2007-07-19 09:29 am   Permalink



Plaster molds, drying in my oven at 170 for about 10 hours. Overnight should do it, but I chose to let it go a little longer.

Last night I pulled some APs from the molds. Pics soon, Things are going very well (save for the time window!). At least no set-backs so far!

Wee!

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Melintur
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Posted: 2007-07-20 11:03 am   Permalink

Hey folks! No time today for much text, so here are more photos of the slip casting process:


Georgie's Slip, ready to become Tiki mugs


Pouring the slip into the bucket


The interior of the plaster mold


Moving slip from bucket to pitcher for pouring


Pouring slip


Slow going pour


Drying slip


Starting to pour out the non-dried slip


Slip dripping upside down


Right side up, sprue has been scored to aid in drying


Starting to pull of top after slip drying process


Top is off!


Drying after top removed


Removing from mold the wrong way (turn mold upside down and have gravity help you)


Out of the mold


Melintur cleaning


Tikimama cleaning


More Tikimama cleaning


Hello, gorgeous!


Drying on the rack


Drying on the rack 2

See you in the funny papers!

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Mr. NoNaMe
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Posted: 2007-07-20 11:55 am   Permalink

TikiMama is actually doing the work correctly as far as I can tell.
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TikiMama
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Posted: 2007-07-20 12:04 pm   Permalink

That's a Von Tiki (which, btw, I always call a Baron Von Tiki, which I think has a much grander feel) in my cocktail glass in case you want to play along at home. I try and incorporate drinking into all my hobbies if possible.

 
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Bora Boris
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From: Boogie Wonderland
Posted: 2007-07-20 3:26 pm   Permalink

I love that mug. I know it's early but I think it's a strong contender for Mug of the Year!
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Billbot
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Joined: Jul 18, 2006
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From: California USA
Posted: 2007-07-20 9:19 pm   Permalink

Greetings.

I'm jazzed to see the digital to mug process. Looks great!

I've got a similar project going.

I've a little more to do, but basically it's done. It's for the drink, "Monkey Brains", and it would have the recipe on the back. It would be like a large shot glass.

I want to print it out soon, and maybe try to make it into a mug.

However, I'd love some feedback: What do you think? Is it something that I could sell?

Thanks!


 
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Billbot
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Posted: 2007-08-28 10:02 pm   Permalink

I finally got my model printed out. I had it printed smaller than I originally planned. It's about 2 1/2 inches tall. I was impresses with the level of detail. I think I'm going to try to cast this one, just as an experiment and see how it turns out.






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