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MadDog Mike's Platterful of Pupule-Hula Pig/Chicken
MadDogMike
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From: The Anvil of the Sun
Posted: 2008-08-27 08:40 am   Permalink

I wanted a Lei O Mano but didn't want to pay $300 for it so I made on yesterday. I had bought some shark teeth on eBay but didn't really like the size or shape so I decided to make so fake ones. After all, it's for show not for go - I won't be helping King Kamehameha battle King Kalanikupule. I debated between ceramic and polymer clay and chose the polymer. Polymer is a little more flexible and maybe less fragile than ceramic, besides I didn't have a kiln bead rack to glaze the ceramic.


I couldn't sleep at all last night. I was tossin' and turnin' I signed up for a beginning ceramics class at the community college last night (my first art class ever ) I was up all night thinking of mugs to make

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MadDogMike
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From: The Anvil of the Sun
Posted: 2008-09-05 10:42 am   Permalink

I had fun with this hat but obviously, Cammo is the master.
http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=25149&forum=12
While I was batiking my shirt, I did a pleated hatband too. Added an acrylic painting on top and a sort of Heitiki made of polymer clay to the front. The black shows through the paint to echo the crackle effect of the batik


I think my hatmaking is a little like my stockmarket purchases; I started with a $6 hat and now it's worth about $2

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MadDogMike
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From: The Anvil of the Sun
Posted: 2008-09-08 07:44 am   Permalink

It's a foolhardy plan, but I'm just "mad" enough to try it! GoTiki posted a goldfish a few days ago that inspired me


I thought it'd make a cool pufferfish with some spikes so I gave it a shot




Seems like everytime I try something, someone else has already done it first and BETTER We'll see if one this has already been done. Still needs some cleanup after it dries a bit. Can he survive the drying? Can he survive the kiln? Can he survive use without breaking off all his little spines?

It's kinda small, maybe 8 or 10 ounces - I guest it will need a potent drink!


 
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Babalu
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Posted: 2008-09-08 08:01 am   Permalink

Brother Mad Dog,

Your just blowing me away! Your just jumping out there and trying everything...no fear - no hesitation...way to go Mike! I thinks your fishy will make it fine. The hat, club, everything...damn nice!


 
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Cammo
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Posted: 2008-09-08 09:33 am   Permalink

Love da hat, bro. Wish more people would jump in and try it - it's like being in a giant pool all alone!

Bong showed me a puffer fish he had made out of colorful drink umbrellas, all glued together to form a ball, cut up for the fins, and stuck outwards for the spines. It's the coolest thang....


 
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Robb Hamel
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Posted: 2008-09-15 10:43 am   Permalink

MadDog - this new stuff is mind-blowingly diverse! Wow!

You are severely multitalented.
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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2008-09-17 8:05 pm   Permalink

Babalu & Cammo, thanks for your kind words. Robb, I don't hardly think I qualify for "seriously multitalanted", I'm just trying to find my black velvet.

Here's my glazed pufferfish.

The pineapple and cherry garnish is ceramic too, but it's not attached to the mug
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GO TIKI
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Posted: 2008-09-17 9:20 pm   Permalink

Very Cool, Keep it up!, Your on your way!

 
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Cammo
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Posted: 2008-09-18 08:27 am   Permalink

Hey Mad Dog - These are GREAT pieces. The ceramic pineapple spears & cherry are really cool, and you came up with a great glaze color for the pufferguy. It's just my opinion, but YOU ROCK!

How did you attach the cherry to the (wooden?) skewer?

Any plans to make ceramic umbrellas????

And screw what's been done before, just go and harpoon that idea! Listen to Babalu, he is the Great and Wise Teacher of Many Who Floats in the Sky Showering Wisdom Over All He Sees.


 
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Tiki Kaimuki
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Posted: 2008-09-18 08:46 am   Permalink

MadDog, I'm really liking where your work is going. Those spikes on the puffer look deadly and the glaze fits perfectly!

 
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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2008-09-18 10:38 pm   Permalink

Thanks guys. The glaze is a Mayco Chunkie, has the spots already built in. I was trying for a dried pufferfish look, I may try another to look like a live pufferfish - olive green with big white spots.

Cammo, I poked a toothpick hole in the cherry before I bisqued it so the umbrella just sticks into the hole. I've got a second hole in the cherry that I'll put a piece of wire into for the stem. I've been reading about paperclay, clay with paper fibers mixed in. Because the fibers give the unfired clay strength, you can make very thin & delicate items with it. I thought about making some porcelain paperclay for an umbrella, the thin porcelain would be translucent like paper. We'll see.

Say hello to the "Great and Wise Teacher of Many Who Floats in the Sky Showering Wisdom Over All He Sees" for me
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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2008-09-21 07:09 am   Permalink

I was seaching the internet for a small tiki clock to put in my "clay studio" and found this posted on Hot Lava's TikiTalk site http://tikitalk.astropad.com/


It was too big and I didn't like the black color, so I made a smaller one out of faux jade polymer clay. Approx 5x6 inches, it fits nicely on the rack with my mugs

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Posted: 2008-09-21 8:10 pm   Permalink

Mike, nice job on the Babalu mug. I saw it yesterday in person. Looks like it didn't take you long to get the hang of it all. Keep up the good work!
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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2008-09-23 07:19 am   Permalink

Thank you Bowana, I would have never done it without you and Babalu

It is a little known fact that 3 million years ago, before the continents drifted apart, Australopithecus migrated across to New Zealand. There they developed an elaborate facial tattoo technique before they died out. This is a very rare Australopithecus Maorius skull still showing traces of the facial tattoos.



OK, people like Squid, Babalu, and VanTiki make it looks so easy to sculpt a skull but it ain't! This is my second attempt, it looks a little more humaniod than the first but not much. The "tattoo" is a technique called mishima where the design is carved into the clay then filled in with colored clay. Made of high-fire porcelain, I don't think he is going to survive Looks like I let him dry too fast and he is starting to develop a crack inside. Patience young grasshopper.

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octopussy
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Posted: 2008-09-24 06:38 am   Permalink

Hey Mad Dog, you're flowing with creativity! There's a Japanese expression: o moye kite it means "go for it without hesitation" I think that fits you. Have you sketched any skulls? It might help getting the contours down. I can sketch but putting it to 3D boggles my little brain. Great work on the puffer fish btw.

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