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MadDog Mike's Platterful of Pupule-Hula Pig/Chicken
uncle trav
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Posted: 2013-03-17 4:53 pm   Permalink

Awesome job Mike, those are some lucky pirates!

 
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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2013-03-17 8:32 pm   Permalink

Thank you Cass & Trav


Happy St Patty's to ya TC
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little lost tiki
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Posted: 2013-03-17 11:46 pm   Permalink

lol

nice Tick Tock there!
Crocs Rocks!


 
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LoriLovesTiki
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Posted: 2013-03-18 4:37 pm   Permalink

Hope everything goes smoothly at your brother's wedding and have fun! And if i don't talk to you before that, enjoy Mexico as well. It's lightly snowing here as I type so Mexico sounds especially appealing! I just can't wait for spring weather.

Btw, you're brave hosting 250 guests! We considered having our 50 person wedding in our backyard but chickened out and had it on the beach!
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Robb Hamel
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Posted: 2013-03-18 7:48 pm   Permalink

Mike, there is simply nothing you cannot do.

 
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Posted: 2013-03-18 9:32 pm   Permalink

catching up on your latest escapades, Croc-o-stimpy in the grass! thats pretty cool, Have a great time on your vacation.
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hang10tiki
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Posted: 2013-03-19 12:08 am   Permalink

I remember you being taller..


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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2013-04-01 8:02 pm   Permalink

The wedding was beautiful and everyone had a great time. There is room in my lawn for 250 people seating AND dancing - good thing I water my grass with unmetered water

I posted this in the
Art Swap thread but don't think I posted it here:

On my last trip to Mexico I brought back a beach find ~ a dead fish head. As more of a joke than a real Swap piece, I turned it into "art" with a plaque, polymer clay, ceramic clay and paint.



Just got back from another 5 day trip to Mex, the eastern coast of the Sea of Cortez this time. I knew I would have plenty of downtime and wanted a clay project to work on. But it had to be done with minimal supplies since I was camping. I wanted a set of shrunken head mugs so some sort of mold/form was in order. But I was out of casting slip and didn't have time to make a plaster mold anyway. So I tried a new technique; I made a basic form out of Crayola Air Dry clay (40% off coupon at Michael's), let it dry for a day then covered it with wet tissue paper so the ceramic clay wouldn't stick to it. (I didn't take a camera to Mex so there are no pics of me "mudding" on the beach. But I know how Wendy loves progress pics so I started another mug when I home today )

Yes, I know the basic design is a rip-off of Tiki Farm and Cheeky Tiki. But it is the only logical design for a functional shrunken head mug

I rolled out some clay and started slabbing it over the form.


Since I was working on this in camp with 25 other people, I got lots of comments along the way. My dad said that it looked like a "pata de mula" (mule's foot) at this point


This gives me a basic size and shape, then everything else is just old fashioned sculpting. Nice thing about shrunken heads is that they are natually a bit misshapen so the sculpting doesn't have to be too exact. After it dries just enough to start to get firm, I slice the clay along both sides. This allows the gap to widen as it dries and shrinks so that it does not crack.

When it dries more and is firm enought to handle, I will remove it from the form, add a slab bottom, and finish of the detailing


Here are the 3 from Mexico and the one in progress from today. They all have different features, nose ornaments, and hair ties. When they dry I will sand down the tops and bottoms but they will still be a little lopsided since my original form was a bit lopsided. I'm OK with that, adds a bit of character.

It occurred to me that only the losers in a battle get the dubious honor of having their heads shrunk, so I named the "Lil Loser #1" and so forth

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hang10tiki
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Posted: 2013-04-01 8:15 pm   Permalink

Mike
These look way cool
This is not a trick photo right?
They are not 2 inch shot glasses are they?

Another killer project from the MASTER....

Jon
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littlegiles
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Posted: 2013-04-01 8:21 pm   Permalink

Mike, you never cease to amaze me with you talent. You have an inner vision that is just exceptional.

I can't wait to see these things finished and thanks for the "in progress" photos.

Dale
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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2013-04-01 9:20 pm   Permalink

Thank you very much Jon & Dale No trick photography they are about 8 inches tall. I held one next to a beer can on the beach and estimate they will hold 15+ ounces

A little more progress for the night; the 2 halves are pulled from the form and most of the tissue paper removed from the clay. The remaining tissue will fire out in the kiln. Note the depressions on the back side of the ears, nose and mouth, this keeps the clay from being so thick there that it has to dry very slowly.


The mating surfaces are well mudded with slip and joined together inside and out.


A thick slab bottom is added.


The bottom is dimpled in to create a "foot"


Now off to a plastic bag until next time.

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GROG
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Posted: 2013-04-02 03:21 am   Permalink

You're having too much fun!
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LoriLovesTiki
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Posted: 2013-04-02 2:59 pm   Permalink

This is the first tale I have heard of someone doing clay work on vacation! Amazing! I like to read when I have down time on vacation. Or drink......

Never thought about bringing along some clay!
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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2013-04-02 3:29 pm   Permalink

Thank you so much. I loved the photo step by steps. I've never tried this but someday I will. Very nice shrunken heads with lots of character. Fun and more fun. I guess it's OK for you to go on vacation when you come back with such cool things. Wendy
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Posted: 2013-04-02 4:31 pm   Permalink

I loved the step by steps too Mike, looks like yer having a blast.

 
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