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MadDog Mike's Platterful of Pupule-Burnin' Down the House!
Queen Kamehameha
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Posted: 2013-04-04 2:15 pm   Permalink

Nice!!!! I love em!!!!!!!!!!

 
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littlegiles
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Posted: 2013-04-04 4:42 pm   Permalink

I love the step by step pics. I doubt I will ever make a mug, but you never know. I really just enjoy watching projects progress.

Ok, enough small talk. Were is the update?

Dale
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swizzle
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Posted: 2013-04-05 12:28 am   Permalink

It's a good thing you already have the word 'Mad' in your name, because Crazy is already taken.

 
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MadDogMike
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From: The Anvil of the Sun
Posted: 2013-04-06 5:07 pm   Permalink

I am having too much fun!
GROG & Amy, good to hear from you. Hope to see both of you next weekend.
Lori, it's called a "clay-cation"
Wendy, Tiger, & Dale, thank you. I enjoy those step by steps. I have learned so much from people on TC and hope maybe I can pass a little of that knowledge on.
SWIZZLE!!!! That is often alleged but never proven. Hope OZ is treating you well.

Dale, here's your update -
All 4 mugs survived the first firing, 2 are ready to go back in the kiln in a few minutes. They will all be fired at least 3-4 times.


Thanks to
Capt R.H. Falernum's Tiki Bar Name Generator, I have a new name for my Tiki Deck: Headhunter Harbor. It goes well with the several Polynesian weapons that decorate the deck. It also goes well with the pirate ship anchored in the harbor. The mugs go with the theme, as does the new sign.

I started with a bamboo cutting board (accidentally appropriate for cannibals ). The bone lettering is fired ceramic clay (another project from my Mexican clay-cation) The spinal column "U" does not translate well in the photo but is made from 20 individual vertabrae. Since the cermaic letters could take the heat with no problem, I arranged the letters on the board and burned around them, leaving a slight unburned outline around the letters as well as an unburned surface under the letters to glue to. The resin shrunken head is from http://www.realshrunkenhead.com I'm not sure how well the hair will hold up outside, but they were reasonable priced so I can replace it every few years if needed.
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cy
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Posted: 2013-04-06 5:52 pm   Permalink

Creepy-Cool new work MDM, especially like the multi-creative boney sign!

 
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hang10tiki
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Posted: 2013-04-06 6:55 pm   Permalink

Genius

 
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littlegiles
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Posted: 2013-04-06 7:44 pm   Permalink

Ahhhhhh...I feel much better now. Thanks Mike.

Love what you have done with the shrunken heads so far. I was wondering why they mugs will take so many firings. Could you fill us in on what you have planned? Inquiring minds want to know.

I love the new sign and the spinal "u" is really clever. Did you do some work to that shrunken head on the sign? I went and looked and what they have on their site doesn't look nearly as good as what you having hanging from the sign.

Dale


 
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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2013-04-07 08:50 am   Permalink

Cy, Jon & Dale – Thank you
Dale, I did add eye and lip stitching to the shrunken head using Slick dimensional paint (puffy paint) but everything else is just like it came.

As far as the firings, I’ll see if I can’t explain that without getting too technical and boring. Different types of glazes have different characteristics, pros and cons. Regular glazes go on with 2 or 3 coats, when they fire they come out shiny and glossy. They range from transparent to opaque. Transparent glazes pool in the recessed areas so they are darker there and “break” or get thinner and lighter over higher spots. They automatically give shadows and highlights, color variations. The more opaque glazes are solid colors with little variation, they cover up texture and detail. Here’s a good example (my first ceramic project) of the difference between opaque glaze on the left and transparent glazes on the right. The transparent glaze accents the wood grain texture while the opaque completely covers it.


Regular glazes also “move” or spread a little when they are fired and bleed into each other. I don’t like the available black transparent glazes and the opaque would cover the hair detail so I needed to use black underglaze for the hair.

Underglazes come out of the kiln with dull colors and a matte finish, you need to put a coat of clear over them to make them shiny and make the colors vivid. But they don’t “move” and can be used to paint tiny details.

The mugs get fired once without any glaze to harden the ceramic. I brushed a semi-transparent on the face, the black underglaze on the hair, and did the accents (hair ties, beads, etc) with underglaze so the colors won’t spread. Then I fired them a second time.


Next, I’ll brush glossy clear glaze over the underglaze and fire them a third time. As long as there are no glaze skips or pinholes they will be done. Except the one on the right with the shell disk nose ornament. I will brush mother-of-pearl luster on the shell and fire it one more time at a lower temp (about 1000F instead of 1800F) to give the shell an iridescent look.
I don’t fire multiple times for all projects but because I have a small kiln that fires cheaply, I have the luxury doing so when I choose
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littlegiles
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Posted: 2013-04-08 7:18 pm   Permalink

Thanks Mike, that really helped me a lot. The only kiln experience I have is applying china paints to porcelain pieces and I would sometimes do multiple firings to build up shading and color. I have never worked with glazes and such and your explanation was super! Thanks. I'm hoping once the move into the new home is complete I can break out my kiln again and play around. It is a really small kiln, but might be fun to experiment with.

The shrunken heads are looking great. I was wondering what the white item was on the one skull and just couldn't tell from the pics until you said the "disc ornament" and now it is really clear.

Dale


 
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LoriLovesTiki
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Posted: 2013-04-08 7:31 pm   Permalink

Mike,

Thanks to your post I just realized I need a transparent glaze for a project I'm working on. It's a plate with an overall pattern pressed into it. I'm looking for a monochromatic look wasn't sure what to use for a glaze. So thanks for that info, Mike!

Off to search the art room for transparent glaze. Fingers crossed I can find some!
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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2013-04-09 10:06 am   Permalink

Glad to help Dale & Lori
Dale, quit procrastinating and pull out that kiln!
Lori, a transparent or semi-transparent glaze should be just what you need


Lil Losers #1 & 3 out from their 3rd firing today. I have a few pinholes inside that will need to touched up. And the clear glaze bled down into the brown of the face in a few places (like under the nose bone) so I'll touch up those areas too. Since they going back into the kiln anyway, I decided to add "Headhunter Harbor" to the back with some dimensional glaze.

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littlegiles
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Posted: 2013-04-10 5:32 pm   Permalink

Honest Mike, not procrastinating, just can't do much in the fun, crafty way until i actually get finished working on the new house and get moved in. I get a severe tongue lashing if I stop construction. HAHA

Those severed heads looks so different with the transparent glazes on them. WOW! Love the bone lettering on the back.

Dale

ps: dont encourage me too much to start doing things with the kiln because you will get really sick of all the questions.
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Robb Hamel
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Posted: 2013-04-11 8:19 pm   Permalink

The mugs are flippin' awesome!!

 
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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2013-04-11 9:01 pm   Permalink

Mike you do so much fun stuff. I think I recognized the CY glaze on the faces. Today I learned from both GROG and you. It never ends. I'm counting the days, Wendy
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TikiAno
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From: San Diego, CA
Posted: 2013-04-12 11:31 pm   Permalink

Mike, love these pieces, and always great to read (and see) your step by steps. I love the glaze on the faces of the shrunken heads- while Wendy can (of course) recognize it, I sure didn't. But I sure did like it- it sort of looks like a matte Temmoku?

Great name for the bar-, too. I love playing with that name generator. Thanks for posting, and look forward to more!

Okay, I just went back and realized the faces were fired a few times, thus I retract my glaze prediction, and am once again bewildered. In a good way, that is.

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