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MadDog Mike's Platterful of Pupule-Standing on the Shoulders of Giants
zerostreet
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Posted: 2013-04-13 5:14 pm   Permalink

Awesome work on that shrunken head mug! The thought of cutting the sculpt in half and putting it back together frightens me!
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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2013-04-14 1:39 pm   Permalink

Dale, the clear glaze really brings out the colors on the underglazes. You know I'll give you all the free advise (and woth the price) you want when you are ready to start firing up.
Robb, thanks so much. Always good to see you working on another masterpiece
Wendy & TikiAno, yes that is Duncan Courtyard Molasses. They had it in the half price bin last time I was there so I picked up a couple of pints. I like that glaze, I hope it's not being discontinued
Robert, thank you. Cutting them in half is not so scary when they are already hollow like these, I save the texturing until the are re-joined to help cover the seam. There is more of a "pucker factor" for me when I sculpt them solid then split and hollow them out.

Had a great and relaxing time at Mojave Oasis, got to catch up with some old friends and meet some new ones. I took some clay to play with and made Lil Loser #5, John Frum. He has some Cargo Cult influence including the M1 30-06 shell as a nose ornament and the dog tag hair tie. John Frum is a name associated with the Cargo Cult.


His dog tag chain is made from tiny clay balls that do not have a lot of surface area and a few are starting to pop off it it dries. That may prove to be problematic


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littlegiles
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Posted: 2013-04-14 4:16 pm   Permalink

Loving the new guy! Very creative with the shell through the nose and the dog tags. Hope you can keep the "chain" from falling off as it dries. Was wondering if perhaps instead of applying all those individual balls it might be easier to press something into the clay to simulate it? Could you use a small pen cap or pour spout to create bumps? Just thinking off the top of my head.

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Posted: 2013-04-14 5:30 pm   Permalink

John Frum is adorable!

Is he named after the Cargo Cult messiah?


 
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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2013-04-14 9:00 pm   Permalink

Dale that would have been a great technique for the chain, just put a small coil around the head and press it with a tool. Not only would they have stuck better, they also would have been very uniform in size. Unfortunately I was camping so it would been difficult to find just the right tool.
Canvas, that's closer to your territory isn't it. Seems Vanatu is just a hop, skip & a jump away from you. John Frum was supposted to be Uncle Sam, Santa Claus and John the Baptist all rolled into one
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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2013-04-15 10:47 am   Permalink

I let John Frum dry too fast and he has developed a death-crack below his chin. I dug out the crack and I am trying something new; I sealed him in a bag with some excess water and set it so he wasn't sitting in the water (in the bottom left corner of the bag) I set it outside where it will be nice and warm today (in the 90s) The plan is that it will get nice and steamy in the bag and re-hydrate the clay. Hopefully I will be able to save him.


Lil Losers #2&4 went into the kiln today:)


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GROG
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Posted: 2013-04-15 11:25 am   Permalink

Paperclay!! Has been lifesaver for GROG.

 
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Posted: 2013-04-15 11:26 am   Permalink

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littlegiles
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Posted: 2013-04-15 11:44 am   Permalink

Hate to hear about the issue with John. Hope your trick works. The other two look very happy sitting in the kiln. Can't wait to see them come out.

Dale


 
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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2013-04-15 11:48 am   Permalink

I did this and then filled it with your Magic Mend. It worked half the time. Good luck, best wishes, fingers are crossed! Wendy
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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2013-04-15 8:55 pm   Permalink

Well I'm not a complete failure, I can always serve as a bad example The water in the bag experiment was an utter failure. Even though the pool of water was away from the clay, the condensation ran down the bag and soaked the bottom of the mug to a soggy mess. I did surgery on John Frum and removed his bottom (the medical term is "buttectomy") then replaced it with a complete new one. Now I'll tuck it away in a bag for several days to see if the moisture will equalize


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Posted: 2013-04-16 03:57 am   Permalink

Keep us posted doc. Keep up the good work.

 
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littlegiles
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Posted: 2013-04-16 07:10 am   Permalink

I hope the buttectomy is a success.

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Posted: 2013-04-16 10:27 am   Permalink

Mike, a wet sponge might work as well, with a little less water and might create a small ecosystem in there, helping out the repair?

 
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hang10tiki
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Posted: 2013-04-16 10:34 am   Permalink

Time to suture the ars back on with twine
So it can look like a head hunter...
Wait...
It's his ars,
That would be an ars hunter

Nevermind



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