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MadDog Mike's Platterful of Pupule-Hula Pig/Chicken
MadDogMike
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Posted: 2013-05-02 10:47 am   Permalink

GROG, Jon, ATP - thank you very much
Robb - good to have you drop by. Such an easy process, anyone with access to a kiln should have personalized dinnerware!

TikiAno & Lori - I re-read the literature and those decals will fire anywhere from Cone 018 to 1 but 1 don't see any high fire Cone 5-10. It says you can fire your piece to Cone 10, apply the decal and refire to Cone 1. Basically, if the image can be wiped off after firing it needs to be fired hotter. If the image fades with firing it needs to be fired cooler.

Next on the table mosaic. I figured out spacing on the glass tiles (Home Depot) so I can use whole tiles without a row of cut tiles along the sides. 17 or 18 tiles would fit, but 18 didn't leave much room for grout. I measured and marked lines, adjusted the spacing, and glued 4 lines of tiles directly to the table top tempered glass with E600 adhesive.


Next step will be to glue in all the whole tiles, lining them up straight in the grid. That part will go pretty quickly, then the more time consuming task of nipping all the incomplete tiles
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Posted: 2013-05-02 5:31 pm   Permalink


It's time to break out the tile nippers, but not today
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Posted: 2013-05-02 5:49 pm   Permalink

That table looks great MDM.

And i think i might see if i can get my hands on some of those decals. I found a place here that will make them for me but it's very expensive.
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Posted: 2013-05-02 5:59 pm   Permalink

Mike, love the table. I looked up the decals and found the same news re: firing twice. I ended up carving (not so well) a logo onto a piece I originally was thinking about using a decal- especially after seeing your work, would have been a better choice! (That piece will hopefully get fired in a week or so).

Love the creativity of the tablescape, the glass tiles look great w/ Senor Headhunter!


 
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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2013-05-02 7:04 pm   Permalink

U make the coolest stuff. That table is super cute. Wendy

 
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Posted: 2013-05-02 7:55 pm   Permalink

Mike, everything you do is so fun and I love the dishware. The table came out great.

 
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Gene S Morgan
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Posted: 2013-05-02 9:09 pm   Permalink

Mike ... Thanks for the decal demo, I always wondered how well that worked. Nice work and a good design. The table is super cool ... I did a couple of those years past and if you haven't grouted yet one idea I had was since it is a glass top with an edge you could pour clear resin over it instead. It works pretty good with a lamp under it. Mine did not last because I left it in a cabin in the winter and it cracked in the cold. Your clay work is so clever and you just let your imagination go wild. I like that .... Gene

 
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tigertail777
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Posted: 2013-05-03 5:07 pm   Permalink

Always love your work Mike, but I am especially fond of your tiles. I thought you were going to leave it as it was and just fill in the bits missing from the square "frame" around the head. It looked kind of like a bamboo frame with the head hair tied to the top and hanging from it to me. Just my imagination filling in the details I guess.

So is Headhunter harbor going to have a bunch of heads/skulls on bamboo poles all over the grounds?


 
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littlegiles
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Posted: 2013-05-03 6:12 pm   Permalink

Once again Mike you are really turning out a quality item. Love the mosaic and the soft blues in the tiles really makes the head in the middle pop.

Excellent!


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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2013-05-04 11:14 am   Permalink

Swizz - Those decals are pretty light, just paper. Maybe shipping from the US would not be too unreasonable? Let me know if you need some help shipping from this end.
TikiAno - Thanks. You can get a lot more fine detail with the decals than you can a carved in logo. But carving somehow seems more "artistic"
Wendy - See you soon! Started working on Dan's other mug
Hilda - Good to hear from you, love the way your hut is turning out!
Gene - Thank you. The table doesn't have a lip so resin wouldn't work as well. But grout will do fine. I live in the desert so cold isn't so much of a problem.
Tiger - I like your design idea of the frame. But the tabletop would be very uneven, guess I could glue all the tiles to the bottom of the glass? EDIT - probably no real shrunken heads on stakes. One, local law enforcement frowns on beheading the natives. And I bet they stink while curing
Dale - Thanks, I like those colors. I almost wish I had used something besides red for the hair tie, seems to me like it clashes a bit. A nice dark green or dark blue would have still provided contrast but fit in better.

Just about ready to grout it after the glue dries, maybe tomorrow.

These glass tiles were a bit of a pain in the butt ~ for some reason they didn't cut well. I would end up shattering 3 or 4 for every one I got cut. Fortunately they were reasonably priced and I got lots

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Posted: 2013-05-04 11:35 am   Permalink

Me's mad!!! MAD I TELL YOU!!!!

 
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Posted: 2013-05-06 09:38 am   Permalink

GROG, that's been often alleged but never proven

All done with the mosaic table. After a week or so I will seal the grout which will make the dark grey grout a bit closer to black. I'm having fun with this motif, expect more soon. "Anything worth doing, is worth doing to the point of wretched excess"


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Posted: 2013-05-06 09:56 am   Permalink

Wow your table is beautiful. What a great work of art.
Dan will be so excited about his mug on the way.
We are looking forward to the visit. Wendy
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Posted: 2013-05-06 09:56 am   Permalink

Wow your table is beautiful. What a great work of art.
Dan will be so excited about his mug on the way.
We are looking forward to the visit. Wendy


Oh No GROG it is contagious!
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Posted: 2013-05-06 12:29 pm   Permalink

Heh heh. Wendy double-post. GROG not only one with that affliction. Damned Tiki Central.

Nice job, MadDoggy.


 
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