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MadDog Mike's Platterful of Pupule-Hula Pig/Chicken
mp
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Joined: Mar 12, 2009
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From: Nor Cal
Posted: 2013-05-22 11:09 pm   Permalink

Mike, Your smile can light up a city block! Glad your having a good time.
Looking forward to the new progress pics. MP
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MadDogMike
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From: The Anvil of the Sun
Posted: 2013-05-23 06:21 am   Permalink

Gene - In theory I could fire it with the foam inside, but that much foam would smoke and stink like crazy. One trick I have used with polymer clay is to bake it in the oven at 300 ~ the foam shrinks down to about 1/3 of it's original size and be very easy to remove. It was a little difficult to seperate but the layers of tissue paper help and you can't let it dry too long first.
Lori - Thank you. Sorry, I didn't get a picture of the front
TikiAno - The foam does not absorb moisture like plaster does so it's not as good as plaster but it is very quick and easy to make a temporary form. Although the tissue paper helps, the foam is also rougher than the plaster so the inside needs to be smoothed when I take it off the form. Wendy hit it on the head: clay pulls away as it shrinks when it is inside a cavity. But when you put it over a form it shrinks tighter to it. If you wait too long it will either get a death grip on the form or, more likely, crack the clay.
Wendy - Thanks. Too late for more clay, I popped it in the kiln this morning. I saved my form so I can make a thicker one if I need to. I don't make it up North very often but Teresa would love to see the wonder that is the Dan & Wendy Studio and Tiki Mug Collection Extraordinaire! See ya again soon!
MP - So glad to see you around these parts. I am having a good time See ya at Oasis?
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littlegiles
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Posted: 2013-05-23 07:45 am   Permalink

Can't wait to see what you do with this bowl. That is one KittyKat that will be eating in style. I have refused to show this post to my cats (or dogs) as they will be demanding such an item.


- Dale
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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2013-05-23 9:52 pm   Permalink

Thanks Giles. Just for the record, I don't give a rat's a$$ about the cat; my daughter left it when she got married and moved away. Just needed an excuse to make another headhunter

One of the nice things about a little kiln is that you can fire one piece at a time and you can rapid cool bisque ware. I put this piece in the kiln this morning and pulled it out tonight


Next to start glazing and see how well a convex face translates to a concave dish?
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Posted: 2013-05-24 06:18 am   Permalink

Back into the kiln this morning but I'm off to Mexico for the 3 day weekend so that's as far as he'll get til next week.

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Posted: 2013-05-24 06:30 am   Permalink

So far it is looking great. I think you have done well turning it into a bowl.

Have a great weekend getaway.


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Posted: 2013-05-24 09:47 am   Permalink

Mike- and Wendy, thanks. It makes complete sense- I realize I've only used "slump" molds, rather than "hump" molds- or vice versa. I usually press slabs into a plaster mold and let it dry- easier to separate, etc. Mike, thanks for showcasing this- now I want to try this method...

 
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SandraDee
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Posted: 2013-05-24 7:51 pm   Permalink

Love it!

But you know we will be expecting you to come up with a Shrunken Head themed camper now as well my friend

Have a great time in Mexico!


 
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Hale Tiki
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Posted: 2013-05-24 8:46 pm   Permalink

You're not right, Mike.

With all this shrunken head nonsense, I think you need one from my Cabinet of Curiosities!


 
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hang10tiki
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Posted: 2013-05-25 07:49 am   Permalink

Go Mike Go
Lookin good brother


 
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Woodtiki
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Posted: 2013-05-25 08:35 am   Permalink

This is great Mike! My cats would dig eating out of a shrunken head, cool idea!

I tried my first sculpture this week and ran into a classic first timer problem... I did the sculpt around a piece of PVC pipe, and didn't remove the pipe in time so it shrunk and cracked I read somewhere that you could use objects to sculpt around, but guess I didn't read about pulling them out before your clay dries! I saw your styrofoam trick just now, good idea!

Here he is:


And here are some of his cracks.



Oh well, learning!


 
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Posted: 2013-05-25 3:09 pm   Permalink

Too funny, Mike!

 
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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2013-05-25 5:18 pm   Permalink

MDM that looks like it's going to be wonderful. I hope you have a perfect trip to Mexico.

Woodtiki you need to start a how I made it thread and add to it each time your work. Your first mug is super cool. I like it a lot.

Cheers, Wendy
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TikiAno
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Posted: 2013-05-25 7:37 pm   Permalink

Woodtiki, looks great. I agree with Wendy (2x), start your own thread to showcase your work (and progress), and 2) your first work is way more impressive than my first clay piece (as well as my 3rd, 4th, 5th.... ) Ha!

Mike hope you're having a great trip in Mex!


 
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Posted: 2013-05-26 07:54 am   Permalink

Don't drink the water Mike


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