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MadDog Mike's Platterful of Pupule-Hula Pig/Chicken
danlovestikis
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Posted: 2013-08-18 8:19 pm   Permalink

Mike, Dan and I thank you for dinner too. Your post and photos are terrific. I'm so happy you won hang10tikis second marvelous carving. You worked hard for all of us during the swap and its great to see you rewarded. Slowly your digs are turning more tiki. Watch out Teresa! We loved seeing everyone and tomorrow we will unload and post some photos. Tonight after 9.5 hours in the car we rest. Love you Mike, Wendy

 
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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2013-08-18 10:37 pm   Permalink

And I forgot to thank HB Tiki for the cool custom drink umbrella, thanks Roger
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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2013-09-14 12:41 pm   Permalink

Hospitality is key in any society, even cannibals. So I decided the Headhunter Harbor needed a welcome sign


Here's some progress pics if you're interested. New "clay resist" burning technique in steps #4 & 5
Step #1 - Take a 16x36 inch piece of 3/4 pine, cut to shield shape, draw out lettering and some PNG-ish designs


Step #2 - Form bone letters and spear heads from paper clay.


Step #3 - Fire and glaze the letters and spear heads. Router designs in the wood.

Step #4 - "Clay resist" burning technique. Form letters out of clay onto the wooden shield, press them down to make good contact. while the clay is still well, burn the wood around the letters with a torch.


Step #5 - Remove and discard the clay letters, leaving an unburned area below them. Take a wood burner and define the letters.


Step #6 - Burn and brush the wood. Glue the fired and glazed bone letters to the shield. In my first Headhunter Harbor sign, I made the "U" from little individual vertebrae. This time I tried a jawbone with teeth.


Step #7 - Paint accents, make and attach spears, skull, beads, etc. I tried a new glaze for the spear heads; Malachite. Malachite is my favorite semi-precious stone but the effect is a bit subtle, I don't see that I will be using this glaze much.

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hiltiki
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Posted: 2013-09-14 6:34 pm   Permalink

love it, very clever.

 
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VampiressRN
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Posted: 2013-09-14 6:58 pm   Permalink

Great job Mike...I'll be sure to get an invite if in the area!!!


 
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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2013-09-14 7:59 pm   Permalink

We need to one day visit you to see all this fun stuff you make. Will there be more for the pirate ship? Wendy
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hang10tiki
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Posted: 2013-09-15 06:55 am   Permalink

Awesome mike

 
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TikiAno
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Posted: 2013-09-15 3:00 pm   Permalink

Mike, looks awesome- love combining fired clay and wood, great idea- and execution. What kind of glue did you use to attach the clay to the wood?

I ditto Wendy, what's new w/ the pirate ship?

(Btw, friends and neighbors are digging the crocodile on the front lawn, thanks once again!)


 
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Atomic Tiki Punk
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Posted: 2013-09-15 3:03 pm   Permalink

Who's teeth did you use?

 
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hang10tiki
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Posted: 2013-09-15 5:23 pm   Permalink

ATP- I know where he gets them





But Mike, come on, there has to be an easier way...





Then again, you are MAD DOG...
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Professor G
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Posted: 2013-09-15 6:30 pm   Permalink

Hospitable, yet ferocious. Nice work, MDM.

 
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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2013-09-28 09:22 am   Permalink

Hilda, Marlene, Wendy, Jon, David, Lance, & Greg ~ Thanks you very much, you are all friends and always welcome. I will keep the natives at bay and promise you won't be eaten!
Nothing new on the pirate ship tree house lately, pretty much finished building for now (current pics on the web page, link in my signature below) So it's just play and maintenance. As the boys get bigger I will have some age-appropriate additions like a giant-sized pirate version of the game Battleship.

Been busy with a "commercial" Tiki project that I can't post yet but did add a little embellishment to my "welcome sign" including this arrow stuck in the wooden shield.


I bought a Venus Flytrap at Home Depot the other day to plant in my tropical garden (I didn't know they are from the swamps of South Carolina!), we'll see how it does. I decided it must be the most "headhunter" of all plants so I decided to add a polymer clay version to my sign too


Looking at it now I realize I should have made the stem wrap around the spear. Maybe I'll need to add another one too?

Here's some step-by-step. I made the red inner "flower" part and baked it. Quarter to size comparison


I made a wire armature for the stem and the "teeth", epoxied it on and held it with clothes pins


After the first batch of epoxy dried, I removed the clamps and really gobbed on more epoxy. It was going to be covered so neatness did not matter, only strength.


Filled in the gaps around the wire and rolled out and cut the green underside part of the Fly Trap. Clipped the "tooth" wires


Then I pressed the green underside to the flower, covered the stem and teeth with more polymer clay and baked it in the oven.



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cy
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Posted: 2013-09-28 09:30 am   Permalink

You used all your considerable know how on that sign Mike, it looks great! The spear heads are very cool, nice work.

 
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hang10tiki
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Posted: 2013-09-30 5:28 pm   Permalink

Don't get your Venus near that fly trap



 
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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2013-09-30 6:04 pm   Permalink

Are you just too cute for words? We should clone you and make some tiki spending money. I can't remember did you make a chest of gold for the pirate ship? Wendy
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