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MadDog Mike's Platterful of Pupule-Standing on the Shoulders of Giants
MadDogMike
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Posted: 2014-04-27 09:04 am   Permalink

Been busy working on a wedding and a big set decoration project so I haven't done any ceramics lately. But I spent 5 days in Mexico last week and I'm not very good at sitting still so I took a molded skull with me. I had made this trophy skull for the Cannibal Art Swap last summer

It was one of my favorite projects and I'm still bitter that I had to trade it away (just kidding Kinny ) So I decided to make a new one for me. Needed to do some "mud engineering" because I'm making this one differently. On the last one, the bamboo stake was ceramic and part of the mug so it could only sit on the stand. I have made a tunnel through this one so it can be impaled on a stake or sit flat on the table. I also made a separate chamber behind the eyes and nose so that dry ice smoke can come out of those holes



I think I will do a similar glaze to the last one, Amaco Opalescent over Velvet - I like that look
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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2014-04-27 11:51 am   Permalink

You make the best stuff you creative wizard. Wendy

 
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swizzle
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Posted: 2014-04-27 6:05 pm   Permalink

Very cool MDM. Your last one was great so i look forward to seeing how this one turns out.

 
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hang10tiki
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Posted: 2014-04-27 7:32 pm   Permalink

Hey Mikey
I like it...............

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littlegiles
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Posted: 2014-04-28 06:16 am   Permalink

Mike, you always have some of the coolest projects. Can't wait to see how this one turns out.

- Dale
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cy
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Posted: 2014-04-28 08:34 am   Permalink

An excellent start MadDog!

 
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tigertail777
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Posted: 2014-04-28 5:41 pm   Permalink

Awesome MM, you never sit still... I think your veins are full of java.

 
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VampiressRN
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Posted: 2014-04-28 9:12 pm   Permalink

Holy cow!!! That is going to be wicked. You have a wonderful mind...the rest of you....uhhhhhh. LOL
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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2014-04-29 09:16 am   Permalink

Thanks for your kind comments friends. And thanks for your comments too Marlene... I think Just Kidding

I glazed and fired the outside first, I knew it would get messy trying to glaze the inside of the "anterior chamber" behind the eyes. With the outside glazed it was a simple matter to wipe off the excess glaze with a damp rag.


The glaze on the first one from the Swap didn't turn out quite like I wanted, 2 coats of green opalescent glaze covered too much of the base color underglaze. This time I used 4 shades of tan and brown underglaze and only one coat of opalescent. Looks more like a jungle artifact with color variations and a subtle green moss-like overtone.

Back in the kiln today to fire in black interior glaze then to the lathe to make a bamboo pole from a wooden dowel.
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hang10tiki
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Posted: 2014-04-29 09:27 am   Permalink

The Mad 1 kickin ars as usual...

 
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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2014-04-29 09:27 am   Permalink

Looks like it came from a dig in the jungles of PNG. Wendy

 
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TikiAno
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Posted: 2014-04-29 12:35 pm   Permalink

Mike, looks AWESOME!

I hope I don't have a mirror on me when I look like that some day....


 
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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2014-04-30 7:54 pm   Permalink

Jon, Wendy & David - thanks

My lathe skills are not up to par but hopefully that dowel will look like a bamboo stake when I get some paint on it


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littlegiles
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Posted: 2014-04-30 7:57 pm   Permalink

That skull turned out amazing!! I think the dowel is very "bambooesque" without paint so I'm sure that once you apply the MDM Magic to it, we will all be convinced it is a real piece of bamboo.

- Dale


 
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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2014-05-02 06:15 am   Permalink

Thank you Dale


Polymer clay frog. Up next a coat of Envirotex for the frog, the "bamboo" & the tree stump
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