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MadDog Mike's Platterful of Pupule - Kraken Tentacle Garnish
Will carve
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Posted: 2017-12-11 1:40 pm   Permalink

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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2017-12-11 5:36 pm   Permalink



 
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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2017-12-17 10:38 am   Permalink

"Cover me, I'm goin' in!" Back into the kiln today, I hope I have my temperature regulation issues resolved

At least 2 more firings after this.


 
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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2017-12-17 1:37 pm   Permalink


Why do you not do all the glazing at once? Wendy


 
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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2017-12-17 7:16 pm   Permalink

Wendy, I wanted to fire the base yellow first. I seem to have trouble getting even coverage with underglazes. After it's fired I can soak it in water and see what it will look like with a clear glaze on it, I can touch up any areas that need it. Then I can put a dark wash over it to and wipe everything but the cracks between the bamboo. Since the yellow is fired I don't have to worry about wiping it off. I guess at that point I can put the clear glaze on, I should be able to do it in one more firing. And since it only cost a couple bucks to fire my new kiln I can fire as often as I want
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Posted: 2017-12-20 7:06 pm   Permalink

The hut is looking awesome!!! I haven't been around here much lately. The Spice Girls will love it!!!

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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2017-12-23 11:03 am   Permalink

Ready to go back into the kiln. I was planning to fire it today but got called in to an 18 hour shift So not today. Maybe on the 26th? If I like the way the brown wash looks in the cracks, I'll put a clear glaze over it and be done. Good thing you weren't in a hurry TU, we've been working on this since last summer



 
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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2017-12-23 3:33 pm   Permalink


MDM thanks for the tips. I wish I had a small kiln to do projects that way. My huge kiln used a lot of electricity. Your project is wonderful. TU is a lucky person to get this project even if it took 2 years. Wendy


 
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hang10tiki
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Posted: 2017-12-23 6:11 pm   Permalink

Lookin good bruddah
Dont understand the kone kiln thing
So
Ill stick with wood




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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2017-12-25 12:45 pm   Permalink

Thanks Jon & Wendy. Wendy, I'm afraid the small kiln allows me to get lazy. I should have done a test tile for that bamboo look instead of just wingin' it and firing several times

Out of the kiln this morning and ready for some clear glaze. Maybe it will go back in the kiln tomorrow and be done?!

Merry Christmas fron MadDog and the El Tiki Princess <3



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Posted: 2017-12-25 1:16 pm   Permalink

Looks good sir

Merry Xmas to you and your lil lady


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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2017-12-26 04:39 am   Permalink

Thank you Jon.

The Snake Hut is ready for it's last (hopefully) firing as soon as work allows


Another (and final?) experiment with the Krakatoa mug

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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2017-12-29 7:24 pm   Permalink

Snake Hut is DONE!!!! TU and I started talking about this in July, good thing he wasn't in a hurry


My Krakatoa mug concept is a bit more problematic. Since the glass serves as the support, I was able to roll the clay much thinner that I normally would for a mug. This made the mug less "clunky" - success! I also made some fired clay stamps to impress KRAKATOA into the mug and I like the way it worked out - another success! The techical difficulty comes in perfectly accounting for the clay shrinkage. I made this design in two pieces to glue to the glass tumbler and calculated for a 5% shrinkage but it still didn't fit all that great. You can see some gaps between the ceramic and the glass. I thought this design might be something that I could make and sell for a reasonable price but it still needs some perfecting.



Wendy there is another advantage to a small kiln, I was able to fire 3 times in a 2 day period
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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2017-12-30 08:48 am   Permalink


Wow, your art is so much fun. I find that clay shrinks however it wants to and I can't predict what will go where. That's why mugs with lids are very special. In your case the hut is SUPER SPECIAL. Your volcanic mug is scary.

I can fire one day and open and reload two days after that. I highly recommend a small kiln unless planning to do runs like my Sacramento Crawl. Then I'm really happy for the larger size.

Please keep the photos coming. Wendy
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Posted: 2017-12-30 09:53 am   Permalink

Mike, snake house came out great, fun project.

 
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