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Maui Tiki Ceramics - Gearing up for Tiki Oasis 2014!
MauiTiki
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From: A rock in the middle of the Ocean
Posted: 2010-10-04 9:12 pm   Permalink

Aloha, I thought I'd better start my creating Tiki thread and stop posting my "how to/in progress" stuff in the marketplace.

As you ceramic people know Glazing can be challenging and requires lots of testing. I decided to make some small pendants to test some glazing techniques and colors, since I'm new to all this ceramics stuff. They came out great and I'm out of control, I can't stop making pendants! I'm thinking I can make them into Christmas ornaments by adding a hook and a little red bow.

I started with a simple plaster mold of some caps to vitamin and make-up bottles/jars. then made "Blanks" with a little slip. I carved the blanks with my ceramics tools and made molds from these for the pendants.



I have 6 different tiki designs a skull and a Peace sign for my daughter.


I'm playing with painting on dark colors them wiping the glaze with a sponge, then adding a lighter color over the top. It's crazy because the glaze all looks red or gray, but it's actually really cool colors.






This box is scheduled to be fired in the next couple days (I don't have my own kiln...Yet!) I'll post photos when I get them back.

Now if I could only remember the glaze combinations so I could try them on some mugs!





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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2010-10-04 9:59 pm   Permalink

"Now if I could only remember the glaze combinations so I could try them on some mugs!"

That's the purpose of test tiles; try different things and WRITE THEM DOWN so you can reproduce them

Looks good MauiTiki


 
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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2010-10-04 10:21 pm   Permalink

Hey MauiTiki thank you for sharing. One easy thing to do is buy an underglaze pencil. write the number on the back and in a binder to keep track of what you did. In your case they are gifts so maybe a photo and the number for your book. I love the pendants, they are terrific. I still don't know how Bai and now you do such perfect work. Wendy

PM me when you have some for sale
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Brice
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Posted: 2010-10-05 01:06 am   Permalink

I'd treat it like cocktails if you don't write it down before you drink it you'll never remember. Good luck and they look amazing can't wait to see the final cuts. BTW are you working on a medallion for a bar in Kona? Great works of art!!! Mad skillz.......

 
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croe67
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Posted: 2010-10-05 07:51 am   Permalink

WOW! Lookin' great! Love the diversity of the designs you've chosen, too

 
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MauiTiki
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Posted: 2010-10-05 11:44 am   Permalink

For the second set of 60 pendants that will be fired this week I wrote down the color combinations of glazes I used. I bought a few more colors so I have more different color combinations. I did as many as three layers of colors. Now it will be fun to see if I can match all 60 pendants to my notes.

Wendy, I tried one of those ceramic pencils on some earlier stuff and it works great, but these will become gifts and we may sell some at BeachBumz's shop so I didn't want to write on them.

Bryce, I'd love to make some for Okolemaluna, do you have a "signature" tiki that I could design it after?

Croe, I tried some different designs with different techniques so I can see how the glaze works in deep spots, scratches and flat areas. If you look at a the red and green one in the lower center, it's just green glaze. It goes on red and stains the clay red, but when it's thick it melts to green in the kiln. I wiped this off with a sponge only leaving it thick in the cracks and grooves.

More photos to come!
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MauiTiki
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Posted: 2010-10-18 9:40 pm   Permalink

Here are the results from the second firing. I wrote down notes of which glaze color combinations I used and numbered the photos so I can make a matching list on printouts.

I'm hoping I can sell them for $5 plus shipping. I need to find some of those padded envelopes and see how much shipping will cost.

Bumatay Style:

Marquesan Style:

Hawaiian Style:

Marquesan 2:

Hawaiian Smile:

Skulls:







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MauiTiki
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Posted: 2010-10-18 9:43 pm   Permalink

Got a bunch more ready to glaze, what colors do you like?



The kitchen table is filling up with projects...



What about Christmas ornaments?


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leleliz
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Posted: 2010-10-18 10:23 pm   Permalink

When I first saw these I thought I was on VanTiki's posts

One of his coins

One of his tiles


Especially since he has a whole slew of coins that double as pendants.

Is this where you got your ideas from on some of your designs--they are pretty close in style so I was just curious.

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zerostreet
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Posted: 2010-10-19 04:39 am   Permalink

Nice work! The skulls are very cool!

 
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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2010-10-19 06:00 am   Permalink

They all look good, would make great decorations for a tiki Chrirtmas tree. I would sandwich them between a couple of pieces of cardboard in the padded envelope for shipping.

 
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croe67
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Posted: 2010-10-19 06:16 am   Permalink

Cool to see how the different designs look better in some glazes than others! & I LOVE the xmas ornament idea, too

IMHO, I like the designs in these colors.....
Marq - 7, 8, 9
Bumatay - ALL of them!
Hawaiian - 6, 8, 9
Skulls - 1, 4, 3
Woodgrain - 2, 4, 5, 9, 10

Happy glazing!!!


 
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Posted: 2010-10-19 10:27 am   Permalink

Looking good. Nice designs, and nice colors.

 
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MauiTiki
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Posted: 2010-10-19 11:32 am   Permalink

Thanks for the feedback. I will order a couple more glaze colors today and hopefully fire another batch this weekend.

Hi Leleliz, Yeah I was inspired by VanTiki, I love his stuff! I had an art teacher that once said "Art inspires Art".
His are much larger and he uses press molds, mine are slip cast. His are Way better quality too, I'm just learning. I wanted to make one with a wood grain because it shows how the glaze works in cracks and seams, and the main purpose of all this was to test glaze combinations and techniques. I promise I wasn't looking at his when I made mine, but I was thinking of him.

Now it's time to try some of these glaze combination on mugs!
I'll keep you posted.


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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2010-10-19 5:19 pm   Permalink

My favorite glazes for each are:
Bumatay #4 and #5
Marquesan #4 and #10
Hawaiian #6
Marquesan2 #1, #2, and #4
Hawaiian Smile #3 and #4
Wood grain #4 and #5
Skulls #2 and #8

What's with #4 it's almost always the best one. You've done a terrific job. My glaze tests are fit only for hanging on the wall. MadDogMike glues one of these tests to the top of each glaze jar then he's able to grab and use it without checking notes or a book (like yours truly).

Your work is impressive, thank you for sharing, I'll keep watching, Wendy
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