||Wendy Cevola 10/23/14 A new PNG Tiki Bob all done and drying on the shelf.
Joined: Oct 14, 2008
From: Hercules, CA
|Posted: 2010-11-14 1:33 pm  Permalink|
Thanks so much for posting this step-by-step - you explain each step very clearly.
Can't wait to get one of those FI crate-tiki mugs!
Joined: Feb 08, 2009
|Posted: 2010-11-14 9:30 pm  Permalink|
Just amazing, Wendy - and one of the best threads ever posted!
Joined: Jan 20, 2003
From: A rock in the middle of the Ocean
|Posted: 2010-11-15 10:15 am  Permalink|
WOW, Thanks so much Wendy for the all the details. It's great to share tips. It makes us all better! Keep the posts coming...
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|little lost tiki|
Joined: Jun 12, 2006
From: Orange,CA-right near the Circle!
|Posted: 2010-11-15 9:54 pm  Permalink|
Wow! so much goes into mold-making
and you just put your head forward and tackle whatever
jumps into your path!
You are a true Art Magellon
exploring and discovering!
and that Tiki Crate mug is detailed and wonderful!
Joined: Jun 17, 2002
|Posted: 2010-11-15 10:19 pm  Permalink|
Hey men you are making my head spin but in a good way. Thank each one of you for your fun comments. It's been a long time coming but I want to have a thread that is really fun, informative and shows my art like Little Lost tiki and Babalu.
Tonight I have 44 mugs, 2 hula girls, 4 tikis and hundreds of "L,s" bisqueing. I wonder if that's spelled right. It takes so long to get there but next up I get to play with glazing. I'm super excited to do that.
Kenny, I like your suit, you are such a doll I wish I could have been there for one of your famous hugs.
ebtiki, what a fabulous compliment. I hope I can add more information in the future so that I may be worthy.
Trad'r Bill, I hope to make enough so everyone that wants a Tiki Crate will be able to grab one.
Maui Tiki, you have shown how good you are at glazing on your ornaments/necklaces. I have to live up to that!
Until next time, Wendy
Joined: Jun 17, 2002
|Posted: 2010-11-24 08:30 am  Permalink|
Step by step on the Missionary's Downfall topless hula girl. Dan was my advisor!
She was done with Super Sculpey. I've use it for years and it's fun to have the original to paint and keep. My next project is the Sacramento Crawl ceramic for that I'll use Romo clay which stays soft. The original is destroyed at the end and the clay is reused.
Here goes. Wendy
Gecko came for a visit after Oasis.
He showed me how to change the face so that she was easier to paint later.
I added clay and fine tuned the face.
I baked her too long in the convection oven. She did not become brittle so I was lucky.
I sanded her and then I painted her with acrylic paint so she would be slick.
I sent her to Hawaii and Gecko made a 6 piece mold.
When I got one of the molds I cast two and added clothing to one.
The poor topless girl exploded in the kiln when she was fired.
Until I actually glaze one or Gecko makes some this will be the end for the Missionary's Downfall bowl and hula girl.
[ This Message was edited by: danlovestikis 2010-11-24 09:10 ]
Grand Member (7 years)
Joined: Mar 30, 2008
From: The Anvil of the Sun
|Posted: 2010-11-24 09:21 am  Permalink|
Wendy, I missed your last installment! Great looking mold you've got there. What an AWESOME Crated Tiki Mug! Unique idea and well executed. Waiting for the Hula Girl (did you say topless? )
I see that picture of Dan trying to chisel the mold open. I picked up a tip here (probably from Babalu or Bowana - I never can keep those 2 straight ) about putting some clay wedges to the outside of the mold. It gives you a place to open the mold. Here's a couple pictures that might help illustrate.
At the bottom right of the mold you can see the wedge shaped openeing. Of course it does not extend all the way to the sculpted master.
I have just removed this mold from the form after the second plaster pouring. On the right side of the upper mold half, you can see the clay wedge still stuck in the plaster.
You just stick a screwdriver or butter knife in the hole and give it a little twist, the mold pops open. Let me know if I need to explain better
Joined: Jul 17, 2009
From: central coast metro Chicago
|Posted: 2010-11-24 8:20 pm  Permalink|
WOW! 'Never saw a step-by-step of this detail before. THANK YOU!
Joined: Feb 06, 2010
|Posted: 2010-11-24 8:23 pm  Permalink|
Great work Wendy! Love the work on her hair!
Joined: Mar 07, 2008
|Posted: 2010-11-25 2:53 pm  Permalink|
Looking great - I'm sooo sorry about the kiln incident. I've been there myself when I lost 8 at one time!
Grand Member (8 years)
Joined: Nov 23, 2006
From: Sun City Lincoln Hills (NorCal)
|Posted: 2010-11-25 3:59 pm  Permalink|
Those boobs were just too much for the kiln...LOL
Joined: Nov 14, 2008
|Posted: 2010-11-26 10:43 am  Permalink|
that F. I. crate mug is crazy cool.
Joined: Feb 02, 2009
From: Rohnert Park, California
|Posted: 2010-11-26 4:42 pm  Permalink|
You are going to get tired of me constantly telling you how amazing your work is!
~But I'm still gonna....
Joined: Jun 17, 2002
|Posted: 2010-11-28 9:02 pm  Permalink|
Thank you Haole Jim. I love the HGTV building shows so Step by Step is my passion.
zerostreet, so you like her hair like I said I like your Monkey's fur!
Robb Hamel - I missed your ceramics, love your paintings. I had more problems today, I'll show you.
Vamp - those were big enough to blow up, at least the kiln survived.
Iokona Ki'i - Jason, Bai and I picked the same favorite. It's such an emotional painting. I think her sailor just left her for the sea.
ZeroTiki - I never tire of your compliments, thank you. I look at your bird painting every day, it's terrific.
Well we have been busy, a quick trip to Oregon for Thanksgiving to start. When we got back we put up more shelves so I can have more room for drying molds and what I cast. My first six for the Forbidden Island Anniversary party on April 22, 2011 came out fine with only one caving in a bit.
Now on my next set after I poured out the excess slip they started pulling away from the mold sides and collapsed. I could see that by looking in so I just took them out of the molds and let them melt like the witch on Wizard of OZ. My guess is that the molds were still too wet. It's so cold here that they do not dry well even with a fan on them for 24 hours. I need a grow light to heat them.
I have hope that 3 of the 6 I poured today will survive. I'll check on them tomorrow. Thanks again friends, Wendy
[ This Message was edited by: danlovestikis 2010-11-29 01:33 ]
Joined: Oct 21, 2003
From: So Cal
|Posted: 2010-11-30 2:36 pm  Permalink|
Wendy, I must say your mugs are amazing, and I love the step by step, thank you for sharing and taking the time to show us how it's all done.