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Wendy Cevola 9/29/14 Viking Tiki Bob has been glazed and has joined his friends.
zerostreet
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Posted: 2012-08-22 09:55 am   Permalink

Ha! Great pics Wendy! Thanks for posting!

 
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LoriLovesTiki
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Posted: 2012-08-22 11:12 am   Permalink

I enjoy your photos so much! Thanks for posting.

 
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WaikikianMoeKele
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Posted: 2012-08-22 4:13 pm   Permalink

At least if I'm unable to attend the fabulous tiki parties, I can live vicariously through Wendy & Dan pics!
~kele


 
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dartharnie
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Posted: 2012-08-22 4:56 pm   Permalink

Thanks for sharing these... although I must say I'm jealous.

I was east coast bound during Oasis and got to enjoy 150% humidity, tornadoes and wine drinkers (yuck). Luckily a twenty dollar tip during the open bar of my brother's wedding did convince the bartender to let me mix a few PALE imitations of tiki drinks with the small variety he had on hand. Never knew there is a kiwi vodka...goes great with mango juice and grenadine...

Wonderful photos. Looks like a blast and it looks like you shared lots of love and laughs!



 
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littlegiles
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Posted: 2012-08-22 5:29 pm   Permalink

What? No clay updates???

Just teasing. thanks for sharing the pics from Oasis. Maybe one day I'll make it out there to party with y'all. At least I can live through all the pictures posted by everyone.

Ok, enough reading...back to the clay.

- Dale
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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2012-08-22 10:19 pm   Permalink

Thank you so much for all the visits and posts. I love to read and you all made my day. I've just been pouring crawl mugs since we got back.

Progress Report:

While we were away a group of Sacramento Crawl mugs were drying.


When doing these mugs I had a bright idea. Instead of leaving them upside down over night to drain I would pour out the slip and then set them right side up. That way a bit more slip would be running down the sides making the bottoms thicker.

Not a good idea. As the extra slip dried it cracked.


I'm lucky that I had a tool I could use to scrape off the cracked slip and make the bottom fine again. It just took some time.


When at Oasis we did a side trip to a ceramics store and I found some new glazes. So I've made another set of glaze tests.


In the morning I'll start on the Wish List. I haven't counted but I think there are more than 30 items to make. I'll be busy so I'll be posting many Progress Reports along the way.

I appreciate your friendship and support. Cheers, Wendy




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hang10tiki
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Posted: 2012-08-23 11:52 am   Permalink

Let the show begin........


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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2012-08-24 07:11 am   Permalink

Hi hang10tiki we are finally in show mode.

Along with the start on the Wish List 3 we continue to work on the Sacramento Crawl mug. Orders are taken under California Events with VampiressRN as the author.

Each day we are able to pour 2 mugs.

I clean off the mold lines and cut off the excess in the garage.

Then I move the work to the family room where there is a TV.

I fine tune the sculpture, add my name and Sac Ohana Crawl to the bottom and carve all the lines around the mug.

I have 16 of the run drying and two in molds ready to open today.


Wish List 3

I am assembling bowls one by one. But today we will be making molds.

I mark the tikis and bowl and carve off a small area on the backside of each tiki.


I carve and sand each bowl to make them smoother. These tikis are by Joniece Frank of Frankoma pottery I have that acknowledged on the bottom.




Today we will do our best to make 2 or 3 molds. The most important will be a partial mold of a large plain bowl we got from Tiki Lee in Las Vegas. He has a great shop there and we have found many wonderful tikis in it. I'll have photos tomorrow. We need a larger bowl for a project that will have a volcano. Here are some of the photos and drawings sent by Richard T. I need his TC name.


The other molds that we are planing to do are of some of my sea life sculpts for Roge's sea life chunk lamps. These are small and I want to use them on mugs and bowls.

To be able to pull the creatures out of the plaster I had Dan add screws. This will make molding a challenge but in the end I'll have something to take hold of.




Now I'm off to the garage with Dan to make this happen! Cheers, Wendy



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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2012-08-25 5:32 pm   Permalink

Yesterday started as a day to make molds. Philot has ordered a special Mayan Volcano bowl and We needed to make a mold for a larger size bowl.

We measured the bottom piece of wood that we would need for the mold and Dan cut it.

I'm using a bowl we got from Tiki Lee's shop in Las Vegas.

I only need the bottom half of this bowl so I built up clay to hide the rest.

Once in the box I smoothed the clay and covered the bowl with mold soap.

After casting the piece we took apart the mold.

I use a kitchen tool to cut the clay off. I store this clay and reuse it each time I make a mold.

Now this mold will be in the sun until it dries. Maybe a couple of weeks. Philot I hope this will work for your bowl.


The next mold we made was of some of the sea creatures I've sculpted for Roge's chunk lamps. Dan had already placed the screws in the back. I checked to see how thick to make the clay.

I made a sheet of clay on a board and then pressed the creatures into place. Next I covered them with mold soap.

I put the box sides in place and used clay snakes to prevent leaks where they join.

I had also filled in places that I thought would not mold well. I'll hand carve these areas after casting. So under the seahorse chin and between two puffer fins I placed clay to prevent the plaster from going there.

After casting we removed the box and clay.

Using pliers and torque we levered out the creatures.

Dan carried out the mold to the sun and brushed off plaster chips.

So here are all our current molds sunbathing.


Thanks for checking in, it was a pleasure having you stop by, Wendy







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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2012-08-25 7:27 pm   Permalink

Wendy and Dan, you got mad mold makin' skilz! I need to get more comfortable making molds, one of these days
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WaikikianMoeKele
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Posted: 2012-08-25 8:03 pm   Permalink

It's amazing watching you & Dan work your magic! Thanks so much for letting us watch!
~kele


 
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VampiressRN
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Posted: 2012-08-25 8:16 pm   Permalink

FABULOUS!!!

 
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hang10tiki
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Posted: 2012-08-25 8:26 pm   Permalink

U 2 make it look easy when we all know it's not...

 
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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2012-08-26 08:43 am   Permalink

Thank you Vamp, Kele, MDM and hang. I like your visits very much.

Progress Report:

Yesterday was bowl day. I made a Bob Bowl for Steve Soto. It will be deep purple to go in his new lounge. I forgot to take a photo for Soto!

Next I made a Frankoma (tikis by Joniece Frank) bowl for Alii Tiki. I fine tune the connections after they dry some.


Next up Marone Tikis Moai bowl. I start by soaking each piece in a bucket of water. Since they dried some while wrapped in plastic I wanted to bring them back to softer clay status.

I added clay where I wanted to attach the tikis. I pressed them into place and then pressed the clay inside to hold them. Hopefully I didn't make air bubbles.

I added clay to make the backs look a bit more rocky.

Once all three heads were in place I turned it over and filled in along the heads and added clay to the bowl to simulate rocks.



The clay I added has more water in it than the bowl and Moai heads. So that the parts can equalize and shrink together without cracking I wrapped the bowl in plastic.

All three are wrapped in plastic. I'll leave them like that for several days.
Here they are in the shed. I'm running out of room fast. Hey Steve, there it is the bowl on the left.

I fine tuned these two Sacramento Crawl mugs last night. I now have 20!


Now it's back to work, Wendy



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anthonymaye
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Posted: 2012-08-26 09:21 am   Permalink

Wow always a treat to see what you two are up too. I cant wait for the crawl getting every thing ready here, and we get our first wendy original mug so stoked!!!
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