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Wendy Cevola 10/19/14 Another Tiki Bob inspired by the guys leg in Venice, Italy.
tigertail777
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Posted: 2012-09-30 2:35 pm   Permalink

Man I just love that rough rocky texture on the Moai/lava one, and the swirly "rootbeer" glaze on the interior of the Bumatay. Those both just look breath taking. As usual you guys have done a fantastic job.

 
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Philot
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Posted: 2012-09-30 5:49 pm   Permalink

I love the color choices on the bumtay bowl!
The tan & blue have a nice contrast to really make the fish pop out. And the interior colors with the swirls match up perfectly.


 
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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2012-09-30 8:57 pm   Permalink

Professor G, littlegiles, hang10tiki, tigertail7777 and philot thank you for comments on my art and ball and chain. The crawl is 11 days away. After it finishes I'll be able to work much harder on the Wish List.

I need to share a wonderful website with you all. This is ligglegiles/Dale's miniatures. They are jaw dropping. Please stop by his pages and enjoy his art.

http://www.dalesdollhousedesigns.com/index.html

I'll be back in the morning but right now I've got to find someone to remove the ball and chain so I can get some sleep. Enjoy you night, Wendy
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littlegiles
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Posted: 2012-10-01 06:53 am   Permalink

Well Miss Wendy, aren't you sneaky? You really didn't have to do that, but thanks. Yes folks, it is true...I'm a grown man who enjoys playing with dollhouses. I'm hoping to work on some tiki miniatures as soon as I can get into my new home and have the work space.

Thanks Wendy.

- Dale
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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2012-10-01 07:00 am   Permalink

Hi Friends, life got in the way and I didn't do a lot yesterday. We visited friends and didn't start on tiki work until the afternoon.

Progress Report:

I put the items that needed the enamel set into the oven for 45 minutes.


I sat down with a flashlight and went over all the Sacramento Crawl mugs. We also choose a box size and I ordered them.


I found 30 of the mugs that were without a glaze or palm frond imperfection. I painted on the numbers for the run on these. Since only 23 were made from each mold what matters most is that the glazing turned out well. Molds retain their sharpness for far more than this number.


Of the remaining two I found one with a flattened palm frond and eleven with a glaze bump next to the palm trunk.


All with these imperfections were marked IMP on the bottoms.


Dan found more of the boxes in the garage and put them together. When our order comes today we'll have more than enough for the rest.


Next I worked on 30 signature cards for the crawl run.


Today I'll be baking all the mugs in the home oven. 45 minutes a load and today it will be 101 degrees here.

Later today I get to open the kiln. Photos tomorrow! Cheers, Wendy
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littlegiles
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Posted: 2012-10-01 07:50 am   Permalink

Maybe I don't know what to look for, but you see imperfections and I see beautiful mugs.

YEA for another kiln opening. I love that part of the show.

- Dale
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Hale Tiki
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Posted: 2012-10-01 09:08 am   Permalink

Hey Wendy!

You guys are nuts. I hope to spend my retirement years with whomever I'm with doing something half as awesome as you and Dan do. I hope you'll excuse me for assuming that you're retired. I can't imagine doing as much as you guys do and having a full time job!

Anyway, the mugs all look great! I dig the tall carved Bob. I'll have to add a pair to the wishlist, maybe as a Christmas gift for myself! Maybe a Moai Bob. I'll have to give that a good think.

The red/orange looks great! Let's get that wonderful little statue out here to the east coast!

PS - It's good to see that you're so discerning with your mugs when it comes to quality. Really shows pride in your work, and rightfully so!


 
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Hale Tiki
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Posted: 2012-10-01 09:09 am   Permalink

Oh, and I can't wait to see the blue crystal cracked war god!

 
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LoriLovesTiki
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Posted: 2012-10-01 10:51 am   Permalink

Everything looks great Wendy and I'm glad that everyone liked the plain mug as much as I do. Save you guys work to boot!
Your meticulousness is amazing! I wouldn't see the imperfections at all....

Wish you guys were closer to SF so I could meet you when I am there. One day I hope to meet you & Dan and get/give hugs!

Keep the show going. We love it!
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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2012-10-02 07:08 am   Permalink

littlegiles I'm glad you can't see what I do. I use a flash light and you are far away.
Hale Tiki good guess we could never do this with our day jobs. I'll contact you soon about shipping. The horrors of experimenting with glaze will be shown below!
LoriLovesTiki thank you Lori, we would love those hugs like you love tikis.

Remember how I forgot to clean out the glaze from the necklace holes before firing? Well it took Dan and hour to find a drill that would work but it did.

The necklace for littlegiles.

The necklace for tigertail7777.

The heat caused a crack in the glaze. It was stable so I

filled it with enamel paint turning Bob into a Tiger Bob. If this ever falls apart I'll make you another one tigertail7777. This needs to sit for 24 hours and then be baked to set.

The necklace for littlegiles is finished. One of these days I've got to start shipping.


Progress Report:

I opened the kiln and immediately saw that the slate grey with lava was a failure. It ran over the spikes and onto the kiln shelf.


Kiln wash prevents the stick from being permanent. When you pull something loose you just re-paint the shelf for next time.

Without it the self and tiki would have been a loss. The lava just ran and the cracking was very slight. There were glaze slips on the top that need to be repaired.


Bottom shelf. It sure is fun to see but Professor G's statue didn't turn out as ordered. Bottom right the spots turned light blue green. The larger crystals ran. It's a nice mug but it doesn't fulfill the wish.


The small tiki Frankoma bowl for Joanne.


The experiment with two glazes. Too much galze will make it run. Another lesson learned.


The choras line.


Another angle.


These had glaze skips and I'll re-glaze them.


Now for another day of tiki, cheers, Wendy


__PS littlegiles suggested I give up trying to repair the Eric October bowl and just glaze the area that had popped out. So I did. There was also a pop out on the inner portion of the bowl. I hope this will end the story.
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littlegiles
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Posted: 2012-10-02 07:25 am   Permalink

Even if things didn't turn out the way you planned, the experiments were a success. You learned some things.

I love what you did with Tigers necklace and mine looks awesome! WOOHOO!!

I can remember china painting a doll one time and she looked amazing. The dolls faces were always done with 3-4 different firings so you slowly built up color. I pulled out the doll after the last firing and her face looked like she had been in a fight. I learned that many times, less is more when it comes to china painting. I know it isn't the same as glazing, but thought you might be amused. I was lucky and able to remove the paint with WINK and start over.

I love the fact that you are playing around and trying new things because that means that in the future you will be able to provide us with cooler and original finishes. Keep those experiments coming Dr. Wendy.

- Dale


 
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LoriLovesTiki
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Posted: 2012-10-02 11:47 am   Permalink

I learn something new from you each episode Wendy!

 
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Professor G
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Posted: 2012-10-02 12:07 pm   Permalink

Yipes . . . so close. The statue had some cool-looking areas, though. Ah, well, back to the lab-O-ratory.

On the other hand, you are great at turning experiments into successes; when my restaurant experiments go awry, I have to eat them.


 
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Beachbumz
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Posted: 2012-10-02 3:23 pm   Permalink

What imperfections?? Wendy you have such a great variety of glazes going on, Love it.. I was wondering about that lava flow thickness on that War God when you were putting it on, Looked like a few of mine lately I've been playing with.. The Moai Lava bowl came out beautiful too!

 
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tigertail777
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Posted: 2012-10-02 6:58 pm   Permalink

Oh Wendy, I LOVE the tiger stripes. It really puts a finishing touch on something that was already beautiful.
THANK YOU.

I really like how you are experimenting with the new glazes and such, it's really fun to follow along on your progress/mistakes and triumphs. Once I get some money saved up I have a special project I want you to do, but I am not sure how it can be done. Is it possible to make air tight screw top containers out of clay?


 
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