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Wendy Cevola 11/28/14 WISH LIST #5 is open until Dec. 2nd for orders.
TikiAno
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Joined: Aug 07, 2012
Posts: 886
From: San Diego, CA
Posted: 2013-01-09 6:04 pm   Permalink

Wendy, reading your step by steps is both inspiring, saddening, and sometime infuriating. Inspiring, in watching you sculpt and carve amazing faces with uncanny likenesses (Bela Lugosi easily recognizable, in one of your earlier photos (well, to me)). Saddening, since I have the opposite level of carving skill than you. Infuriating, since I'll NEVER have said skill.

Either way, I'm happy to watch all of the progress and hope to absorb skills via electronic osmosis. Actually, I know it works since my work has gotten better by watching (and reading) all of your posts (and others, too). Thank you!

Excited to see what comes up next.


 
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LoriLovesTiki
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Joined: Jul 03, 2011
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From: NJ
Posted: 2013-01-09 7:01 pm   Permalink

Wendy,

I've been a little busy since I've been back to school so I had 4 pages or so to catch up with. I just love the sitting bob, he's adorable! The invisible man is looking great as is bella lugosi! You are always amazing.


Lori


 
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danlovestikis
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Joined: Jun 17, 2002
Posts: 4976
Posted: 2013-01-10 08:09 am   Permalink

MadDogMike thank you it just comes from practice and never giving up. As you know clay is very forgiving and allows you to change it over and over again.

hang10tiki (: he thanks you too.

TikiAno never be afraid to try. Just pick something and work with the clay. It really comes down to practice.

LoriLovesTiki dartharnie allows me to have a lot of fun making these special characters. Bob is the perfect shape for customizing. Welcome back.

Progress Report:

We continue to pour Severed Heads every time the molds dry enough. When I open the mold today there will be six.

dartharnie's Bela Lugosi is almost done. Every time I take photos and study them I see what needs to be changed. Today I found that the bow tie is too small, I'll increase its size. Otherwise he's close to being finished. I'll check with dartharnie tonight.

I added ears. Rule of thumb is that ears start at the eyebrows and end at the base of the nose. The angle of the camera skews these.


Thumbs next rule is that the end of the jawline runs as far back as the ear. Not straight down but at this angle.


I removed part of the jaw.


Dracula wears a lot of layers. First I did the shirt and tie and then I added the vest.


Next I added his arms, suit and cape with collar.


More photos.












Every bit of clay that is added runs the risk of cracking. These need to dry really slowly. Checking my recent project I found that Sitting Bob had a bottom crack.

I was able to dig this crack out and fill it with a mending product.


Then I looked inside the mug and saw another crack in a different position. This is strange because the cracks were not where clay was added. I think as it dried the thicker clay of the legs and butt pulled and made the thinner clay crack. I've worked to also repair the inside. Time will tell if it is repaired.

Thank you all for checking my work and for the comments that make my day special. Wendy
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dartharnie
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Posted: 2013-01-10 08:38 am   Permalink

wow....count bobula is stunning! Stunning!
thank you. It's better than I imagined.


 
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hang10tiki
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Joined: Jul 18, 2010
Posts: 4079
From: Las Vegas
Posted: 2013-01-10 2:37 pm   Permalink

W
Thanx, u saved me, busy at work, needed a get away, saved by the Wendy and Dan show. Back to the mayhem.


 
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zerostreet
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Joined: Feb 06, 2010
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Posted: 2013-01-10 3:38 pm   Permalink

Very Impressive Wendy! Amazing process shots!

 
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WaikikianMoeKele
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Joined: Jun 25, 2008
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From: West Leroy, Pennsylvania
Posted: 2013-01-10 4:19 pm   Permalink

How embarrassing for Sitting Bob that you are showing his crack to everyone!
But I was relieved that he didn't have a crack in his cute little butt crack.
~kele


 
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swizzle
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Joined: Jun 03, 2007
Posts: 878
From: Melbourne,Australia
Posted: 2013-01-11 02:25 am   Permalink

Great work as usual Wendy. The Bela Lugosi mug is outstanding. Fingers crossed you won't have any problems with it cracking. I had to use some of the Magic Mend (which i was able to buy when MadDogMike so graciously took me to the ceramic store in San Diego when i was there) on a couple of things just this week. Fortunately after the bisque fire they seem to have come out OK.

Anyway, i digress. Here's a pic of the Bumatay pendant you gave me when i stayed with you. I wasn't happy with the colour after giving it one coat of Rockingham Brown so i gave it a few more.



I still have to glaze the other piece you gave me. I couldn't decide on what colour to use but i have now. I'll post some pics here when it's done.

Also, my custom super-craved Tiki Bob arrived. Thank you so much, he's great. Here's a pic of me and your Bob and also a pic of him next to my Bob 'O' Nut. Who thought that i'd EVER have a Bob in my collection, and yet now i have two.




 
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LoriLovesTiki
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Posted: 2013-01-11 06:44 am   Permalink

Dracula is looking great. He seems MASSIVE though. He must weigh a ton! I know how heavy your regular mugs are. Lifting this one will be quite a workout.


Lori
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danlovestikis
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Posts: 4976
Posted: 2013-01-11 1:22 pm   Permalink

What a wonderful morning to find all these posts. You given me inspiration to work hard.

dartharnie I'm am so happy with your response that I'm going to work on your last mug today...the Mummy! I'll add Count Bobula to the bottom of the mug do you want Bob's Mummy on this next one or do you have a better idea?


hang10tiki we are so familiar with the mayhem I'm very honored to have saved you.

zerostreet thank you very much. I'm enjoying myself immensely.

WaikikianMoeKele you didn't let me down. I was counting on exactly what you posted. I'll be working on this repair for awhile.

swizzle you don't just have two Bob's in your collection you are perpetuating the joy of Bob by making your own. We look forward to having one in our collection. It was fun to see how you glazed the Bumatay necklace. I'm so happy you liked Bela. I'm looking forward to seeing what you make next.

LoriLovesTiki I should weigh Bela. You are right he takes two hands to lift him.

Progress Report

6 Severed Heads are drying and 1 has just been poured 30 minutes ago. Plugging away one at a time.

I'm also pouring the Missionary Downfall women. 19TikiChef62 has been patiently waiting for me to get to his bowl with 3 of these ladies. Each will have tattoos like his other requests.


Kele the crack has turned into a large hole. The crack went all the way through after all. I'm going to let it dry out and then I'll see if I can use paper clay to fix it.


Yesterday we were out of town. So all I accomplished was to make the bow tie larger

and to cross over the vest further and to make sure the button was under the shirt buttons. I still have to crisp up the edged to make them straight.


It's time to pour out the mold for the woman so adios amigos, Wendy
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TikiAno
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Posted: 2013-01-11 3:00 pm   Permalink

Wendy, a non-tiki or clay question, how much coffee do you have each day for this nonstop creative clay working method? As a coffee professional, I need to know. It's terribly impressive.

 
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hang10tiki
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Joined: Jul 18, 2010
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From: Las Vegas
Posted: 2013-01-11 5:57 pm   Permalink

Can't wait to see the mummy shots

 
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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2013-01-12 09:27 am   Permalink

TikiAno I've been thinking about coffee recently. In my entire life I've had one cup of coffee at a charity event. I was freezing and someone gave it to me and said it would warm me up. Instead I got my very first migraine headache and had to go home and stay in bed for two days with no light and no noise. I keep reading that it wards off dementia but I don't think its worth the headache. Now chocolate that's a different form of caffeine and I have some every day. So there you have it. Energy just comes from the joy of working the clay. I can get a happy chill just thinking about clay.

hang10tiki aaaaaaaaaand hhhhhhhhhhheres Mummy!

Progress Report:

I've started forming the head for the Mummy for dartharnie.

First I decided to add clay inside the mug and then build the top to round it back.


Next I covered over Bob's face. I saw a tear roll down from his eye to his chin and that was sad.


I block out the structure of the face working from the top down.


Putting my fingers around the mug I squeezed slowly to make a neck.
Checking the photo against the sculpt its easy to see I need to add to the top and back
of the head and also the chin.


This photo is looking up at the mummy so I can't use it for straight on. I have other photos for that.


I put small amounts of clay on the face and then using a brush or wooden tool I smooth them into place.


I do one direction and then another.


He is very soft so I put him on his back under plastic to rest through the night.


I'll be back at it later today.

Cheers, Wendy

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hang10tiki
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Posted: 2013-01-12 6:01 pm   Permalink

this one looks cool

 
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HB TIKI
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Posted: 2013-01-13 07:39 am   Permalink

ALL YOUR WORK LOOKS GOOD WENDY. 24/7

 
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