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Wendy Cevola 7/23/14 Tiki Atari's Horror In Clay Two versions one is Tapa.
hang10tiki
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Posted: 2013-03-27 08:05 am   Permalink

Severed heads look creepy n cool all in one

Jon


 
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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2013-03-27 08:15 am   Permalink

littlegiles Opening the kiln is as scary as seeing a ghost. You never know what is going to happen. I will keep trying to fix Pac Man just for the heck of it. Thank you for the WooHoo!

tigertail777 thank you several times. I'd never heard that about glaze becoming old. That is very scary because I've stock piled glaze. What I've found is that clay is mud. It's not as uniform as you would think. Handling it can change it. Every time the glaze pops off I've found that the clay underneath has turned to powder. Glaze will not stick to a speck of dust. I have used the same glaze on several of the mugs and it only comes off of Pac Man. I just had that happen with a red underglaze. It did the tongue on the bug eyed head and it came out beautifully but on my other project it all popped off and underneath there was dust.

Yesterday I caught Dan going through and re-arranging his tikis in the kitchen cupboard.




Progress Report: I did my fancy photos.

Shrunken Severed Head. I finished adding enamel to the strings and today I'll bake him in the house oven.






Bug-eyed Severed Head.




Tongue cut out Severed Head.




Tapa Snake Severed Head.






Dan's gone out to work on his man cave project. It's time to work on the run of 30 severed heads. Thank you for checking on my progress. You all make it worthwhile. Wendy





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Philot
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Posted: 2013-03-27 08:53 am   Permalink

The customized severed heads are lookin' good!
I particularly like the shrunken head.


Good grief Dan, you've got all that fantastic space for mugs and you're still encroaching on the kitchen?!!! You sort of look like the kid caught with his hand in the cookie jar in that first pic.


 
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hang10tiki
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Posted: 2013-03-27 09:25 am   Permalink

Mugs in the kitchen? Awesome
However it looks like Dan-O is packing up mugs
You know where to send em when all packed up
VEGAS baby

Go Dan-O Go
I just saw that Frankie's has a new color on an old mug on their web site!

Wow, the new mugs look great
Love the texture on shrunken head.
All the colors are killer

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tigertail777
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Posted: 2013-03-27 12:10 pm   Permalink

I'm reaching into the very far nether reaches of my memory its been many many years... but regarding the glaze getting old: if I recall correctly over time the suspended particles in it can separate to such a degree that it affects firing time and quality. I think my teacher said for the most part this can be remedied with a shaking for a long period. I believe he used to put his bottles in some kind of homemade shaking/vibrating machine for an hour at a time, letting them rest inbetween both upright and upside down at intervals. He used to be almost paranoid about the glazes; making us turn every bottle upside down or right side up every month or so... so take that for what it's worth.

However... if the glaze is working fine on other projects, then it may not be the glaze itself that is the problem. As you said there could be dusty particles it is not adhering to, or perhaps that particular batch of clay has some small amount of a mineral in it that is not reacting well to that particular glaze. In the end, half the time you kiln something its a mystery as to why the dang thing comes out correctly or not in the first place, thus the miracle of "kiln birth" as my teacher used to refer to it.

Been many years since High School, I don't believe I even remembered that much. I do remember clay goes "BOOM" when the air is not properly worked out of it though. Oh and the dangers of getting ones hand caught in the pug mill...ugh.


 
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WaikikianMoeKele
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Posted: 2013-03-27 5:48 pm   Permalink

Love Dan's "hand in the cookie jar" pic! Mmmmm cookies....

& for some reason I am very drawn to the Shrunken Severed Head. Can't figure out why...
Must be the magic that is Wendy!
~kele


 
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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2013-03-28 08:31 am   Permalink

Philot I had a lot of fun making the shrunken head, especially because I kept it looking like the Ren Clark head with pink and blue still showing in the hair.

That's not the only kitchen cupboard he has mugs in. He also stands in the living room thinking about expanding. NO NO NO!

hang10tiki thank you Jon but Dan would rather shop than sell. Dan served drinks in those mugs at the last Sacramento Tiki Crawl. It was fun to see each person with a different mug.

tigertail777 thank you for the information. I do shake and stir up the glazes before I use them. I will do it even more diligently after reading your note. Yep I've had a few go boom. A boom is worse than hang10's sound of an empty mug.

WaikikianMoeKele the head is fun to hold with all the texture. I'm happy that you like it.


Progress Report:

What should you do when you have 30 severed heads to glaze? Get out the spray painter and go to work.

Dan set up the sprayer for me.


I carried out all the ghosts!


Close-up and all sprayed with 3 layers.


I used my hand to block the spray from entering the head.


I carried them all back into the nook to dry before the next step.


These heads travel all over the place before they are finished. Now its time to paint them. Cheers, Wendy



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Posted: 2013-03-28 10:18 am   Permalink

Talk about having all of your heads in a row (or table), er, or something like that. Dan should be very excited about having a wife who allows the expansion on tiki mugs across the house. Though somehow there were no comments when she came home from work and didn't notice a new shelf that had mysteriously appeared on the wall.

Wendy, thanks, I was curious if you ever sprayed glaze, especially with the volume of pieces. Now I know. Look forward to seeing the next steps...


 
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Posted: 2013-03-28 12:05 pm   Permalink

I think you should go to the local market and talk about all the severed heads you have setting around your house. Bet that would perk up some ears.

Now about that living room expansion. Just a simple a-frame bump out couldn't be too difficult. I'm sure the pics of you and Dan swinging sledgehammers would be very entertaining. Haha

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Hale Tiki
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Posted: 2013-03-28 2:35 pm   Permalink

Although it's not in it's permanent home, a photo is long overdue of my War God.

Right now it's on my desk at work, and has been for the last two weeks. It's helping me with a project I'm working on.





 
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lunavideogames
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Posted: 2013-03-28 3:02 pm   Permalink

Severed heads are looking really cool! I am very excited to get one!


Dan sure has more tiki mugs than I do. Emily hardly lets me keep them anywhere besides my bar, but I do still have a couple shelves in the kitchen and some secret stashes in my bathroom for the overstock storage that I am not using for awhile, just don't tell my wife.


 
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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2013-03-29 09:40 am   Permalink

TikiAno Dan would love to take over the whole home with tikis. I love tiki too but its also nice to have tiki free zones.
Your wish is fulfilled more step by steps on the way.

littlegiles I love construction. My mom was 4'11'' but she could haul a 80 sack of concrete on her own. Laying brick is really fun. But Dan will just have to be happy with all the space he has right now. Poor guy.

Hale Tiki thank you for the photo. Are you going to give him an alcohol rub down?

lunavideogames we are very lucky to both be into tiki at the same time. It changed our lives for the better. Tiki brings friends, social events and lots of honest fun.


Progress Report:

Again, I have painted the Pac Man Mug for the 5th time. I am at war with this mug.


I set up the table so I could just go around from head to head.


I started with painting the whites of the eyes. Then all the black places on the faces.


Next up was the white streak on the iris.


The it was time to do the pink lips and tongues.


My goal is to finish enough heads so I can deliver them at the April 6th Don the Beachcomber's sale by number. Then as I finish the rest I'll ship them.

More steps today. Cheers, Wendy






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GROG
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Posted: 2013-03-29 10:19 am   Permalink

GROG have a Moai bowl, the second one GROG ever made, that GROG has been fighting with also. The glaze crawled. GROG fix it in some spots and it crawls in others each time GROG fire it. So GROG feel your pain with that Pac Man mug. Bowl #1 also had problems, but GROG almost have it fixed. One more glaze fire with clear glaze and it should be good to go.

 
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Posted: 2013-03-29 10:19 am   Permalink

Damned Tiki Central double-post.

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Posted: 2013-03-29 3:49 pm   Permalink

Wendy always get 2 posts from GROG



Nice work on the eyes, will mine be farsighted like me?



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