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Tiki Central Forums Creating Tiki Other Crafts Wendy Cevola 9/20/14 Three Tiki Bob's a fly and three hula girls. Glazing every day.
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Wendy Cevola 9/20/14 Three Tiki Bob's a fly and three hula girls. Glazing every day.
TikiAno
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Posted: 2013-05-22 8:08 pm   Permalink

Wendy, thanks (once again) for posting the slip pouring photos. I'm amazed, as everyone else is, by the ladybug- your skills are now appreciated by different species- wow. Love it!

 
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Posted: 2013-05-22 11:26 pm   Permalink

Love all your amazing pics and posting Wendy. Got to get crackin on our new trade!
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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2013-05-23 08:11 am   Permalink

WaikikianMoeKele wonderful, I will love a photo of you with the head. It is a strange thing to want but I've been there.

lunavideogames as we passed the flames we could see how close they were to homes and businesses, we did a lot of praying for those people and firefighters.

Back to work feels good. I really miss posting and reading comments here, its an important part of my day.

LoriLovesTiki that's how I feel when I see the Hukilau and Luau by the Lake photos. It was a wonderful time to visit with friends.

Woodtiki I've added you to the Crawl mug list. Are you in Woodland, CA? Here is the link to the crawl. It is found under California Events and the author is VampiressRN. It is an event of 3 days and taking a day off work is worth it. This is the best site for tiki that exists. Enjoy!
http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=44787&forum=17&start=0&37

TikiAno it would be fun to have that happen again after glazing. We will be pouring every day that we are home from now until I have enough done.

mp (Got to get crackin on our new trade!) - no cracking or hairlines just work hard!


Progress Report:

Last summer as I worked my cat was bombarded by a bird couple. They became so bold that they flew into the garage to attack her at the door into the house. Well they are back. Sherry was in the backyard and one was after her.


She moved to the front of the house and then both of them were after her. They squawk really loud. But thanks to the birds I always know where my cat is located.


We opened the molds. I am super happy they both worked. The bad mold requires a lot more clean up but when I finished Dan couldn't tell which one came from which mold. Here's the progress.

Opening the mold.














For a multi piece mold it is important to figure out the order to remove the sections. For this one I started with the bottom. After the first one was apart I decided that it should all be taken apart with the mold on its side.


Mold #2. On each mug's bottom I will carve Sac Ohana Crawl c 2013.




Freed from the mold I found that I had chosen where to make each piece very well. I'm a happy mold maker. You can see where the bad mold left excess clay that will be removed.





A brush is great for smoothing.


I couldn't make the nostril in the mold so now I will carve them into each tiki nose.




MadDogMike, I keep tubs of the clay I cut off the casts and on this clay I have poured more slip. It is a mushy mix and I add it to casts to thicken thin parts. I do this to the rim of most mugs.

Before and After.


The mug is 12 1/4th inches tall. It will shrink 10% as it dries and is bisque fired. It is big and heavy.


Where the part broke off from the mold there is more clay on the cast. So first I whittled it down with my label scraper.
Next I carved the detail back into the mug.

I still need to make the jewel shape on each block but that can wait until it is firmer.


Here's where I left off. I will still fine tune these and sand them. So more imperfections will be smoothed out before firing.






Last night we poured #3 and #4. This photo is Dan pouring out what's left after sitting for 2 hours.

Twice a day Dan has clean up chores from pouring. He's working for tikis.


I may have set a record for the number of moldy posted photos! Cheers, Wendy





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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2013-05-23 10:27 am   Permalink

Those look awesome Wendy, glad your molds worked out.
Mockingbirds are very territorial and can be quite vicious when they have eggs in their nest
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LoriLovesTiki
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From: NJ
Posted: 2013-05-23 6:37 pm   Permalink

The crawl mug looks fantastic! He's huge & gorgeous. Can't wait to see him glazed. And I still love his tushie!
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GROG
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Posted: 2013-05-23 9:01 pm   Permalink

GROG' mold would've been more like this size:



But, GROG also not pour GROG' mugs as thick as you. You may have to have the plaster thick in order for the mug walls to dry to release from the molds.


 
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Woodtiki
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From: Oakland,CA
Posted: 2013-05-24 07:42 am   Permalink

There was a good segment last night on the tv show "How It's Made", about cremation urns. Exactly the same process, making a mold, casting slip, etc. They make it look so easy! No problems!

 
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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2013-05-24 08:34 am   Permalink

MadDogMike I saw the Mocking birds peck her butt yesterday but she didn't seem to mind. The birds are her TV. I'm super happy the molds both work too or a whole day would have been lost.




LoriLovesTiki thank you, me too.

GROG with them this thick I am able to pour each night, take them out in the mornings. We dry them in the sun and wind. It's a lot of carrying them piece by piece but we need to walk. You are brave to make them thinner.

Woodtiki the show must have done a lot of editing to make it look easy. Also I bet the show was 1 hour long and it takes more than an hour for each side. Squid made an urn for Tiki Kate. She designed it before she passed away at a very young age from breast cancer.

Our favorite restaurant is in San Mateo. The Fish Market Restaurant on the river. We stop there on our way home from Santa Cruz every few years.

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You must know I love coincidences. I read National Geographic magazine Wednesday night. Then on Thursday I took Dan shopping for a swimsuit. He had a bunch to try on so I sat down in the men's department.

Here is the article that I'd read about bugs.


As I waited for Dan the bug in the article crawled right up to me. So I took him through check out and put him in a garden in front of the store. How about that!




Progress Report

I do have some ceramics to report on too.

The mug is just over 12 inches.

The weight is just under four pounds. So we'll see how much it shrinks and loses weight as it dries.

The bad mold which is OK still gives me a lot of clean-up to do.

But in the end it's all fine.




I have #5 and #6 waiting for me to get them out of the molds so I better get to work. Cheers, Wendy



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anthonymaye
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Posted: 2013-05-24 3:41 pm   Permalink

im sorry you probably posted but where do i sign up for the crawl mug
It looks so awesome such a wonderful work of art.


 
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hang10tiki
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From: Las Vegas
Posted: 2013-05-24 6:18 pm   Permalink

Holy monster mug, that's HUGE...


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Hale Tiki
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Posted: 2013-05-24 6:58 pm   Permalink

I'm not going to the crawl, but you know I dig that mug!!! I might hafsta get me one.

 
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Woodtiki
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Posted: 2013-05-25 08:09 am   Permalink

Yes, Fish Market is pretty good! I haven't been in awhile. I am in San Mateo, but we make it up through Sacramento a few times a year, my aunt and sister live there and my parents live in Grass Valley. Next time we come up I will have to check out the Mahalo Tiki store!

The birds seem very brave this year, there are two blue jays that dive bomb our cat every time she goes outside. They are so loud!


 
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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2013-05-25 5:42 pm   Permalink

anthonymaye thank you for adding on to the crawl list. It's gonna be a blast attending.

hang10tiki it so huge that it's more than twice the slip and glaze to make this monster.

Hale Tiki when you decide let me know.

Woodtiki the Mahalo Tiki store is wonderful and fun to see and to shop in with abandon. Our birds are loud too. I enjoy it.
Please start a thread like this one. I saw your tiki on MadDogMikes thread and it sure is better than my first tiki.


Progress Report:

The only way we can tell one day from the next is by counting tikis.
Pour.


Finish the tiki and put it in the shed to dry.


Dan does clean up.


If we don't put the mold pieces off straight then I have to repair the damage.


I keep a tub of sticky clay ready.


Two more to clean.


6 in the shed.


They are actually 12 1/2 inches out of the mold.


Pour.


Clean.


8 in the shed and 2 in the mold. Now we are getting someplace. Check out how the first 6 have begun to shrink.


Tomorrow I'll have glazing photos of 8 Bob's to share.

I hope you are having a good weekend and that it is three days long. Cheers, Wendy




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VampiressRN
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Posted: 2013-05-25 6:19 pm   Permalink

Wow...coming along nicely. You two are a dynamic duo!!!

 
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hang10tiki
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Posted: 2013-05-25 6:44 pm   Permalink

Awesome line up


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