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Wendy Cevola 7/25/14 Tiki Atari's Horror In Clay mugs into the kiln.
danlovestikis
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Posted: 2013-06-19 11:26 am   Permalink

hang10tiki and even more busy.

MadDogMike if you do either we want photos!

Philot no kidding, I can picture that now I want to go to Disneyland.

littlegiles Dan's friend since 2nd grade has seen it so far and is excited. He may use it at the retired cops lunches he goes to each month. Today I'll clean crawl mug #45 and 46 and I'll try not to dent them. I should also work on the volcano's outside.

Here's Dan last night just after pouring.


What else have we been up too? Here it comes.

We love our cancer society store and go there almost every day. We found another small shelf that would fit in the kiln shed.

I took out the two drawers and made another couple of cubby holes by duct taping them together and them to the wall.


Next we went to Alpha Fired Arts to buy slip. This is how much I've used since we started the crawl mugs. They use a lot of slip!

Here are the crawl mugs since I started. 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 as the sculpt it will be a bit smaller but you get the idea that this years is twice the size of last years mug.


This is the 06 Duncan glaze isle at Alpha. I've done my best to stock up. They have two more 06 glaze isles one of more Duncan and one of Mayco. They have a small amount of Amco too. This is glaze ecstasy.


I've shown this before but for people who are new to my thread I have a good example.

You see a pinpoint hole in your clay. If you fire this glaze will never fill it up. Instead you will have it crawl away and you'll have a defect.


These holes are larger than they appear. I always scoop out a lot of clay to remove it completely.


Then I fill it with clay


and smooth it out.


This is the best fix and worth the effort.

Now it's time to go clean those mugs. Thank you for the visit and to those who voted me up from 12 to 6 on Cool and Current. Dan loves it (we both do) and asks each day if we are still on there. I do not vote for myself so I appreciate that you do this for us. GROG I know its your mission so a special thank you for your votes and as Dan's favorite interesting man would say, "stay healthy my friend", our prayers are with you.

Hugs everyone, Wendy



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Posted: 2013-06-20 1:04 pm   Permalink

Wendy, that picture of the Crawl mugs all together make the new one look like a mug and the older ones look like shot glasses. Wow, it really put the size in perspective.

Interesting hints on fixing that tiny spot on the clay. I probalby wouldn't have even seen it, let alone think I needed to remove that much clay to fix it. Well done!

Love all the colors of glaze at the store. One day you may need to do some pics of all the different glazes you have. It would be fun to see all the colors together.

- Dale
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Posted: 2013-06-20 6:35 pm   Permalink

Love the lineup shot of the 4 mugs

 
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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2013-06-20 9:04 pm   Permalink

GROG I'm saving a hug for you.

littlegiles it surprised me too. I always hope to make "keepers".
I didn't fix one of those and it showed up so badly I learned to never neglect to fix them.
I have a wall of all my glaze tests and when I do make something I pick out the tests and get the jars to match and then I'm good to go to work.

This is an old photo, the number has tripled since this was taken.


hang10tiki I thought it would be a good idea and it is fun to see. I bleached out the colors with too much light but...oh well!


We had a very busy day so I'm going to post photos in the morning. I've banned Dan from coming near me because he is radioactive. We feel very lucky today... thinking about Tony Soprano.

Sleep Well my friends, Wendy
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Posted: 2013-06-20 10:45 pm   Permalink

Wendy, love seeing the different Crawl mugs in a line-up. I just realized I forgot to tell you & Dan that I bought one of Dan's mugs from Mary at Don's a few weeks' back- it was one of the blue Libbey mugs, bought it for a birthday gift for a friend who absolutely loved it (slowly introducing her to the world of tiki, and thought that mug was a good (and inexpensive) introduction.

Like littlegiles said, I look forward to seeing additions to the volcano mug. Sheriff Bob is great, love the texturing, the shirt and tie, and the badge is perfect!

Keep on muggin'.


 
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Posted: 2013-06-21 09:18 am   Permalink

TikiAno I'm so glad to know that Mahalo Tiki is making sales with the mugs Dan sold to him. Dan has to give up some to get space for new additions. I can remember when he bought the Libby mugs. It was 2010 and we were at the antique sale under freeway 80 in downtown Sacramento. How about that!

I like your "keep on mugging" message. I will. Frank loves his sheriff mug and hopefully it survived firing. I open the kiln later today.

Yesterday we were busy because Dan had Nuclear Medicine Rest and drug induced Stress heart studies. It was fun for me because Greg the department manager was my college sweetheart and we both choose the same careers. He is also married and has three grown children. We caught up on everything while Dan was trapped in the camera. Greg did Dan's entire procedure. The outcome...Negative. No pending hear attack on the way. I'm going to put more photos on the Ohana Infirmary page.



At the end I took Dan to Thunder Valley an Indian casino where I lost $40.



Progress Report from danlovestikis...

When we poured crawl mugs #37 and #38 I had us pour a bowl. I had so many hula girl body parts to use that now was the time.

So I opened the mold and cleaned up the bowl inside

and outside.

Then I opened the bag of parts and looked to see how I could fit them on the bowl.

I sliced off the back of the woman and attached her both inside and outside the bowl. Why not make it differently than most hula girl bowls.

I used snakes of clay, water and a brush to seal the front and back to the bowl. I added two more hula women. Three fit the bowl perfectly.


Using a board on the top and bottom of the bowl I was able to flip it.

Now I added clay to the bottom of each woman. It is very soft so I'll do this again after it firms up.

I added clay to the sides.

Going through the opening I dug out a hole into the back of the head that is in the bowl. If there isn't a place for hot air to escape it will blow up. She would then lose the back of her head. You can see the hole in the bottom right opening.



Earlier in the week I had cleaned up a couple of these and had them dry out on funnels. These will be necklaces.

Once they had dried I sanded them

and carved my name and copy write on the back.


I removed the paper towel that had been wet and found that the patch had held together. I will glue this piece in with glaze and then the volcano will not leak.


The rim around the cannibal pot was wavy. I leveled it with my label remover. Sanding is slower and this has a sharp edge that is great for scrapping.


Now I loaded the top layer in the kiln. Some pieces could still hold some moisture so I did a ten hour preheat as Clayton recommended and then a 13 hour ramp fire. Today I'll see if anything exploded!


The hula girl bowl is now firm.

Here I added a longer strand of hair.

Here a lei.

Their hair will run past their shoulders to the bottom.

All three backs of the heads are in the bowl. Some will have the hands covered by her hair.


Sacramento Crawl mug #49 and #50. This ends the run, I will continue to pour more that I'll use as glaze tests and replacements if I break any. There are a few left for sale but until I decide the price no one is committed only on the list to hold one if they decide to take it.


Now I feel as if I've caught up. Time to clean up some mugs. Let me know if you liked the photos. Cheers, Wendy
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Posted: 2013-06-21 10:41 am   Permalink

Wendy, that bowl with the three maidens is awesome!! Great idea to have them embedded in the sides of the bowl. Gives it a new and original look. Love the fact that you have personalized each lady so they aren't all exactly the same.

I'm still guessing as to what you may be putting on the outside of the volcano.

Glad to hear that Dan is well and all the checkups came back negative. WOOHOO!!

- Dale
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Posted: 2013-06-21 4:34 pm   Permalink

A healthy Dan-O is a happy Wendy




 
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Posted: 2013-06-21 5:19 pm   Permalink

Glad to hear Dan is "hot" and ready to go!

Great Hula Girl bowl, love the "one-toed feet" it sits on
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Posted: 2013-06-21 10:56 pm   Permalink

You guys are adorable.

Glad you're okay, Dan-o.


 
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Posted: 2013-06-22 1:49 pm   Permalink

Love what you've done with the 'damaged' ladies. They are just another challenge for your awesome creativity.

A number of years ago, I had the same test done that Dan just had. They told me that I was only radioactive for like 2 weeks. And contrary to what my children were looking forward to, I did NOT glow in the dark! lol

Can't wait to see what's next on the Wendy & Dan Show!

~kele


 
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My routine is mixed up. Now I'm posting in the evening rather than the morning.

littlegiles thank you three times! The day of the volcano is near.

hang10tiki Dan says thank you to all those who sent well wishes, he appreciated them.

MadDogMike now that got a good laugh from Dan.

Hale Tiki we like being called adorable. Are you getting any photos or videos of Hukilau?

WaikikianMoeKele you may not have glowed in the dark but you would have made a Geiger counter tick.
I hope you had a good report like Dan.

I can't "bare" to lose a good woman cast. Thank you so much.


Progress Report

Dan and I needed an energy boost. So we went to Chevy's. We had a coupon. Spend $30 and get $10 off. Well we were one dollar short so we had to order desert. It was their Coconut/Candied Pecans/Carmel Cajeta ice cream desert. I swear and so does Dan that it is the best desert we have ever had in our whole lives. I would like to live on these but it would be a short life.


Even though we cast this bowl the surfaces are not smooth. So I use wooden tools and scrape the sides and bottom.



This will show where there are dips that need clay added.

I just add clay and smooth it. When the bowl is dry it will also be sanded but this way the sides and bottom stay thicker.


We have finally gotten the number for the run of 50 poured and now I'm casting some for glaze tests.
Rain is due here on Monday so the molds will be under the porch roof and carried through the house.


I opened the kiln and checked. No problems.


The piece I made as a patch didn't crack and hopefully will work fine.


Bottom shelf too. Now I've fired 30 of the crawl mugs.

I scrubbed everything that was in the kiln. Inside with a sponge on a long stick and a fruit brush on the outside.

Trays are so valuable. We buy them in thrift stores and garage sales. I just noticed my cat was hanging out with me. It was 97 in the shade. I bet hang10tiki had it hotter.


The badge was really thick and I worried it would explode but it made it through.


I was working alone so I had to get out the dremmel to smooth a couple of areas on mugs that I'd missed when sanding.


I always dress up to use the dremmel.


Just a close up of some washed mugs.


Long view past my washing and rinse tubs.


Mahalo Tiki went to Grass Valley and while there he picked up the lamp with my moai sculpt. Roge does a great job. He's listed on Marketplace if anyone wants to order one of his lamps.


Well that's the Dan and Wendy show for tonight. Now I need some rest. Tomorrow I need to sand 24 mugs. Since the weigh around 4 pounds each it is a lot of lifting and holding. So far I've given out at 11. Tomorrow I'll go for a record just like the one the rain on Monday will break.

I hope you are all having a fun Saturday night, cheers, Wendy







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Posted: 2013-06-23 2:05 pm   Permalink

Classic




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Posted: 2013-06-23 4:50 pm   Permalink

Oh, man, you can't turn your back on Dan for a second, huh?



(Just kidding, Dan!)


 
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