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Wendy Cevola 8/19/18 Wish List #8 SIX O2 Out Diver's Helmets are done.
hang10tiki
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Posted: 2017-12-07 7:39 pm   Permalink

That’s a loaded garage


 
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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2017-12-08 7:30 pm   Permalink

hang10tiki the whole house is tiki loaded.

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Mark and Debbie Whitehead sent Dan eleven Hawaiian shirts. So over the last couple of weeks I photographed Dan each time he wore one. Thank you both very much. Dan is very happy with his new wardrobe.











































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Posted: 2017-12-09 06:17 am   Permalink

I like the fashion statement Dan makes!


 
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Hamo
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Posted: 2017-12-09 07:27 am   Permalink

Looking good, Dan. I especially like that third shirt. Where’s the Magnum PI mustache?

Up to page 300. You’d just let Dan start to tikify the dining room. I see he’s really taken it over in the intervening years....


 
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Posted: 2017-12-09 1:41 pm   Permalink

Funny
When I read
“11 Shirts”

I could picture Dan-0 singing
“The 11 days of Christmas song”

With all the different shirts on


 
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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2017-12-11 07:56 am   Permalink


MaukaHale not as good as you in the crawl straw hat!

Hamo Dan's hair is staying brown but his sideburns, eyebrows and his mustache were turning white. So far he hasn't shaved off his eyebrows!
Thank you for looking at all the past pages. It's fun to get an update of your progress.

hang10tiki it would be fun if he could have modeled them all in one photo. It was a fun gift.


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A helpful hint:

Whenever I'm doing a project that could stick to my turn table I put down layers of plastic wrap as shown in this photo. It gets messed up and thrown out after a time or two.


Sometimes I just forget. I cleaned up this bowl and then left it right side up on the turn table overnight.
It stuck and was ruined.


When this happens I just cut up the project and use this "slip" clay for custom pieces.


Then the light bulb went off. Why did I waste time making a cover that got thrown out? So I got out a plastic table cloth and outlined every size of turn table I have.


I cut them out and now I have reusable covers that are perfect.


I can even lift projects off the turn table and onto the storage table without even pulling this loose because I made so many.


I wish I'd thought of this sooner. Cheers, Wendy

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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2017-12-11 09:44 am   Permalink

Great tip Wendy! I usually just use a sheet of 8 1/2 x 11 paper but this is better
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Posted: 2017-12-12 6:48 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2017-12-11 07:56, danlovestikis wrote:

Dan's hair is staying brown but his sideburns, eyebrows and his mustache were turning white.



Then it sounds like he’s looking more like “the most interesting man in the world“ every day.

Page 373: 2014 Sacramento Crawl, glazing Bobs, and you had a contest to guess the odometer number on your PT Cruiser.


 
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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2017-12-13 10:18 am   Permalink

MadDogMike ah, the best part of these is I clean them up between mugs and I think they will last for years.

Hamo Dan loves the most interesting man of the year when he was the older guy. Too bad they replaced him with a newer addition. I need to have another contest. I'd forgotten I'd done a few of those. You are way past the center now and catching up with my posts. I better work harder to put up more projects. Thank you for the update.

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The very first time using the new Moai mold.


First off let me say that this mold is not conventional. I originally made it for a one piece to cast a necklace or wall hanging Moai. I made it with the Moai kitty-corner. So now I have made the second piece and I have to deal with the weird opening.

If a mold leaks or needs help you can seal or build with clay. It sticks better if first you use a spray bottle and lightly wet the outside of the mold. I did that then I built these clay walls.


I don't like to come out and top off the slip so I like to use a funnel to hold extra so the mold can just draw from it.


You must have a good seal where the clay joins to the funnel or it will all leak out. So I just add water to clay to make it sticky and it works great.


Once done I full up the mold and funnel with slip.


After it has sat for 2 hours. Yes I like my casts to be thick and heavy Dan pours out the slip slowly making sure there is no glug which indicates suction. This will collapse the cast inside the mold.


After it started to drain to a trickle I pulled off the funnel and the clay holding it in place.


It looked good because it emptied well and none of the cast ripped off when I removed the funnel.


Now it is left upside down to continue draining for at least 8 hours of if I'm busy overnight.


Now it was time to open the mold. Did it work? Yes, I'm so happy. I cut off the bottom and rocked the cast back and forth a bit to loosen it and then I removed it.


One down.


I will need four to make the first bowl for Dan. I always pay him well for helping me out.


If you are thinking of working with clay let me tell you it is hard work and that is over powered by all the fun.

Cheers, Wendy

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Continuing on with the new Moai bowl. This first one is for Dan. It's payback for all his cleaning and heavy lifting. I really couldn't do all this work without his help.

I cast a bowl and cleaned it up.


I cleaned up all the mold lines and reduced the width of the ears by half.


I did four and now it is time to assemble the bowl.


I cut a hole so that I won't trap any air bubbles when I press the Moai into the wet clay.


The clay is very limp and sticky. Just how I like it. I wet the clay with slip not water.


Now it is in place.


I couldn't show it while taking a photo but I support the bowl with one hand while pressing the Moai into place with the other. Then I clean up any clay that squeezes out to the sides.


Top view of all four in place.


Front view.


Dan chose to have a woodgrain. So once it dries I will sand it and the fuzzy look will leave.


All done. See what the bowl is sitting on? I buy these hard placemats at thrift stores. They are easy to use.


I also buy lightweight plastic table clothes to cover the work for slow drying. This bowl will take a month or two to dry.


There are lots of ways to use this Moai. I have another project to show next. Happy Holidays, Wendy

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Posted: 2017-12-14 8:17 pm   Permalink

Nice to have seen the origin of the moai mold, and now see you complete it with the back. Up to page 390. One of Dan's shirts served as a painting inspiration for the aloha shirt swap.

 
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Wow, that's an impressive bowl. A month or two just to dry - I don't have that kind of patience!

I may be goofy, but when I saw the topic heading, I expected to see Dan modeling all 11 shirts at one time.


 
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hang10tiki
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Posted: 2017-12-15 05:59 am   Permalink

Holy cow
Never seen a 600 lb Moai Bowl
Dan-0, fill er up!!!

Question?
Will the new Moai work as a mug??

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Just a note to friends who make molds and do ceramic art. When I made the mold for this Moai I also had a few things to fire that were glazed. My kiln has an arrow-vent that circulates the hot air from the top of the kiln and out the bottom. This helps keep the firing temperatures uniform throughout the kiln. Anyway it occurred to me that I could use this hot air to dry the thickest piece of my new mold. I set it under the vent. I always use a slow ramp of 13.5 hours minimum so I really got a good start on drying this one piece.
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Hamo thank you. When you tell me the page I go back and look at where you left off. I saw where I had put one photo on twice saying the second was a close up which it wasn't. I need to go fix that soon. I'm having fun, thank you.

bamalamalu goofy is Dan's nick name for me. It would be fun to see him as a group but I don't photo-shop. I had to learn to be patient so that my art doesn't crack. Ceramics are so much slower than painting.


hang10tiki it is a large bowl. More like 400 pounds.


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Another Moai bowl. I cast four more from the new mold and cleaned them.


I didn't take enough photos but I'll tell you what I did. I cut a slot in the arm on one Moai and than put sticky clay on the arm of the next Moai. Then I pressed them together.


I did this so that all four Moai were connected at their arms. Then I clean off excess clay or added clay according to what was needed.


I turned them over and cleaned up the center.


Here you can see how the arms are connected.


I used the end of a paintbrush to make pits in the clay looking like porous lava.


One down three more to go.


By the second day I had the four done. Next up will be the bowl.


Happy TGIF. Wendy


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