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Wendy Cevola 6/17/18 hang10tiki in Tahit and my 4th,5th and 6th O2 out Diver's helmets in progress.
Hamo
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Posted: 2018-02-07 10:20 pm   Permalink

A dehumidifier is an interesting thought. Since I live high in the mountains, I have the opposite problem, but that does remind me of the dehumidifier my grandma would use in her Iowa basement. No clay down there, just lots of teddy bears she’d sewn herself. And the deep freezer.

I also seem to remember the dehumidifier having multiple settings, so maybe one set to low wouldn’t dry out the clay too much, especially if everything’s still covered with plastic. But I’d hate for MY Wish to crack during experimentation....

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Posted: 2018-02-07 10:26 pm   Permalink

Oh, look; with my last post you reached 9000 replies:



 
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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2018-02-08 08:16 am   Permalink

Prikli Pear I've never heard of such a thinn and it's interesting.During this time I have had some minor cracking that is repairable with Magic Mend. So actually going really slow with these pieces has been a good idea. I am just now leaving them outside of the plastic for half a day rather than an hour or two at a time. So they are drying well now. We also have had a winter of 72 degrees from Global Warming. We should be freezing and raining right now in Northern California but instead it is like the best of summer temperatures. Thank you for this information.

Hamo I like reading these stories.

Hamo thank you so much for the photo. I can't take a photo that is as good as yours. I appreciate it.


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Wish List #8 the Black Velvet for Stephen Seaton continues with the first tiki. The plants will now wait until the end to be finished.

Again I use the photos as a guide. Doing a tiki of my own would be much faster. Copying is harder because it doesn't take much to get off track and black velvet doesn't forgive errors.

First I did the top cone.


Next the head and


making sure that it looks like there is a top to the head and rounded down.


More and more layers applied.


Even with the photo it's back and forth seeing if I got the eyes in the right place. Maybe a little off.


Time to leave him for now. I'll go back with shading later.


Thank you for your messages they are very much appreciated. Wendy
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Posted: 2018-02-09 08:13 am   Permalink

Wish List #8 Tiki number two for Stephen Seaton's Black Velvet painting.


Our neighbors cat Scottie came by to check out how the painting was progressing.


I got the photo ready as my helper.


I started with the center of the eyes and


worked outward.


I did work on the nose and mouth and


then I did the decorative detail.


I took down the photo and started fine tuning the


grey filling it in.


After many layers it was time to stop. Flash photo.


No flash and


at a distance.


I've just caught a cold so I don't know how fast I will do the last tiki, sky and fine tuning. A little at a time. Wendy
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Prikli Pear
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Posted: 2018-02-09 09:15 am   Permalink

Hamo, that's kind of why we got it in the first place--we had much of our things in storage for the better part of a year in a semi-basement that had humidity issues (long story). I got the dehumidifier from Lowe's for around $150 and ran it 24/7 in there to protect against mold, etc. It worked. The water catch basin (2-3 gallon capacity) has a screw plug, so I ran tubing from that to an existing drain and ran it full blast, continuously.

We were initially reluctant to buy it, because 1) that was a lot of money for us and 2) we thought we'd have no use for it thereafter. In the ensuing years, my children managed to flood the upstairs bathroom in our previous house ("It's raining in the garage!"), The Wife flooded our current bathroom when she forgot she was running a bath, an unforeseen leak erupted under the kitchen sink, and our garage flooded two years ago during an insane downpour (11 inches in under an hour). In each of those cases, that dehumidifier has been put to serious work. It's more than paid for itself, I'd say.

And yes, it's got an analog dial where it can be adjusted. Modern models allow you to digitally adjust the humidity levels, but usually when we need it, we need it a full power. A dehumidifier might be too aggressive for drying clay. Unless Northern California moves more toward a Seattle-like climate, it might be overkill. But it's really made my refurbishing of the old redwood boards go much more smoothly, and I also run it when I bring in fresh-cut bamboo to accelerate the drying process. I don't think I'd ever specifically buy one for those purposes, but since we already have one, it gets the usage.

And the black velvet tikis look fantastic, Wendy. I have a hard time envisioning how to work in a sky with what you've already got, so I'll be eagerly watching what you come up with.


 
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Posted: 2018-02-09 5:25 pm   Permalink

Another amazing painting W

 
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danlovestikis
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Prikli Pear having never owned one of those machines this was interesting reading. As far as the sky goes for the BV it will be stars and a moon with clouds as per his request. It should go OK. I had to turn down his request for a hut, too much and I can't experiment. I would need to practice first.

hang10tiki thank you so much. Your latest carving is certainly a difficult project. You pulled it off perfectly.

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Wish List #8 the Black Velvet for Stephen Seaton continues very slowly with my cold.

It's time to block into place all the parts of tiki number 3 with the first layer of paint.


I did the eyes and nose. Every part will look flat until other layers are added. The nose barely shows.


It was bound to happen. I made a mistake in placement. The orange dots almost touch the bottom of the nose. If these were elsewhere it would be a bigger problem.


Quickly I used a sharp edge to remove as much paint as possible.


Later on I will be able to cover this with the tiki grey wood. I was lucky. In the past I would at this point try to wash it off with a wet brush. I found that it makes the problem larger. Even when blotting it with a cloth and water I had a worse mess.


Using the photo as guide I placed a small dot where each will go.


Then I went back and enlarged each dot.


Wish you all a wonderful weekend. Wendy







 
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Posted: 2018-02-10 9:16 pm   Permalink

Hope you’re recovering from your cold. If it’s slowed you down, it doesn’t show.

 
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Posted: 2018-02-10 11:22 pm   Permalink

Your screw-ups look better than my successes, Wendy. That third tiki is looking mighty fine despite the misstep. Your talent is boundless!

 
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Posted: 2018-02-11 09:20 am   Permalink

Hamo I was behind posting so while I rested I did catch up photos. I'm back to painting just as I was running out. I still have a sore throat that is hanging on, no fair because I'm not a smoker, and a bad cough, no fair I'm not a smoker! The photos today are the last I've done so I have to paint today to keep them coming.

Prikli Pear oh no, with comments like yours how can I ever retire from art! My ego would shrink to nothing.


Thank you both for a shot in the arm towards health and happiness. (Dan is doing a great job of caring for me too)


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Wish List #8 these photos of the Black Velvet painting for Stephen Seaton will catch me up to where I left off last night. It is not finished.


I have now blocked in the "bib" with the first layer of orange.


Now it was time to finish off the first layer of grey.


Now Tiki #3 (the first in line) has one layer completed. When dry it is time for the next one.


One the left the "bib" has two the right has one layer of paint.


Once the orange dried it was time to start on the second layer of grey on the rest of the body.


Two layers completed.


Time to start on layer number three.


Top to bottom three or more layers have been done. I also added a bamboo stick behind the middle tiki to add depth.


This last image shows where I have added more coats of grey and then blue shading. It helps make the nose even better 3D.


There are still more things to add before this painting is complete. Thank you for watching, Wendy



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Posted: 2018-02-11 7:58 pm   Permalink

Holy unbelievable
Daaaaaaang
Awesome


 
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Posted: 2018-02-11 9:09 pm   Permalink

Can I say these look better than the actual tikis at Disney? Because these look better than the actual tikis at Disney!


 
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hang10tiki and Prikli Pear you both made my day very happy. I am smiling at both of you. I appreciate every time someone sends me a message to encourage me to continue on. Thank you.

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Wish List #8 the Black Velvet for Stephen Seaton is now ready for his inspection. I will post on fb next and see what he says.

Here are the "maybe" last steps.

Stephen requested a moon. There is no way that I can free hand a circle. At a garage sale I found some templates and this was the first time I needed one of them. I used painter tape to hold it in place.


I also pressed it against the velvet so that none of my bush hairs could work behind it.


After I removed the template I put the painting into whatever angle worked best for painting the moon. Free floating!


I added detail to the moon and then some stars.


Next I added leaves to all of the bamboo.


I think I am done.





I touched up the frame with some matching paint


and here is how it looks.


Do you all think it looks done or does it need tweaking? Wendy
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Posted: 2018-02-12 10:25 am   Permalink

Wow
Looks great
You should ask CY to print this on shirts
I’m just sayin..,

I buy a couple


 
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Posted: 2018-02-12 12:00 pm   Permalink

That is SO AWESOME!!

 
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