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Wendy Cevola 12/11/18 More of our Wooden Tiki Collection has shipped.
Prikli Pear
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Posted: 2018-02-12 6:19 pm   Permalink

That is absolutely lovely. I wouldn't change a thing. The night sky works perfectly.

 
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Hamo
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Posted: 2018-02-12 9:20 pm   Permalink

That moon is magnificent. In your initial post about the project, you mentioned Stephen wanted “a moon with a wisp of a cloud.” I think it’s great right now, so I’ll be interested to see if he agrees or if he still wants a cloud.

 
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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2018-02-13 10:08 am   Permalink

hang10tiki I wonder if CY has ever done that with an artist. I think it would be fun to do that with him on a do as they are ordered bases. I couldn't order a whole bunch of sizes.

HopeChest Ah, thank you.

Prikli Pear I am listening to you.

Hamo I told him that I would risk messing it up. Clouds are soft and it's hard to make them that way without an air bush. So in the end he said add a few sparkles to the stars which I did.

Then I added one more bamboo stalk that I though helped to balance the sky. It is the skinniest stalk behind the center tikis head on the right.








Now it is time to box it up and to ship! Cheers, Wendy


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MaukaHale
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Posted: 2018-02-13 10:15 am   Permalink

Was that frame from a thrift shop?

Very nice!


 
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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2018-02-13 10:31 am   Permalink


MaukaHale yes if I can find a frame for $20 or less that works with Black Velvet I buy it and supply it with the painting. I've found a few great frames in Thrift stores.

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Along with the Wish List I always make the Sacramento Crawl mug. This year the idea was offered by Jeremy Sherlock. He asked if I would make a volcano. I've done them in bowls and free standing but never as a mug. This is the year and it's going to be HUGE.

Here is my volcano inspiration from Australia. Tall and skinny, perfect for a mug.


I looked at all my past sculpts and chose last years crawl mug to bury in clay. So the volcano will be larger than the mug from last time.


I use all kinds of tools to place the clay. It is too hard to do with thumbs and fingers.


I needed a lot of clay so I broke down my sculpt for the Maori Lamp and started adding pieces.


Little by little I build the volcano.


I found that this massage tool worked to pound in the clay.


A good texture.


The mug is slowly evolving while I think about what to do next.


Four side are roughed out.












I started this back in October right after the last crawl. I'm always working! Wendy


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hang10tiki
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Posted: 2018-02-13 8:33 pm   Permalink

Giant volcano time

 
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Hamo
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Posted: 2018-02-13 9:03 pm   Permalink

You were right about adding that extra bamboo; it really helps balance it out the scene. Another great velvet.

And another enormous Crawl mug. Dan doesn’t need a gym membership; he has your molds to keep him in shape. Do you also have to use that massage tool on him?


 
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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2018-02-14 09:43 am   Permalink

hang10tiki I will have to start shrinking them next year because they take up so much space!

Hamo I hope he likes the addition of the skinny bamboo. I shipped it and didn't tell him. It will be fun to see if he notices. Dan said to thank you for the suggestion.

Happy Valentines day everyone.

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More steps for the Sacramento Crawl mug 2018

We went to the state library to look through old phone books for tiki places. We started at 1912. I found my great grandfathers name in that book. He said he had one of the first 99 phones in Sacramento. The phone books prior to this date were for phone numbers of three states not a city. I think he told the truth.

We found this place and then looked and didn't find it mentioned here in Tiki Central. Does anyone have any information about this place to share? It didn't last long it wasn't in the next phone book.



We drove to the address and all we found was a foundation.


I started by cutting off the front of one side of the volcano. Using a carved and sanded chop stick I copied the style of the name.


Done.


I began to add clay to the front.


Not a door, similar, but more of a monument.


Next I copied the tiki from the phone book ad.


I put him on the front and then decided that he didn't look impressive enough.


So I chose a place on the side of the volcano and dug a hole and


pressed him into place. Historically he's there but the front needs to be better.



Now it's time to celebrate Valentine's with my sweetheart. Cheers, Wendy


 
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hang10tiki
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Posted: 2018-02-14 4:31 pm   Permalink

Hi
I couldn’t find any info on that place either
Like your lettering
Cheers

Jon


 
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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2018-02-15 08:19 am   Permalink

hang10tiki thank you for checking. It is a mystery place but great for the mug.

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Sacramento Crawl mug 2018. The photos I am posting now are months old. I've actually cast 55 mugs that I will be sharing.

hang10tiki just went to Oahu and one of his "Tiki Finds" was this mug. Such a shock for me. I'm so relieved that I didn't put trees around the bottom of my mug because I'd thought about doing that. I've never seen this mug in the past, does anyone know if it's vintage? The bottom makes it look like a new mug. Horrors!

Every piece of this mug has to be free of undercuts for molding. I keep this in mind as I attach the snakes of clay to the volcano.


I cleaned it up and did some minor decorations.


Close up.



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Back to my original mug for the crawl.

Wherever I add clay I have to attach it so that there are no undercuts or molding it will not work. The plaster breaks off if it is trapped.


I cleaned it up and added decorations around the raised part.


Close up.


At this point I was still thinking about what I would put in the center so I just moved on to fine tuning the surface.


I also thought about how is would look when the top was trimmed and that caused me to add more clay


and to form it and to add to the detail.


I also decided that this tiki was sticking out too far from the volcano's surface so


I added clay around him and then


did the detailing.



This just shows how things evolve over time. Cheers, Wendy


PS hang0tiki when I make next years mugs no vacation for you



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hang10tiki
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Posted: 2018-02-15 11:21 am   Permalink

Hi Wendy
Here’s the info on the mug I found from Ooga


This volcano shaped mug was made for the
Magic Of Polynesia show at the Waikiki Beachcomber.
Made from 1990-present

Cheers


No vacations during your next mug masterpiece
I’ll try


 
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Hamo
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Posted: 2018-02-15 9:50 pm   Permalink

Oh, Wendy, you have nothing to worry about; even in its early stages, your mug is far better quality and more artistic than that other Waikiki mug.

 
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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2018-02-16 3:27 pm   Permalink

hang10tiki that's a lot of years to have that mug in production and I've still only seen yours. Thank you for finding that out.

Hamo thank you that's so very nice to hear. Mine will at least be much larger. It's just a bummer that I thought my volcano would be the first with Waikiki on the front bottom. Oh well.

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Sacramento Crawl mug for 2018 more steps.

I wandered around the house looking for the tiki that would look good on the front of the volcano. I found it. Freddie Coester made this cast and gave it to us as a gift many years ago. I think it's impressive and it has a great feel. Thank you Freddie.


So first I cut out a piece of clay just the right size to fit in the arch.


Then I began to add clay.


I think it is now ready to put on the volcano.


Just right.


When I do the mold I can't let any plaster get behind the pieces so I'll have to seal this tiki in place.


I made little snakes and pressed them into place.


Then I begin to clean it all up.


Done and ready for more detail.


I wasn't looking straight on as I carved the side. It became slanted. This will not work for a mold that has to be pulled straight off.


Time to smooth it out and to start over. Cheers, Wendy




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PART FIVE: the finished sculpt for the Sacramento Crawl mug 2018. Jeremy Sherlock asked for a volcano. Dan and I located an old closed tiki restaurant the Waikiki to commemorate and I used Freddie Coester's tiki on the front. Here's the outcome. Next up will be how to mold this huge mug.




















Cheers, Wendy
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HopeChest
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Posted: 2018-02-17 11:19 am   Permalink

Your ability to faithfully reproduce fonts and wording - free hand, no stencil - never ceases to amaze me. I cannae draw two stick figures the same.

 
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