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wendy cevola 5/24/16 Sacramento Crawl mug. Step by steps for making the mold. Sign up for a mug $85
danlovestikis
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Posted: 2 days ago; 08:57 am   Permalink

hang10tiki oh no. That's just too horrible to do to a friend. I remember the movie The Fly. I can honestly say this picture makes me shudder!

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SACRAMENTO CRAWL MUG more step by steps.


I decided it was time to do the bottom. I am making 60 crawl mugs with another few glaze tests/artist proofs but I will not destroy the mold until I have used it 100 times. That way I can alter it for Wishes. Example: change the bar name, town, alter the tiki. So this year instead of just saying it I put /100 on the bottom.


Next I added another strip of bamboo to the side of the tiki. This photo doesn't have the bamboo finished.


I decided to do some "pineapple" texture around the tiki and lettering. Now I'm committed to glazing this inside area in yellow.


I added more clay to the top and then I will add a bamboo strip.


Tiki area is now done.


The Tropics area is now done.


Here's the completed side.


Next I went to work on the top. I made enough pieces for the entire way around.


Next I started to add them from the top down.


I used my wood tool to smooth and to shape them.


The top will NOT look like this. I have plans. After I cast these I will cut and hand form the clay into the shape I want it to be.


One more large side to go...the pineapple side.

Cheers, Wendy






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hang10tiki
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Posted: 2 days ago; 6:48 pm   Permalink

This is a great step by step Wendy
Awesome


Just noticed
Almost 500 pages of sweetness



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danlovestikis
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Posted: Yesterday; 09:30 am   Permalink

hang10tiki looks like we all have written a book. I get messages from those who have read it and are working on their first mugs. My goal achieved but I'm not ready to stop. I have so much more to share.

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SACRAMENTO CRAWL MUG 2016 THE SCULPTING FINISHES WITH THESE PHOTOS.

Now it was time to start on the pineapple's surface.


I did all the lines in one direction using a piece of paper.


The I turned the paper and went back in the other direction.


Done.



Using this tool I started to work to bring in the side of each square.






Next I filled them in with more clay and then smoothed it into a mound.


Now I added more clay and


shaped it.





The last clay is added and shaped.





I also turn my sculpts upside down to finish them off.


I make sure there are no areas where plaster can run in and lock when making the mold. I added texture to each area.


I hope you think it looks like a pineapple from the backside.



Here are all the sides completed. The top will greatly change once it is cast and I re-work it.
























This is many days worth of work. My hands wouldn't tolerate working this hard clay for more than a couple of hours a day.

It was great to get to this place and to know I can make the mold. That's going to be next.

I guess you can see why I start in January to get the crawl mug finished by October.

Cheers, Wendy




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Moai Mike
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Posted: Yesterday; 11:54 am   Permalink

Aloha, Wendy! I just to make sure I am on the list to get one of those beautiful crawl mugs! I thought I sent a message but I can't find the list to see if I am on it or not. Looking forward to seeing you and Dan at TO. We got a room at the Crown Plaza!

 
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Posted: Yesterday; 4:06 pm   Permalink

Wow
Amazing detail
Awesome

Did I say wow


 
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MaukaHale
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Posted: Yesterday; 9:30 pm   Permalink

Wendy,

You really made it work this time, that pineapple mug is another amazing piece of art.

I finally found time to read your magazine from the guess the number of pictures contest.




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danlovestikis
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Posted: Today; 09:12 am   Permalink


Moai Mike thank you for calling that to my attention. You were on the paper list just after Tikitastic. I have now placed you in the proper spot right after his name.

hang10tiki I love that reaction. That was one crazy hard sculpt.

MaukaHale that's a wonderful photo. I've studied the room. Where are you?

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Back later.

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Posted: Today; 10:22 am   Permalink

Thank you, Wendy!

 
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Posted: Today; 10:41 am   Permalink

Amazing detail on that mug Wendy! Great job!

 
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Quote:

On 2016-05-24 09:12, danlovestikis wrote:

MaukaHale that's a wonderful photo. I've studied the room. Where are you?




Its my home tiki bar - "The Aloha Theater and Tiki Bar,"

http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=42941&forum=20&178

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MaukaHale I'm glad to be reminded. I forget to check those home bar threads. I know hang10tiki has one and so does lunavideogames. It's been awhile since I ran about looking at so much fun stuff TC has to offer.

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SACRAMENTO CRAWL MUG IS READY TO MOLD.


It's a job just to set up the garage with all the supplies it takes to make a mold.


I measure the mug so that I can choose the right size pieces of wood for the box.


Dan and I assemble the box.


First I made a 2 inch thick bottom using soft plastic blocks I bought at ToysRUs. They can even be cut with a serrated bread knife. Then I measure to make sure I can pour 2 inches above the mug using this box.



Dan makes snakes for sealing the joints.


If I can't find the pieces I need I start cutting some to fit.


Next I start putting blocks in place around the tiki and at the top and bottom. These are areas that will not be part of the first mold slab.


I cut pieces of clay into slabs that are around 2/3rd's of an inch and start laying them out on top of the blocks and I press them into place.


Since I don't want clay to fill in any of the texture on the pineapple side I protect the sculpt with plastic wrap.


Then I cover the wrap with clay right up to the mug.


Close up.


Once this is done and all the snakes are in place to make the box sealed I press in dips/locks. Those will keep the mold pieces from shifting.


One last step is to take a wet paper towel and to smooth all the snakes and along the mug. This makes all the seals tight.



Now that the prep is done It's time to mix the plaster. PUT ON A FACE MASK AND WEAR IT THE REST OF THE DAY. THE AIR WILL FILL WITH INVISABLE PLATER DUST THAT WILL GO INTO YOUR LUNGS AND TURN HARD. YOU DO NOT WANT EVEN A SPECK INSIDE OF YOU. I figure out how much volume it will need just by looking. I fill a bucket and then place the plaster next to the bucket. I scoop it in and Dan mixes. 2 of plaster to 1 of water.


Every so often I have him stop so I can dip in my hand to see it it's right. This is too thin so I add more plaster.


I love to watch


the mug disappear


under the plaster.


Last drop.


Every time me mix everything has to be cleaned so that there isn't hardened plaster adhering to each tool or bucket.


When the piece is hard I carve in the words to identify it.


All this for the first slab. Cheers, Wendy








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