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Tiki Central Forums Creating Tiki Other Crafts Wendy Cevola 7/31/14 Alien Astronaut...the swap painting is finshed.
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Wendy Cevola 7/31/14 Alien Astronaut...the swap painting is finshed.
MadDogMike
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Posted: 3 days ago; 1:04 pm   Permalink

Fire! Fire! Fire!
You're on fire Wendy! Those mugs looks GREAT!


 
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Professor G
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Posted: 3 days ago; 4:53 pm   Permalink

I actually caught myself holding my breath as you inspected the big, new, murderously difficult-looking batch of mugs. That's good drama, Wendy, and beautiful work.

 
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LoriLovesTiki
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Posted: 2 days ago; 11:29 am   Permalink

Those mugs continue to amaze!


 
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TikiAno
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Posted: 2 days ago; 11:35 am   Permalink

Uh oh, Dan's been framed!




Wow, great reveals all around- Hula's custom piece looks awesome, the bowl as well. The kickstarter collection looks fantastic- another firing with clear? Wow. (Curious why you didn't put a clear coat on top of the underglaze and fire at once? Hmmm...)

I agree with what Henrik (and others) have said- there SO much detail in the glazing of these pieces, I truly hope the recipients appreciate how much work went into these. It continues to astound me- wow...

Glad the tile arrived in once piece, and the chocolate as well. It's the same stuff we use in our mochas, so glad Dan is using it for once of it's intended uses. You can also add it to milk and ice and blend it up as our "Not So Hot Chocolate" shakes- good for those hot days up by you!

Loved seeing your work (and others) in Tiki Pop (I just received my copy). Thanks for all!



 
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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2 days ago; 3:00 pm   Permalink

MaukaHale after devoting so much time on each one of these I have a whole new appreciation of multicolored mugs.

hang10tiki Tiki Atari may go down in history for making the most elaborate design ever.

MadDogMike I really liked the photo and I'm looking forward to a hard copy. Do you amaze Teresa every day? You are so creative.

Professor G breath! I actually had to hold my breath when doing the glazing. Those little teeth were so hard.

LoriLovesTiki and there's so much more to do!

TikiAno another keeper for my PS file. Tiki Hula did a perfect job of glazing. I'll have to do it exactly the same for all the crawl mugs. He still needs to paint on the gold that I got from Mahalo Tiki.

I held off on the clear glaze in case there were errors or if the added L's popped off. Once the clear goes on it's impossible to fix most problems.

Our tiki buddies are showing us a good time. We've had a gift of CD's from hang10tiki and now your chocolate and wall hanging. This is a very fun month.

Thank you all for your messages.

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When I unload the kiln I first wash my hands until they feel oil free. I still have to add clear glaze and it will not stay put if there is dust or oil on the surface of the mug. After that I run my hands looking to see if any glaze pops off.


Unfortunatly two of the added L's came off. So 9 mugs kept them this time around. The L's still have to survive firing when the clear goes on. Finger's crossed.


I re-glazed with the background color and then added the L's in their color. I didn't make them quite as thick this time.


I had purchased a lot of the teal under-glaze so on 4 of the mugs I used it on the inside of the mug. After firing the first time I am now glazing the inside of the mugs with clear.


After I poured out the excess I sat them upside down in dishes to further drain.


Then I spun them to coat the top of the mugs.


Two more coats on the L's until they had a total of 4. Last time it was a total of 10.


For my special version of Tiki Atari's mug I did a night scene. I left parts of the mug in white bisque so that this last color of glaze would show up well. This glaze sparkles in silver specks.


I didn't want the hula girl to have these speckles so I did her in the regular clear glaze first.


The on the entire rest of the mug


I did three layers of the blue speckled glaze.


Next I let them dry overnight. That way I can put fingers into the inside of the mug to lift it off the spikes when I glaze them with an air brush. Now it was time to glaze all of the outsides of the mugs. Notice that the nipples are no longer white.


I sprayed each mug with four layers of clear.


That meant I had to lift them on and off the turn top 40 times. I didn't have to clear glaze the blue mug.


All done and ready to fire. I wanted to get started so I did a 10 hour pre-heat to remove the moisture and a 13.5 hour ramp. So almost 24 hours to fire these the best way possible.


Will the L's survive? I hope so. They are still firing as I type.

Cheers, Wendy








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lunavideogames
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Posted: 2 days ago; 4:35 pm   Permalink

Those mugs are looking really great! Thanks for the updates. I hope they survive.

 
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KrakenHunterSteve
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Posted: 2 days ago; 7:12 pm   Permalink

One of those mugs is mine, and if I had never read through this thread I would have probably just put it on the shelf thinking it was a pretty cool mug. I am absolutely amazed at the amount of work that has gone into it, and I have a new-found respect for the artists that create these pieces - especially those who love their work!

Thank you Wendy, and I can't wait to find out which one is mine!


 
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danlovestikis
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Posted: Yesterday; 10:18 am   Permalink

lunavideogames me too, thank you. The kiln is cooling. I'm not going to open it until the temperature outside is equal to or greater than the temperature inside the kiln. I'm giving the L's their best chance of survival.

KrakenHunterSteve it's really fun to meet you. I don't know any of the other recipients of these mugs. I hope you'll let us all know which one you get and if you are able to print a photo of where it will sit on your shelf.

These were the most complicated mugs to mold, clean and to glaze that I've ever worked on. I would say that part of that comes from the original being from a 3D printer rather than from a sculptor. It is a fantastic mug by Tiki Atari.

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Only one day left to finish the Alien Swap art. So while the kiln cools I'm painting.
Here's the work from yesterday.

My Alien Astronaut likes to bring home a few souvenirs from his travels.


Close up of Mr. Bali Hai.


He also visited Easter Island.


My trick to get the proportions right is to print the photo in the right size and cut out the image to be used.


I used a silver pen to outline the Moai.


Now it's ready to paint.


Now it's time to spend the day painting so it can go into the frame from shipping to my Swap partner.

Cheers, Wendy

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tigertail777
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Posted: Today; 08:07 am   Permalink

Man those Gillman House mugs are looking spectacular.... what a lot of work!

Digging the painting for the swap... very cool. I may have to try your trick sometime of cutting out the picture to get the right proportions.

Sorry not been around much, I have been uber busy with client illustration work; the first I've done in a long time. I'll post what I can on my thread once I get to a breathing point.


 
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Posted: Today; 08:35 am   Permalink

Mr Bali-Hai necklace and a Moai too
Wow, this is spectacular......


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danlovestikis
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Posted: Today; 2:02 pm   Permalink

tigertail777 being kept busy by art work is such a joy. I'm happy whenever you are able to visit. Every part of those mugs will change with glazing and then we'll see. I'm glad my swap art is ready to ship. At least I accomplished that task.


hang10tiki glad you like it. Tomorrow we'll have fun waiting for the drawing.



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I'm ready to swap.


Added another souvenir from Earth.


Next step.


All done and framed. Dan choose the title of Alien Astronaut by Wendy Cevola c 2014


Watch the Swap thread to see all the submitted art and who trades with who. That should happen tomorrow or the next day.

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Posted: Today; 2:12 pm   Permalink

Fire it up!

 
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TikiHula
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Posted: Today; 4:42 pm   Permalink

The swap painting came out great - digging the moai!

And the kickstarter mugs are works of art. You put an amazing amount of time into each and every one. Looking forward to seeing them with clear glaze.
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