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Tiki Central Forums Creating Tiki Other Crafts Wendy Cevola 2/11/16 Wish List #6 update. 31 - 60 Hot Tub Hula Girls being glazed.
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Wendy Cevola 2/11/16 Wish List #6 update. 31 - 60 Hot Tub Hula Girls being glazed.
danlovestikis
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Posts: 5935
Posted: 3 days ago; 09:17 am   Permalink

Wish List #6 continues and there's still so much to do. It's great to be so busy with fun projects.

comicbookhero asked for a Mr. Spock mug. This was a really fun Tiki Bob conversion. I used underglazes for this to prevent running. I always do the color first so I can wipe off any that gets on the white areas before glazing the face. Otherwise tiny specks you can't really see may show up at firing and spoil the face.





I even do the black eyes (cover coat under-glaze) and mouth before the white. I learned this through years of trial and error. After they are finished I then carefully paint the white Duncan cover coat on the face.


The blue is Duncan Concepts and so is the white used in the letters. This process takes a long time.


It's back and forth fixing the many letter edges to make sure they are sharp.


When the cover coat black and white are dry I apply the clear brilliance.


I'm happy with the back.


Into and out of the kiln this Spock is done and shipped!









Jen Tiki's bowl is finished and has been shipped. All the glaze skips have filled in with the second glazing firing run.


All the white spots are gone.


Doing a fourth layer worked really well.


On the bottom I carved With Thanks to Ken Ruzic. It was his original painting that showed this bowl and inspired Jen Tiki to have it made. Without his permission it wouldn't have happened.


Thank you Jen and Ken. Wendy

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lunavideogames
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Joined: May 09, 2012
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From: San Diego
Posted: 3 days ago; 11:19 am   Permalink

Both of those turned out great! It is so fun to watch your thread Wendy. You make so many one of a kind mugs and there is so much diversity between your projects. It is an adventure everytime I am on the internet.



 
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hang10tiki
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Joined: Jul 18, 2010
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Posted: 3 days ago; 4:42 pm   Permalink

What Treg said
U r awesome


 
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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2 days ago; 05:52 am   Permalink

lunavideogames thank you so much. It's all a lot of fun. I've been working through the Bob's headed towards some of the most challenging Wishes. Every time I glaze something it firms up in my mind how to do the next one. Glazing is always a challenge.

hang10tiki you guys rock!

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Wish List #6 continues...

I'm backing up a bit to show the kiln loads.

Filled the bottom level.


After it fired.



Filling the top level.


After it fired.



These were extra Tiki Bob's I did along the way. The purple has sold.
The tall Safari Bob would be $85 but his nose ran a bit so he is also $75, the shorter Maori Mosaic is $75 plus shipping.


Backsides.


Howard Dinits of Maui ordered this Eat Drink and Be Merry Lanai mug altered at the bottom.
The glazing didn't turn out at well as I had hoped so I'll give it another run through. He
went to this restaurant with his parents.






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This Wish is based on the logo for a new business owned by Barbara Lawrence.

I'm not sure that the glazing on this mug worked. Her logo is bright. She mentioned sparkles so I used a glitter glaze (you can't tell by the photos) but they are darker than I thought they would be.


Three coats of glaze.


I used the top picture for this mug and for a second project that is a wall plaque.


After the base coat dried I wiped the glaze off of the stars and used a silver sparkle glaze.


I used a fine brush for the hair but doing 3 layers made the strands too thick. I did the body in white but missed shading it.


I also did a few colored stars.


Here it is after firing.


I took it outside into the sun to see if the glitter would show in the photo. Nope.


I found an edge that needs attention when I re-glaze this mug.


Backing up to the glazing of the backside.


I tried for wavy.


Three layers of each and it still came out blotchy.


I will post this on fb for her but I don't think I achieved the right effect. I don't always get it right.

Thank you for the visit. Cheers, Wendy

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danlovestikis
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Posted: Yesterday; 07:41 am   Permalink

the first people to sign up for Wish List #6 were those who missed the first Hot Tub Hula Girls. I decided that I would get going now on numbers 31 - 60 so I could make 30 more wishes come true.

They have been waiting under wraps.


We made a trip to Alpha Fired Arts to buy many jars of glaze.


The first step was to fill each coconut to the top with water. I count to five and pour it into the next coconut topping it off. If I don't saturate the inside with water it will grab 1/2 a jar of glaze adhering it to the sides. Adding water first has the glaze adhere in just the right amount.


Now I get out the rest of my supplies. A pitcher and two vases from a thrift store that can hold an overturned HTHG mug.


I fill up the coconut. It takes more than the pint jar of glaze. I let it sit for 15 seconds.


Next I overturn it and pour out the excess into the pitcher and leaving it upside down I put it into one of the vases to continue dripping.


I haven't found a better way to do this so the clean up of this first step is a huge job.


6 down 24 to go.


Every so often I slowly refill the jars from the pitcher. After most of the fluid glaze pours out the crystals are left in the pitcher. I use my hand to divide and scrap them into each jar. Then I shake each jar vigorously before pouring into the next mug.


Important: you can't wash your hands in the sink because these crystals will clog your drain. I forgot to take a photo of the large bowl in the sink that I use to wash my hands. At the end of this process I save all the crystals that accumulated on the bottom and add them back into the glaze jars.


When I made the last batch I found that cleaning off the glaze runs gave me muscle knots in my back from old injuries. So my right hand man will do them for me if I bribe him well. This part of the cleaning project took two days. He does the outside runs leaving the breasts for me.


Here is Dan's bribe for the first day. They are salt and pepper shakers.


Here's a bottom sticker. Look what an interesting phone number! The one plug is missing and the second plug is inside.


I had this lamp saved for his anniversary present but the fact that he worked for two days straight so I could get so far ahead meant a lot so he got it early.


I found it on eBay and it came from Portland, Oregon.


The fun part was he had bought this lampshade in Portland 2 years ago when we went to Tiki Kon. Now he had a perfect lamp to use it on.


It is now in his tiki jungle room.


The skull necklace hanging on it was a gift from Swizzle.


Everywhere we look is a tiki with a story. What a joyful hobby, cheers, Wendy





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JenTiki
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Posted: Yesterday; 10:44 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2016-02-11 07:41, danlovestikis wrote:
I haven't found a better way to do this so the clean up of this first step is a huge job.


6 down 24 to go.




I don't really know anything about glazing ceramics, so this might be a silly suggestion, but ... would it be possible to dip the mug upside down in wax, just up to the edge of the coconut, and maybe rub the edge of the coconut with beeswax before pouring in the glaze for the inside? I would think that would create a resist to keep the glaze from sticking to the waxed parts. Then you could fire it once with just the inside glazed, the wax would burn off, then glaze the rest and fire again. Would that even work? Just a thought.


 
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swizzle
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Joined: Jun 03, 2007
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From: Melbourne,Australia
Posted: Yesterday; 5:32 pm   Permalink

Hi Wendy,

I have to say that the Diamond Head mug came out amazing. That looks really, really good. So does JenTiki's Ken Ruzic bowl.

That's a great lampshade that Dan used on the lamp and it looks even better with my pendant hanging on it.

Now as for the HTHG mugs, having to clean up the outsides of the overpour is the same thing i had/have to deal with on my Bob'O'Nuts. Having the Hula Girls on the inside adds a lot more work for you, or Dan, as the case may be. While JenTiki's suggestion is one option you could try, what i'm thinking is, you could wrap the girls tightly with plastic wrap (I believe you guys call it saran wrap) and tape it down so that no glaze can run up under it when you pour it out, and then after you've removed it you can paint by hand back up to be level with the bowl.

Maybe give that a try with just one and see how it goes. Unfortunately, by the very nature of the design you have a lot of extra work per mug regardless of how you go about it. It's just a matter of finding what works the best and takes the least amount of time.


 
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