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tikiskip
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Posted: 2016-01-13 6:02 pm   Permalink

Lookin good Swizzman!

 
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TikiAno
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Posted: 2016-01-13 7:49 pm   Permalink

Awesome work!

 
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swizzle
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Posted: 2016-01-17 7:49 pm   Permalink

Thank you Wendy, although Australia might think otherwise.

Thanks Joe. Because i started buying baskets when i first decided to try my hand at making lamps, the routed tops and bottoms were what i came up with as the way to attach everything. I'm happy with how they turn out and am trying to come up with my own style and not copy anybody else, at least not too directly. Your lights look great also.

Cheers MDM. I can be creative if i want to, i just need to not be so lazy.

Thank you hiltiki. About half of what fabric i have has come from eBay. I was very lucky to find that store and pick up something different.

Cheers Skipman.

Thanks TikiAno.

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Just a couple more lights to show at the moment. I have three in progress but it's been too hot to work outside at the moment.

In my previous post i said that i planned to cover the third frame i had ready with the red fabric that was pictured, but after laying it out and having a look at it, the quality of the print was not very good (the screens weren't registered properly when they printed it so everything is outside the lines) so i went with the purple instead.

Here's both sides of the same light and the bottom.




It's probably been a couple of years since i first decided i wanted to have a go at making lights and i was buying basket type things to utilise in my lights from thriftstores, long before i actually got around to making my first light/lamp, and the following one pictured is one of the very first i bought. A few weeks ago by chance i happened to find another one exactly the same so as the bases on these were going to be the same size i made both at the same time. I've only posted a photo of one of them from front on as they both identical, save an extra washer being added to the lid on one, and a pic of each base. I'm going to keep the one with the cowrie shells for myself and TRY to sell the other one.




More soon.

Cheers
swiz








 
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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2016-01-18 08:34 am   Permalink


Your lamps are so cool especially love the bottoms! Wendy


 
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hiltiki
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Posted: 2016-01-18 10:10 am   Permalink


Swiz, nice clean finish.


 
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LoriLovesTiki
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Posted: 2016-01-20 3:37 pm   Permalink

Great work, as always!

 
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swizzle
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Posted: 2016-01-29 11:18 pm   Permalink

Thank you Wendy. I enjoy routing the bottoms of the lamps but it really tests me trying to come up with different patterns that i haven't already done, although there are some that i really like and are easy to draw up so i there will always be some that are the same.

Thank you hiltiki and Lori. I appreciate your comments.

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I have a few more lamps i've finished to show you but before i get to them here's a couple of displays i made for my swizzle sticks. These pics were posted in another thread and i realised i hadn't posted them here in my own thread, so here they are for those that might have missed them. I have enough swizzle sticks left for at least one more of these, if not two, but when i get around to making the new ones they will be a different colour. I glued some placemats i found at the thrift store onto some foam core board and sewed the sticks on with fishing line. The bamboo frame is actually moulding i bought from a framing supplier a long time ago.




Now here are my most recent lamps i've finished. All of these lamps use cane/wicker basket type things that i found in thrift stores for the body. The last two pictured i tried a different way of attaching the fabric compared to how i have done it on all the cylinder shaped lamps i have made and i'm quite happy with the results. The idea still needs a little tweaking but overall i'm going to continue using this new method. Every lamp i make i learn something from which i take with me onto the next one and i know what works and what doesn't, or, it teaches me what not to do to get a better a result and make my life easier.







I'm quite happy with this particular lamp. I think the shape is quite unusual and not like anything i recall seeing before. And although the fabric is still washed out the pic, this lamp, and the next one especially, actually show up quite good in the photos when lit up.




And finally, this guy. I really love this light and will be keeping it for myself, unless someone wants to pay me big $$$ for it. I was really happy with how it turned out and had made that decision when i finished it. After i saw what it looks like lit up that confirmed it for me that this one is staying with me.




Well that's going to be it for a little while. I have a few bits and pieces for some other lamps laying around but it will be a while before anything else gets finished.

Thanks for looking.

Cheers
swiz
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Will carve
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Posted: 2016-01-30 06:03 am   Permalink

Those lamps look fun to make.
The combinations are endless.
Good job.


 
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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2016-01-30 3:14 pm   Permalink

You need to go to thrift stores. They are always full of baskets and fabric. I don't want you to stop this is way too much fun to watch. Wendy

 
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tikiskip
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Posted: 2016-03-04 11:06 am   Permalink

So anything new?
I know you are working on something.


 
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swizzle
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Posted: 2016-03-04 5:11 pm   Permalink

Haha. I did actually start on a new light yesterday. I have a couple of ideas floating around in my head that i'm going to try on this new one. It's one that i'm making for myself to see how it goes first.

And unfortunately i still haven't had my kiln wired up yet (i'll be able to use a friends in the meantime) but i do have a new sculpt ready, just waiting on the mold.
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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2016-03-17 08:22 am   Permalink

Time for an update on your latest projects. Wendy

 
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swizzle
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Posted: 2016-03-19 6:55 pm   Permalink

Thanks Will. Although i like making the cylinder style because it's pretty straight forward and i'm very happy with the results i get, i am trying to make as many different styles/types as i can. My new one pictured below is something i tried a few new things on.

I go to a lot of thrift stores Wendy but the ones we have here are tiny compared to the Savers and Goodwill stores you guys have over there. Fabric is not something i've ever thought about looking for (i have enough at the moment anyway) but i am always looking out for baskets, however it's not that often i find something that i think i can use for a light.

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So Tikiskip and Wendy, here's the most recent piece i've finished.

Back before i made my first light i bought a couple of packets of bamboo stakes from the hardware store. They come in a pack of 20 and are just used to stick in the ground and tie plants to but i figured i'd be able to use them in some lights somehow. I finally figured out a way and the result is below.
It was very tedious cutting all the pieces down to length and then burning all the nodes but i'm pretty happy with the results, although i don't think i'll make many more like this as was very time consuming.

The other thing i tried on this light which is something i haven't done before is incorporate some shells into it. On previous pieces i have added a few cowrie shells but this is a little different. Those cowrie shells came from necklaces i bought from thrift stores and the way they were made was one cowrie shell to about ten or so little shells so i have a whole bag of them.
What i came up with was gluing the shells into the patterns i carve into the wood with the router. Because it was my first go at this (like using the bamboo) i've made the light for myself and added my fictional tiki bars name onto it, just to see how it would go and i'm pretty happy with it, although i might have to carve the grooves a little deeper on future pieces just so that the shells sit down a little lower.

So here's a couple of pics.


The one on the left was taken at night with the flash on when the light was actually alight. You can just see the fabric behind the bamboo and can notice that it looks purple, which it is, compared to the pic on the right where it looks more pink.
Out of all of the pieces i've made so far, this one gives out the least amount of light but i'm really happy with how it looks. I still wish i could get a better picture of them when they are on.

And below is a pic of the lamp during the day and also the base with the shells.


I have a heap of the bamboo left so i will be making another light like this one but i have no idea when.
And i have been working on a new mug design which is nearly ready to start pouring so the next time i post it will be to show that.

Cheers
swiz


 
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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2016-03-19 8:09 pm   Permalink

Cool, that looks wonderful. Wendy

 
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swizzle
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Posted: 2016-04-11 7:09 pm   Permalink

Thanks Wendy. I have another in progress using the same technique with the bamboo as the one above. That should be finished soon.

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Well it's been a long time in the making but i've finally got around to making a new mug.

When i was in the U.S. last year this
thread got a bump and instantly i fell in love with one of the carvings that Sven had posted and thought that it would make a great mug. But because of the shape of the original carving i had to change the proportions of it to make it more practical. There was no way i was going to make something that tall and skinny to drink from. What i did was print out the picture to the size (height) i wanted it and then with a ruler ran lines across from each point on the carving and then redrew the image wider but kept all the marker points in the position they belonged.

Here's the pic of the original carving i used alongside my master carving which i carved out of a block of hardwood i just bought from the hardware store.


Here's my carving showing the different sides.


And here are the first few castings of "Bombardier Ellistay".



The reason why i called him that is because in the thread with the link above, there seems to be no clear consensus on who actually carved the original, Andres Bumatay or his apprentice, Richard M. Ellis, so i decided a combination of both their names would be the way to go. The 'Bombardier' part i'm sure i have explained somewhere in my thread before.

Now unforunately there won't be very many of this mug made for two reasons.
1.) The mold did not work out as well as i had hoped so a lot of detail was lost which needs to be re-carved for each mug, which is very time consuming. And 2.) I've had a huge set back with the kiln. Basically the entire mains/circuit board to the house needs to be replaced in order to be able to have enough power to be able to run the kiln along with everything else in the house, and that is going to cost over $2,000, money i simply do not have.

I am able to use a friends kiln (he bisque fired all the stuff in this post for me) but that has its drawbacks. First, he doesn't live that close so i don't want to be constantly running back and forth and then second, transporting glazed bisque is a real nuisance, because even though the pieces will be wrapped up, any movement can cause the glaze to rub off which then means it needs to be brought back home again, touched up, and then transported back which leads to the possibilty of the problem happening all over again. It's so much easier being able to glaze a piece and then literally be able to put it straight into the kiln ready to fire.

The moai on the pieces below are another new sculpt of mine which had been sitting around for a while also. I had a couple of molds made of it when i had the mold made for my new mug above. I made it specifically to attach as 'feet' to the various bowls i have made before.

Here are four of them attached to my 'Brigardier VF1' bowl.


And here are three attached to a 'Lance Corporal Stoney' bowl. This will also have a volcano added to the centre, however i am a little concerned whether or not this piece will survive the glaze firing as i've already had an issue with one of the moai falling off. We'll see.


So it will still be a few weeks until these are finished as i have not only all those pictured to glaze but also a handful of some of my older designs. (It is much easier, and better management of time and kiln space, to pour several pieces at once as opposed to just one mug at a time. Also, if i'm going to be driving back and forth to my friends place picking stuff up, i may as well make each trip even more worth while by dropping off more stuff at the same time).

So there ya go. It's been long time in the making, and although it's still not completely finished, i thought i'd post some pics of where i'm at right now. That's it until i get some glazing done.

Cheers
swiz

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