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About Tikiguy

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  • Birthday 12/15/1968

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    Mesa, Arizona
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    Sculpting, Carving, Sketching
  1. I have been very conscientious of non-toxic materials. I use only dinnerware safe products. Although, I would love some more education on health guidelines for ceramic drinkware for restaurants if you know where to look. 1/3 the price seems like a good idea. that would allow me to keep some money and allow them to resell the items if they choose.
  2. I have been approached to create a new tiki-style Volcano Bowl for a local tiki bar/restaurant. I have been pricing my mugs appropriately for art shows and festivals, but I don't know what the difference would be for pricing something for a restaurant client. They only want 20 per year, maybe more for other locations. The bowl would be 64oz. Do I sell to them as I would for the art show (retail) or do I sell to them differently at a reduced rate? Mahalo, Alex
  3. For the last year all of the mugs I've made, no matter how long they've been around for, make a strange pinging sound. It sounds like someone taping on them with a small metal object. almost like some hitting a chime. We thought it was just long term cooling, but these have been around for 6 months. My kids say it's a ghost tapping on the glasses. You'll be sitting next to the mugs and you'll hear a small soft, "ping....", "Ting....", "Ting, Ting...." Sometimes it sounds like a song when there's a bunch of mugs on the table. Is this just ceramic chemistry or do I need Ghost Adventures??? -Alex
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    Cone 6 Slip ?

    I would love to get the sandy speckled look of a cone 6 clay in my slip casting. is there a good receipe for a speckled buff slip for cone 6 firing out there that costs less than buying the bland stuff at my ceramics store? Thank you!
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    Repairing Cracked Bisque

    How many of these mugs did you cast the first time? None of the others had any sign of a crack? Just curios. I made about 14 mugs. All but the one came out of bisquing just fine.
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    Repairing Cracked Bisque

    I was afraid to lose the cup, but it sounds like a lot more work than just slip casting another one. I am going to use it for glaze testing as suggested, I did that with other broken pieces. This one was just so slight I thought I'd ask if it was worth saving. Thank you
  7. I just did my first bisque firing. Everything but one item came out great. one cup came out with a hairline crack in the bottom corner, from under and up the side , about a quarter inch on both edges and is all the way through to the inside. Is there a way I repair the hairline crack in bisque or it the cup a total loss?
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    drawer / cabinet pulls

    This is the original sculpture for the pulls. I just finished prepping it for making a mold. when finished it'll have a short bamboo tube that carries it to the cabinet door. Sorry... I shot the photo with my Ipod, a little fuzzy. Thank you all for your help.
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    drawer / cabinet pulls

    All of these ideas are such a HUGE help..... Thank you all. If these are ^6, how much shrinkage should be expected?
  10. I am inheriting my grandmother's Cress FX23P kiln w/ a kiln sitter. Has any one ever used this model or have some experiences with this kiln?
  11. I was asked to make a friend some drawer pulls and cabinet handles. How do I embed the machine screws into the piece so the screw doesn't crack the handle as it dries?
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    Thank you both for your replies. After justanassembler's reply I went to work researching a bit deeper into that video. I turns out this man is a special effects artists who uses what's called "TexClay". It is an Earthen clay mixed with a special wax to help in casting from silicone and latex molds and doing build-ups. It is a special formula for effects guys, not pottery. It would just melt like animation clay if fired. Thank you for your posts and help. I have been studying slip casting, and learning how to make the plaster molds, I am just more familiar with silicone form my past miniature work. I have fairly detailed sculptures for my mugs so I was looking for a way to make detailed molds. So I guess my next step is to learn about "multi-piece" plaster mold making. If anyone has some good references I'd appreciate a list of how-to's. Wish me luck and Thank you.
  13. I am new to ceramics. I have been teaching myself how to create and cast and glaze. So I am researching different methods of casting my mugs. I saw a special effects artist cast clay from a crockpot and laddle it into a latex or silicone mold he took from a life casting. Would the cast clay that's been melted down and cast this way be good for making mugs? I am carving my mugs and then I want to make detailed molds, silicone or latex would be optimal for detail. I am looking for lots of different methods to learn in my new hobby. Thank you

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