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#1 of 25 OFFLINE   Ron-P

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Posted July 12 2007 - 07:47 AM

A couple of months back my brother gave me this...

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A $4 plastic shell Tiki mask for my B-day as a joke (my backyard is all tropical). It's been laying around and it finally dawned on me to try and fill it with concrete to make a soild mask I could set in the yard.

A couple of days ago I bought an 80lb bag of Quickset mortar mix for $6. So far I've made two masks. The first pic below is the mortar mask and the second one is the finished / painted mask I just did today. I will spary on a clear coat to protect it and then start setting them up in the yard.

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Now all I need to do is find a few more plastic Tiki masks that are different and make some other kinds, just not sure where to get them. My brother got this one at Party City but it's the only kind they have.
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#2 of 25 OFFLINE   Lucia Duran

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Posted July 12 2007 - 07:50 AM

That is awesome! It turned out really nice.
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#3 of 25 OFFLINE   Jay H

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Posted July 12 2007 - 07:55 AM

Is there a resemblance to you? You know what they say about pets and their owners/masters? :-)

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#4 of 25 OFFLINE   Ron-P

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Posted July 12 2007 - 08:51 AM

Thanks Lucia.

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#5 of 25 OFFLINE   Dennis Nicholls

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Posted July 12 2007 - 09:42 AM

Hmm....interesting example of copyright infringement.
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#6 of 25 OFFLINE   Ron-P

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Posted July 12 2007 - 10:23 AM

Not selling it, it's for personal use only so there's no difference than copying pages from a book for personal use or copying a song off a CD to my iPod. Enlighten me if I am wrong.
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#7 of 25 OFFLINE   Lucia Duran

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Posted July 12 2007 - 11:00 AM

Ron: Since you are not selling it, and it is for personal use only you are fine.
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Posted July 12 2007 - 03:12 PM

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Hmm....interesting example of copyright infringement.

Dennis probably meant the photo of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle.

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#9 of 25 OFFLINE   Ron-P

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Posted July 12 2007 - 07:10 PM

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I'm laughing now but when this guy grows up in about 15 years he'll be nearing 3' in diameter and up to 200 lbs. Yeah, he'll be able to kick my ass.
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#10 of 25 OFFLINE   Edwin-S

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Posted July 13 2007 - 02:33 AM

Ah! So that's what one looks like after a marathon viewing of the 10 worst movies of all time.

BTW, nice job on the masks; although, I think the painted one could have had more variation in color like the original model contained.
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#11 of 25 OFFLINE   Ron-P

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Posted July 13 2007 - 04:17 AM

I thought about that Edwin but decided to be a bit more mellow with the colors. A bit easier on the eyes.
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#12 of 25 OFFLINE   Johnny Angell

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Posted July 13 2007 - 04:58 AM

Ron, did you do anything to get the concrete to release from the mold without damaging the mold?
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#13 of 25 OFFLINE   Ron-P

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Posted July 13 2007 - 06:42 AM

Yes sir, I coated the inside of the mold with Pam cooking spray. The mold basically fell off, it worked great.
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Posted July 13 2007 - 07:41 AM

So, you just spray the inside of the mask, dump in the mix, and then maybe level off the back with a trowel? How do you situate the mask while the concrete hardens?

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Posted July 13 2007 - 09:00 AM

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Yes sir, I coated the inside of the mold with Pam cooking spray. The mold basically fell off, it worked great.
And then you baked it in the oven at 350 degrees for 11 minutes?Posted Image But seriously, I never would have guessed Pam.
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Posted July 13 2007 - 10:27 AM

Did you use the garlic flavored Pam?

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Posted July 13 2007 - 03:53 PM

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#18 of 25 OFFLINE   Chad Isaacs

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Posted July 14 2007 - 05:52 AM

Ron, that's pretty cool, I have had some ideas like that for our yard but they had to dig it up to lay new sewer line and they won't come fix the yard.

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#19 of 25 OFFLINE   Ron-P

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Posted July 14 2007 - 05:55 AM

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So, you just spray the inside of the mask, dump in the mix, and then maybe level off the back with a trowel? How do you situate the mask while the concrete hardens?
I set the mask in my planter which has a lot of landscape bark which help support it, but, it really didn't need much, it held up just fine on it's own.


No garlic flavor Jay, don't need the animals nibbling on my TIKI!


As for baking Johnny, I went the organic route, I used.....






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Posted July 17 2007 - 09:00 AM

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Now all I need to do is find a few more plastic Tiki masks that are different and make some other kinds, just not sure where to get them.

Party supply stores. They always have a tropical/luau section.

Nice job, btw. I've been kicking around the idea of doing something in concrete.. like a birdbath or garden sculpture. I wonder if I could make a naked statue of myself urinating into a birdbath like a cherub...hmmm.


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