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    Being back whittling... trying some Tiki-figurines (after the patterns of L. Irish) and now I have a question to the finishing... are these coloured?? And if... what kind of colours. I looked in the www but could not find any (serious) information about colouring. Thanks for helping. (Photos of the Tiki will follow when completely finished. Greetings, Yolande

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    Since Tiki gods are products of human imagination, the finish of the figurines is also limited only by your imagination. Seriously, I think it is a matter of the wood used. If the wood is very plain, like basswood, it calls for striking colors to highlight striking facial features. If the wood is highly figured (burls, waves, knots), it should be finished to emphasize the wood.

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    • #3
      Your post got me reading about the mythology of Tiki was surprised by how many variations there were.

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      • #4
        I think something along a Teak-like stain. Here's one example (it's sold all over...) https://www.homedepot.com/b/Paint-Ex...vZbbbmZ1z13ghm

        Claude
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        • #5
          I've just been watching ( it finished 10 minutes ago ) a TV program on one of our PSB type channels ,about New Caledonia in which was featured at one point a Canuck woman carver who only makes Tiki and other "protective" carvings .All of hers are left unpainted , after the carving she just gives them a light sanding if needed, no colour other than the natural wood. When my wife wakes up later today ( it is 02.00 am here ) I'll ask her if the Tikis on the other French Polynesian Islands are painted or not, she spent some time on the islands. She has some Vietnamese and Polynesian ancestry mixed in with her Breton genes. Whether Tikis have any colour added may well depend on which island(s) out of the thousands in Polynesia / Micronesia you are taking your influences from . Then there is Hawaii etc.

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          • #6
            Thanks all for the Information. I will carve a few and after that, I will look at them and 'hear what they say to me'.

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            • #7
              OK, I asked.. Tiki ( apparently the plural is also Tiki, despite it being a name https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiki ) are not painted ( the Maori "retouching the painted tattoo" in the picture on that wikipedia page is retouching what would normally be relief carved "tattoos", but as that is a "model village" maybe they painted the "exhibits" à la some Disney Tiki, and some Tiki in "Tiki bars"..what my wife refers to as quote "white people's , idea of Tiki"...kind of like "Hawaiian shirts" ..end quote. She's never seen a pale coloured Tiki, so if your wood is not naturally dark ( and won't quickly age to dark ) , best go with Claude's suggestion and dye. You can get crystals made from lignin , or ready made dyes based on it, which will give you a range of "darks" depending on how many coats you apply.You'll need to apply a polyurethane varnish over them, or oil.
              Last edited by MikeW; 08-04-2022, 06:06 PM. Reason: speeling

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              • #8
                Tiki.jpgHmmm...food for thought?
                Arthur

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