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pinokeeo
07-20-2012, 08:12 PM
Since I prefer to do my painting with a woodburner, and there isn't a specific place to put this type of art, I thought I'd fudge a little and put it here.

This is my second gourd bowl, ever. The first one I added pine needles around the top. This one I also added a single feather.

Angela
07-21-2012, 01:43 PM
That is really neat!

yummy mummy
07-22-2012, 10:21 AM
Nice!

downrightart
07-29-2012, 09:16 AM
Love the Derby cars! And I also like the gourd bowl Keeo!

I've done absolutely nothing in two months!

jenny07love
07-30-2012, 10:02 AM
Really good work!

gma2rjc
07-30-2012, 10:09 AM
That's so cool! Do you have to dry it out before decorating it?

pinokeeo
07-30-2012, 04:04 PM
The gourds typically have to dry for a year before they can be used. However, I bought these, so they are already dried. I did have to clean them out and in some cases, wash the mold off the outside of them. I also have to scrape them out on the inside to make them smooth.

pinokeeo
08-03-2012, 11:13 PM
My bowl won a blue ribbon at the fair!!! I'm so pumped right now.

And I got a commission to make another one.

gma2rjc
08-04-2012, 10:04 AM
:thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: Awesome pinokeeo!! Congratulations!

downrightart
08-04-2012, 06:47 PM
Great news Keeo! :D

So, you don't put any kind of varnish on them?

pinokeeo
08-04-2012, 10:38 PM
I used varnish on the first bowl that I did, but I wanted this one to look primitive.

And I want to experiment with a beeswax finish on another one. I'm hoping that it will come out like car wax with the high gloss buffed look.

downrightart
08-05-2012, 08:07 AM
Beeswax. I imagine that is what they used back then. Do you make your own beeswax Keeo?

Angela
08-05-2012, 02:41 PM
My bowl won a blue ribbon at the fair!!! I'm so pumped right now.

And I got a commission to make another one.


That is AWESOME!!!!!!!! Congratulations! :clap:

MelanieT
08-05-2012, 09:27 PM
So cool, Keeo! Have you tried drying them out for yourself? If so how do you keep it from decomposing while it dries? Also, I imagine these would be awesome potpourri containers.

pinokeeo
08-05-2012, 11:18 PM
Beeswax. I imagine that is what they used back then. Do you make your own beeswax Keeo?

Actually the bees make the beeswax.:laughing: J/K

You can buy beeswax varnish. It's like a paste wax that you rub on to get a satin finish, but I want to polish it to a high gloss.

You can also make a good beeswax varnish with boiled linseed oil, beeswax and turpentine in equal parts. Since I'm not fond of working with turpentine, I'll probably make something with beeswax and linseed oil. I only need to make a small amount for my experiment.

As for drying gourds, if you poke a pinhole in the gourd to allow the moisture to escape, they have a better chance of drying without breaking down. You can do this with a handheld drill and a 1/16th inch bit. Just put the hole somewhere where it won't matter. If you intend to use the gourds for bowls, putting the hole near the stem is a good plan.

If you want to use them for potpourri, you can find small gourds for almost nothing at a farmer's market in the fall. You will have to dry them, though.