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Gourd skin how yo soften
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How do you soften the skin of the gourd so it can be easily sanded?  Is sand paper used or is there so other tool that can be used?  Thank YouContinue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Donna Wiseman Feb 14.

cleaning out a closed gourd
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How do you clean out the inside of a gourd after you have filigreed a design into the gourd but have not cut the gourd open.  Any help would be appreciated. Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Debbie Wilson/Visions in Wood Mar 9.

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Debbie Wilson/Visions in Wood replied to Gary Waldele's discussion cleaning out a closed gourd
"I clean my gourd first before carving. I cut out the bottom for cleaning the inside then when it is clean I glue the bottom back in. If there is a little bit of a gap, I use Apoxy sculpt around the seem. After is dries, You can sand it smooth and…"
Mar 9
Linda Lantz replied to Gary Waldele's discussion cleaning out a closed gourd
"I have a good idea, but it is up to you if you can find someone to share the technique with you.  Since I haven't seen the gourd you are referring to, I can't really say, but you could take a hole saw, one to inches in diameter, your…"
Mar 9
Donna Wiseman replied to Gary Waldele's discussion Gourd skin how yo soften
"I have a bag of wet potting soil and bury the gourd in it and the next day take it out and wash it and use a metal scrubber or putty knife."
Feb 14
Arturo J. Ramirez replied to Gary Waldele's discussion Gourd skin how yo soften
"Gary, I fill a tub with water and use old towels to cover the gourds so they stay moist. I then take a scrubber that is used in commercial kitchens. it is thicker grade than the typical scrubber found in stores. I also use a knife to scrape the…"
Feb 1
Sandy Schneider replied to Gary Waldele's discussion Gourd skin how yo soften
"Gary, typically you do not sand a gourd.  You soak in warm water for a few minutes then use a scrubber to clean the mold off of it.  That will give you a nice surface for your art.  "
Jan 31
Gary Waldele posted a discussion

Gourd skin how yo soften

How do you soften the skin of the gourd so it can be easily sanded?  Is sand paper used or is there so other tool that can be used?  Thank YouSee More
Jan 31
Gary Waldele replied to Gary Waldele's discussion cleaning out a closed gourd
"Thank you the reply. From the sound of it there is no good or bad method. You do have some good ideas."
Jan 31
Gary Waldele posted a discussion

cleaning out a closed gourd

How do you clean out the inside of a gourd after you have filigreed a design into the gourd but have not cut the gourd open.  Any help would be appreciated. See More
Jan 28

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What is your interest in gourds? Please be specific - one word answers will not be accepted. We block all potential spammers. YOU MUST use both your first and last name on your profile or we will not approve your membership.
I have been carving on Ostrich Eggs sense 1992. They are becoming expensive and harder to find. It is time for a change. I am interested in relief carving and filigree. I have been working on a few gourds over this last 3 months and find them exciting to work on. I have a lot of questions and need help, hope to get good answers from all you experts out there in Gourd Land. Thank you for considering me.

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