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  • Decatur, GA
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Preparing cactus pads for embellishment
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I have acquired some cactus pad and would like to know how to prepare them for use on a gourd. Anyone know the technique? Or where I might learn about the methods involved?Thanks.Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Kathleen Ann Wertz Apr 24, 2015.

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Helen Child commented on Hellen Martin's photo

Loving Western 1B

"Lots of beautiful detail. A really lovely piece."
Helen Child commented on Brenda Jamison's photo


"Looks good Brenda."
Nov 19
Helen Child commented on Arturo J. Ramirez's photo


"Nice touch with the carving."
Nov 15
Helen Child commented on Arturo J. Ramirez's photo


"Beautiful. Your work has always inspired me. I hope to see you at Wuertz next year."
Nov 15
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"This would have to be one of my favorites of yours."
Nov 15
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Helen Child commented on Mary Lou Carey's photo

OSKD 1601

"I agree Bonnie. I was carving in the early 1990s but didn't keep up the development the way you have. I picked it up seriously when I retired. Things have certainly changed and this nice piece is testimony to the evolution."
Nov 8
Helen Child replied to Sandy Johnston's discussion Mosaic Gourds
"I've used egg shells and some little tiles from Michaels. My guess is if your tiles (glass) fell off I would question the glue you used to hold them on the gourd. Slow drying glues make it hard to create a mosaic on a round vertical surface. I…"
Nov 5
Helen Child replied to Sonja Wainwright's discussion Carving
"To smooth the waving surface (moguls) left from rough carving and sanding, I use files. Mine range in size from the standard half round 'bastard' file you get at the hardware store to small riffler types. For medium to small area I like…"
Nov 5
Helen Child commented on Mary Lou Carey's photo

OSKD 1601

"Seal the gourd with a clear acrylic and then you can stain it without it being to dark. I recommend ink dyes or acrylic paints."
Nov 2
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Carved Pansy Basket

"Thanks again for the nice comments. It was an experiment with a small, kind of thick, gourd. It came out pretty well. My problem is finding thick gourds."
Oct 31
Denyse Honeycutt Frothinger commented on Helen Child's photo

Carved Pansy Basket

"WoW...so small and what a long time this must of taken to finish. Very Nice. And all the time hoping the next cut will not mess the whole thing up....Way to go...Keep up the great Gourd Art. Thanks for sharing.DF"
Oct 20
xuhaoran left a comment for Helen Child
"very good "
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Dogwood Blossoms

"Great work!! Are the dogwood blossoms relief carved? They look so real!!!"
Oct 16
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Miniature Pansy Basket

"Brenda, it just takes time."
Oct 5

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At 12:28am on October 20, 2016, xuhaoran said…

very good

At 3:39pm on November 26, 2015, massimo leotardi said…

Hi Helen

Just wanted to make sure you saw my answer on my FB page



At 9:21am on April 4, 2015, Cynthia Russell said…

Thank you Helen, I will look on FB and see if I can get my answer there.

At 8:58am on November 30, 2014, Arturo J. Ramirez said…

Thanks for the comment Helen. Hope to meet you at Wuertz 15!!

At 6:07pm on November 28, 2014, Arturo J. Ramirez said…

Hey hey Helen, Thank you for the many compliments you have sent my way !! I will be teaching indoors at Wuertz 15, and would love to meet such a talented and gifted gourder! Hope to see you there!!! Arturo

At 5:22am on October 28, 2014, Arturo J. Ramirez said…

Thanks for the comment Helen. your latest posts are REALLY unique. the worty scary guy is just perfect!!! Keep up the great work, I always look forward to seeing your new pieces. A

At 8:28pm on March 22, 2014, Arturo J. Ramirez said…

Hello Helen, sorry I missed your TXT this after noon. Thank you for the nice comments. I also admire your work. I really like the natural and the painted flower gourds. They both jump off the picture!! I am sure they are stunning pieces in person!!

At 12:23pm on February 27, 2013, Elaine Sutherland said…

I like all of your gourds, nice carving....

At 5:08am on October 31, 2012, Bonnie Adams said…


Here's the link, Helen. It's a cost effective solution anyone can build as opposed to the high cost collection systems on the market. If you're on a budget it helps. It can be built for approximately $32. All the dust and odor stays in the bag and and only gets on your hands and carving tool. One of my students built one and added a plexiglass sheet in the top for even better viewing. 

At 4:01pm on October 30, 2012, Bonnie Adams said…

Hi, Helen, Sorry, I was gone most of the day. What can I help you with?


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