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Helen Child
  • Decatur, GA
  • United States
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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.

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Kathe Stark commented on Helen Child's photo
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"Marvelous!  That's a lot of sanding.  Great job!"
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Helen Child commented on Helen Child's photo
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"Thanks Bonnie. I did indeed have many hours not only sanding but carving and filing too. It was a very time consuming work but considering how special the particular gourd was I wanted to do right by it. I am hoping I will find more gourd like this…"
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Bonnie Gibson commented on Helen Child's photo
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"NIce job!  It is fun to do this kind of carving when you get a nice thick gourd.  I'm sure you had hours of fun with the sanding. :)"
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Helen Child commented on Helen Child's photo
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"Thanks Barbara, Hellen and Darla!"
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Barbara Van Vleck commented on Helen Child's photo
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"I am amazed!  I have never seen such high relief carving. This is fabulous.  I wish I could see you actually working to see how you are able to get under each petal and leaf. "
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Barbara Van Vleck commented on Helen Child's photo
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"So very beautiful, it leaves me breathless!  Wow!"
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Helen Child commented on Helen Child's photo
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"Lee Jam I used a power carver, Exacto knife and many files. Sand paper to finish. Thanks for all the nice comments."
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Brenda Jamison commented on Helen Child's photo
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"Wonderful piece Helen!"
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Hellen Martin commented on Helen Child's photo
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"That is one thick gourd.  Excellent carving "
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Hellen Martin commented on Helen Child's photo
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"Nice Carving!!!!"
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Darla Hines commented on Helen Child's photo
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"WOW!"
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Darla Hines commented on Helen Child's photo
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"Super work!!!!!"
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Lee Jam commented on Helen Child's photo
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"Very beautiful.  Done by hand, power, or combo?  I just started reading Lora Ireland's "Relief Carving" and am doing the practice board on a gourd.  Love your gourd, Helen!! "
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"Lovely, outstanding carving!"
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"Did you separate and save the seeds?"
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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…

http://gourdartenthusiasts.ning.com/forum/topic/search?q=Carvin%27+Cage

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?

At 7:16am on October 8, 2011, Darlene Propp said…

Welcome,  Helen. We’re glad you’re here. There are many  activities and discussions in which you may want to participate.  Look around and join in.  Add some  photos of your own. And have fun!  The  GAE rules are located on the right side of the main page.   Darlene

 
 
 

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