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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 17 hours ago.

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Kathleen Ann Wertz replied to Helen Child's discussion Preparing cactus pads for embellishment
"After reading all the comments I have to say that I'm glad that I took the easy way out and bought mine already dried from someone on Etsy.  They came all the way from Turkey of all places.  Not an easy product to work with in my…"
17 hours ago
Betty Powers replied to Helen Child's discussion Preparing cactus pads for embellishment
"Thanks Judy, I think I have the layers separated. I will try the boiling water to make the stiff ones pliable. "
18 hours ago
Judy Richie replied to Helen Child's discussion Preparing cactus pads for embellishment
"I've used both, Betty.  If you soak with boiling water, the stiff will lay "flat".  You can, also, separate the layers on most of the very thick ones and it may work better, plus it will give you more fiber to work with. "
19 hours ago
Betty Powers replied to Helen Child's discussion Preparing cactus pads for embellishment
"I have cactus fiber I have spent two days cleaning and now I need to know which fibers are best for inlaying on the gourd. Some fibers are delicate and almost like fine lace and others are a heavy texture and stiff. I know they must be wet to be…"
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"Nice work. I love your style!"
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"Great photograph but do you really cut your gourds in front of the computer?? "
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"Very skillful execution. Master craftsmanship. "
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"Very pretty."
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"Very creative Beth. Its much better in person."
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"Beautiful gourd and picture."
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"REally beautiful, subtle design."
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"Garden Fairy with gray hair? I can relate. :-)"
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"I like the way you used the beads. It really improves the coiling."
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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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