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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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Helen Child commented on KatrinaBoyd's photo
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Wonderful sea life..

"Creative. Nice mermaid for sure. You portrayed her very well with a minimum of lines. "
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Helen Child commented on Darla Hines's photo
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Gourd haul!

"Great looking gourds. Are any particularly thick say greater than an inch?"
Jun 25
Helen Child commented on Darla Hines's photo
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Another look:-)

"These look like some nice big gourds. Did you grow them? Where do you live?"
Jun 25
Helen Child commented on Katie Smith Galvin's photo
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Freds Fish

"For the man cave? Nice painting."
Jun 23
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2015 june apple witch gourd4

"Great Halloween gourd."
Jun 23
Helen Child commented on Jim Martin's photo
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The gourds, they are agrowing.

"Great idea for watering. I've tried burying water bottles but I think this is a better idea. Good luck with your growing."
Jun 15
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SteamPunk?

"A Gourd Head? :-) "
Jun 15
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"I like the design and at the colors. Nice work."
Jun 15
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Aspens in Autumn

"Really nice. Your mimicking the tree bark is impressive. Overall design is very pleasing, not over done. Natural colors are just right."
Jun 10
Helen Child commented on Jack Thorp's photo
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"Marvelous cutting. This shows exceptional skill."
Jun 10
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"I like the design and colors on this one. Very nice craftsmanship. Very careful cutting! Did you use a filler on the inside part of the gourd that shows or it is sanded? The smooth effect is beautiful."
Jun 10
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"Great ghosts!"
Jun 4
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Filigree

"Lots of very careful work. Impressive."
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"Very creative. Congrats on the ribbon too. "
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"Very nice."
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"Unique piece. Colors and designs work very well together."
Jun 4

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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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