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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

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Leslie Hargrove replied to Helen Child's discussion Preparing cactus pads for embellishment
"I have dried cactus fiber that I purchased and now want to use it on a gourd.  How long do I need to soak it to make it pliable to use?  Do I need to use anything besides just water? Thank you!"
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Helen Child commented on Joyce Campbell's photo
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"These three singers are wonderful. Great movement and song…."
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Helen Child commented on Marjorie Wilhelm's photo
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"Nice eggs. Beautiful little designs. I like the colors too."
Mar 17
Helen Child commented on Dona M Nelson's photo
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"I like the way the blue highlights make the design pop."
Mar 17
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"This is a gorgeous piece. The medallion (?) the bird, the ivy, it all is beautiful."
Mar 17
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"REally nice wood burning. This is a really well done gourd. Do you sell your work?"
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The Hawk and sparrow 11

"Very handsome design. Nice craftsmanship."
Mar 17
Helen Child commented on Arturo J. Ramirez's photo
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"Again, wonderful colors and design. Does the design come from NA culture?"
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Ancient Mask 232

"WOW. Wonderful colors and use of turquoise (my fav). The design, the whole thing is great!"
Mar 17
Helen Child commented on Nancy J Overmyer's photo
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"This is a really nice use of different materials. Nice design. I like the gourd feathers too."
Mar 17
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"Very nice. I like the design."
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Helen Child commented on Jodi Defisher's photo
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Rooster Boy

"I like this chicken. He/she has a lot of character."
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Four Leaves

"I like this. Creative and unusual."
Mar 17
Mary Marchant replied to Helen Child's discussion Preparing cactus pads for embellishment
"Bonnie - do you have a tutorial on what to do with the spidery inside once you get to it?  I found some dead prickly pair pads with the spidery membrane already there for the taking.  But it is hard and dirty.   What do I do from…"
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"Beautiful"
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River Otters

"I saw this at Wuertz.  Its a wonderful piece, even more so in person."
Mar 4

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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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