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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, 2015.

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Judy Gorrell commented on Helen Child's photo

Lily bowl

"This is soooo gorgeous."
Helen Child commented on Jim Martin's photo

Interesting Cheese

"Are those deep fissures cracks in the gourd? Or just the dirt and skin of the gourd?"
Jan 27
Helen Child commented on Jan Hammond's photo


"Good job on the pyrography."
Jan 18
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Squirrell Family

"Great squirrels. "
Jan 16
Helen Child commented on Sharon Trandem's photo


"Well done. This is a beaut!"
Jan 16
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Realistic gourd fish - Coalecanth

"Looks like a Coelacanth. Cool choice."
Jan 16
Helen Child commented on massimo leotardi's photo


"I saw this apple gourd on Facebook. Its quite spectacular."
Jan 16
Helen Child commented on Kay Lovingood's photo


"This is a cheerful bowl. I like it."
Jan 16
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"Nice job. I like everything about it. I'd love a side view to get a better look at the figures, snakes etc. Is that actual writing or just designs? "
Jan 16
Helen Child replied to Bonnie Adams's discussion Does your Sharpie Marker Bleed when finishes are applied?
"Thanks Bonnie for taking the time to do this and documenting your results. I appreciate your work."
Dec 19, 2015
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Norma Owens - GAE Dec '15 Challenge

"Very cute snowman with a different twist."
Dec 18, 2015
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Native design

"Nice NA designs."
Dec 18, 2015
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Shaman Pots

"Cute figures. Very ancient look. The stones are a good touch too."
Dec 18, 2015
Helen Child commented on Penny King's photo

volcano Gourd dried

"I like this one too. Great tropical design with rich colors."
Dec 18, 2015
Helen Child commented on Penny King's photo

green floral long neck gourd

"I love this one. The colors and design. Really comes together just right!"
Dec 18, 2015

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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?

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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