"I also have had a couple that didn't sound good and as Bonnie said to do, I heat shrunk them a little more. What I found was that although it seemed tight and was tight around the edges, it was a little soft ( it would move a little) around the…"
"Hi Suzy, I really like Jo Sonja's liquid varnish same as Gourdmaster gourd varnish and get it from Nedra Dennison. I think her website is: sawdust connections. I also like the spray varnish Deft. You can buy that at most hardware stores and I…"
"I use a light shade of ink dye. You can wipe some off with formula 49 if too dark or add more if too light. Remember that when you seal with varnish, wax, etc. the color will look richer than it does after you heat set it."
"It works great. My husband zip tied the nozzle of the washer to a ladder and wears heavy rubber gloves with gipping, holds them over a wheelbarrow and turns them while holding in front of the nozzle. He has others soaking in the…"
"I order some from Wuertz gourd farm in AZ. They are good gourds and they often have specials with free shipping. The only negative is that they have a lot of skin on them and can be hard to clean. My husband uses a pressure washer & solved that…"
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I am a gourdaholic! I love working on gourds and spend much of my time in my studio creating gourd art. I love learning new techniques and have just started doing some carving.
I do a few shows and sell my gourds in a local gallery.
I hope to enter a doll I'm working on now but won't decide until she's near finished. I'm sending my Buddha to Gourdstock with Sylvia. There are a few people taking large vehicles so they can transport gourds from No. Ca.
Thank you for your comment. From the looks of your gourds you do not need my help in the coloring dept !!LOL I really like the green in the dragon fly gourd. Care to share?) I've used the leather dye and wax when I first got into gourd work 15 yrs ago or more? The gourds I did then have all faded, alot.! I now use Faber-Castell, Pitt artist pens, and Zig Memory pencils and the newer ink dyes from welborn which are in the Memories (scrap booking stuff) has lots of options for colors. I am also trying some stuff called radiant Rain