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clay extruder
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Has anyone tried the Makin's professional clay extruder with es or air dry clay?Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dani Montoya Feb 21, 2013.

ornament display
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Any unique ideas on how to display ornaments at fairs?Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mary Marotta Feb 6, 2013.

paint on finishes
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We live in FL and the humidity can really ruin a spray finish.  My husband thinks that there must be some sort of paint on finish that we can use.  Before we try a bunch of stuff and ruin gourds, I…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by June Johnson Sep 22, 2012.

silk dye
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I had found a site on line that offered silk dye kits for gourds but get no response to emails.  Has anyone got  a line on any kits?Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by June Johnson Jul 19, 2012.

 

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Gourds speak to me and tell me what they want to become. When I realized the potential of this endless pallet, my business, The Gourd Goddess was born and I was soon joined by my husband. We now create our work together.

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At 1:33am on January 8, 2014, Susan Varner said…

Hi June! You probably don't even remember by now, but I posted a photo of a "piggy bank" gourd back in September and you asked how I get the money out? SO sorry to be so lame in my delay replying - I haven't visited GAE site for way too long! But anyway... I cut a hole in the gourd where the snout is... the "nose" is a piece of tree branch with a button attached, it just pulls out to release the coins. :) I've been saving pennies in it for ages and have never emptied it yet - but the pig is telling me it's time - every penny I drop in pushes the snout further and further out lol!

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At 2:49pm on April 17, 2013, Susan Cowan said…

Hi June! Carrageenan is most likely the "size"...and if you aren't mixing up gallons of it it is reasonable...about $40.00 per lb, but to fill a large deep vat, it can get used up rather quickly.  I haven't found a good substitute, and what I get through Marble Arts is always reliable!  Good luck! and thanks for friending me...I will accept if I can figure out how, ha, ha! Susie

At 9:04am on April 17, 2013, Susan Cowan said…

Hi June,

What a great site this Gourd Enthusiasts is!  Regarding the marbling:  I get all my Marbling Supplies from Galen Berry Marble Arts, he's online.  Great guy, he'll ship everything you need to get started marbling and has a very good little self published book explaining how to marble very clearly.  For marbling the gourds, I clean them really well with bleach water and those silver scrunchy scrub balls and a green scratchy pad.  When dry, within 24 hours of marbling I mix up a strong solution of Alum (from Galen's stock) and water (2 Tsp. per cup rather than the usual 1 tsp I use for paper)  and paint each gourd a couple of times with alum solution.  When dry, I bag them to keep the alum potent for up to 24 hours before I am ready to marble them. (You must not leave them out exposed to air once dry and it's best to marble the alummed gourds within 24 hours.)  For marbling I get as good a handle on the gourd as possible and roll the gourd on top of the patterned marble surface until all sections have been printed.  You then carefully rinse them with clear water and set out to dry.  They can then be embellished, and I usually finish with a coat of clear shellac. Gourds with deep areas between stem and body or deeply creviced bottle gourds can be a problem if your marbling tray is too shallow and the problem with really deep marbling trays is that it takes a ton of carrageenan to fill them and that gets expensive rather quickly. Most gourds can be done in a typical marbling tray filled about 2 inches deep with the carrageenan soulution. Really large gourds do require a fairly large tray so you get a good run at rolling them.  My large tray is an old photo try and is about 40 inches long.  Good luck and have fun if you give it a try...let me know!  Thanks, Susie

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At 10:10pm on February 14, 2013, Phyllis Sickles said…

June, the ferns came from a cracked gourd plus a few pieces left over from other projects.

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At 12:37pm on January 4, 2013, Lynn Horine said…

Love your baskets!  Simple yet elegant.  The use of a touch of "bling" makes them come to life.  I can even smell the ocean in a few of your gourds!

At 7:21pm on October 19, 2012, Rhonda Kesner said…

I'll keep my fingers crossed for you. Good luck on the show. Let me know how it goes. I'm pretty sure I used the 6000E glue, but the Apoxe Sculpt should work great. 

Rhonda

 
 
 

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