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We did it, Judy n I using the latest welburn marble technique put on a seminar for the lady's at the taxidermist show in phoenix n it turned out great. The kids decorated their gourdster cars n Popsicle bugs....it was fun n it turned out great
Hobby lobby, Michael's, and many of the glass studios have designs of glass already cut out and packaged, (like for stepping stones) so all you have to do is trace around the piece of glass and cut everything inside the line out of the gourd except about a 1/4 inch of the internal wall of the gourd you would use around the inside of the hole, as a shelf for the glass to rest on when you install the glass. Then fill with what ever, wood pudy, RTV, or maybe like my butterflies, gold leaf. Love itttt
If you Google glass bead making you will see a glass rod that is melted in the flame of a tourch. The glass rods are all different sizes and colors. I think Hobby Lobby has two of the sizes with twelve different colors each. The green color I used was about 1/3 of a rod of green I'll try to post another picture tomorrow with the other 3 colors I used. If you leave a bit of the rod on the inside of the gourd the color will be very strong as it peeks through the hole on the out side. The darker the lamp the brighter the color. The gourd was raw (no hard shell) with shoe dye. The pretty gold top was a shower drain cover. Let me know what you find at your store for glass rods the ones you saw were about $16. Can't wait to see what you come up with.
Hi Julie, I, see that you're in Mesa, also. We live in the Leisure World Community. Where do you live? I'm not doing much with gourds right now but hope to soon as my craft room if finished that my husand is building for me. Good to be your friend. Sally
Hi Julie - Sorry it took so long for me to respond; I'm currently organizing our April 9 Gourd Festival in Madison, WI so haven't been on this site in a bit. Anyway, what you're seeing in that gourd is the use of silk dyes. You can purchase the dyes online (cheapest through www.dickblick.com). The process is: put 2 coats of regular gesso on your gourd; then put 2 coats of absorbent ground gesso on the gourd. Make sure it dries well (24 hrs) between coats. You put the dyes on by dripping and spritzing lightly with water. There are more effects but this is the basics. Be sure to spray with a sealer when it's all dry. terri
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