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Bonnie this is a great site. Like others I dont know where you have the time to do all that you do. Regarding filigree work. I have the burrs that you recommend but Im having trouble with the burr grabbing and then the shape becomes a messy hole. How can I prevent that.

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Comment by Romelle Durand on January 3, 2010 at 11:08am
Sandra-I like your application of filigree on the top of one of your gourds.
Comment by Sandra ( Sandy) Phillips on January 3, 2010 at 9:26am
I love filigree and appreciate Bonnie G's tips on doing filigree with gourds. I have a scroll saw and have done filigree with wood. In my opinion, gourd filigree is so much faster and just so beautiful.
Comment by Romelle Durand on January 2, 2010 at 2:22pm
Thank you. I will try that. I did do some today and it worked better with a faster speed. I have done a small hole and then drill out from that very carefully. Every little tip is valuable. Thanks
Comment by Bonnie Gibson on December 31, 2009 at 9:18am
There are 3 kinds of filigree burs that I use. The ones I call "filigree burs" that come in two sizes are the most aggressive. You can try the carving drill (less aggressive) or the pointed bur (least aggressive.) I find that Welburn gourds are so soft that they grab more. Harder gourds work best for this technique.
Comment by Oz - Admin #2 on December 31, 2009 at 8:57am
Adjust your carving speed. If the bit is going to slow it will grab the gourd. The faster the bit is moving, the cleaner the cut.

A regular Dremel runs Variable speed from 5,000 to 35,000 rpm
A Foredom carver runs up to 18,000 rpm

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