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« on: December 11, 2008 03:36:08 PM »

This was my first gourd project and will be a Christmas gift for Mom! I cut the top off and cleaned out the inside first.  Then I transferred the pansy image with transfer paper and woodburned the outline. I used oil pastels to color the flowers and leaves - combining a light and darker color for each individual flower/leaf. I used gel stain on the background and then varnished the whole design.  I will add some dried flowers from the garden (no water should be held in the vase).  I really like the way it turned out! The gourd has to be dried to work on.

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« Reply #1 on: December 11, 2008 03:44:35 PM »

pretty!! i really like the color quality.

« Reply #2 on: December 11, 2008 03:46:42 PM »

It's really pretty!  I did my first gourd last year - burned, engraved and tried to inlay it lol.  You have inspired me to try it again this year!  Hope your Mom likes it!
« Reply #3 on: December 11, 2008 06:14:33 PM »

Wow, I am really into this, how did you dry the gourd, just let it air dry out, or did you oven dry it? this is awesome and I am hitting "this rocks".

« Reply #4 on: December 11, 2008 06:54:07 PM »

Thank you all  Smiley  The gourd air dried. I had a few I scraped the outer skin off to hasten drying, but (even tho the books say you can do this) mine shriveled. You can dry on racks indoors or let them dry outside. I will be trying outside next year after I grow a bunch.

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« Reply #5 on: December 11, 2008 08:37:56 PM »

This is beautiful!  What a neat idea!  I have a friend who does woodburning and I'm going to forward her this link.  Love it!
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