Any other gourd crafters here?

Discussion in 'Hobbies' started by Dawn419, Dec 6, 2008.

  1. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

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    I got into "gourding" a few years ago and love it! I started out with making bird houses and just went wild after that!

    Here are some pix of the different things I make with gourds:

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    Sewing box:

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    Toad Houses:

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    Mask wall hanging:

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    I've sold a few but mainly make them as gifts for friends and family.

    The "shingles" on the gourd houses are gourd seeds. I bake them first (Skip's afraid they'd sprout if I don't), then attach them to the gourd with marine grade silicone. After I'm done shingling, I coat the seeds with several coats of Modge Podge. All of the pictures are decoupaged since I'm not good at painting.


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  2. redoak

    redoak Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Those are awesome. I've been growing birdhouse gourds for the past 2 years. Last years crop yielded about 12 usable gourds, this year I only got 1 usable gourd. I have mostly been doing some plain birdhouses, sometimes with some "woodburning" on them. Next year I plan on planting about 2000 sqft of birdhouse gourds.
     
  3. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    those are cute!..how do you do it?...i'm assuming scoop it out through the hole?...but, how do you perserve it?..thanks for the great pics!
     
  4. Cetawin

    Cetawin Chicken Beader

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    I do not have the pics on this puter but I have made bowl and beaded vases and baskets with woodburnt designs on them from gourds...I wish I could find the time to do more but I enjoy working with them.

    Yours are beautiful...great work. What type of paint do you use?
     
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  5. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

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    redoak,

    It was a bad year for gourds here, also. We've been in a drought for the past several years, so I baby the darn things with a soaker hose, hand water as needed and mulch heavily...to no avail!!! [​IMG] Will try again next year, however! [​IMG]

    redhen,

    For the birdhouses, I use spoons, clothes hangers (cut -up) and anything else I can think of to clean out the seeds.

    For the toad houses, there is a large hole in the bottom of the gourd so the frogs/toads can burrow into the ground.

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    I use Modge Podge (several coats) to preserve them and make them weather-proof. You can also use waxes/polishes intended for floors, furniture, shoes and leather. Varnishes, shellac, polyurethane, wood sealers, wood stains and resins can also be used as a preservative.

    Thanks Cetawin!

    I use Apple Barrel Acrylic paints on them.


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  6. Mojo Chick'n

    Mojo Chick'n Empress of Chickenville

    I've seen some simply amazing things done with gourds, been wanting to try some (have a lot of gourds, haven't had the time).

    Made a shekere (spelling? ) before, a small one. My sister made some fantastic bowls out of the really huge gourds (bushel baskets gourds) used woodburning and painting on them.

    If I ever get some free time, I have a few of the bushel basket gourds, and some bird house gourds - and I have seeds for bushel basket gourds I been meaning to plant....

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  7. Scrambled Egg

    Scrambled Egg Flock Mistress

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    Don't have any pictures but made several birdhouses about 4 years ago and also made quite alot of ornaments with gourd eggs..I have a bag of gourds in the garage now in case I get so motivated again, lol!
     
  8. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

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    Way to go on the spelling of shekerie! [​IMG] You only forgot the "i"...I never get close to spelling that one, without looking it up.

    What kind of beads did you use? I have plans to make a few of them (gourds are ready to go) but can't decide on the beads. [​IMG]

    Scrambled,

    Love the ornament idea! Time has been the hold-up here also, plus I have atleast 4 unfinished gourd projects that I need to finish before I should really start any more.

    My "projects-in-the-works" end up hanging all over the living room and Skip says it's like walking through an obstacle course...he's a foot taller than I am. [​IMG]


    Dawn
     
  9. Moodene

    Moodene Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had vines with gourds growing on them but Hurricane Ike took them somewhere in the wind.I had most of mine growing up tree trunks..[​IMG] Knocked my huge luffa sponges outta my trees that I had them growing up on..busted them up when they fell to the ground..
    Well I will try again next year...LOL...Gourds above looks awsome...
     
  10. Cats Critters

    Cats Critters Completely Indecisive

    I don't craft with them, but I grow them. I just [​IMG] the radom ones that grow!
     

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