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Gourdbeader
Toledo, OR
(Zone 8a)

November 7, 2005
12:50 AM

Post #1861039

Well, its finally finished. Here are a couple of pics. We had a Final Bead Celebration at the gallery.

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Gourdbeader
Toledo, OR
(Zone 8a)

November 7, 2005
12:52 AM

Post #1861046

Here is another pic

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Gourdbeader
Toledo, OR
(Zone 8a)

November 7, 2005
12:53 AM

Post #1861050

Here is another

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Gourdbeader
Toledo, OR
(Zone 8a)

November 7, 2005
12:54 AM

Post #1861057

Last one of the Rhino

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Gourdbeader
Toledo, OR
(Zone 8a)

November 7, 2005
12:57 AM

Post #1861066

I even got a congraulations kiss from this tall dark stranger. Just kidding, Its my DH.
Gourdbeader
Toledo, OR
(Zone 8a)

November 7, 2005
1:00 AM

Post #1861079

Forgot to put the picture in. Heheh. I forgot to add that it took 2 1/2 years to complete. So congradulations were diffinately in order. But it was almost like finishing a good book you don't want it to end. I've already started my next one. It is going to be the Buffalo on the Plains. It is even bigger then this one. Whew!

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Lenjo
Mount Angel, OR
(Zone 8a)

November 7, 2005
3:30 AM

Post #1861416

Jan don't mean to show my ignorance here but is this gourd something you grew special and then painted? Looks pretty elaborate.
Gourdbeader
Toledo, OR
(Zone 8a)

November 7, 2005
3:37 AM

Post #1861429

Hi Lenjo. No, The gourd has been covered with beeswax and then beaded one bead at a time. The animals are sculpted out of wax too. There is no paint only beads. If you know beads they are all 13/0 in size. The gourd measures 52 inches around and is beaded bottom to top. That is why it took 2 1/2 years to complete. Hehe
Gourdbeader
Toledo, OR
(Zone 8a)

November 7, 2005
3:40 AM

Post #1861433

Lenjo, if you will email me I can send you some better pics of close ups. I can't get them on here as my camera won't go smaller in pixels to show you. My email is gandolf183@aol.com
Lenjo
Mount Angel, OR
(Zone 8a)

November 7, 2005
3:13 PM

Post #1861999

Jan, my computer is so so slow downloading photos. I really would love to see it closer but I am afraid pictures just clog things up for me. So sorry.
justmeLisa
Brewers, KY
(Zone 6b)

November 7, 2005
11:53 PM

Post #1862934

Jan, your work is just lovely. I too would love to see it up close. You can go here and download this trusted program http://www.irfanview.com. It is free. I have been using it for years to resize my pictures. It is real easy to use.
Gourdbeader
Toledo, OR
(Zone 8a)

November 8, 2005
12:45 AM

Post #1863043

I am going to try and show some close ups of the gourd so you can get a better idea of what it looks like.

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Gourdbeader
Toledo, OR
(Zone 8a)

November 8, 2005
1:05 AM

Post #1863084

More

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Gourdbeader
Toledo, OR
(Zone 8a)

November 8, 2005
1:16 AM

Post #1863108

more, this is the bottom. It is the continent of Africa

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Gourdbeader
Toledo, OR
(Zone 8a)

November 8, 2005
1:25 AM

Post #1863124

The lion and lioness

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Gourdbeader
Toledo, OR
(Zone 8a)

November 8, 2005
1:32 AM

Post #1863141

Whoops, sorry, did this one twice

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Gourdbeader
Toledo, OR
(Zone 8a)

November 8, 2005
1:38 AM

Post #1863154

The top is the African Rose

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Gourdbeader
Toledo, OR
(Zone 8a)

November 8, 2005
1:42 AM

Post #1863159

The Rhino

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Gourdbeader
Toledo, OR
(Zone 8a)

November 8, 2005
1:50 AM

Post #1863173

The last one. I hope you enjoy looking at the pictures. If you want any info on how to's I will be glad to give it to you. Patience is a must though. hehe

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NatureWalker
New York & Terrell, TX
(Zone 8b)

November 8, 2005
7:25 AM

Post #1863523

That gourd is absolutley gorgeous! A True Marvel; remarkable. Lots of kudos to you Jan.

~* Robin
Gourdbeader
Toledo, OR
(Zone 8a)

November 8, 2005
7:33 AM

Post #1863526

The beads are no bigger then this ( * ) and that maybe even bigger then the beads.
NatureWalker
New York & Terrell, TX
(Zone 8b)

November 8, 2005
7:46 AM

Post #1863533

How did you acheive the raised 'puffy' look?

~* Robin
Gourdbeader
Toledo, OR
(Zone 8a)

November 8, 2005
12:44 PM

Post #1863688

I cover the gourd in beeswax and then I sculpt all the animals out of beeswax. Then I bead it all one bead at a time from bottom to top. I build up several layers of wax and then sculpt it back down to form the animals.
balvenie
Marysville, WA
(Zone 7a)

November 8, 2005
2:53 PM

Post #1863891

Fantastic accomplishment Jan. Congratulations. It is beautiful.
nut4spuds
Wichita, KS

November 10, 2005
1:22 PM

Post #1867541

WOW!!!!!
roadrunner
Hereford, AZ
(Zone 8a)

November 10, 2005
3:15 PM

Post #1867785

Folks, since I have watched the progress of this wonderful piece of art for about 2 years now, I can tell you from first hand experience that pictures Cannot do it justice!!

Jan...I can't wait until Tuesday when you bring THE GOURD over to my Gourd Group's meeting at my house...I'll know it will be a big hit with the rest of the ladies in the group.

Jo
sagelady
Valley Village, CA
(Zone 1)

November 16, 2005
2:35 AM

Post #1878074

This is really amazing. I make gourd vessels and belong to one of the several gourd societies in Southern California where gourd artisans abound. We have no trouble buying or growing them here...I truly have never seen anything like this. I can and do appreciate the amount of work you have put into this...I'm surprised it only took 2 years! I have worked in fimo on gourds but never beeswax! . Congratulations on a lovely piece of work.
roadrunner
Hereford, AZ
(Zone 8a)

November 16, 2005
10:04 AM

Post #1878275

Sagelady...share some of your work with us. Jo
gardenwife
Newark, OH
(Zone 5b)

November 18, 2005
8:41 PM

Post #1882808

OH, Jan. OMG! That is breathtaking craftsmanship. Wow. You really do need to start a website and feature galleries of your work. That is just beautiful!
Gourdbeader
Toledo, OR
(Zone 8a)

November 20, 2005
12:33 AM

Post #1884716

Thank you, thank you, thank you. I plan on building a web site just to show the work but it takes so long that I couldn't mass produce these.
elsie
Lafayette, NJ
(Zone 6a)

November 21, 2005
10:02 PM

Post #1887608

Jan, that is really amazing to me. Patience must be your middle name.
Gourdbeader
Toledo, OR
(Zone 8a)

November 21, 2005
10:11 PM

Post #1887623

Thank you elsie. Hehe, yes I am patient with my art work. Not so patient with other things. Here are a couple of photos of the new one I am working on. It is still in the sculpting stage as I am waiting for more wax. I just started to bead the first buffalo. This one will be called "Where the Buffalo Roam". I will show more pics as the work progresses.

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Gourdbeader
Toledo, OR
(Zone 8a)

November 21, 2005
10:16 PM

Post #1887628

One more pic or two. This gourd is 52" around. I don't plan on beading the top but am going to apply the actual wooly hide of the buffalo. On the bottom I will apply the slicker part of the hide. I am adding the Indian as they were a big part of the buffalo. The largest buffalo is going to be the White spirit buffalo believed to have spiritual powers.

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roadrunner
Hereford, AZ
(Zone 8a)

November 21, 2005
11:08 PM

Post #1887690

It is going to be awesome also. Jo
gardenwife
Newark, OH
(Zone 5b)

November 22, 2005
1:45 AM

Post #1887935

Jan, you are a gifted sculptor. Tell me something, does the wax hold the beads in place, or do you have to use some sort of adhesive with it?
Gourdbeader
Toledo, OR
(Zone 8a)

November 22, 2005
8:47 AM

Post #1888314

I bead under a lamp and the lamp softens the wax enough to allow me to imbed the bead into the wax. I use no adhesive as the wax comes up through the hole of the bead and the beads surrounding each bead helps to hold them all in place.
debi_z
Springfield, MA
(Zone 6a)

January 5, 2006
1:24 AM

Post #1955361

jan,
thank you for sharing your incredible art work with me. wow!!! i would love to see them in person, i bet they are outstanding and i would just stand there looking at them with my mouth partway open and totally speachless. yep that sounds about right. :-)
god bless,
debi & franklin
GRENTHUMBS
West Warwick, RI
(Zone 6b)

January 10, 2006
12:57 AM

Post #1965101

WOW!
RuralGardener
Montgomery Co, IN
(Zone 5a)

February 8, 2006
2:41 PM

Post #2030651

Your work is incredible!
Gourdbeader
Toledo, OR
(Zone 8a)

February 14, 2006
11:55 PM

Post #2045324

I have been asked to teach a class on beading gourds at the local bead shop in Newport. I made up a little one so that they could see that everything doesn't have to be done large. What do you think

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roadrunner
Hereford, AZ
(Zone 8a)

February 15, 2006
12:06 AM

Post #2045346

I think you should SEND it to me to show it off...LOL \ARe you working anywhere? I think it would be lovely to take a class that you teach. Jo
Gourdbeader
Toledo, OR
(Zone 8a)

February 15, 2006
3:26 AM

Post #2045735

Yes Jo, I am going to start working at a gallery on the bay front in Newport. It's called Oceanic Arts. And you may just find something in your stocking this Christmas if you are very good. Hehe
Jan
roadrunner
Hereford, AZ
(Zone 8a)

February 15, 2006
3:58 AM

Post #2045773

Shoot! I'm always Good!! Well...sometimes...heheheh Jo
Gourdbeader
Toledo, OR
(Zone 8a)

March 21, 2006
9:51 PM

Post #2128621

Just received news that my African Gourd is going to be published in the October issue of Bead and Button magazine. I am so excited. Wonder if it will make the cover. I can only hope. Hehe
Jan
roadrunner
Hereford, AZ
(Zone 8a)

March 21, 2006
11:14 PM

Post #2128772

Jan...that is awesome!! Congratulations. I'll tell the ladies in my gourd group...they speak of you fondly...and it is my turn to be host agin next month! Jo

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billyporter
Nichols, IA
(Zone 5a)

March 23, 2006
2:36 AM

Post #2131953

Gourdbeader, you are one talented person! I love every one of them!
Gourdbeader
Toledo, OR
(Zone 8a)

March 23, 2006
2:33 PM

Post #2132994

Thank you both. I just can't wait for October now. Hehe, all this time I have been waiting for the sunshine of summer. Now I looking forward to the colors of fall.
Jan

Eufaula

Eufaula
Eatonton, GA
(Zone 8b)

August 15, 2006
8:25 PM

Post #2625547

Here I am finding another just amazing artist! Gourdbeader I am truly in Awe! Beautiful just beautiful!(E)
brigidlily
Lumberton, TX
(Zone 8b)

August 15, 2006
8:28 PM

Post #2625557

Isn't it amazing? When's the buffalo one going to be done? Huh? Huh? Huh? How about some WIP pictures?
tiffanya
Sumner, WA
(Zone 8a)

August 21, 2006
8:15 PM

Post #2645092

Those are amazing! The nearest thing I've ever seen was a bear head done in those tiny beads -- it's part of the permanent exhibits at the Seattle Art Museum. Your work is even more impressive and could easily be on display at a gallery or museum. You do beautiful work and must have infinite patience.
PerennialGirl
Winnipeg, MB
(Zone 4a)

October 10, 2006
1:12 AM

Post #2801801

I'm in totally amazed at what you can do, Jan! That is alot of love going into your creations. How did you learn something like that? I've never seen anything like this before. Do you sell them or they just go to galleries? My mouth is still wide open...I hope I can close it by tomorrow for work. All I can say is awesome!!!
:) Donna
southernOhio
Proctorville, OH
(Zone 5b)

December 21, 2006
12:34 AM

Post #3015236

gourdbreaker! That is an awesome piece. Thank you for sharing... Your patience must be legend!
raydio
Bessemer City, NC
(Zone 7b)

January 27, 2007
5:27 PM

Post #3128421

An amazing work of art and an inspirational example perseverence!

Thank you for sharing this.
roadrunner
Hereford, AZ
(Zone 8a)

March 25, 2007
5:11 PM

Post #3319215

I had Dmail from Jan/gourdbeader...(she is not a subscriber now and can't post here)...this gourd was featured in the Feb. issue of Bead & Button Magazine...with a 4 page spread! I didn't know in time to find the magazine but will go to my Library to see if they have it. Congratualtions to Jan! Jo
brigidlily
Lumberton, TX
(Zone 8b)

March 26, 2007
11:57 AM

Post #3321808

That is wonderful! She really is an artist -- and PATIENT!!!
Gourdbeader
Toledo, OR
(Zone 8a)

March 26, 2007
5:22 PM

Post #3322831

Thought you all might like to see how the new Buffalo and Indians of the Plains is coming along.
Jan

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Gourdbeader
Toledo, OR
(Zone 8a)

March 26, 2007
5:25 PM

Post #3322843

Here is another view

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Gourdbeader
Toledo, OR
(Zone 8a)

March 26, 2007
5:29 PM

Post #3322855

Last One

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Gourdbeader
Toledo, OR
(Zone 8a)

March 26, 2007
5:32 PM

Post #3322868

Whoops, wrong one. Guess I deleted the wrong one.
roadrunner
Hereford, AZ
(Zone 8a)

March 26, 2007
5:57 PM

Post #3322948

Geee...I don't know where I got the idea you wern't subscribed!

As usual those are great! Jo
brigidlily
Lumberton, TX
(Zone 8b)

March 28, 2007
3:26 PM

Post #3329581

Astounding, as usual! Please keep posting pictures!
roadrunner
Hereford, AZ
(Zone 8a)

March 28, 2007
5:38 PM

Post #3330044

Jan...pkg went out today...a box of Buffalo gourds to play with...LOL Jo
Gourdbeader
Toledo, OR
(Zone 8a)

April 2, 2007
1:12 PM

Post #3347111

Just thought I would brag a bit and let you all know that Bead and Button magazine did a four page spread on The Africian Rose gourd. It came out in the February issue 2007. If you get a chance to check it out, it's not to shabby. Lots of other great things in there too.
Jan
roadrunner
Hereford, AZ
(Zone 8a)

April 2, 2007
1:40 PM

Post #3347221

Jan...I'm hoping our library has the back issue of this magazine!

CONGRATULATIONS!!! Jo
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

November 29, 2009
2:11 AM

Post #7317631

AWESOME!!

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

December 29, 2010
3:46 PM

Post #8282551

my, Gosh!! That is phenominal!!! Beautiful.
Gourdbeader
Toledo, OR
(Zone 8a)

January 6, 2011
2:20 PM

Post #8295892

heheh, I just happen to pull this up. Thanks ridesredmule. It only took 2 1/2 years to complete. Ya wanna make one. Hehehe

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

January 6, 2011
3:45 PM

Post #8296025

Sure girl, next one will be 3 years but still worth posin on. ☺ I did look at one of those gourds that you have made and they are beautiful. You do a wonderful job. I like trying a little bit of everything. Ain't found nothin I great at yet, so I'm still lookin.
helenchild
Decatur, GA

March 31, 2014
6:51 AM

Post #9801801

Giving this a bump. Anyone doing any new works? Gourdbeader? Have you entered any contests with your work? I would love some updates.
Here are a couple of my creations.
Helen

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Gourdbeader
Toledo, OR
(Zone 8a)

April 11, 2014
7:19 AM

Post #9809780

My African Rose gourd is in a Gallery now and up for sale. Times being what they are and health issues have forced me to try and sell it. I know I won't get the $20,000 that I was offered when I lived in Tombstone and ran the gallery there but I have listed it for $5000. Keeping my fingers crossed.
I have also put my Swordfish Bill that I beaded with an underwater theme with whales, sea turtle, octopus, and more and then mounted on a large plank of driftwood.

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helenchild
Decatur, GA

April 19, 2014
8:33 PM

Post #9816835

Good luck selling your gourd! I hope you get a nice chunk of change for it.
roadrunner
Hereford, AZ
(Zone 8a)

May 9, 2014
10:31 AM

Post #9834169

I treasure my small JanMcKay Gourd that you gave to me. I have it sitting in my bookcase in my small apartment in town where I have moved...where I can see it each day!!
Gourdbeader
Toledo, OR
(Zone 8a)

May 12, 2014
6:10 AM

Post #9836713

Awww... you are a sweet heart. I forgot that I made one for you. I sure wish the others would sell. I have some major medical needs but the gallery they are in is pretty slow. The only good thing is that they don't take a lot out of the sale.
BonnieGardens
Clermont, FL
(Zone 9a)

August 10, 2014
6:37 PM

Post #9914933

You have been gifted with unusual patience. Attempting something like that type of beading would put me into orbit. No one could pay me enough to do that kind of project. Of course we all have different likes and talents. My patience lies within sewing and that puts some people into orbit. I used to teach it so had first hand experience with people walking out of a class. It's all in doing what you love.

I certainly hope you are well paid for all your time and patience cause you deserve it.

Bonnie
Gourdbeader
Toledo, OR
(Zone 8a)

August 11, 2014
7:32 AM

Post #9915289

Thank you Bonnie. It still sits unsold. So wish it would sell. It would be nice to pay off some debts.
I do love beading the gourds but my eyes are getting worse and I still need to finish my other one. The Buffalo of the Plains. It is larger than the African Rose.

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