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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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. :-)
debi & franklin
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.
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!!!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.