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Syrumani
Whitsett, NC
(Zone 8a)

October 8, 2007
12:29 AM

Post #4058974

Well, it took me about 2 weeks (a few hours here and there), but here it is! It was originally a green dyed one from Micheals. I tried to bleach the color out, but gave up on that - that's why it's two-toned.

What do you think?

Nichole

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Syrumani
Whitsett, NC
(Zone 8a)

October 8, 2007
12:29 AM

Post #4058978

Here's another shot . . .

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tetleytuna
Columbia, MO
(Zone 5b)

October 8, 2007
12:31 AM

Post #4059001

It is wonderful! Thank you for sharing the pic with us.

Eufaula

Eufaula
Eatonton, GA
(Zone 8b)

October 8, 2007
1:36 PM

Post #4060599

Beautiful! You did sooooo good!
brigidlily
Lumberton, TX
(Zone 8b)

October 10, 2007
7:06 PM

Post #4068898

I think it's wonderful!!!
Riverland
Northeast, LA
(Zone 8a)

October 14, 2007
2:48 PM

Post #4081418

exellent work
roadrunner
Hereford, AZ
(Zone 8a)

October 15, 2007
3:18 PM

Post #4085153

Great...and I really like the muted 2-toned color.
It is a nice thick gourd too. Jo
catlady
Gilmer, TX

October 17, 2007
10:25 AM

Post #4092152

What a steady hand you have, nice straight lines so well spaced. Great job!
jozeeben
Acton, TN
(Zone 7a)

November 14, 2007
11:30 PM

Post #4193675

Love it! I'm hoping some of mine will cure this fall so I can decorate my first this winter. What's that book in the background? Any good how-to articles out thar?
Syrumani
Whitsett, NC
(Zone 8a)

November 15, 2007
1:11 AM

Post #4193962

jozeeben - the book is called "Gourd Crafts - 20 Great Projects to Dye, Paint, Carve, Bead, & Woodburn in a Weekend" by Ginger Summit. I got it for about $15 at a Borders bookstore - I think it's a very informative book . . .

My sister is graduating from LSU on 12/19/07. She's getting her BS in teaching, so I thought I'd decorate a few apples for her. Here they are so far . . . they each need another coat of paint, then a clear coat. I need to figure out how to make a worm for the green one . . . or maybe the red one . . . I'll snag some leaves from somewhere.

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roadrunner
Hereford, AZ
(Zone 8a)

November 15, 2007
2:05 AM

Post #4194180

Lovely!!

On my Apple Gourds I used some Silk leaves from some silk Roses...and since Apples don't have that "saw" edge to them, I trimmed them smooth...run a wire through them and twisted them around the stem of the gourd.

If I could paint well I would paint a "hole" with a worm coming out...with a smiling face on the worm. Jo
Syrumani
Whitsett, NC
(Zone 8a)

November 15, 2007
2:43 AM

Post #4194302

I wish I could find piggy-bank plugs - you know those rubber ones? On the green apple, after I put a layer of primer on it, it sounded like there was fluid inside, so I drilled a 1 1/2" hole in the bottom . . . ended up just being the seeds. If I could find those plugs, I'd make an opening for change at the top. But, all I've been able to find is the plugs that come with the banks at the hobby store. I'm still going to look for the right size cork, though . . . otherwise I'll put it on a plaque, and use that as a base.

Eufaula

Eufaula
Eatonton, GA
(Zone 8b)

November 15, 2007
12:10 PM

Post #4195088

Syrumani, they are beautiful!! I havent had one apple gourd to come out looking like an Apple!! They all came out either elongated or mishapen, the pretty ones never made it past the green stage before dying and shrivelling up, ( Sniffff)!!
I like Jos Idea of using silk leaves. You could also make them from Polymer clay, your silly little worm too! That would be a fun thing to do!!
Syrumani
Whitsett, NC
(Zone 8a)

November 15, 2007
3:11 PM

Post #4195764

I do have to say I didn't grow these gourds . . . my apple vines got started way too late in the season. I bought these off ebay. The green one has had a rough life. I started out by putting green on the gourd - paint got sucked in. So, I put the primer. Then some green. Didn't like the green, so I got a different green. Didn't like that green, so mixed some yellow in. Oh, then my son dropped it on the back porch, resulting in a horrible "y" shaped crack. Put some wood filler on, let it dry, then touched up. Could still see some crack. Put some spackle on and let dry. Much better! Still playing with the different paints, but I think one more coat of green mix paint will get it just right to look like granny smith (that's the goal, anyway).
catlady
Gilmer, TX

November 15, 2007
5:32 PM

Post #4196221

If you want to keep the apples all gourd, cut the leaves out of pieces of gourds you have broken or scraps from other cutting projects.
Syrumani
Whitsett, NC
(Zone 8a)

November 15, 2007
5:36 PM

Post #4196231

Ooh, and I do have scraps! That is a great idea! Thanks!
Syrumani
Whitsett, NC
(Zone 8a)

December 24, 2007
8:10 PM

Post #4324829

Well, here are the finished products. I gave them to her last week.

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Syrumani
Whitsett, NC
(Zone 8a)

December 24, 2007
8:11 PM

Post #4324830

Here's the back, so you can see the crooked opening!

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roadrunner
Hereford, AZ
(Zone 8a)

December 24, 2007
9:20 PM

Post #4324933

OOOOOOH They look good enough to eat!! Jo
jipsi
Clinton, IL
(Zone 6a)

December 27, 2007
5:51 PM

Post #4331717

Syrumani,
I'm an inker myself, but it's been a few years since I've picked one up. Sadly, my old "Pigma Ball" tech pens dried up a long time ago, and I have not been able to find anything similar on the shelves these days. Sharpie fine points just won't do: they "bleed", making fuzzy edges, on paper AS WELL as on a gourd surface. Large Sharpie are disastrous in filling large black areas, too, as they will lend a PURPLE sheen
And I've tried a couple other gel-type and/or roller ball ink pens with no luck.
What type of pen/ink did YOU use on your gourd?

Jipsi

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Syrumani
Whitsett, NC
(Zone 8a)

December 27, 2007
6:02 PM

Post #4331750

Ooh, jipsi, I'll keep that black sharpie issue in mind while I work on my next gourd.

Actually, I didn't use a pen/ink - I used those little bottles of acrylic paint you can pick up $0.50-$1.00 at most craft places. Two colors for each apple - darker on the first few layers, then the lighter color on top. Then just a quick once over with a clear acrylic spray.
roadrunner
Hereford, AZ
(Zone 8a)

December 27, 2007
6:11 PM

Post #4331769

On my Apple Gourd I used Leather Dye. Love it. Jo

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

December 27, 2007
6:16 PM

Post #4331781

Nichole,
I just found this thread, wonderful work! I love it.
Kim
Syrumani
Whitsett, NC
(Zone 8a)

December 27, 2007
7:28 PM

Post #4331966

Thanks, Kim!

Jo - where do you get leather dye?

DH got me a generic dremmel-type kit from Walmart for xmas (my idea - wanted to try it out before spending more $$). I picked an icky gourd (pits, gouges, etc), and sat down last night after the kids went to bed and I think I tried every single bit that came with it . . . This weekend I think I'll start on my next project . .
roadrunner
Hereford, AZ
(Zone 8a)

December 27, 2007
9:41 PM

Post #4332261

Anywhere they sell Tandy Leather...or perhaps they would have some at shoe repair shops. Just Google Leather Dye. Jo
Loyd
Bellflower, CA

December 28, 2007
4:15 AM

Post #4333750

I Googled “Leather Dye” as JO suggested.

I’ve used Angeles shoe dye. I saw something that looked better. Has anyone used GourdMaster™ - Gourd Ink Dyes? If we can believe what they claim - better control, less waste and less fading, it might be better. What do you think?
www.welburngourdfarm.com

Loyd
roadrunner
Hereford, AZ
(Zone 8a)

December 28, 2007
4:24 PM

Post #4334798

Loyd...First off...let me wish you a belated ♫Happy Birthday♫...

Thanks for finding this. I will order me some as it looks easier to use than the regular Leather Dye. Jo
Syrumani
Whitsett, NC
(Zone 8a)

December 28, 2007
4:49 PM

Post #4334872

Thank you, Loyd - Let me know how it works for you, Jo.
jipsi
Clinton, IL
(Zone 6a)

December 28, 2007
7:15 PM

Post #4335294

Syrumani,

LOL...no, not the apple gourd colors, I meant what INK or pen did you use to do the FIRST decorated gourd (pic, first post)?
Or did you woodburn it? Just now realized, after looking at the pic again, it might not be pen/ink after all...
Does anyone know the best PEN (not brush or calligraphy!) ink to use on gourds?
Something that won't smear, for one. And a clear crisp line result, with no bleeding or fuzzing (like the Sharpie finepoint -- yechh) is a MUST...


jipsi

PS: Please, not a Guru or Empress (LOL)... I'm just a GG (Gourd Geek) like everyone else here! ;-D
Syrumani
Whitsett, NC
(Zone 8a)

December 28, 2007
7:30 PM

Post #4335318

Ah, that one . . . yes, it was a woodburning effort. That would be a good name for the group - Gourd Geeks.
brigidlily
Lumberton, TX
(Zone 8b)

December 28, 2007
7:48 PM

Post #4335350

We'll all need BIG pocket protectors for our woodburning tools.
Gourd
Mesilla Park, NM

January 4, 2008
2:05 AM

Post #4358252

There was a clip on a video that used masking tape to make the line before using the black ink.. that may help with the bleeding. I think they said that Ace Hardware was the only place that had the 1/4 inch masking tape.

Nicole, those apples look great. I want to make a couple too, my cattle panels will probably go up this spring.. I can hardly wait.

Also, I read somewhere that if you let the apple gourds set on the ground while they are growing, they will not elongate.. One year I grew about 4 and someone stole them..lol.. and they did grow setting on a planter just like the shape of apples. So don't let them hang, try placing them on a flat surface to get a flat bottom.
Syrumani
Whitsett, NC
(Zone 8a)

January 4, 2008
3:11 AM

Post #4358572

Thanks, A.

I think I've decided to grow the bushel and apple gourds in the spring . . . although not at the same time. I'll do one, then the other once the first is done blooming . . .

This message was edited Jan 3, 2008 9:14 PM
Syrumani
Whitsett, NC
(Zone 8a)

January 4, 2008
3:13 AM

Post #4358581

No, I want to do ALL of them!

Oh, what's a person to do?


This message was edited Jan 3, 2008 9:27 PM
brigidlily
Lumberton, TX
(Zone 8b)

January 7, 2008
4:47 PM

Post #4371278

Doing them separately is the only way to be absolutely positive you get true seeds, but mine didn't just bloom once -- they would set some fruit, and then a few weeks later do it again. Just so you'll know!

Can you plant them in different areas? Then pollinate them by hand? There are several discussions of gourd sex in this forum.
Syrumani
Whitsett, NC
(Zone 8a)

January 7, 2008
8:43 PM

Post #4372051

Oh, I know. But, I just don't have the time or patience for hand pollination, and I have a postage stamp lot, so not enough room to do separate areas. I'll just have to pick one.

You know what? After careful consideration, I have decided that I will for this year I will grow all the gourds I want. I'll grow them for the gourd factor, not the seed factor. I'll just set aside some of each seeds, so that next year I can grow just one or two gourds total.
brigidlily
Lumberton, TX
(Zone 8b)

January 8, 2008
4:12 PM

Post #4375448

I think that's a GRAND idea.
mawnature
Monroe, LA

October 11, 2008
10:12 PM

Post #5659629

Beautiful two-toned gourd with wood burned Greek Key design! Very nice for your first gourd! You have talent!!!
Syrumani
Whitsett, NC
(Zone 8a)

October 11, 2008
10:14 PM

Post #5659635

Thanks! ^_^

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