Anybody else want to share the odd and a bit unusual, constructed from or with gourds?
I just found this:
"Japan’s Bird Electron decided it would be nice to see some speakers made from natural materials, so they came up with the concept. Each speaker has a 2.3-inch diameter full-range driver, sealed tightly into the body of the hollowed out fruit...
They’re currently available from AssistOn for ¥18,000 ($146 USD) for a pair along with an amplified stereo breakout box..."
Here's my next "?-shaped" gourd object... I have several (well, MANY, actually) bottle gourds that just don't quite sit "straight", and those that just plain grew crooked...
With those, my minds' eye immediately decided these would be wonderfully suited to being pitchers/ewers, with a diagonal piece cut from the top over the leaning side, creating a spout, of sorts!
Take a look... there were two I did this with just this morning, althouigh only one is pictured here (maybe tomorrow for the other one) and have already given both warm honey and cordovan stain base coats. Will start the drawing of the designs for each tomorrow, complete the whole start-to-finish process (artwork, burning, cutting, carving, painting, etc.) BEFORE I add on the gourd stem "handles" and then go to the "embellishment" stage... :-)
Have just BEGUN the creative rewards of growing this crop last year, and I have been too excited to sleep, probably why I'm here so much, posting progress reports to any other GG's who care to listen... :-)
Has anyone here had experience/success with DECOUPAGE, specifically pressed flowers/leaves, on a gourd??
Too many ideas, not enough time or gourds...LOL
Gourd Speakers, now thats really something!
How about , low wattage lamp shades or Chimineas?
Jo I cant wait to see your Highrise birdhouse! Jipsi , those gourd pitchers and vases are going to be great . I cant wait to find out just how you attach the handles!
Ive Been turning the computer off and on all day myself, Jo! I wanted to go out and get some "cleaning" done in my shed too! But the wind has been terrible here today! With the summer long drought , Our Pine trees sufferred terribly and then the dreaded Pine Beetles took over! Sooo We are now losing trees right and left!
One fell this morning between our house and our neighbors. We were so worried it would fall across the pump house , but the Lord was with us and pushed it over into a wooded area that caused no one any damage.
We just found out that another fell across the edge of our neighbors house , slight damage , thankfully! But we are now worried about 6 other Huge pines, that are dead and are at this minute swaying in the wind... YIKES!!!!
Sweet townhouse, Jo!
What type of gourd was this that you made it from?
Love the "exposed brick"!
And the color you used on the shutters-- I LOVE it!
"Aqua" has become my favorite "color of the year", and I've incorporated it into my 40's (mostly red and white) decor as an accent here and there!
Below is a pic of ne such "accent": literally a "trash to treasure" project, no other color but AQUA would do for this old slat-seated ladder-backed chair! Of the eight slats on the seat, the center three were gone completely, and the others so badly warped and rotten that I replaced the "middle" 6 with new pieces made from the large size PAINT STIRRER sticks (free at WalMart, if you're buying paint)...
More projects, more pictures! I love seeing what everyone else is doing with their gourds this winter!
I don;t know what I enjoy more: the GROWING of these, all summer, or the creativity in making something out of them, all winter... :-)
EASTER GOURDS, I think I like that idea! Maybe next year, when I have some 2008 season egg gourds to work with...:-)
Eufala, I LOVE the colors you used... did you just "drip" paints for the watercolor-effect? Or drip/rub in places with wax, THEN a wash of dye/ink/paint?
Hi Jipsi! I found a box of "Halloween" color food dye, at a local Big Lot store. It contained the prettiest orange ,red ,brown and Black, dyes. I was amazed at the black dye ... something you never find in a food coloring!
I took prepared gourds and gave them another bath in soapy water to remove any residue and then rinsed, leaving them wet. I wished I had a yellow dye but didnt so I began with the lightest color first the orange. starting at the top of the gourd , I dripped a circle of orange dye drops aroung the stem. the wet surface started the drops to running in the craziest patterns down the gourd. Much fun!
I let this first dye dry . A must for this dye! then rewet the gourd , if you can wet the gourd with water from a pitcher or a measuring cup, it will be a lot better, then you can guide your dye where you want it to run.
then dribble your ,lightest to darkest colors, ( avoid too many colors) down your gourd .
Drying between colors. the last stage is to fill in "holes" with no color by tilting gourd and pouring water over those left out spaces and adding small drops of color.
I havent gotten to the waxing yet! I still have to get my bees wax. Im having aproblem getting it here. ...I saw waxed this way in the mountains and they were just gorgeous, the artist there used 4 coats of wax, buffing each coat! I wish I had had my camera.
Thanks, Eufala, for a GREAT how-to on your process!
Will definitely give this a try, as I'm about to (finally) embark on GOURD MADNESS!
This month has been crazy, what with the starting of next year's "canvases", and the sorting, sanding, planning and sketching of designs onto THIS year's product (from my 2007 garden).
I JUST cut open and started cleaning out number one (the first, and roundest-largest overall) of my 2 "bigguns": WOW! this big guy has taken up some considerable elbow grease: huge on the outside means huge on the inside, and I've still got to shave down the stuff inside to the "shell" for sanding and painting...