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roadrunner
Hereford, AZ
(Zone 8a)

September 2, 2008
1:36 PM

Post #5497909

How luck I am to have my very own gourd made by Gourdbeader/Jan!! It is BEAUTIFUL!!

It's a Sea Turtle...in it's own habitat...the sea!!

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roadrunner
Hereford, AZ
(Zone 8a)

September 2, 2008
1:37 PM

Post #5497913

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roadrunner
Hereford, AZ
(Zone 8a)

September 2, 2008
1:38 PM

Post #5497917

another./...

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roadrunner
Hereford, AZ
(Zone 8a)

September 2, 2008
1:40 PM

Post #5497922

bottom...signature! Thank you so much, Jan

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Gourdbeader
Toledo, OR
(Zone 8a)

September 2, 2008
2:55 PM

Post #5498235

Here are a couple of more pics

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Gourdbeader
Toledo, OR
(Zone 8a)

September 2, 2008
2:56 PM

Post #5498241

Well, just the one more.
Your welcome.
Jan
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

September 2, 2008
3:10 PM

Post #5498302

that's a treasure ! sally
brigidlily
Lumberton, TX
(Zone 8b)

September 4, 2008
2:34 PM

Post #5507124

Wow. That's beautiful!!!
catlady
Gilmer, TX

September 6, 2008
12:51 PM

Post #5515359

Jan, Did you do that with the wax? I got some at our last state festival but have never used it. Guess I need to dig around and find it and get busy creating. I have been a big turtle fan ever since I got my Mississippi Map about five years ago.
Gourdbeader
Toledo, OR
(Zone 8a)

September 6, 2008
7:00 PM

Post #5516764

Yep, its beeswax formed ontop of a small buffalo gourd or any gourd that you chose.
catlady
Gilmer, TX

September 6, 2008
11:16 PM

Post #5517844

That's what I have. You've inspired me.
Gourdbeader
Toledo, OR
(Zone 8a)

September 7, 2008
1:28 AM

Post #5518331

So glad that I can be an inspiration to someone. Isn't it a great feeling..
Thanks
Jan

roadrunner
Hereford, AZ
(Zone 8a)

September 10, 2008
3:00 PM

Post #5533655

I invited a guest to our Gourd Group today...a guy I met and got to talking "gourds"...

He used a cannon ball gourd for the two smallest...and canteen gourds for the larger ones...I tried to buy one and he can't bring himself to part with one...but promised to make me one later.

These are cleaned then lined with bees wax...the the design is made with seed beads...Jo

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brigidlily
Lumberton, TX
(Zone 8b)

September 10, 2008
3:03 PM

Post #5533670

Absolutely beautiful! So, are the beads just pressed into the wax and nothing else? Not another layer of wax afterward to kind of seal them in? I'd be tempted to dip them in varnish myself!
Gourdbeader
Toledo, OR
(Zone 8a)

September 10, 2008
3:39 PM

Post #5533830

brigidilly, if they are anything like my beaded gourds, you don't need to put anything on the top. The wax goes through the whole in the bead and the closeness of the beads hold them in place.To get one out you have to pick it out. On the other hand he may have an entirely different way of finishing them.
Those are beautiful. Ask him, if you can, if he does it free hand or does he have a pattern that he refers to when he makes them. I have made some but they are free form. I truely love his work. What size beads does he use? I would really appreciate if you could find out the answers to those questions.
Thanks
Jan
roadrunner
Hereford, AZ
(Zone 8a)

September 10, 2008
7:37 PM

Post #5534872

Jan...He did show us some patterns he had bought...and I will ask him the size of the beads.

Jan...send me your Email address and I will ask him to email you direct. Rick is a very nice person and just learing this craft. Jo
catlady
Gilmer, TX

September 10, 2008
9:32 PM

Post #5535299

Jo, If it's not too much trouble for him, would you ask him to e-mail me also, will send address. I have a boxes of the #11 beads and would love to try some of these. I can't believe he is just starting and doing work like that. Pam
Syrumani
Whitsett, NC
(Zone 8a)

September 10, 2008
9:35 PM

Post #5535310

Jan - I remember reading in a thread some time ago that you use beeswax on your gourds. What I don't remember . . . do you use straight beeswax, or do you add something to it? Nichole
roadrunner
Hereford, AZ
(Zone 8a)

September 10, 2008
9:54 PM

Post #5535398

Catlady...I should have read this before I read your Dmail...LOL Yes. I will ask. Jo
catlady
Gilmer, TX

September 11, 2008
1:55 AM

Post #5536510

Guess you wondered what I was up too.
tetleytuna
Columbia, MO
(Zone 5b)

September 11, 2008
2:04 AM

Post #5536544

That turtle is just amazing! Gourdbeader you are an incredible artist.

Roadrunner, thank you SO much for sharing those pics with us. I would never have thought that such a thing was possible.

Are there any written instructions on how to get started on something like that? I do not have enough artisitic ability to make a masterpiece like Gourdbeader but I know I could follow a flat pattern.

Gourdbeader
Toledo, OR
(Zone 8a)

September 11, 2008
3:33 AM

Post #5536933

I just use straight beeswax sheets and build up at least two layers then I build up several layers for each animal or figure that I want and then sculpt it back down to the form that I want. I never sculpted before I started doing these so anyone can do it. Just take your time and if it doesn't look right take it off and start again. I have done that many times until it is just what I want.
Okay Jo I will give you my email addy
Jan
roadrunner
Hereford, AZ
(Zone 8a)

September 11, 2008
2:43 PM

Post #5538236

OH Yeah! ANYONE can do it! HAH! Jo

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