I have gotten myself into another mess. I have fallen and broken my left wrist in 3 places and I am not going to be making baskets for quite awhile. So, someone out there may benifit from my misfortune. I would like to trade for either beads, floss, fabric, gourds. what have you. Let me know. The needles are all 14" or better.
The cannonball ones I've got are not very thick . . . let me go measure the one I did cut open . . . maybe 1/8", if you round up a tad . . . Maybe someone else who has the thicker shelled types will pop in soon.
You know, Hobby Lobby only had beeswax in blocks this morning . . . I know Michaels used to have the "sheets", so I may have to go by there tomorrow . . . I still have it in my head to try a small beading project!
Wait a minute, you can order beeswax sheets from this site. This is where I get mine.
They are great people and they have a great reputation around here. Most of the health food stores get there honey from them as well as other items. Check them out, you wont be dissapointed.
You got em Jo.
I broke my left wrist in 3 places. At least it wasn't the one that I had surgery on last year. My big mistake was saying that I had been healthy all year and without any visits to the hospital. I fell two days or so later.
That will teach me to tempt fate. Mother nature has it out for me. First the pine cone and my left ankle the wet leaves and my left wrist. Let me know how much you would like.
Oh boy, I am sorry about your arm! That is one thing us gourd crafters can't do without..
Also, I would be interested in some of your pine needles if you still have some.. I sew quite a bit and have lots of fabric. Anything in particular that you are looking for? I have some with boots on it, some with Mexican Hats and quilting fabrics. I don't know if that is what you mean.
Anyway, this post is old, but I hope your arm has healed and you are doing alright.
yes I have healed pretty much, as I sit here with elastic braces on both wrists. Hehe. I just over did it with activities yesterday but I am doing much better. I would love to send you some needles. I don't need any more fabric but I would love a gourd in trade if you have any extras laying around. I am getting ready to make a tutorial on gourd beading and all I have is a huge gourd which is fine for what I do but a little large to teach the basics on.
If you don't that is okay too. I will just send you some. How much do you want? Let me know. I have lots. I don't plan on doing much basket weaving for a while.
I think I have a couple of gourds you may like, however, they are in boxes stored in the attic. We managed to get an instructor to come to my house next Monday and give a class on caming in Stained Glass, so, I won't be able to get up there till mid week after March 9th. I also got some more devil claws that I can include in there also, I don't remember if they are in tact or not, someone gave them to me a couple of months ago, they found them when they went hiking.
Let me know if that is alright, I will measure them for you when they are down.
I don't need or want anymore devils claws. I've got them coming out my ears. Heheh, thanks anyways. Don't worry about getting to the gourds just now. How much needles do you want? I will go ahead and send them to you.
What is caming in Stained glass. Just curious. I've always wanted to learn but have never taken the time to take a class. I have a friend that does alot of stained glass.
Anyway, just let me know how much you want or what you are going to use it for and I will get it out to you.
Great, also, let me know if you want some mini-gourds, I saw a cute wreath made with some.. I got a bumper crop this year of those. I'll put some in for you.
Caming is when you use either zinc, lead to go around the glass instead of solder, you only solder the ends and then frame it with either lead came, or zinc came.
I foil (it is called tiffany style) and I don't know how to came. It sounds like bad grammer.. lol, anyway, it is used when you want to reinforce a window and make it stronger so it won't sag later in years and just so it is more sturdy.
If you take a beginner class, you will become addicted.. I just love it. Only thing is, I love every art and craft there is.
Alrighty then, I'll mail out during the week of 9th, probably on Friday when I go to town.
I want to put the needles around the gourds in the openings, I don't know how to explain it more, but they look like half gourd and half basket when you are done.
OMG I love it. you learn how to do it real good and then you can either show me or make one for me. heheh.
I will send those out next week.
Enjoy and have a great class. I think that would be so much fun.
Thank you, it was on my mind for a long time. I may try making a different one with two windows on the sides. I also want to wait till I learn the caming. I did reinforce this with brass wire in between the glass so the birdies don't get hurt, I don't think it would fall apart because the solder will hold the small pieces really good, but, I wanted to try to work with the wire and get some experience in apply it to the glass...
I have a million ideas running through my head with this combo.
My daughter took a bushel basket gourd , cut the top off, then cut a circle in the side and worked a Dream Catcher in the circle...she used leather and pine needles where she cut the tip off. It is nice. Jo
I am afraid that our growing season here isn't going to be long enough to grow the wonderful bushel gourds. Is there someone else I can send the seads to and if so do you think I might persuade them to donate one gourd to me. Heheh
Jan, You may be able to start it inside, in a one gallon pot, when it is time to transplant, just make the drainage holes bigger on the pot and plant the pot and all into the ground. Those roots will find their way out, also you can cut off the bottom of those plastic pots when it is time to sink them in.
I plan to do that with the seeds Jo sends me... (my master plan) lol. I am in zone 7-8 and they grow lots of gourds here, but I don't know if they also start them inside.
I forgot to mention that the one up there with the glass is a zucca and I direct sowed that last year, I don't for the life of me remember when I sowed the seeds though. I did get some warty apple gourds and one or two regular apple gourds, the regular apple gourds shriveled some, but I think those tile guys are responsible for those plants dying sooner than they would have.
Yes...if you start them inside...you might be able to grow them...the man who gave them to me scraped them while still green (I don't know about this!) but he claims they cure that way...the one he gave me was still green...but scraped...and it is about dry now...with 2 little dent in places near the bottom on one side.
If either of you have any seeds for the African gourd, I'd like to try growing one. I think you have to make sure that is the only gourd on the vine to get a big one. I got some seeds from this zucca up there if you guys want some, I did take the seeds while the gourd was not completely dry so they wouldn't rot with the rest of the insides, so hopefully they are viable..
I think the pot way will be worth a try. One year I had some gourds growing in a pot with a hollyhock, so I kept on feeding it kelp, and other fertilizers, every two weeks,... well, the hollyhock grew through the pot, the roots went right out the holes and it grabbed the ground. I didn't move it because I didn't want to kill my gourd, it was a five gallon pot.
Well, I got one little gourd, but the hollyhock grew over 12 feet tall and it grew for about three years that way till we had to dig it out to put in a sidewalk.. it was the funniest thing, we put a bench under it and sat there, it was like a tree.
MORAL of the story, don't plant anything else with it...lol
I haven't had a chance to mail those off yet. It has been pouring rain and my DH has been using my car. So... as soon as we have a sunny day I can walk to the PO from home. Its only about 1/2 mile and I always walk that way when I take my sweet dog for a walk. I will deffinately get them mail by next Tuesday at the latest.
Thanks for the info on the Holly hock. Whew that must have been a site. Too bad the gourd didn't benifit from all the kelp.
taters, try this site, and click on the side where it says projects and shows.. there should be some video tips there. I'll post more later, for some reason, I feel like I've been hit by a train today, my whole body hurts.. what a day!
The videos are free to watch, http://www.gourd.tv/shows.shtml I think you may just have to register on their site. I have not been there in a couple of years. I mixed the stained glass with the gourd and there can be many things incorporated with gourds.. you will like this craft.
I packed a box yesterday and DH took it with him this morning, so it should be on it's way by noon time. I asked him to put a confirmation sticker on it so that the PO gets it there sooner, I hope, sometimes when they see the green sticker they really deliver it a couple of days quicker. Also, if it costs close to the postage, he will send it priority instead of regular mail. Sent four and hopefully they aren't too bad, I grew these in CA and they are about the size of basketballs, maybe not so round though.. be looking for a big box..lol
Let me know when they arrive if you will.. Thank you again for the trade.