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In gardening this yard over the last 3 summers and all seasons in between, I've disturbed my share of frogs and toads and things. SO... last time I messed up a little nest of them, I promised them I'd make it up to them. I've made a little village for them in my herb garden, and I so hope they move in!
Ohhhh! I just love it! Tooo cute! Could start a whole new community planning explosion. Even comes with its own Mayor.
Briggy... Ive got a Question! Its a little sideways to the topic, but .. How do you apply the beeswax? I have gourds waiting for their finishing coats but cant seem to figure out how to add beeswax.
I sent a Dmail to gourdbeader...here is her answer...Jo
Well, you just take a sheet of beeswax and tear it into several pieces and just keep applying them one a piece at a time. Be sure to press out all the combs as you go along. I might mention that as you are doing this it helps to use the back of a large spoon to remove the combs and keep, this will sound weird, but keep licking the back of the spoon so the wax doesn't stick to it. This way you will have your DNA in your work. If licking doesn't work for you then you can dip the spoon in some water instead but licking is easier.
Now if you are melting wax to apply it, then you need to apply single layers at a time with a paint brust. The brush will be toast afterwords but you can use it again next time with the melted wax.
I much prefer the sheets though. Alot less messy. You need to apply at least two layers of wax so that there is enough to hold the beads.
Let me know if you need more help.
Hey you guys. It is so much easier to apply the wax by sheets. I will try and show you how if you are interested.
If you just take a piece of beeswax sheet, tear it into smaller pieces so it is easier to handle, then start at he bottom or where ever you want and just start pushing the sheet onto the gourd. Smaller piece apply easier then a whole sheet. You just keep pushing it down and try to get most of the combs out. Once you get the first piece on you just keep overlapping the next piece and so on and so on. Once it is coverd and you go back and push out most of the combs, its not absolutely necessary but it helps when you go to apply the beads to have a flat surface, then you apply a second layer all over it again. You need at least two layers so the beads will set down in the wax. If you use the painted on wax method you will find that the wax is harder to apply the beads to. The sheets are softer and easier to work with.
As far as the sculpting goes, Whew, I begin by building up several layers of wax in the general shape of what I want to sculpt. I then start to carve away and push around the wax and add more to build up certain areas like I have done with the white buffalo below. I rolled pieces of wax to make the dreadlock shapes of his coat then just kept adding and subtracting what I neede to accomplish the finish product. I will try to make up a book of sorts to send out if anyone is interested. Let me know and I will give it a try.
See the pic below for a little info.
If you look beyond the buffalo you can see where there is several layers of wax. I will show you another photo. The horns are made from Fimo clay.
Like I say if there is enough interest I will try and draft a make shift instruction book. Who knows maybe I could publish it. Heheh
In this photo you can see where I have built up several layers and then began the sculpting
Here is a smaller one that I did for Christmas. I didn't cover the entire gourd on this one. I just formed up the Santa and kept adding layers and removing until I had what I wanted.
This was a Christmas present to a new friend so you are reading a sentimental gift as well.
I used marine polyurethane, which is for interior/exterior. I guess it is made for boats. I put double coats inside and out! It should last a few years.
PS. I think it would look better with some leaves carved on to it. But I was in a rush...
Just an update on the Toad Village -- yes, they seem to LOVE living there! Yay! And yes, one DOES need to seal the gourds! I had to do some really serious weeding in that bed and picked one up, and the part that was in contact with the ground was pretty much just gone. So, I'm leaving it alone for the present since all the critters want is a roof anyway, but when I remodel this winter, I'll seal the gourds, either with wax or paint.
I've been AWOL, I know -- a new grandson (Isaac) born 9 weeks early has kept us hopping for quite a while. He was in Texas Children's Hospital for several weeks for his lungs, but now he is home and absolutely thriving, thank Heaven! I hope to get active on DG again, but it's still a little twitchy, if you know what I mean. Apparently no one can take care of things like Grandma can...