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!!
My very own Gourdbeader Gourd!!
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.
Yep, its beeswax formed ontop of a small buffalo gourd or any gourd that you chose.
So glad that I can be an inspiration to someone. Isn't it a great feeling..
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
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!
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.
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
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
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
Catlady...I should have read this before I read your Dmail....LOL Yes. I will ask. Jo
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.
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