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hand carved gourd bead by tarpalsfan hand carved gourd bead by tarpalsfan
This is a rough hand carved gourd bead. It will be a Jack O Lantern when I am finished with it, if all goes well. This still has its 'guts', a.k.a, seeds, fibers, inside, that all has to come out through its mouth, hopefully I will not break it's teeth off! This bead is less than two inches tall, and about an inch wide.
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I enter my best bead in the county fair, and try to sell a few of the others.
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Dragonfoxx70 Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Amazing! =D You are so gifted, Kathy! :hug:
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tarpalsfan Featured By Owner May 16, 2013
You are to kind, Anita:hug:
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Ohthehumanityplz Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I think the pencil markings really give it texture.
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tarpalsfan Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012
Thanks! I hope it still has some of that texture after I paint it! :wave: from tarp
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Ohthehumanityplz Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You can probably add some pencil marks after the paint, to add some overlining. You don't have to, but it's just a idea.
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tarpalsfan Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012
That is a cool idea. (the pencil) I wonder if it will hold up under a sealer?
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One think I do, is either paint the insides of the gourd jacks mouths and eyes either black, or yellow. It makes the features stand out.
I don't have any finished beads on hand to show you though.
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I also craft mini bottles into stacked Jacks, then leave a tiny hole in the bottom and top, for glow sticks! They look great on a shelf around Halloween, and there is not chance of fire!
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I carved a huge Martin House gourd into a Jack O Lantern container with a removable top. I don't have it anymore, as an elderly lady bought it!
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I sell a few of these things, but honestly never make any money. The time and effort that goes into these is unbelievable.
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Ohthehumanityplz Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
There's this one book called "Return of the Dapper Men", and the artist used a adhesive to combine wood and her art together. It could be the same with your gourds.
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TimidWolf91 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
AHAHAHAHAAAAAH that's really cute!!! :la:
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tarpalsfan Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012
Thank you Daniela. I hope it is still cute when I finish it. :)
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vane-ve Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Student Artist
:iconhalloweenplz: :iconhalloweenplz: :iconhalloweenplz: pretty nice pumpikin XD he smile me :D
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tarpalsfan Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012
Venessa, this is a gourd, (calabash). Some of the worlds very best gourd artist come from Peru. Have you grown any gourds or crafted any?
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Also, this isn't finished yet, I still have to paint and seal it. It will be part of a necklace. (it is very small)
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Thanks for the comment hon! :heart: from tarp
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vane-ve Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Student Artist
in my country that's the beauty of hand craftsmanship is difficult to get in my country (that I live here) is hard to get find carved like that of your photo that you shoot it :meow: XDDDD here have a pretty fair going craft bags and clothing this weekend
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tarpalsfan Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012
Look and see if there are not any crafted gourds at the craft show, that is where you'd find them. :nod: They would not be like mine, but engraved like a pen and ink drawing, a bowl with seed beads, or maybe on that opens with a little Nativity inside. I don't know what they are called in Spanish, except maybe calabash.
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Textile arts are amazing, so beautiful. Let me know if you find any goodies at the fair! :clap: from tarp
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vane-ve Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Student Artist
I have some earrings seed :D "wayruro" is the name [link]
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is beautiful comes from the jungle but I think also by the Sierra the wayruro used in jewelry (necklaces, ornaments cell, etc.) also in some toys I remember my grandfather bought me a duck-billed pumpkin seed :D thanks for appreciated the Peruvian handicrafts
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tarpalsfan Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012
I followed the links. One said that these beautiful seedpods were made into some sort of dope. To bad.
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My friend who passed away gave me some seedpod jewelry from Hawaii. That was many years ago, and the necklace had deteriorated.
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Here is a great link to gourd art from all of the world. Including many gourds from Peru, they are some of the most beautiful pieces in the world.
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Today, I will get some gourd seed started. I will also buy a few more seeds, some types that I don't have. My garden has something wrong with it. So I have very little space. I will do alot of planting in containers this year.
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Hugs a million. :heart: from Kathy
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vane-ve Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Student Artist
unfortunately some people take other "advantage" for these seds in generally exclusive use is only for crafts and yeah!and seen the beautiful link you gave me thank you very much :blowkiss: I really enjoy it :D a lot tell me you collect these seeds in your garden you will make some necklaces and earrings I'm so excited to see tht you do :D million hugs :hug:
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tarpalsfan Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012
They are beautiful, the seeds that you linked me, that is a truely gorgous red. You know here, some people are so desprate to get high, that they eat mushrooms that they find growing under piles of cow sh*t. I think those people would eat the cow sh*t itself if it gave them a buzz.
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I have seen gourd seed necklaces, and the seeds can be used to decorate the dried gourds themselves. But mostly, the dried fruits are used. In some countrys, the seeds are ground into somthing like cornmeal. I though, do not save much seed, as gourds cross polinate very easly.
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Some of the young gourd fruits are excellent vegetables. (langeria type) I try and grow the long variety of Luffa. It is the best veggie I have ever eatten, I love it! If the fruits get to big to eat, they make great sponges when they are dry. You have probably seen them in the store. :)
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Thank you for the reply, Vanessa. I appreciate it very much. Only two people even commented or saw my gourd photos. You and Daniela. :hug: from tarp
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jw-18 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah ha! One of your famous gourd beads! Looking forward to seeing it finished!
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tarpalsfan Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012
Famous? I wish! I will probably carve some more of the little ones before I get the paints out. I cleaned a couple of more of the tiny gourds today. I found one that is just less than an inch and a half tall:!
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I found a gourd seed seller that has mini bottles under two inches, Don said no more gourd seed! But I also found the rare strawberry gourd see-and that is one he wants.
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You have gourds in New Zealnd?
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Zage56 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012
Cool! What type of tools did you use?
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tarpalsfan Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012
It is pretty clean, and alot nicer looking now after I have the seeds and fibers cleaned out, and everything sanded.
tools:
craft knife with #5 blade
soft jewelry wire hook. (I made with pliers
long needle
emery board
scissors
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It will need to have several coats of paint and a sealer before it is finished.
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Thanks Richard! :hug: from tarp
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roundtower Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ja,ja,ja. Very cool! ;-)
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tarpalsfan Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012
Thanks Nuria:) from tarp
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LordOfTheBinks Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012   General Artist
How long did you work on this?
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tarpalsfan Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012
This one took me a little longer than most, to the point you see, about an hour and a half to two hours. It is now cleaned out, and the carving sharpened, it is just about ready to paint.
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That is just the drawing and carving part.

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