Gourd Crafts: 20 Great Projects to Dye, Paint, Carve, Bead, and Woodburn in a Weekend

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Lark Books, 2000 - Crafts & Hobbies - 80 pages
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A guide to using the Cucurbita and Lagenaria siceraria (a sort of hard shelled pumpkin), for a range of decorative uses in the home and in the garden. No special tools or equipment are needed, standard craft materials such as a scalpel, paints, leather dyes, shoe polish, varnish and stains. The projects include cups and bowls, bracelets, carved vase, duck-shaped birdhouse, stamped and woodburned earrings, masks, candle holders, ornamental flowerpots and an African musical rattle.

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Contents

Introduction
6
8 What is a Gourd?
8
Preparing the Gourd for Crafting
10
Surface Treatments for Decorating the Gourd
15
Simple Fruits and Vegetables
22
Flowerpots with Upholstery Tacks
24
SouthwestStyle Mask
26
Mexican Painted Dippers
28
Woodburned Bowls
51
Leaf Motif Luminaria
54
Pedestal Bowl with Decoupage Lining
57
Carved Vase
60
Relief Carved Bowl
62
Handled Basked with Leather Trim
65
Miniature Pots with Knotless Netting
67
Gourd with Pine Needle Coiling
69

Santa Claus Figure
31
Simple Candleholders
34
Lidded Container with Painted Bird
36
Mother Goose Birdhouse
39
Tortilla Warmer
43
Scorched Tea Cups
46
Branded Bracelets
48
African Bead Shekerie
71
Gallery
74
Contributing Artists
77
Acknowledgments
78
Index
79
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About the author (2000)

Ginger Summit Ginger Summit is a founding member and vice president of the California Gourd Society and a spokesperson who travels to libraries and convention to promote gourds as art forms. Summit has written Gourds in Your Garden: A Guidebook for the Home Gardner and The Complete Book of Gourd Craft: 22 Projects, 55 Decorative Techniques, 300 Inspirational Designs.

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