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Monday, October 5, 2009

Gourds


These are some gourds I picked. I went out and was just looking for some that looked almost dry. I found these and brought them in the house and wiped them off then I took shoe polish and polished them with that. It gives them the nicest warm color and after I buffed them like you would shoes they had such a nice shine. I am thinking of getting some different colors of shoe polish and see what would happen with that. I talked to a lady today, who told me that her daughter lives in Tulare and she grows and paints gourds and she sells hers from 300 to 500 dollars apiece. I was so interested in that. I think next weekend I will have to see about picking the rest of the ones that are out there. I hope to grow lots more different kinds next year. I love all of the textures and the different shapes. Not to mention I think it would be fun to do different colors. Maybe some orange ones. :)

4 comments:

  1. Oh those are so pretty! I love how shiny they are! It would be cool if you tried "painting" different things on them with the shoe polish.

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  2. I have some gourd books that I need to dig out and read up on what you use to paint them with. When I was friends with this lady who carved gourds a long time ago, she used shoe polish. I keep thinking about using the stuff you use to antique stuff with. That might turn out cool.

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  3. Wow, up to $500? Heck, you can try painting a few gourds for that much!

    As for painting them, I don't know what you'd use. You probably want something transparent, i.e. not acrylic paint.

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  4. Hey, Kessie, I will try shoe polish first, that is kind of neat to work with. I was real happy with the first batch. I can't wait until the great big ones are dry.

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