Friday, April 22, 2016

Spring Blooms!

Today I posted a little tutorial over on the Tiny Tool Time Blog on how to make some pretty Spring flowers from small gourds. Please hop on over there to get your dose of gourd!

And leave me a little love.

Barbara

Friday, April 8, 2016

A Card Holder made from an Apple Gourd

If you read this within the first couple of days of my posting this, then I will be at the Missouri Gourd Festival in Springfield, MO. While getting ready for this wonderful festival, I thought it might be fun to make a special piece to put my business cards in, as I have a booth and sell some supplies.

Items needed for this project: 

An Apple Gourd
A simple card holder
Glue
Apple Red Paint
Jacaranda Pod
Spray Sealer

I started out this project by first drawing a line around the card holder onto the top of the gourd and then cutting out the shape, using the Proxxon Jig Saw STS 12/E.
Here's what the gourd looked like after the gourd was opened. See all the gourd pulp inside?
The card holder sitting beside the gourd is the one that was used. Then I took the Proxxon Belt Sander BS/E and sanded all of the edges smooth. I was also trying out the fit if you will of the card holder as I worked. The hole looked so smooth and really fit the card holder well.







Once all was sanded smooth and the card holder fit, I painted the gourd, glued on the jacaranda pod, sealed the gourd with a good sealer and inserted the holder and glued it in. This is the final result.

This really is a nice piece and looks just like a big 'ole apple holding some business cards!! I know I'm going to get a lot of comments on this one from the people going through my booth. What do you think? Do you have any questions about the tools that I've been using? Just ask and if I don't know I'm sure Proxxon Will!

Barbara

Friday, March 25, 2016

A Name Tag from a Gourd Scrap!

This has been a rather busy week for me and the reason being that I have a Gourd Festival to go to in just a few weeks and I must prepare for it. One of the things that the Gourd Society would like for everyone to do is wear a name tag made out of a piece of gourd. You can decorate it in anyway that you choose but they would like the base to be a gourd piece. Sooo, I've had a tag that I made the first year that I participated in the show but had said that I was going to make a new one for this year. If you will go over to Tiny Tool Time Blog you can see the instructions for the new name tag that I made and the neat tools I used to do it with!

Barbara

Friday, March 11, 2016

Making a Tiny Drum for Decor

I've posted the instructions for making this adorable tiny drum with Native American traits onto the Tiny Tool Time Blog. Please take a moment to go on over, read the tutorial and leave me a comment or two.
Proxxon Tools is a great company to purchase your tiny tools from. Go to here to see the post:
www.tinytooltime.blogspot.com

Barbara

Friday, February 26, 2016

How about some Yard Birds?








I had a request for a few of my funky yard birds at a place where I sell my gourd art. They were putting up a display for Spring. So, I've been working diligently this week on six new yard birds!



These "Yard Birds" which have actually been made from gourds and gourd pieces and can be put out in your flower bed for the Summer. Once the season is over though it is best if you bring them in, wipe them off and seal them again before putting them out in your flower bed for another Summer! I love using my Proxxon Jigsaw for gourds when I work and I'm so happy to have had the opportunity to use one. You really need to check out all the tools at www.proxxon.com , you'll have a wish list in no time! 

Please go over to the Tiny Tool Time Blog to get the instructions on how to create a few of these birds for yourself and leave me some love in the comments section.

Barbara

Friday, February 12, 2016

Trying out a new tool and lovin' it!

Hello everyone! I've done a little tutorial for you using my Proxxon Jig Saw STS 12/E and my brand new "Belt Sander BS/E". I'll tell you what, I've been so excited to receive my new belt sander! I had a terrible time deciding whether I wanted to try the jigsaw or the sander out first and chose the jigsaw first and then received the Delta Sander OZI/E to try! These tiny tools are just amazing folks! If you use or need some tiny tools, then I would definitely recommend the Proxxon brand.


If you'd like to know how I made this pendant necklace, head on over to the Tiny Tool Time blog. Please leave me a comment and let me know how you feel about my tutorials. Until next time,

Barbara

Friday, January 22, 2016

A Valentine Gourd with an Awesome Proxxon Tool!

This particular project was a lot of fun to do as it was in my favorite medium to work with which is gourds. I really enjoy using the Proxxon Jig Saw STS 12/E. I use it with the foot pedal and it is a great little saw.

For this project you will need:


1 medium/large gourd
1 bottle of adirondack ink/color: Poppyfield
1 bottle of metallic gold acrylic paint
1 bottle of black acrylic paint
Sandpaper
Xacto knife
Proxxon Jig Saw STS 12/E
Proxxon Delta Sander OZI/E

To begin with I chose what I believed to be a good gourd to work with. After you've worked with gourds for awhile you can feel the differences in them and hopefully choose one that will be good to work with. (Not always though) I then measured and drew a line around the gourd where I wanted to cut the top out. I use an xacto knife and make a slit in the gourd where I want to insert my saw blade to start my cut. I then cut the top off the gourd and cleaned the insides out until it was smooth and free from any gourd pulp.
Once cleaned and sanded smooth on the inside, I painted the inside of the gourd black and the rim of the gourd black and let it dry. As soon as it was dry enough to handle without getting black paint on me while holding it, I traced some hearts onto the gourd in four lines that I had measured to get the lines of hearts even across the gourd. I then proceeded to use the xacto to make slits in each heart so that I could insert the saw and cut them out.
After accomplishing that, I then wood burned celtic hearts in between each line of hearts.
Next up was coloring the gourd with Poppyfield, Adirondack Ink but leaving the celtic heart lines undone. I then used the Metallic gold paint to paint the lines of the celtic hearts and also to paint the insides of the lines of hearts. The whole gourd turned out wonderfully and I put a couple of tea lights inside just to see how it would look.
Now this is a Valentine Gourd! I love my Proxxon Jig Saw
If you think that you might be interested in one of the Tiny Tools that you see here just go to www.proxxon.com and check them out.
If you would like to read more and see more projects that use the Tiny Tools. Please hop on over to http://tinytooltime.blogspot.com

Barbara