Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Making a thin gourd wonderful with Creative Paperclay®

 

My project this time transformed a very thin ugly little gourd into a beautiful bowl. I had this gourd for quite some time because when I cut it open and cleaned it the gourd was super thin. I set it aside rather than work with it. I was looking for something else the other day and came across this gourd and had the bright idea that I could save it and transform it with some Creative Paperclay®.

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Not very pretty is it? I don’t know if you can see how thin it is but take my word for it. The first thing I did was cover the gourd with Creative Paperclay®.

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Once the paperclay was applied to the gourd, I first let it completely dry and then sanded it smooth by hand. I then painted the inside of the gourd black. On the outside I mixed up some Sakura Crystal Lacquer and Terri Sproul Mixers, Tanzanite Blue Shimmer and Green Shimmer and painted it on the gourd. When that was finished and dry, I added some mosaic black tiles and voila’ look what we have now!

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So here you see the finished project, this gourd is really beautiful. Can you see the shimmer on it? I love the look of that shimmer and I love this color. Look at the before and then look at the after. Wow, quite a difference isn’t it? Creative Paperclay® is a great paperclay to work with and I’ve been using it for quite a long time. You need to try it too!

 

Barbara

6 comments:

Camille Short said...

Just love that gourd!

TAXCAT1 said...

Could you have done it in reverse, using the paperclay to strengthen the INSIDE of the gourd? That way it would still look like a gourd...very beautiful work!!

Barbara Rankin said...

I love your gourds, Barbara. You are so very talented, and this one is no exception. Great idea for strengthening it. Love it.

Kitty said...

That gourd is GLOWING! Incredible!!! Such a wonderful talent you have Barb!

Kitty

Theresa said...

WOW, that is gorgeous! Have a blessed day, HUGS!

Barbara Moore said...

Thank you everyone for your kind comments! Yes Taxcat1 I could have put the clay on the inside but the outside didn't look that great either.

Hugs XX
Barbara