Gourding is one my fave crafts. We grow them out here in the boonies. My husband is a gardener so he is always working to figure out how to make a bigger, thicker gourd. So I thought I would share one of my pieces and how I did it.
This Is my gourd clock. I created it using a gourd about as big around as a basket ball and a bit taller. I loved the flawed areas on it- cracks, divets and I love copper so there is the beginning. After scrubbing and sanding the outside to remove all the dirt, mold and residue from drying, I cut the bottom to give a flat place for the clock to sit and to create easy access to the clock parts, hollowed out the inside and drilled holes for the copper wire and clock pieces. Next I used a wood filler to reinforce the areas that might crack further or break and sealed the inside with a black spray paint. After a light final sanding, I used acrylic paints in turquoise, red, orange,black and copper to create a marbling effect on the gourd and allowed it to dry. I mixed Triple thick with some copper and gold mica and covered the entire piece and allowed it to dry for 24 hours.
I used copper armature wire that I found on Amazon to weave through the holes in the top, make the lacing across the cracks and the coiled designs for hanging and time keeping. I love this wire because it is pliable but strong and the color is just perfect. Finally, I got my hubby to help me set the time piece with a spacer. I purchased the clock parts at Hobby Lobby.
We donated this one to the” Make Time for Kids” auction for Casa.