Crafting with Gourds: Building, Painting, and Embellishing Birdhouses, Flowerpots, Wind Chimes, and More

Crafting with Gourds: Building, Painting, and Embellishing Birdhouses, Flowerpots, Wind Chimes, and More

by Lora S. Irish


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Transform ordinary gourds into extraordinary art! This complete artist’s guide to gourd crafting will teach you an amazing array of techniques for creating unique and attractive décor. Legendary crafting artist Lora S. Irish explains all the basics from gourd selection and preparation to materials, supplies, and construction methods. Learn interesting ways to blow, dab, drip, and splatter paint to make spectacular effects. Discover how to add 3D texture and sculpt gourd art that is both visually and tangibly fascinating. Lora guides you through 14 step-by-step projects for making beautiful birdhouses, wind chimes, pitchers, flowerpots, and more.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781565239609
Publisher: Fox Chapel Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/09/2018
Pages: 168
Sales rank: 520,555
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Lora S. Irish is an internationally known artist and author, whose acclaimed books include Great Book of Carving Patterns, Great Book of Celtic Patterns, Great Book of Dragon Patterns, Great Book of Tattoo Designs, The Official Vampire Artist's Handbook, Relief Carving Wood Spirits, World Wildlife Patterns for the Scroll Saw, and many more. Fox Chapel Publishing has sold more than 500,000 copies of Irish's books. Lora is also a frequent contributor to Woodcarving Illustrated and to Scroll Saw Woodworking and Crafts magazines.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Getting Started

Thinking about Gourd Projects 10

Supplies 13

Gourd Preparation 26

Construction Skills 32

Special Skills 42

Chapter 2 Smooth Projects

Wind Chime Construction 48

Dip Wind Chime 58

Drip Wind Chime 68

Drip Flowerpot 74

Dab Wind Chime 80

Dab Pitcher 86

Splatter Birdhouse 100

Blown Bird 106

Netting Bird 112

Cloisonné Birdhouse 118

Chapter 3 Textured Projects

Sculpture Paste Woolly Lamb 132

Sculpture Paste Starburst Birdhouse 140

Textile Birdhouse 146

Crochet Bowl 154

Newspaper Collage Bird 158

Ready to Fly 166

About the Author 167

Index 168

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