I cut the upper portion of the gourd and after cleaning out the
gourd, I make a circle of wood to seal off that open portion of
the gourd and make a small hole in the center of this circle to
allow the carved handle to pass through and also drill a small
hole in the end of the gourd to allow the carved handle to pass
all the way through with enough of the wood handle sticking out
to bead and add a bundle of horse hair on the end.
The next step is to cover the entire carved wood handle with thin
leather to bead on and proceed to bead the handle with 10/0
glass seed beads in a pattern that I make and colors I choose.
I also make what is called "Trailers" on the end of the rattle handle
by cutting narrow strips of Deer Leather as decoration.
This sort of rattle is used as a Ceremonial Rattle in a Native
I am including three pictures of the rattle to show details.
Close Up of Beading On Handle
Close Up of Beading On End of Rattle And Horsehair Bundle
I have noticed a lack of traffic on this blog and also a lack of comments,
it could be the Holiday that causes this, or is it a lack of interest in what I post?
I appreciate your comments and eagerly await your viewing and comments,
but I have almost come to the conclusion that I am just doing this to satisfy
my own need for sharing my Art with others, comments or not but still like them. <>}}:-)