Saturday, October 17, 2009

Geometric Designs and Gems

Gourd Art # 108
Today's post is of another Gourd Art I just finished after working on it for the past two weeks.
The Gourd is a nice Big one,finished it stands 13 1/2 inches tall and is 12 inches wide at it's widest part, and did manage to give me quite a challenge to create it.
The Gourd is not fully round, as most gourds are not, and has a somewhat bulbous shape which lends it's self to a storage type gourd (to keep things in it).
I started out by first drawing on some Geometric Designs and then wood burning the designs in, and then cutting the diamond shaped pieces of top grade Lapis to be inlaid into the upper boarder portion. There are 22 diamond shaped pieces inlaid into the upper boarder and then a boarder around each piece wood burned in and colored with a special Sliver paint.
I then proceeded to color in all the Geometric Designs with leather dye, then there was one slightly bad spot just below the upper boarder in the gourd, so I designed another Geometric Design there and cut another piece of Lapis to be inlaid in that spot where it was pitted.
The next challenge was the top that I had cut off, it had some deep cracks and gouges in it,I filled those places and then drew on a ribbon type design, wood burned it in, then colored with leather dye.
Finished Gourd Art

View from the top

The troublsome top before

Showing top after

Signed bottom


Your EG Tour Guide said...

I like the way you so artfully disguised the gourd's imperfections! The design is beautiful.

hetty said...

I am just blown away by that beautiful gourd! You are indeed talented! And I love the buzzard skywatch photos! Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving me a comment! I would never have found you blog otherwise! I will be back to look around when I have more time. And I love the music! Thanks!

~Cheryl said...

Beautiful! It's hard to imagine the size....what a gourd! I think the swirly ribbon on top is wonderful!