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Saturday, January 19, 2013

Gourd Beading 101 in 2013

Where did the year go??
I swear, the older you get the faster time flys by.

I am going to be doing this for friends that have asked for it

I am working on a tutorial for gourd beading. I am doing it frame by frame as I don't have a mobile web cam and I can't use my camera as I only have two hands.

I think though that I am going to share the tutorial here as a lot of friends have expressed an interest in learning the art.

Very first requirement is the Patience of Job. It takes a long time to complete a project but once you do you will be a Happy Happy Happy.

These are a few of the ones that I have done in the past just to give you an idea of what the beaded gourds look like.

Now that you see what I am talking about. I will post a materials list and then begin the tutorial'
Would love to hear if there is any interest.

Materials list,

Depending on the surface you wish to work on will determine how many sheets of beeswax you will want.

I have used gourds, Ostrich eggs, emu eggs but they are a little more fragile. I have also used a sword fish bill like the one below.
I would at least begin with about 10 -15 sheets of Beeswax natural. 
Lots and lots of 13/0 seed beads.
A design in mind and lots of time.
Don't get in a hurry as it just won't come together.
Most of my students purchase one of my 'Thing-A-Ma-Jigs"
Like the one below
You really need one of these or a T-pin to pick up the 13/0 seed beads as each one is pushed into the wax one bead at a time.

I will break off here and give everyone a chance to gather some of the materials if you are interested in trying this. 
If you are interested in one of the Thing-A-Ma-Jigs you can purchase one from me for $5.
plus shipping.
Until our next meeting start your gathering and let me know if you are really interested in learning this technique.


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