'Sending a special wink to Linda Ashmore ! *WINK* ;-) Click HERE for her website. Her gourds are awesome! To read the post about Linda's class, click THERE .
Let's begin with a "before and after" comparison. Clean gourds on the left, decorated gourds on the right! Yay me!
After scrubbing, but still wet, here's how they look. 'Not so bad. I like how similar they are to wood.
A kitchen brush and one of those copper wire scrubber things worked well for me. I just squirted hand soap on them and started cleaning. Some of the gourds cleaned very easily while others took some effort. It seems to help to dampen them and let them sit for a little while before attempting to scrub them.
Here is the basket of small clean gourds ready for me to begin. Oh, my! At this point, I need courage!
Handsome Husband had a can of polyurethane left over from one his projects, so I grabbed that, too!
It was pretty simple, really. I just smoothed on the leather dye, then rubbed it around the gourd, working pretty quickly. The gourds seem to really grab it. Once the dye was dry, I stepped outside and gave them a quick zap of poly.
The gourds that had a lot of warts were just sprayed with the poly. I wasn't sure I could get the dye around them very well. I think they are actually my favorites, though. I love seeing all the color variants.
You can probably tell the group on the upper left side have Desert Sand leather dye on them. The upper right side is Acorn Brown and the ones along the front only have polyurethane.
All together in the basket...
I paired them with my gourd made from Linda Ashmore's Class at Ozark Folkways along with a wonderful picture book about chickens. It is "The Illustrated Guide to Chickens" by Celia Lewis. If you love chickens, consider adding this book to your coffee table!
Whew! The first gourd project on my own is under my belt. It was easier than expected and loads of fun. I think I'll go find the wood burner and scrub another gourd. Who knows what will happen after that!
Thanks for stopping by and sharing the joy! ;-) -Marci