The project that I came up with for today is actually something that would look very good in the Fall, which is just around the corner.
The Items needed for this project are:
Proxxon Jig Saw
Proxxon Rotary Tool
Proxxon Delta Sander
Wood Burning Tool
Small Paint Brush
Plaid Dye - Lady Marmalade
Plaid Dye - Pucker Up
Plaid Dye - Infra Red
To begin, I traced the outline of a Maple leaf onto the gourd and wood burned the entire leaf.
Plaid Dyes in Lady Marmalade which is an orange color, Pucker Up which is a yellow color and Infra Red which is of course a red color. This picture is of the bottles that the Plaid Dyes come in:
And this picture is of the colors tried out with just two light coats of the dye put onto the gourd.
Proxxon Jig Saw to cut around the leaf.
Proxxon Rotary Tool and a special Master Carver bur to make the job go more smoothly.
Proxxon Delta Sander to smooth the tips and a piece of fine sandpaper to get all the crevices. I then painted the back and edges with black gesso and sealed the piece both front and back with the Kamar Varnish. I glued a pin back onto the gourd leaf and Voila' I was finished.
Proxxon Micro Tools at www.proxxon.com if you like to work with tools made special for the shop.