Friday, July 7, 2017

Have you ever seen pine needle coiling?

My project this time is about using my Proxxon Tools to make a gourd bowl with a pine needle rim. I'm sure you have all figured out by now that making gourd art is my primary art to work in. However I am trying to branch out quite a bit lately.

The Supplies Needed for This Project:

Proxxon Jig Saw
Proxxon Rotary Tool and burrs
Pine Needles
Artificial Sinew
Acrylic Paint (Dark Green)
Alcohol Ink (Green)
Paint Brush
Soft cloth

I started out with a gourd that was actually kind of leaning at the top but which set very nicely. I measured a level line all the way around the gourd to give me a line to cut on.
I used my Proxxon Jig Saw to cut out the bottom along the line that I had drawn.
This is how it looked once it had been cut. See how nasty it looks inside? I used my Proxxon rotary tool and a sanding wheel to smooth out the top edge after I scraped out all of the insides.
I then drew another line in a curve in the front and cut it out also. I thought it was just too plain like that. I then smoothed that out with the sanding wheel also. I painted the inside with the dark green acrylic paint.
Once that was done, I coated the outside of the gourd with the green alcohol ink. I used my Proxxon Rotary Tool and a drill bit to drill holes all around the top of the gourd and coiled three rows of pine needles around it.
The pine needles that I used , I had dyed a turquoise color and they really complimented the green of the gourd. Once I had finished all of the coiling I tied the embellishments on the front.
I thought it turned out really lovely. I use my Proxxon Tools a LOT when I'm working on gourds. You need to take a look at all of the tools that they have at



Misty said...

Thanks Barbara this is something I don't know how to do yet. So am going to study and give it a shot. Very helpful and am eager to try. Thanks bunches for sharing.

Betty said...

I really like your gourd I have never seen pine needles fixed like this