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Aug 6, 2011 7:03 AM CST
Name: Lance Gardner
coastal plain Virginia
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Thanks for the suggestions, they do look like fun to make. We made snowmen out of spinning top gourds, which I will write up for an early Christmas craft article.
I pretty much let Skye decide about decorating as long as it is something that will work. I think it is giving him a wonderful ability to think and plan out his activities and how he wants things to look or be used before he just jumps right in.
Question: I noticed when cleaning the spinning gourds there seemed two levels of mold or growth. The first would come off easily with brushing, while lots more effort was required to get off the layers underneath. Soaking in water softened the rest of it to make it easier to get off, but still a bit of work. Does the gourd need to be scraped free of all this growth before being decorated? Or will the paint and such soak through this more stubbornly attached mold and not peel off? I am not looking forward to trying to clean a bushel gourd to that extent!
The gourds do last for a very long time when taken care of, and lots of fun to grow. You are welcome to add a link in this thread if you want to send more gourd questions to your cubit.
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