Judy is the Show Coordinator for the Calabash Club of Silicon Valley. Her background is 20 years of painting in acrylics and specializing in Native American themes. Since she makes all of her own greeting cards and uses rubber stamp techniques, she soon realized that she could apply these same techniques to gourd art.
|5. Begin using the embossing pen a section at a time (6-8 inches is good). This will help prevent premature drying.|
|6. Sprinkle the ultra-thick embossing powder onto the wet surface. Be generous with the powder. Shake the gourd to loosen any extra powder. If some of the embossing powder has spilled over into another area, use the medium brush to brush the particles away.|
7. Hold the heating gun 2-3" directly above the area you want to enamel. This process heats up the embossing powder into a liquid state. If you hold the heating gun on one area for too long, bubbles may appear or the liquid powder will spread too thin. It takes only a few seconds to bring the embossing powder to a liquid state.
| 8. The
outcome should be a semi-smooth, glassy surface. A second coat may be desired.
The area that is heated will harden
quickly and will remain hot for a minute or so. If you accidentally put a fingerprint or mark into it, just re-heat the area until the marks disappear. If you want to speed up the cooling and hardening process, use the cool setting on a hand held hair dryer.
the enameling process is completed and the rest of the gourd is ready,
spray a light coat of non-yellowing craft spray over the entire gourd.
The spray gives the gourd a nice sheen and helps protect the enameled
Note: If you wish to blend several embossing powders together, place different powders side by side and practice with the heating gun for interesting effects.
Note: When experimenting with other embossing powders, I have found that when working with thinner powders, they tend to peel away.
Note: When doing a combination of pyrography, enameling and dyeing on the gourd, the best order of working is: 1) Base coat the areas to be enameled; 2) Pyrography; 3) Dye; 4) Enameling process; 5) Spray.
Note: For a glaze effect, use any color paint as a base coat; over the base coat put Suze Weinberg's clear untra thick embossing enamel the same way you would apply the other ultra-thick embossing powders. (The Eagle's Head).
Note: While the embossing powder is in a liquid state, try imprinting a rubber stamp into it. As it cools, the rubber stamp will pop out!
Note: If the surface tends to oxidize, use RUB 'N' BUFF in gold and silver leaf by AMACO; Copper color is by Treasure Gold. If anyone comes up with other ways to use these techniques, please let me know. Would love to see any photos of your projects. My e-mail is LARR2000@YNN.com Happy Enameling!!