Monday, January 28, 2008

Gourd Podcast, Episode 2: Gourd Cats

In this episode, I talked about finishing my Mini Frog on Gourd and about making Gourd Cats. I greatly enjoyed doing the leaves and the polymer clay frog for the online class. They were a lot of fun. I overcooked the gourd and leaves (and frog), but it does give an interesting texture at the same time. I'm still working on the Christmas Crow. Both projects are from Check out all of their classes. They're great! I learned how not to do quite a number of things in this lesson: don't overcook a gourd - it smokes and the air becomes hard to breathe. I'm getting used to my new oven I purchased just for polymer clay. It is a little too efficient and I'm going to have to cut down the temperature next time.
Back to the Gourd Cats. I used paper clay to mold the eyes, ears, nose and cheeks. Paper clay is great to work with and air dries very quickly. It's easy to sand when dry and takes paint well. The tail is the handle of a dipper gourd and was cut off at the base and attached with liquid nails, then covered with paper clay to smooth it out. The painting of the mouse on the back of the cat was inspired by a line drawing of a mouse in a royalty-free pattern book of animal sketches.Hope you enjoy the pictures. Join me for this podcast at:

New Pirate Identity

Sometimes you just have to be silly. Well, I did go to ECU after all.

My pirate name is:

Iron Mary Flint

A pirate's life isn't easy; it takes a tough person. That's okay with you, though, since you a tough person. Like the rock flint, you're hard and sharp. But, also like flint, you're easily chipped, and sparky. Arr!

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Thursday, January 10, 2008

New Gourd Podcast

I created a new podcast today through The website is . I'm really excited about it. I've tried and tried to find a podcast about gourds (there is a never ending supply of knitting podcasts, which is okay with me), but none on gourds. Well, now there is. I don't have a theatrical voice, and I apologize for any technical glitches. I'm more interested in getting information out to people who want to know about gourds. Maybe I'll take a class sometime to learn how to spruce it up with some background music and better audio, but for right now, it's a start. Please give me feedback if you listen. Thanks for visiting.