Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Fielding a Question about Gourds
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I am getting a few questions on the use of freshly cut gourds. Tis the season, after all!
If you find or grow fresh gourds, ( I got some at the pumpkin patch) the best thing to do is place them on a plate or tray with gravel in it, in a warm dry place. Then turn them every couple of days to make sure they dry evenly. They are pretty and this makes a good looking fall display on a table. I have also heard that sponging them off once a week or so with a dilute bleach solution increases your chances they will dry well. Mold is your main concern.
Once they are all dry, (which takes quite a while, a few months anyway) they will be a golden color and will rattle when shaken.
Then just scrub them with a scouring pad, dry them off and seal them of you want to. I used mod podge and some people use furniture wax.
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