If you'd like to get started working with gourds, jump on in! This page will give you and idea of the tools and supplies you will need to get started. You don't necessarily need everything you see below, and as you grow in your craft, you quickly will identify other items, not shown below, that are essential to creating gourd art to your own standards. But the items below constitute a good basic list of tools and supplies.
First Things First
|You can't get started working on gourds ... unless you have gourds!|
Before you cut open your first gourd, purchase (and wear) a quality protective mask, latex gloves, and other protective items as you may wish (such as a hat and "junky clothes").
Refer to our Health Precautions page for more information.
|3M's Model R-6211HC dual-cartridge respirator assembly mask|
|Electric drill and steel brushes|
|Gourd cleaning tools|
|Dremel rotary tool with
Assorted Dremel bits and cleaning attachments
|Optima 1 burner with assorted tips|
|Oil paints and a variety of brushes|
|Angelus leather dyes
|Krylon spray acrylic
R.W.'s Right-Step Varnish
Goddard's Furniture Wax
|Jo Sonja's Artist's Gouache acrylic paints and a variety of brushes|
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