Nevada Gourd Society

  Est 2016

Heavy Metal

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Patti Jo Newsom

Friday, September 13

Full Day

9:00 am - 4:00 pm


Class description

In this class you will learn a fun way to make a bold, elegant statement using metallic embellishments. We will create a textured, metallic rim on the top and inlay a metallic focal piece in the front. We will add a touch of color using translucent ink dyes. To delineate our design, we will inlay leather cord.

This class is for all levels of gourders, but students are required to have basic knowledge of how to use their rotary tool (carver) and how to change bits. Based on expertise, the student might or might not complete the project, but those who do not finish will be given the supplies required to finish. In addition, everyone will be given a detailed set of instructions for this project.

I will supply a class ready gourd along with the metallic accents, dyes, paints, glues and leather cording required. I will have a variety of metallic focal pieces for students to choose from, including the ones pictured. I will supply everything needed for the project with the exception of what I have listed below for each student to bring.

What you are required to bring

  • A rotary tool (like dremel or Gourd Master carver) with all of your rotary tool bits including a sanding drum bit. I will have inexpensive bits you can buy if yours don't work for the project.
  • Your paint brushes, including a large soft-bristle brush and small detail brushes.
  • A sharp x-acto knife
  • A dust mask
  • Eye protection (safety glasses or glasses that you normally wear)

Class Cancellation Policy

If you need to cancel this class, you MUST contact us before September 1, 2019 in order to receive a refund. Note that NGS will withhold $10 per cancelled class to cover processing fees. To cancel, call Patti Jo Newsom @ 817-917-7873 or email
If a class does not meet the minimum number of students by the class cancellation cut-off date, the class will be cancelled, you will be contacted, and your full registration fee will be refunded.

About the instructor

Patti Jo Newsom is an active member of the American Gourd Society, Co-founder and Co-chair of the Nevada Gourd Society, Webmaster of the Nevada Gourd Society, and Director of the Pahrump Valley Gourd Patch. She is a certified Gare instructor and over the years she has experimented with a variety of artistic design techniques, painting on canvas, wood, and ceramics.  For the past 12 years she has concentrated on her gourd art and teaching classes for those who want to learn her techniques.

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