One of my Rhythm Workers Union friends saw the parti-colored snake shekere with cowrie shells and loved it. She asked me to make her a shekere. I washed gourds, I puzzled gourds, and the first gourd I tried to make into a shekere for her broke so bad I had to abandon it. But I went back to the pile o' gourds and started again, this time with a “maranka” gourd. They are kind of warty with a long dipper handle.
The Kitty Shaker
I've broken down making the kitty shaker into steps. Maybe you should try it. =)
You will need
one cured and cleaned mankara gourd (or other hard shelled gourd)
leather dye (brown)
money cowrie shells (or other noisemaking beads)
a dremel tool
An exacto knife saw
beading pliers or hemostats
woodburning (pyrography) tool
, the first step in the Red Gourd project. Use your back arrow from there to return to this instruction list.
- Getting Nice Clean Gourds
This step is detailed in the Snake Shakere, drilling holes in the money cowrie shells. Use your back arrow from there to return to this instruction list.
- Making Beads out of the Money Cowrie Shells
- Drawing the kitty face on the gourd with pyrography
If you need to look at the other gourd pages for pyrography - you can. The textture of the surface made it more difficult to follow a plan but had its benefit in making the crookedy whiskers.
- Adding Tiger Stripes: using leather dye on the gourd
The design is put onto the gourd using leather dye, it is treated with wax.
Hemp beading twine with simple netting
- Attach the Cowrie Shell Beads