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Make a “Snake” with Cowrie Shells Gourd Shekere

  1. Put an Image on the Gourd

  2. Drill the Cowrie Shell Beads

  3. Knot on Shell Beads (Noise makers)

  4. Cut Bottom Hole Add Knots, Perform Winter Solstice Rituals

  5. Add Feathers

  6. It Flies

A Foraged Foxtail
 : Coloring and Putting an Image on the Gourd for your Shekere :

I wanted to make a snake but the shape of a gourd is just wrong - what do you do? I looked up snakes in my kids giant animal encyclopedia which really struck me. It is the Brazilian rainbow boa “Epicrates cenchria cenchria”
sketch an image onto the gourd
With a good picture and an idea of how I wanted the lines to go, I sketched the image I would use onto the gourd with a regular pencil. Then I started painting the pattern with leather dye.

All the gourd crafting books I've read recommend using leather dye to color the gourd. I had no experience with leather dye and bought some of a couple of brands. The first brand had this brown color that looked right for the dark color. This is a product called Dylon Shoe Color, it gave a sort of shiny waxy shine and went on in 2 coats. This was my first try with a coloring product and I had much better results with the red gourd and a line of leather dyes avilable in many shoe repair places, called Fiebing's Leather Dye.
paint on the leather dye
The painting continues. I used a paint brush for this gourd with the water based Dylons (you can see both Dylon's and Fiebing's in this photo). It adhered pretty well. Then I added a lighter color as a stain but did not get the more orangey color value I was aiming for. You can still tell the top from the lighter bottom.

stain added over the design

The Snake Shekere Gourd has its snake design.

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