This project is one special to my heart. I created the first Gourd back in 08 when I had almost no idea what I was doing, simply giving something new a shot when I was in a cosplay funk. It became a difficult, aching project that both worked beautifully... and was a failure... in the same shot. It looks absolutely perfect, and I'm pleased for that, but it is very large and heavy - and impossible to carry on my back. So, I always wanted to redo the whole project.
So here I am, two years later, with a similar but different attempt at the same project - this time, keeping careful track of time and money spent.
Beside it is the original gourd. You can see the size difference in the two like this. They're actually just about the same height!
This gourd is far, far lighter than the original gourd even with the clay and balls still in it. Keep an eye out for further developments!