Sunday, 30 October 2011

Halloween : Carving a pumpkin

Hello my wackys it seems that the H. day/ night is almost upon us, and for that reason I bring a few more thingies to make , why not ?!  It might not get just like you wanted them too but practice makes perfect right?!You could use patterns to guide your pumpkin carving instead of doing it freehand and your jack-o'-lanterns will be envied by your friends and family. It's not has difficult, in spite of what many of us may think :) has long has you have the right carving tools (pumpkin carving sets are available in the shops or you could buy them on ebay as well)

What you need to do:

*Cut out a lid in the top of the pumpkin large enough to fit your hand and a spoon inside.
*Add a small notch in the back of the lid. The notch will remind you how the lid is positioned, allow smoke and heat to escape, and ensure that the candle receives enough air to remain lit.
*Scoop out the pulp and seeds. Retain the seeds for roasting.
*Scrape the inside of the pumpkin in the area where you'll be using the pattern, until that area is about 1 inch thick.
*Trim and make small incisions in your pattern so that it lies flat on the face of the pumpkin. Tape the edges of the pattern to the pumpkin.
*Transfer the pattern by poking small holes along the pattern lines with a drill tool or needle.
*Remove the pattern.
*Saw carefully along the dotted lines. Gently push the pieces through with your fingers.
*Create a glow effect by scraping designs into the shell of your pumpkin with a linoleum cutter.
* Position a candle in the bottom of the pumpkin and light it.


(congratulations you just carved youself a pumpkin)

Now you already know what I'm going to say so, "Roll up your sleeves and lets get crafting everyone"

ps. the images above where taken from google images

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