I carve a Ken Bone Pumpkin for Halloween - The Bonekin!
Step 1: Preparing the Pattern
I was inspired by this Obama Hope pumpkin someone carved some while ago. This type of Pumpkin carving is a 3 colour or 3 shade design.
There are areas where the carving is solid, some areas where half is carved and other areas where it is completely carved out.
I grabbed this Ken Bone image that was similar to the Obama Hope poster. I cut it down to 3 primary colours. And then I converted it to gray scale.
What I didn’t take into account was that it would have been easier to have the cutouts be darker
Step 2: Emptying the Pumpkin
I then printed the design patter on a piece of paper. After which, I sized the design on my would be pumpkin.
I started by cutting into the pumpkin and emptying the guts. I used a plastic ice cream scoop as well as a spoon to get the insides out.
Step 3: Taping the Pattern to the Pumpkin
Realizing the pumpkin was too small for the detail, I decided to do the carving without the text.
Step 4: Cutting Around the Pattern
With the pattern taped on to the pumpkin, I began by cutting around the various areas of the pattern. With most of the pattern transferred to the pumpkin, I traced out more of the lines for more detail.
I then got out my rotary tool since otherwise it was going to take me forever to complete this carving.
Step 5: Working the Intricate Details
With most of the shaded areas carved out with the rotary tool, I started to cut out various areas. I even used a hand planer for one of the shaded areas
Step 6: Cutting Out the Various Parts
I cut out the areas that needed to be removed
Step 7: Testing the Pumpkin
To test out the look of the pumpkin, I used a light bulb and turned off the lights. It would have been more obvious if I had left the word BONE on the bottom.
Like Ken Bone, I’m undecided whether I like how the Bonekin turned out.