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How to carve Iron Man

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This is a guide on how I (and how you can) carved my pumpkin, "I am IRON MAN".  Feel free to use the pattern I drew.  it is color coded with explanations as you move through the guide.  This is challenging but can be done if you have the patience!
 
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Step 1: What you'll need

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For this project you will need a few tools.  The bulk of the work will be done with a good, quality X-acto knife.  Brief reasonings for each tool are provided, with further explanation found within the instructable.

- X-Acto knife
- Serrated pumpkin carving knives (smaller knives for fine detail are best, and can be found in the over the counter pumpkin carving kits at most stores)
- Edged scooper (for scraping out the inside of your pumpkin)
- Paper and pencil (for pattern)
- Small finely tipped nail (for poking holes while transferring pattern to pumpkin)
- Sharpie or ball point pen (for pattern tracing)
- Dremel or grinding tool (to remove some pumpkin flesh)
- small fluorescent lamp (for lighting pumpkin)

Step 2: Choose an idea

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For my pumpkins I simply start by Googling ideas I think would make for interesting pumpkins.  I focus on those images that contain good light/dark contrast.  i also try and choose a picture that has a few very bright highlights or lights, since you can get great effect by lighting your pumpkin from the inside with a bright, electrical light. 

With this in mind Iron Man was perfect, as he actually HAS lights on his suit that would play well with the internal lighting of a pumpkin.  

The picture below is the original picture used that I based my design on.
* Photo credit: Marvel Comics, found via Google search for "Iron Man side".
gammerguy5 months ago
AMAZING SIMPLY AMAZING!!!!!
rschultheis5 months ago
I just wanted to say thanks. I just did this myself, mainly because my 3 year old son just loves Iron Man, and I love a challenge. And I have to say, this was just that. I printed out your template and there were plenty of times where I was not too sure how it would come out. But once it got dark and I stuck the lamp in the back it came out awesome. So again, thanks!
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DoggieDoc83 (author)  rschultheis5 months ago
No problem! Glad my design and explanations helped you to create a good pumpkin for your son! Looks good! Keep an eye out for this years instructable... It will be much more difficult than any I have previously done. Enjoy!
plb361 year ago
Great instructable! I attempted it and mine turned out pretty well. It certainly impressed my friends though! Thanks for the great guide!
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sassycat1 year ago
one word AWESOME!
ainedhel2 years ago
Very awesome! What is the official name of the handheld "grinding tool" and were can I find one?
DoggieDoc83 (author)  ainedhel2 years ago
Well unfortunately, as far as I know, it doesn't HAVE a name. The tool I am referring to is located at the far right of the picture of all the tools, and just came in a standard set of carving tool kits that are out every year around this time.
fra962 years ago
wow!!! it's STUPENDO!!!! BRAVO!!
chuck_293 years ago
that is way awesome!
absolute best jack o lantern I've ever seen.
BalintRules3 years ago
that is absolutely awesome 5*
Mr.Sanchez3 years ago
Yummy...
geoper23 years ago
This is just perfect, it looks great !!
tahirhh3 years ago
mmmmmmmmmmm pumpkin
Void Schism3 years ago
:0 wow, that is just awesome!
Thats beautiful! Especially the differences in shades of light coming through. It's very subtle at first but then you take a second glance and see the details.

How long does the pumpkin last?
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