Hey Instructable peeps,
It's that time of year again..... In this instructable I'll show you how to create my Psycho-Zombie-Demon pumpkin. I took lots of pictures and tried my best to be thorough so hold on and enjoy the ride..... If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact me directly and ask. I'll be as helpful as possible. Most importantly have fun and let your pumpkin picasso shine!!!
Step 1: Gathering your tools
The tools you will use is one of the most important choices you can make. All pumpkin carving tools Are Not created equal. I've tried my hand at just about everything and my opinion is that wood carving and clay ribbon tools work the best and will hold up against the pumpkin skin and meat the longest. Not to mention they will hold the sharp edge you need for details in the long run and are easily cleaned. I also use good chef and pairing knives along with exacto blades depending the effect I'm tying to achieve. Basically just spend some time experimenting with the different tools and effects each provides and become comfortable using them. Lastly pumpkin carving in the manner I will show creates a huge mess. I mean HUGE!!! You will have pumpkin scraps, scraping and slivers in places you didn't know there was room. Plan accordingly and have a well lit table with something covering it and a sturdy spot to stabilze your creation. I use a dense foam block to set my pumpkin on. The more you carve the more delicate it becomes and less you can grab it. You don't want it rolling onto the floor like Humpty-Pumpkin.....
Ideally your masterpiece should be completed in one night. Understand, It will start to decay no matter what as soon as you break the skin..... If you can't finish in one sitting be prepared to wrap your pumpkin in a wet towl and then cover with a trash bag to preserve moisture and keep it from dehydrating. I didn't provide a picture of this but it's as simple as it sounds. Alright lets begin:)!!!!!