Short on space this Halloween? Here is a tiny Jack-O-Lantern to sit on your desk or your bookshelf or in your miniature Halloween room box. You can even put a light in it for some mini spooky fun.
Step 1: Materials and tools
Poly clay - There are a number of different brands available. I mainly use Sculpey as it's convenient to buy and comes in a large range of colours. You will need some orange and brown.
Foil - to temporarily make up the bulk of the pumpkin.
Modeling tools - These can be as fancy or as plain as you like. I use a variety of items including dental tools and cake decorating tools. Depending on what I am making, sometimes my main sculpting tool is a humble toothpick!
Tile - makes a good work area plus it doubles as a cooking platform. It's not absolutely necessary, you could use a plastic mat to work on and just place some foil over a baking tray to cook on.
Cutting tool - For a nice clean cut, my personal choice is a scalpel, but a fine knife or razor blade is quite acceptable.
Tweezers - used to remove the foil after cooking.
Oven - Ideally you would have a separate oven just for cooking poly clay, and for many years I had a small toaster oven for that purpose, but now I just use my normal oven. I just make sure to leave the door open when I'm finished to let any fumes escape before I use it to cook food.
Optional - instead of carving your pumpkin before baking, you can opt to use a Dremel or similar tool and carve the features once the clay has hardened, personally, I prefer to carve first and bake second.