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  • chrispettis commented on chrispettis's instructable How to Sculpt a Pumpkin1 month ago
    How to Sculpt a Pumpkin

    Here are some notes that might help: First thing is the tools - I use basically a steak knife and 2 or 3 metal tools from a set of clay sculpting tools. The main two have a V shape tip, another rounded tip that is also curved. When I first started I had trouble visualizing in 3D, so I used one of those things kids play with that is basically a bunch of pegs in a board (you know, the toy at Spencers that always has someone's hand making an obscene gesture). Make faces into it to study angles and shapes. Then you have to choose the right pumpkin. It has to be very heavy so the rind is thick. Then try to find one that is tall, not short/fat. And most importantly find one that has a corner to it - usually one that grew laying on its side. The corner is where the nose will be and needs to be...see more »Here are some notes that might help: First thing is the tools - I use basically a steak knife and 2 or 3 metal tools from a set of clay sculpting tools. The main two have a V shape tip, another rounded tip that is also curved. When I first started I had trouble visualizing in 3D, so I used one of those things kids play with that is basically a bunch of pegs in a board (you know, the toy at Spencers that always has someone's hand making an obscene gesture). Make faces into it to study angles and shapes. Then you have to choose the right pumpkin. It has to be very heavy so the rind is thick. Then try to find one that is tall, not short/fat. And most importantly find one that has a corner to it - usually one that grew laying on its side. The corner is where the nose will be and needs to be pointed. When you start to carve, try to make a rough outline of just the eyes and nose. No matter how ugly you think it looks, it is really just about scale and position of the eyes and nose. And never try to make both sides looks the same because they won't - I usually make one eye look mean or like yo granny's stank-eye. Lastly, when you get the rough outline, then just try to whittle down every aspect a little at a time - worst error is cutting too much out in any area because then you either disfigure it or break through the rind. That is about it. It really isn't very hard to make scary faces - the hard ones are where you try to make it actually look like somebody.

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  • chrispettis commented on chrispettis's instructable How to Sculpt a Pumpkin2 months ago
    How to Sculpt a Pumpkin

    Hope y'all enjoy

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