Resin Jack O Lantern

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About: Resin Casting Junkie!! My passion is exploring all things resin casting and turning. Join me in the shop as we learn and explore what all we can do with resin and a lathe!

This year for Halloween, I decided I wanted to make a full size resin cast jack o lantern. This is going to be an awesome decoration for the house, and it was a really fun project to work on. I especially liked the part where I carved it!

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Step 1: Pouring the Resin

I decided to use a jack o lantern bucket for the resin casting mold since it was the perfect size and had eyes, nose, and a mouth on it that I could use as an easy guide to carve the pumpkin with. I used Alumilite Clear Slow Set resin which allowed me to pour the whole almost gallon of resin in one shot. I also inserted a plastic jar into the center of the blank to occupy space and use less resin.

To impart the color in the resin, I used some mica powder and a little bit of orange dye. Overall, I couldn't be happier with how the colors turned out.

Step 2: Hollowing Out the Center

Once the blank was demolded, I added a glue block to the bottom of the blank so I could mount it on the lathe. Unfortunately, I didn't get the plastic jar centered very well, so the hollowing took a little more time than I had planned. It all went well though, and with a little patience I got the inside hollowed out how I wanted it. After sanding the tool marks smooth, I applied a top coat finish to gloss up the inside.

Step 3: Carving!

Now it was time to carve the pumpkin out, the part I'd been looking forward to!! I used a drill to hog out corners and waste out some of the resin, then I switched to the rotary tool to do some carving. The whole process of carving was really fun and actually relaxing. The carving tool was very smooth and easy to control, so I just took my time and chipped away at the eyes, nose, and mouth.

Step 4: Finishing Touches

Once the parts were all hollowed out, I parted the pumpkin off the lathe and cleaned up the base with my random orbit sander. All that was left to do was add a candle to it. I have to say, this project was an absolute blast to make!! The candle flickering looked amazing in it, and the resin glowed from the candle light. This will be cherished by the family and I look forward to putting it up every Halloween!!


Happy Halloween to everyone! Hope you get lots of good candies or give out a dose of tricks!

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    sfugere336

    20 days ago

    Beautiful project. I plan to make one but I think I'm going to leave the eyes, nose, and mouth alone and paint them in black for the silhouette effect. I'll at least try this and if I don't like it I will carve them out. Thanks for the idea.

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    NV Woodwerkssfugere336

    Reply 19 days ago

    That's awesome!! It was a really fun project, I hope you enjoy making it. I was thinking black would be cool too for the eyes, nose, mouth, but I really wanted to give that carving tool a try finally. It had been sitting in a drawer for a couple years waiting for me to pull it out LOL

    One thing about carving the parts out, you will get a little more glow effect with a candle/light inside, but rest of it still glows pretty well through the resin too

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    seamster

    22 days ago

    Beautiful results. I love the last 2 photos in step 4. Excellent!! : )

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    NV Woodwerksseamster

    Reply 22 days ago

    Thanks so much!! I really got a kick out of this project, that carving was so much fun =D