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Myname
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Default  Posted: 8:49 PM, September 25th (Wednesday)

I know it's kind of early to start this but I decided to try and get a jump start on pumpkin carving this year since I didn't carve any last year.

Please add pics of your Halloween decorations, pumpkins and costumes.

My intention was to start with something easy this year to "warm up". Plus I wasn't feeling confident in my carving skills. I ended up picking the most complicated design I've done so far.

I'm kind of embarrassed to say but this took me about 23 hours of actual carving time, not including the time I stopped to eat and sleep. I did it over two days and only stopped to eat, and sleep. Although it's not perfect, I'm really proud of it.

ETA: I wanted to post the original pic I used. I hope this doesn't end up being huge.

[This message edited by Myname at 10:41 PM, September 25th (Wednesday)]


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Default  Posted: 9:00 PM, September 25th (Wednesday)

Dude... that is just fricking amazing. Nicely done!!

I was secretly hoping this was one of your pumpkin pictures when I saw the subject line, by the way.


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Default  Posted: 9:42 PM, September 25th (Wednesday)

Wow! That is awesome! You are very talented.

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Default  Posted: 9:55 PM, September 25th (Wednesday)

MyName! That is AMAZING!

I can't tell you how excited I was when I saw this thread with your name on it. You make such amazing carvings.


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Default  Posted: 11:00 PM, September 25th (Wednesday)

Absolutely awesome, myname!! I have to show this to my son, who fancies himself the local great pumpkin imagineer (always something totally unexpected and off the wall, NOT like this). He will be soooo jealous and my grandson will bug him for one like yours!


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Default  Posted: 11:23 PM, September 25th (Wednesday)

Great job Myname!!!


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Default  Posted: 6:31 AM, September 26th (Thursday)

Wow! That is awesome!

Do you do anything to preserve them. I keep seeing all these ways to make pumpkins last a bit longer, but I've never done it.


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Default  Posted: 6:41 AM, September 26th (Thursday)

How do you get such small detail? What kind of tools do you use?
Also, how thick is the wall of the pumkin?
I have shaved the wall down on occasion in order to get small slices to show/glow. It's very difficult.

This is just an amazing work of art and skill, Myname.
Awesome.

[This message edited by Lola2kids at 6:50 AM, September 26th (Thursday)]


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Default  Posted: 6:59 AM, September 26th (Thursday)

Here is somethings I made a few years ago...The big one wasn't quite finished in this pic. Gotta find one when it's done.

[This message edited by broevil at 7:01 AM, September 26th (Thursday)]


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Default  Posted: 8:28 AM, September 26th (Thursday)

Myname that carving is absolutely fabulous. Wow. That's all I can say.


Broevil - you too! I love the big one it's so imaginative. We've got some very talented people here...


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Default  Posted: 11:37 PM, September 26th (Thursday)

Do you do anything to preserve them.

No. I'm afraid I'll spray something on it and the whole pumpkin will melt before my eyes. They last longer carved this way as opposed to the "traditional" jack-o-lantern way.

How do you get such small detail? What kind of tools do you use?

I use an exact-o knife with extra sharp blades. A small screw driver to do some shading, pulling cut pieces out and cleaning out the cuts, tweezers, and a push pin for some of the smaller cuts. Each square on spider-man was cut then to remove the pieces out I had to cut them into 3-5 smaller pieces and very carefully removed them. Otherwise I would break the square. I go VERY slow in order to make my lines so thin.

Also, how thick is the wall of the pumpkin?
I have shaved the wall down on occasion in order to get small slices to show/glow. It's very difficult.

This one was probably about 3/4 to 1 inch thick. The more shading you have to do the thicker you want to leave the wall so that you can get more contrast in color. The most important thing is to try and keep it one even thickness. Also, I error on the side of too thick than not thick enough. I can fix too thick, I can't fix not thick enough.

Just to say, this is only the 4th pumpkin I've carved so I'm sure there are better ways of doing these things.

ETA: Thank you guys so much for all the kind words. It makes me feel really good.

[This message edited by Myname at 11:40 PM, September 26th (Thursday)]


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Content  Posted: 5:31 PM, September 27th (Friday)

HOLY CRAP !!!!

Seriously ... go to those craft fairs ect and run those little old ladies out of business ... You would make a killing at this ... Little kids from all over will want a Myname pumpkin someday ...


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Default  Posted: 5:57 PM, September 27th (Friday)

Serious talent here.


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Default  Posted: 10:25 PM, September 27th (Friday)

Awesomesauce!


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Default  Posted: 2:51 PM, September 28th (Saturday)

Yay!! You're carving again this year.

I missed them last year.


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Default  Posted: 11:45 PM, September 28th (Saturday)

That is absolutely spectacular. You have a real gift for shaping things into other things.

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Default  Posted: 3:55 PM, September 29th (Sunday)

So COOL! You mean to say you have the patience to make even more of these things?


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Default  Posted: 12:59 AM, October 23rd (Wednesday)

I swear these pumpkins take longer and longer every time. This one was around 20 hours. This pumpkin is really big. Probably around 25 lbs or so. Lots of area to work with. Because of the size I couldn't use my normal lighting method of 2 night lights inside. This one has a string of 200 white Christmas lights inside.

I wasn't sure how this one was going to come out. I tried some different things and techniques on this. I'm happy with how it came out.

I think the coolest thing about this pumpkin (besides the large size) is that a section of the fairy dust trail is super bright and as you move or walk past it the brightness of the trail moves along too so it gives the illusion of movement. This one really needs to be seen in person to appreciate it to it's fullest.



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Default  Posted: 1:08 AM, October 23rd (Wednesday)

Amazing! We have such creative people here.


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Default  Posted: 1:20 AM, October 23rd (Wednesday)

Wow - what an awesome talent you have!!! Really amazing art work.


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Default  Posted: 6:07 AM, October 23rd (Wednesday)

Wow! Amazing!


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Default  Posted: 6:46 AM, October 23rd (Wednesday)

That is bad ass!!!


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Default  Posted: 7:13 AM, October 23rd (Wednesday)

That is so cool!!!


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Default  Posted: 7:23 AM, October 23rd (Wednesday)

That's awesome, man. You are super talented. Just. Plain. Amazing!


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Default  Posted: 7:26 AM, October 23rd (Wednesday)

You totally rock, Myname.


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Default  Posted: 7:40 AM, October 23rd (Wednesday)

Love it, MyName! So cool.


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Default  Posted: 9:19 AM, October 23rd (Wednesday)

MyName, these are unbelievable. Serious talent, my friend. You COULD make a killing on those!


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Default  Posted: 10:08 AM, October 23rd (Wednesday)

That's just amazing. I can't imagine what that looks like in person. Looks really good from here!

Nice work, Myname. Thanks for sharing the pics of your latest masterpiece.


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Default  Posted: 10:14 AM, October 23rd (Wednesday)

Myname, that's some amazing carvings. You've got some insane patience and talent. We were so inspired by your carvings we picked up 4 pumpkins to play with this year.

And broevil, your little shop of horrors plants are awesome! I would love to have those plants around the house.

Here is what I carved last year.


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Default  Posted: 10:33 AM, October 23rd (Wednesday)

Awww Tinker Bell!!! I love it!


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Default  Posted: 12:43 PM, October 23rd (Wednesday)

These are awesome!


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Default  Posted: 6:50 PM, October 23rd (Wednesday)

Thanks guys. It makes me feel so good knowing that you all like my pumpkins. I can't tell you how many times that pumpkin almost got chucked out the window. I started wanting to throw it before I even made the first cut.

MyName, these are unbelievable. Serious talent, my friend. You COULD make a killing on those!

I actually carved another one this year. It was for my brothers company. It was their logo, company name and slogan. (I can't post it because it's advertising and it's a local company and would give up my location). They loved it and wanted to pay me for it but I told them it wasn't necessary. So the CEO hired me to do some work at his house and then gave me a "hefty tip".

I got a lot of exposure for my landscaping company through it as well. So I was thinking that there is probably a market for that kind of thing with companies. It's something I may think about doing next year. I was also thinking of maybe doing a pumpkin for free for a company and just ask that they put a little sign saying that it was created by "Myname's Company" with my business cards. If it leads to one or two jobs it would be worth it. It may even lead to a "pumpkin carving job".

I was able to do things on this pumpkin that makes it so that if you can draw it I can probably carve it. It opens up so many possibilities.

lostmylight55, I can't carve like that at all. I hope you post some pics of whatever you carve this year.


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Default  Posted: 7:02 PM, October 23rd (Wednesday)

I was also thinking of maybe doing a pumpkin for free for a company and just ask that they put a little sign saying that it was created by "Myname's Company" with my business cards. If it leads to one or two jobs it would be worth it. It may even lead to a "pumpkin carving job".

That's a really neat idea, Myname.


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Default  Posted: 11:10 PM, October 23rd (Wednesday)

lostmylight55...

Flipping cool!!!! Not only do you make MH look like an amatuer with photography...you carve pumpkins too!!! You are multi-talented!!!


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Default  Posted: 6:32 AM, October 24th (Thursday)

losymylight... way cool!!

And thanks for the compliment on the plants! I love making them, and having them around the house. They're out year round


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Default  Posted: 7:56 AM, October 24th (Thursday)

Those are amazing!! There is an old fashioned candy store here that has the foam pumpkins all carved as decorations. They found a "professional" pumpkin carver to do them. She has cards displayed in the store with links to her website, where you can order a carved pumpkin...for several hundred dollars!!


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Default  Posted: 8:48 AM, October 24th (Thursday)

Wow. MyName, lostmylight and broevil you are all very talented people!


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Default  Posted: 9:42 AM, October 24th (Thursday)

That is awesome! Our grandson would love the spiderman pumpkin. Super talented. Not sure if this is factual or not but heard if you dip the carved pumpkins in bleach it preserves then and they last longer... again not sure just heard that last week.


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Default  Posted: 11:04 AM, October 24th (Thursday)

Thanks for the kind words. I've carved foam, sculpted with clay and have done molds and castings before but that was my first attempt at working with a pumpkin like that. It's a lot harder and messier than I thought it would be.

Here's a site showing some incredible pumpkin sculpting.

http://www.pumpispumping.com/2010/10/amazing-jack-o-lantern-pumpkin-carvings/

The guy that created them is Ray Villafane. I can't post his actual site on here because he's selling stuff too. But he has some unbelievable work.


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Default  Posted: 1:56 PM, October 24th (Thursday)

Cool Hufi-pufi. Although spiders freak me out.


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Default  Posted: 3:16 PM, October 24th (Thursday)

Jeez ..... You could like place an ad on the interwebz and make pumpkins and ship them ... shipping may be an issue tho ...

Or advertise for like weddings doing the center pieces for fall like weddings ...

Man those are amazing ...


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Default  Posted: 1:32 PM, October 29th (Tuesday)

Here's another. you can make a killing, myname!


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Default  Posted: 9:22 PM, October 29th (Tuesday)

Did you carve that Lynnm?


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Default  Posted: 5:39 AM, October 30th (Wednesday)

Um, wow.

Halloween isn't so big in Australia. I bought some teeny tiny baby pumpkins that I carved out little faces in.... I thought I was a rockstar for that.

I'm having pumpkin envy right now.


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Default  Posted: 7:32 AM, October 30th (Wednesday)

No, I didn't carve it. Found it on my FB.


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Default  Posted: 10:28 PM, October 30th (Wednesday)

I haven't had a chance to carve my pumpkin yet this year but we were able to paint a couple up. My W did an amazing job on the minion and I kept mine simple yet creepy.

Hoping to get to the carving before kids start ringing the bell.

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Default  Posted: 11:23 PM, October 30th (Wednesday)

Wow, you guys are so talented!!


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