i made this for a swap and half my family wanted one too so i ended up making a patch of them.
i hadnt really done much in the way of sculpting before so this was a sharp learning curve for me but im really happy with how they turned out.
i started with a core of kitchen baking foil. i just screwed up a large sheet and hit it with a wooden rolling pin until it was roughly the right shape then wrapped it in another smaller sheet to smooth it off a little
you can either mark the segments on the core by indenting with a biro/ large knitting needle etc or do this once you have covered the core in clay.
i rolled a thin sheet of scrap clay and covered the core with it. then bake at the recomended temp and time for the brand of clay you are using. dont roll it too thin like i did here or you end up with foil pokeing trough and have to patch it and bake in again.
time to start the fun part!
making the eye: i just rolled two balls of clay and flattened them slightly
to make the eye lids i rolled out two small sheets of clay and placed them over the eye balls
then cut off the excess as shown.
then smooth, i used as thick wooden knitting needle and my finger to do this
i added cheeks and eye brows in the same way. just building up sheets of clay and smoothing to shape.
when i was happy with the face i made the stalk. i rolled a large thin cone for the main part and several thinner cone and snake shapes. dont try to get them all the same length and width the more uneven the more natural it will look
place the smaller shapes around the large cone
now gently twist
i smoothed the stalk onto the pumpkin then shaped and curled it into the desired shape
once you are happy cure him in the oven again for the recomended time are temp for the brand of clay you are using
i then undercoated the pumpkin in a few coats of white acrylic before painting