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« on: August 26, 2014 12:33:32 AM »

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.



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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





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« Reply #1 on: August 26, 2014 12:43:54 AM »

I love them!
And it looks like you have sculpted all of your life. Great job!
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« Reply #2 on: August 26, 2014 01:58:04 AM »

Oh my goodness, such characters. I love them! I think the stalks really make them special too, the little attention to details.
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« Reply #3 on: August 26, 2014 03:07:46 AM »

These guys are fantastic! Great expressions and sculpting.
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« Reply #4 on: August 26, 2014 05:52:13 AM »

Love this!
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« Reply #5 on: August 26, 2014 06:31:42 AM »

These guys are so fun! Your sharp learning curve doesn't show at all. You did a fabulous job. Thank you for showing your process.
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« Reply #6 on: August 26, 2014 08:25:07 AM »

I love these so much!  Terrific pumpkins!   Cheesy
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« Reply #7 on: August 26, 2014 10:57:08 AM »

Lucky partner!  These totally rock!
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« Reply #8 on: August 26, 2014 12:14:04 PM »

Love the faces, you really captured a great deal of personality there- beautifully donr
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« Reply #9 on: August 27, 2014 07:14:23 AM »

I love the way these fellas look. And, I learned something!  I didn't know that you could bake your clay in stages!  (I've been scared of overbaking and messing things up, so the few times I've tried it, I've done it all at once.)  This will make things so much better!   Thanks. Smiley
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