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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Pumpkin Carving

Look what Jenny and I did yesterday.

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Can you tell who they are?

Added Note- Since everyone's having such a hard time, I'm thinking of giving the extra incentive of a prize. The first person to figure it out wins an aromatherapy necklace.

(The answer as well as a fifth carved pumpkin can be found here.)

I’ve been thinking about carving these particular jack-o-lanterns for over a year, even before I carved this little guy on a watermelon. Since these were relatively simple (with only white, black and 1 shade of gray), the actual carving part (minus the cleaning out and scraping) took just about an hour per pumpkin.

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We've finally built up a pretty handy little collection of tools, which makes the whole process go much smoother.
-For cleaning the inside of the pumpkin (as well as scraping it down to a good thickness) ceramic loop tools or pottery scrapers work really well.
-We mark the design with a regular push pin.
-We use the little saws from the pumpkin carving sets to cut out the pieces, though I'm thinking of making something like this for next year.
-For refining the depth of the design on the areas with the skin removed (thinner equals lighter) cheap wood carving tools or a linoleum cutting set work really well.

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The night that I came up with the idea for these designs, I sat up late, searching the internet for the right pictures to use. Every time I opened up a picture of the guy on the left, I would hear a sound from the kitchen. The sound was a minor one, something like the house settling, so I didn’t pay attention at first. But as I clicked into the various pages, there it would be again and again.

Eventually, I noticed it and I started to freak myself out. It was at this point that I realized that it was well after one in the morning and I was the only one awake in the house. And here’s the thing, I was actually unable to get myself to stand up from the computer and walk down the hallway to the bedroom. To do that, I’d not only need to walk past the kitchen where the noises were coming from, but also our sliding glass door and I was pretty sure that I hadn’t pulled the curtains that night.

I thought about calling for help, “Jeeeeeeeff, honey, please come and walk me to bed.” But I really didn’t want to admit how freaked out I was. So, I opened up an audio book and listened to it for, honest to God, another hour before I had distracted myself sufficiently to be fairly confidant that I could walk down the hallway instead of running at a full sprint, giggling and squealing like a little girl.

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13 comments:

MichelleB said...

Those are FANTASTIC! I must admit, I can't tell who they all are. But I still love them!

Wendy said...

The first hint I'll give is that there's a theme that ties them all together.

Renee Unplugged - said...

Well first off - they are AWESOME!

I think the one on the right is Jack Nickolson "Here's Johnny" The Shining....

I think the girl is supposed to be Lizzy Borden???

So I'm thinking the theme is hacker films....

But I don't recognize the other two..

Maggieliz said...

Renee - ^^ have to agree with you, that's classic "Here's Johnny"

2nd in from the left looks like Boris Karloff's Dracula

Guy on the far left resembles either Chatterer from Hellraiser or Pale Man from Pan's Labrynth... but I'm not certain on either

I *think* the woman is Carrie from selfsame movie.

Very nice, Wendy! I'm sorry my guesses are not all that, but it has nothing to do with your ability and everything to do with my image recognition skills.

auroramae said...

I am assuming they are all from a scary movie, which I don't watch scary movies. Totally beautifully amazing!
Allison says she just wants to live with you both and always do fun stuff like you do.

Deb said...

Are they all Steven King movie? Cujo looks like the first one, Carrie and The Shining. Don't know the second from left. Do we get a prize?

FinnyKnits said...

Well, these appear to be faces from horror movies, which means I will know zero of them because I am a wuss that can't watch horror movies lest I never sleep again.

However, NICE WORK!

sunflowerchilde said...

I have no chance to guess these either, because I don't watch horror movies. I'm a wuss.

And I have the same problem with being in my house late at night (or very early in the morning) when I forget to close the curtain in front of the sliding glass door. I'm happy I'm not the only one!

sunflowerchilde said...

But just to add - the carvings are fantastic, and I'm totally blown away by your artistic abilities.

Penelope said...

Ok, those are the coolest pumpkins EVER!!

Michelle said...

Wow. Those look amazing.

Brenda said...

Very Cool!

Are they the creepy clown from "IT", Stephen King, Carrie and Jack from the "Shining"?

Shari said...

Wow, those are amazing pumpkins!! They remind me of David Garibaldi's paintings http://www.garibaldiarts.com/Home.html. Now, if you can carve pumpkins in 10 minutes to music, you might make millions too. ;)