You can carve some truly beautiful and artistic pumpkins freehand, but if you want to create really detailed carvings you'll want to use a pumpkin pattern. If you've never carved a pumpkin this way before you may be a bit intimidated, but don't worry, its easier than you think and you'll love the results. And all you'll need is a couple of extra tools to trace and cut out the pumpkin patterns. Below is step by step tutorial on how to carve your pumpkins using a pumpkin pattern.
PUMPKIN PATTERN CARVING TOOLS
SELECTING YOUR PUMPKINS & PATTERNS
Try to pick out the patterns you will be using before you buy your pumpkins. This will allow you to create a shopping list or at least a mental idea of the shapes and sizes of pumpkins you'll need. Selecting the pumpkins you'll carve for your Halloween Jack-O'-Lanterns is very important. You'll need to pick pumpkins according to what you want to carve on them. Medium to large pumpkins work best for most patterns that you'll make or buy. Be sure to select pumpkins that are large enough and as close to the same shape as the patterns you're going to carve into them.
CARVING WITH A PUMPKIN PATTERN
Attaching the Pumpkin Pattern
Transferring the Pumpkin Pattern
It's important that you take your time when transferring the image from the pattern. Remember, you're making guide lines for sawing. Before removing the pumpkin pattern, look it over carefully to make sure that all the lines have been transferred clearly. Once the paper pattern is removed you'll see the outline of the pattern marked on the face of the pumpkin via little dots. Once you remove the pattern be sure to save it in case you need to refer to it while carving.
Carving out the Transfer
Once you've removed all of the cut pieces, carefully trim the inside edges of the pumpkin of any excess flesh with the Carving Saw or a small knife. We like to carve the excess off at about a 45 degree angle. This allows more light to come through, showing your design to it's fullest. Remove any cut pieces that have fallen inside the pumpkin from your carving. Coat the inside and exposed edges with petroleum jelly or a spray-on preserver like PumpkinFresh.com to help your Jack O' Lantern last as long as possible. Your finished pumpkin should look like the one above. The silhouette, in this case our Halloween cat, should be clearly visible.
LIGHTING YOUR JACK O' LANTERNS
Pumpkin Lights - A New Way To Illuminate Your Pumpkins
The "Artificial Candle Pumpkin Light" from PumpkinLight.com flickers just like a real candle with its three super bright yellow LED Light Bulbs. If you want the traditional looks of a flickering candle, but not the hazard of a real flame, these lights are for you!
They also have the "Amazing Rainbow Pumpkin Light". They added a really cool special effect where the light emitted changes between seven different colors, making for a very colorful Jack O' Lantern.
While old-style battery operated lights simply flashed on and off and didn't seem to last more than a couple of hours, these lights will run over 72 Hours on one set of AAA batteries, or they can be powered by an optional AC adapter. This light is suitable for any size pumpkin it will fit in. We highly you try them out for yourself.
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