I have an unfinished witch scene that needs a pumpkin. But I'm not happy with just a pumpkin; I want one that's carved AND lights up. I have not found a realistic looking carved pumpkin that I could add an LED light to, so I thought I would just make my own. This was a scary for me as I have never used FIMO before. Don't get me wrong: I've collected over 3 dozen FIMO packages in various colors. But I have never actually created with it before.
Step one was rolling up aluminum foil balls to wrap my FIMO around (a tip I read about on a FIMO advice website regarding crumpled aluminum foil as a filler center for beads). This hurts after about the 4th ball! And why is it so hard to get a decent size and shape?!?!?
Step two (which took about 45 minutes) was massaging the old, dried-out, hard, unknown-orangish color block into a softened clay and mix it with a recently bought 033 Sweet Potato color block.
|Trying to match the color and shape of the resin pumpkins in the background|
Step three was wrapping the tin balls with the orange FIMO.
I did 230° for 15 minutes for my less than 1/8" thick FIMO pumpkins. I'm a gambler so we'll see if that works. (And now you know why no meringues or souffles or perfectly prepared steaks come from my cooking abilities.)
Step 5: After letting them cool for a while, it's time for cutting faces! (Let's not take that sentence out of context!) Eyes and nose cut alright. But while cutting the mouth, bits between the mouth and nose chipped off. Thus my face became just a mouth and eyes.
Step 6. Time to use my forceps to pull the tin foil out. What? This tin foil stuff doesn't come out easily! Tiny pinched bits get broken off at a time. Ten minutes later and I've hardly made a dent!
After many minutes (30? 40?) I was able to get the majority of the foil out. But the last large chunk caused the smaller stress fractures to crack completely.
Now I'm left with pieces. Well, when life gives you lemons (or smashed pumpkins), make lemonade (or a whole new miniature scene to go with the smashed pumpkin)!
|Made Mr. and Mrs. Killjoy's residence|
My sister-in-law suggested I use the pumpkin in a Halloween vandalized scene (Thank you, Ashley!)...thus the Killjoy's residence was born and their pumpkin was smashed by the neighborhood kids...
|Door is "egged" by the over 8 crowd|