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 Post subject: (NEW) Foam Pumpkin Shaded Pattern Tutorial
 Post Posted: Sat Sep 24, 2011 9:11 pm 

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Foam Pumpkin Shaded Pattern Tutorial



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Here's the New Tutorial For a Shaded Pattern Carved on a Foam Pumpkin.

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The Tutorial is based on using Sticker Paper & X-acto Knife.
For Pattern Transfer. And Carving with a Dremel
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I want to Send Thanks to Doh For his Help with some of this.
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All the Techniques Found in this Tutorial
Was Created by (Me or Doh)
So if you See these on other Sites, they Were Created Here !
And they Should Give Credit !

People tend to take Credit For Things that Others Experimented on and Developed.

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I will still use the Glue Method from time to time
Depending on the Pattern, If it's EXTREME I'm using White School Glue.
All others will be Sticker Paper.

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 Post subject: Re: New Foam Pumpkin Shaded Tutorial (WIP)
 Post Posted: Sat Sep 24, 2011 9:15 pm 

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This is What Were Carving: :grin:

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 Post subject: Re: New Foam Pumpkin Shaded Tutorial (WIP)
 Post Posted: Sat Sep 24, 2011 9:41 pm 

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#1 Printing Your Pattern


First Print Out your Pattern On Full Sheet Sticker Paper

You Can buy Full Sheet Sticker Paper at Any Office Supply
Staples, Office Max, Office Depot etc.....

We Found the Best Deal Online:
100 Sheets for $10.99

We Use the "Standard White Uncoated Scored ( INKJET/LASER — Permanent )"

Click here to Buy

To Print the Pattern I use a Poster Program
There's a Full Tutorial on Printing Patterns Click Here To View

So Our Pattern is Printed:

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 Post subject: Re: New Foam Pumpkin Shaded Tutorial (WIP)
 Post Posted: Sat Sep 24, 2011 9:47 pm 

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#2 Cutting the Hole in the Bottom

The Size of the Hole Depends on the Pumpkin - if it has Black Lines or not.

If your Pumpkin DOES Have Black Lines, You will want the Hole to be 4" Round.
This is Large enough for the Paint stripper Wheel.

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To Cut the Hole I use:
1) a Pencil (I will use marker just for the Tutorial so you can see the line.
2) A 4" PVC Coupling used as a template for a perfect Circle
3) A Hot knife: to make the Cut,
Using a Hot knife will give you a Nice Snug Fit, So you can Plug it Back when the carve is Complete.


Use the 4" PVC Coupling to mark the Circle
Place it on the bottom of the pumpkin and trace around it with a Pencil.

I Also Add one small Line Across the Circle, to show how to place the plug back in.
This makes it easy.

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Cut with the Hot Knife
Once you go all the way Around just push it into the pumpkin
then Remove.

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If the Pumpkin Does NOT have black Lines
I would still cut a hole in the bottom to remove Pieces you cut out and Foam Dust.
But I would make the Hole 2" inches instead of 4" inches.

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 Post subject: Re: New Foam Pumpkin Shaded Tutorial (WIP)
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#3 Removing the Black Lines

If your Pumpkin Has Black Lines,
To remove the Lines they Need to be Sanded Down.

A Tip from Doh: is to use a Paint Stripper Wheel with an extension Rod hooked up to a Drill.

Paint Stripper Wheel:
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Extension Rod:
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Place the pumpkin between your Knees to hold it,
Place the Stripper Wheel inside the Pumpkin, And use an Up and Down Motion, until the lines are Flush with the Rest of the Pumpkins Foam.

Hopfully Next Year there will be No Black lines in the Pumpkin ! :roll:

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 Post subject: Re: New Foam Pumpkin Shaded Tutorial (WIP)
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#4 Placing the Pattern on the Pumpkin


Peel the Paper Back off the Sticker Paper,
And place it center on the pumpkin, Use you finger to go down the center groove of the pumpkin. Then Work the pattern Around doing one side at a time.

I still will cut some lines in the pattern , and also will make sure any wrinkles fall outside the pattern Area. You Can Also Create Folds, as long as it does not interfere with the Patterns Design .

a Tip is if you make the pattern a Little Damp, it will be easier to place on the Pumpkin.
BUT: You have to make sure it is completely Dry, Before Starting to work on it.

You can use a Heat Gun, Or Hair Dryer to speed up the Drying
It's only Damp Water So it will only take a Minute or two.

If Hot and Sunny Outside place it in the sun to Dry.


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What's Nice about the Sticker Paper is if you make a Mistake placing the pattern on,
Just peel that section back up, and lay it back down again.

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 Post subject: Re: New Foam Pumpkin Shaded Tutorial (WIP)
 Post Posted: Sat Sep 24, 2011 10:16 pm 

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#5 Outlining the Cut-out Shapes

I normally SKIP this Step, I don't have the time you guys have to carve.
So I just Cut out the Black Shapes with the Dremel.

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For this Tutorial - to give you the Cleanest Lines Possible.
We will use an X-acto Knife.

If you still want to Outline, but not use a Razor, You can Outline with a 1/32" Drill bit in your Dremel, Just go Deep enough so some foam Dust Comes to the top.

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Okay X-Acto - Make sure you Buy a Comfy One, I recommend the X-Acto X2000
it has a Rubber Handel and also Has a Bump so it does not roll off the table and stab you in the leg.

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Make Sure the Blade is Sharp, their Cheap so replace the Blade if Dull.
A Very Sharp Blade makes a HUGE Difference.

Carefully go around each BLACK Shape and Remove the Sticker paper from that Shape.
Keep going until you Do them ALL !

You can use the tip of the X-acto to pull the sticker up, to get it started)


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 Post subject: Re: New Foam Pumpkin Shaded Tutorial (WIP)
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#6 Cutting Out the Cut Out Shapes


If you don't already have this Dremel Drill Bit Set, Buy One !
The Bit were going to use For ALL Cut-Outs is the 1/32" Bit.
(That Little Itty Bitty One)

Now these do Break from time to time, So Make sure you buy extra 1/32 bits.
You will not need to buy the Set again, Just the 1/32" Bits
The Set is good to have, You can Use them to make Windowkins in Foam Board.
Or Using your dremel to drill Holes in things around the house.
(It's a Mini Drill) ;)

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So we start Cutting the Shapes Out,
When we get to the Part I circled Were Going to Switch-up !

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The Shape that I circled Would be hard to Shade Later,
if I removed the two Cut-outs on both Sides of it.

So Were going to Shade that NOW, then Cut-out the Two Shapes.
We'll get into Shading Soon: "X-Acto First then Shade".

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Here's Our Pumpkin With All the Cut-out Shapes Cut.

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Let's Move on to Shading ! :)

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 Post subject: Re: New Foam Pumpkin Shaded Tutorial (WIP)
 Post Posted: Sat Sep 24, 2011 10:22 pm 

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#7 Outlining the Shaded Shapes

This Step is a MUST ! you can't Skip it, or your carve will not Look Nice & Clean.
Like the Cut-Out Outlining, you can Use an X-acto or 1/32" Bit on a Dremel.

Same As Before Were going to Use the X-acto:
Using an X-acto does take time, but you do get Better and Quicker the more you Use one.

Here's Our Pumpkin with ALL Gray (Shaded) Shapes Outlined and Paper Removed.

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The Next part will be Shading the Pumpkin:
This will be a little more Lengthy, I want to cover a bunch of Different Bits
And What they are Good For.


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 Post subject: Re: New Foam Pumpkin Shaded Tutorial (WIP)
 Post Posted: Sat Sep 24, 2011 10:23 pm 

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#8 Removing Paint & Rough Shading

Basically I use the Same type Bits for ALL Rough Shading.
Just Different Sizes Depending on the Shape that needs to be shaded.
(Notice I don't say Shave - I hate that Term) It's either Shaded or Engraved !
So we'll Go with Shaded. - LOL

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Shading SMALL Shapes:

The Bits I use for Small Shapes or Lettering is these.
I will Also use these to Outline the Larger Shapes Once More.

These Are Dremel Brand Bits. the Bit Number is below each Bit.

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Buy them Here $2.50 Each
http://www.mytoolstore.com/dremel/32inctrs.html


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Shading Large or Larger Shapes:
For Shading Larger Areas, Nothing Beats these Bits.
This will also Fix Your Paint Rippling Issues.

Bits 193 & 194 Will be Used More than the Others Shown.

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Buy them Here $5.00 Each
http://www.mytoolstore.com/dremel/1hispeed.html


Here's the Pumpkin for Which I call Rough Shading
Paint Removed, And Deep Enough !

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