Thursday, October 31, 2013
Just in time or the Great Pumpkin saga
This is a different pumpkin saga. I can't remember where I saw this - but someone used one of those hollow soft plastic balls and paper mache and made a pumpkin. I live in Beaufort, SC so reall pumpkins don't do real well here - get kind of mushy and soft - although everyone else seems to get them. So I thought - I'll make my own pumpkin.
OK - I did use plaster wrap instead of paper mache. I tried to raise parts of the ball with aluminum foil shapes. And then I wrapped it with the plaster wrap. What a messy process. Paper mache might have been a better choice. Too late now. Then I primed it and spray painted it and boy did it look bad. So I went to Michaels in search of paper clay - but instead bought something a bit cheaper called Clay Mache. Major sticky stuff. Another mess.
Then - I repainted it. This time I used various tones of orange and applied with a brush, paper towels and fingers (oh don't forget water) - one more mess. I made the stem and leaves out of the sticky clay and painted them. Wrapped curled wire around the pumpkin stem and glued on the leaves with heavy duty gel medium. Then I added stencil designs with Liquitex white spray paint. I still have to put a protective spray on it - but I just finished about an hour ago and it's on our covered porch.
In the end - it looks kind of cute - but I will never make another one. Well that's my Great Pumpkin saga - Happy Halloween Y'all!!!