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Jack-O-Lantern Carving
A uniquely carved pumpkin will impress your friends, neighbors & Trick-or-Treaters!
Carving a pumpkin into a Jack-O'-Lantern is very easy and only takes a few basic tools. A large spoon or ice-cream scoop, a thin bladed knife and some newspaper will get you started. Be sure that children are old enough to handle tools, so that nobody gets hurt. Wait until a few days before halloween to carve pumpkins.
With a long, thin bladed knife, cut out the top of the pumpkin around the stem. As you cut out the top hole, angle the knife so that the lid and hole will be somewhat cone shaped. This will help prevent the lid from falling into the hole. Now use the spoon to scrap the inside walls clean. The hole should be large enough to allow you to scoop out the seeds and stuff by hand or with a large spoon. Start cleaning the inside. carving top
Check the surface to find the best side to carve. Visualizing the design you want to carve, use your knife to cut out the individual parts of the face or you can pre-mark the pumpkin by using a marker to draw the face onto the surface of the pumpkin. You can also use a drawing to trace on to the pumpkin. Use a pin to poke holes around the drawing than you are ready to start carving where the pin holes are. draw face
You can carve some pumpkins freehand, or you can create detailed carvings from a stencil. Carving Stencils can be drawn either freehand onto paper or use your computer to make your pattern from a Halloween picture. Stencils are available free on the www. A saw for pumpkin carving will help with detailed areas. Take your time when transferring the pattern from the stencil, you're making guide lines for sawing later. carving
With the saw, push the tip of the saw-blade into a pattern hole and saw through the design lines with short back-and-forth motions. Like playing "connect the dots." Remember that these are "saws", not knives. You never cut with it, you saw with it. Take your time and follow the pattern edges carefully. Align the saw blade to make the cuts straight When making sharp corners, remove the saw and re-insert it at the new angle. cutting
Carefully remove all of the cut pieces. Once you've removed them, trim the inside edges of the pumpkin of any excess with the carving saw or a small knife. We carve the excess off at about a 45 degree angle. This allows more light to come through, showing your design to it's fullest. You're all set to add a light to your! Electric candles should be used in any area that is not fully fire proofed. if safe use a candle in fire proof dish. carving
The best way to make a pumpkin last is to slow down the dehydration. When they shrivel up, it's due to loosing moisture. You can restore them to original shape by soaking them in water overnight. There is a Pumpkin saver! "Pumpkin Preserver" It's a low cost, environmentally friendly product that slows the deterioration of jack-o-lanterns and contains all natural ingredients. face

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