After last Halloween, we got a bunch of foam pumpkins on clearance, so that was most of our carving this year. For some reason, the large foam pumpkins got quickly designated for immortalizing some older designs, so the two new shirt.woot patterns I came up with didn't get carved this year. Maybe next year...
Carving in foam is quite a different experience. It's much faster when you don't have to empty out the pumpkin guts, and it's nice to be able to leave the pattern on during carving (it won't get soaked with pumpkin guts). The dremel makes things so fast, especially on the peeling! Yeah, powder gets everywhere, and you can't use candles (I need to design a light system for next year), but you get a permanent display for future years.
I did learn one big lesson, though: I didn't "peel" far enough in my carving, and they weren't bright enough. I was way too scared of going all the way through. I'll have to touch them up later. The photos you'll see had to have the contrast cranked way up to get them to show well. But overall, it was great.
When we carve real pumpkins, we usually carve 2-3 sides per pumpkin. Planning ahead for future display of large numbers of foam pumpkins, we decided only to carve one side of each. That also meant that we didn't have one design showing through the other. But it meant we did fewer designs than we could have. Fortunately, two of the foam pumpkins were re-creations of former carvings. Click any picture to see larger:
Grim Optimism by ramyb
The squirrel looks much better than last time (very large pumpkin, enlarged the squirrel, and just peeled instead of cutting).
Pumpkin and Ghost by Shigwarm
Also better than last time, with more detail. Though now that I've looked at the shirt design again, I see more fine detail I could have added...
Though most of the foam pumpkins ("funkins") were recreations of old designs, there were a few odd-shaped funkins that required new designs. We also had a few small pumpkins and a watermelon from our garden that we carved. Take a look at my photo album to see all of our photos from this year and previous years. Enjoy!
Now to go out looking for foam pumpkins on clearance.... Look forward to new shirt.woot-inspired pumpkins next year.