My Very Own Steam-Pumpkin Creations
During this most recent move to Michigan this fall I was forced to leave my art supplies in storage. Luckily for me, Ann Arbor has a fantastic shop called The Scrap Box where I could fill a whole bag with all sorts of amazing odds and ends for just a few bucks. I’ve carved simple pumpkins plenty of times, but I’d never built up a jack-o-lantern with accessories so I thought I’d give it a shot.
My first impulse was to make an airship, and I realized that if I tipped a pumpkin onto its side I could get a blimp shape. The stem was the perfect base for the nose cone, and the gems were each a dime and look fabulous both in the light and the dark. I added an extra candle to the smoke stack and the light reflected off the aluminum tube and looked awesome.
I mentioned using power tools on this baby before, which was what I used to at least start the hole for each gem, then I used clay tools to make them the right size.
I think the engine was my favorite part to build. It’s a small cardboard box, the smoke stack tube and several funky foam shapes I found and painted gold.
But of course, every airship needs a captain! And the air gets awfully thin up there in the clouds so I made him a respirator and goggles.
The mask is a repurposed berry container plus some caps and foam tubes I found. Most of the mask is held together with toothpicks and a little hot glue. The eyes are another set of caps and some sticky backed foam. I hid the stem inside the top hat, that serves as the handle. At first I didn’t have enough air flow even though the area behind the mask is one large hole, so my captain also got a pair of ears to help.
“Why not just cut a hole in the back?” you ask. I’m glad you did.
I decided my respirator needed a power source, so I cut a whole in the back to let the light from the “furnace” shine through. As an added bonus, there was moisture inside the pumpkin that made it look smoky! The red mesh is from a couple bags of oranges, and the box was originally meant to display jewelry so the window was already there.