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Wreck'O'Lantern by Lunatron Wreck'O'Lantern by Lunatron
This is a Funkin (fake foam craft pumpkin) carved with the Wrecker symbol. The Wreckers were an elite Autobot commando team. I installed a flashing Energizer blue LED glow stick inside. This is a low-quality animated .gif of the funkin flashing.

One little detail that does not show at all is that the top is cut in the shape of a gear.
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eabevella Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010
Oh! This is so cool! Especially with the blue light.
I would never be able to make such a pretty lantern--I'll just wreck the poor pumpkin. XD
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Lunatron Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010
Thank you! The blue light is less dangerous than a candle, too, I reckon.

Well, like I said, I used a Funkin, which a craft foam replica of a pumpkin, so I'd be able to reuse it for years to come, and I used what were basically wood carving knives to carve it, after I made my pattern. To make my pattern, I printed out a big copy of the Wrecker symbol, taped it to the pumpkin, and used a toothpick to punch in little dots along the lines. Then, I took off the pattern and followed the dots with my carving knives.
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eabevella Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010
Hummmmm those are great tips. My mom bought two palm-sized flat-shaped pumpkin (they are all imported, the native pumpkin in my place looks like a fat, enlarged version of cucumber) Maybe I can give it a try. But I'll try local toy shop find a funkin first... it definitely sounds safer for me. XD
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Lunatron Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2010
Sorry for being a bit late - my computer died. I bought the funkin at a crafts/art store, actually, like where you can buy scrapbooking supplies, styrofoam, paint, ribbon, et cetera.
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eabevella Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2010
Aww, hope your PC is OK now.
I spot an interesting shop around my place which sell all kinds of holiday stuff. I will check it today and see what can I find. XD
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Lunatron Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010
Yeah, my computer situation is okay now!

Good luck with finding one! I hope you do. They're fun to work with.
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The-Devi-stator Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2010
Very cool!
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Lunatron Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2010
Thank you!
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Heatherbeast Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010
I will mostly be using a craft pumpkin for any jack'o'lanterns I put in my office. Actual pumpkins start to smell after a few days. That won't stop me from making one for the doorway at home, though. Mmm, pie.

I really like the differently colored light you used. I could see some amazing applications with green or purple glow sticks. How well do you think the craft pumpkins would take shallow carving (the kind that doesn't cut through all the way?)
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Lunatron Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010
I like the fact that I can put the same thing out year after year. Lazy me!

How do you make pie out of a pumpkin and carve it at the same time? Isn't the fleshy part that you eat structurally important?

They do have green for sure. I do not recall if they had purple.

You can definitely carve it thinly, but I am not sure if it'll turn out translucent like a real pumpkin. The wall is already pretty thin on mine, about a quarter of an inch. You could maybe go down to an eight of an inch if you were careful, but I'm worried the foam will still block light too effectively.
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Heatherbeast Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010
I actually do scrape out about 1/4" of the interior wall to just get rid of all the stringy bits. On the side that is not being carved, I will even scrape out even more, maybe up to a 1/2". That, blended with the stringy center (and seeds set aside for roasting, mmm), has always been sufficient to make a 8" pie.
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wizardofosmond Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010
Best funkin ever
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Lunatron Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010
Thanks. :)
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ShebaKoby Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010
awesome! :D
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Lunatron Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010
Thank you, and thanks for the +fav. :)
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ShebaKoby Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010
you're welcome. :D
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Cloudstreaker Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Friggin WIN! I was going to say (before I read the info) HOW DID SHE CARVE THAT SO STRAIGHT?! Love the blue light, maybe I'll do that with my Jack :D
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Lunatron Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010
Thank you. :)

I used an x-Acto knife to carve it, after printing out the symbol, taping it to the funkin, after using a toothpick to poke holes in the shape of the lines as a guide.
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Cloudstreaker Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Ah yes, the Martha Stewart way ^_^ My mom told me to do that too but I'm lazy lol so I skipped those two steps haha. Good job!
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Lunatron Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010
I've always done it that way, ever since I was a child, back when I actually used real pumpkins.
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Cloudstreaker Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Aha. Well when I was young we used to marker to draw the face first then cut with a giant knife hehe. Hope all is well with you :)
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Lunatron Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010
Yeah, markers leave... marks unless you cut very carefully. I find using a toothpick less obvious, though it does take more work.
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Tennyo-Umiko Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010
FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCK YEAAAAAAAH, THAT'S AWESOME! 8D
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Lunatron Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010
Thank you. :)
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InfinityStar Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010  Student General Artist
AAAAAAAAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA thats great!
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Lunatron Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010
Thank you, and thank you for the +fav. :)
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