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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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:iconeabevella:
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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:iconlunatron:
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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:iconeabevella:
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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:iconlunatron:
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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:iconeabevella:
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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:iconlunatron:
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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:iconheatherbeast:
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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:iconlunatron:
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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