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HOW TO MAKE A PUMPKIN

Using a 500mm polystyrene sphere, we show you how to make this model pumpkin.

The pumpkin was made for a stage version of Jack and the Beanstalk.

We stock polystyrene spheres in many sizes so you can make the pumpkin any scale you want.

The method uses Rosco Foamcoat to seal the surface and give a base for the emulsion and acrylic paint.

How to make a model pumpkin

1. Glue the two halves of the sphere using UHU Por Styrofoam adhesive.

How to make a model pumpkin

2. Draw on the segments of the pumpkin, dividing in half, then quarters, then eighths, then sixteenths

How to make a model pumpkin

4. Using a craft knife cut grooves into the pumpkin following the drawn lines.

How to make a model pumpkin

5. Gently sand the grooves to smooth them using a course sand paper.

How to make a model pumpkin

7. When the dry sand the surface to smooth out the larger imperfections.

How to make a model pumpkin

8. Using a filler fill the joint. When dry sand and then seal.

How to make a model pumpkin

10. Apply an undercoat to the pumpkin preferably using an emulsion type paint.

How to make a model pumpkin

11. When painted fill any areas that are not smooth then sand, seal and paint.

How to make a model pumpkin

13. The pumpkin painted with acrylic paint.

How to make a model pumpkin

14. Using the acrylic orange darkened with a small amount of black paint to use as shading in the grooves.

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