I had a need for 1:9 scale jack o' lanterns, but realistic ones with the insides scooped out and faces that were carved instead of painted. I couldn't find any that met my standards, so I decided to make my own.There are a lot of ways to make miniature jack o' lanterns. The method I chose requires polymer clay and aluminum foil.
Using a real pumpkin as a reference, I mixed up three different colors of clay.I flattened the skin and pulp colors.
Then I stacked them and rolled them flat again.
Next, I rolled the aluminum foil into some pumpkin sized balls.
I placed the ball on the flattened clay...and pulled the sides up so the foil was completely covered.
I trimmed the excess with scissors and then smooshed the clay until the pumpkin was smooth, round and completely orange.
When that was done, I broke out the sculpting tools.
I made a little indent on the bottom of the pumpkin and used some of the leftover pulp color to fill it in.
Next, I starting some shape and texture.More shape, more texture.
Once I was pleased with pumpkin itself, I set it aside for a bit to let the clay stiffen again. Then, it was time to cut out the face.
This can take a while. I was in too much of a hurry here, which is why this one is messy. This is also the time to add the stem and cut out the lid.
When all of that was done, I baked the jack o' lantern according to the directions on the package.
I let it cool completely, then I carefully removed the aluminum foil with needle nose pliers.
The finished jack o' lantern!
Here's a look at the inside.
The jack o' lantern can be glossed or left as is. This one really was messy, so I touched it up with acrylic paint.