|Meet Halloween Jack!|
|Craft stores sell these polyurethane pumpkins every Halloween. They're designed to be carved just like a real one, only they won't rot by the end of the season.|
|_||The face was based off one I saw in a store and liked sometime early in the season, so I sketched it right away (left), scanned it, modified it to my liking, mirrored it, printed it out, and Dani taped it on as a template.|
|One problem with them, however,
their "skin" flakes if you aren't careful (or even if you are) during
Fortunately, we planned to paint it anyway. The paints I'm using are a bright yellow for the interior (to give greater reflectivity for the light source inside) and a fluorescent green for the exterior.
|After a couple coats of the green, he's not bad, but the expression is too flat....|
|...so I added black on the inside (cut) face of the holes.|
|Note that he's fluorescent under a black light as well.|
|Some galvanized wire, PVC tubing, and a ratcheting cutter come in handy...|
|...for making simple skeletal
You can't see it very well at this resolution, but there's a little twist at the end of the wires on each fingertip that holds the PVC lengths on.
(Jack's waving at Stan and Gertie in the background.)
|Jack's head is painted, but the
just taking shape. This is all PVC (again). I used 45°
bends for the elbows, but you can get 90° or 22.5° if you have
other ideas (e.g., see my lamppost).
The electrical cord runs through the X connector from the little 5 Watt xmas light inside the head. (I comment on this elsewhere, but while some folks complain about the xmas decorations being put out in the stores so early, I think it's cool that I have more materials to take advantage of.)
I didn't get a picture of it, but the head is held in place by a series of loops of galvanized wire run around inside the head through holes in the X connector. I also added a short length of tubing for the body to help stabilize him on the clock.
|Here we have Jack above the
He's dressed up, but the arms are still in progress.
The fabric was just some "stained" orange material from Joann's. Earlier in the season I had seen some that I liked better at Hancock, but we didn't buy it at the time, and I never found it again. Much more textured and almost worn-looking right from the start. Some distressing would make this look so much better.
Anyway, about the arms...
|I added some of the fluorescent green to the fingers and forearms. I had tried him with just white arms (assuming they'd look "boney"), but they just didn't stand out against the white house.|
|Fully assembled (finally), here's how he looks.|
|...and here he is at night over the Halloween Countdown Clock, lit from the inside and fluorescing in the blacklight. He's totally in his element!|