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Re: Haunted House (done)

 by Gigatron ¦  Fri Nov 02, 2012 7:11 pm ¦  Forum: ZP Pattern Discussion ¦  Topic: Haunted House (done) ¦  Replies: 126 ¦  Views: 34831

Love the haunted house pattern. Too bad Halloween was all but eliminated, in this region, this year.

-Fred

Re: Where do you get a great carving kit from?

 by Gigatron ¦  Mon Oct 29, 2012 8:09 am ¦  Forum: Real Pumpkin Carving Help ¦  Topic: Where do you get a great carving kit from? ¦  Replies: 16 ¦  Views: 9713

Before I knew about ZP's kit, I made my own http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c362/gigatron_2000/Pumpkins/ToolSet.jpg The 3 on the bottom, are for real pumpkins. They're made from Bosch jigsaw blades (for wood) and hand-carved wooden dowels. I also use the X-acto keyhole saw, in the the top row, for...

Re: Zombombie's 2012 Carves *UPDATED October 24th PAGE 4*

 by Gigatron ¦  Sat Oct 27, 2012 6:28 pm ¦  Forum: Carving Photos & Stories ¦  Topic: Zombombie's 2012 Carves *UPDATED November 10th PAGE 7* ¦  Replies: 102 ¦  Views: 15821

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I love how the three of these just "work" together. Almost like they're all part of a larger pattern.

-Fred

Anyone else ever make their own carving tools?

 by Gigatron ¦  Sat Oct 27, 2012 6:23 pm ¦  Forum: Real Pumpkin Carving Help ¦  Topic: Anyone else ever make their own carving tools? ¦  Replies: 12 ¦  Views: 5112

Hey guys, When I got into "serious" pumpkin carving last year, I used a real pumpkin and one of those stencil/tool sets you can get, well, pretty much everywhere, this time of year. It had a scoop, 2 little saws and a plastic awl. Well, after my one and only pumpkin, the awl and both saws, were brok...

Re: any tips on dealing with squirrels?

 by Gigatron ¦  Sat Oct 27, 2012 5:52 pm ¦  Forum: General Spooky Discussion ¦  Topic: any tips on dealing with squirrels? ¦  Replies: 14 ¦  Views: 4024

Peppermint oil seems to detract most varmint - at least the garbage pickers (racoons, possum, etc.).

Though my trusty Daisy Powerline 856, BSA scope and a few RWS SuperDomes, seem to make right quick work of them, as well. Especially when they start gnawing a new hole into the attic.

-Fred

Re: Raven's 'kins 2012/ Update 10/25 page 5

 by Gigatron ¦  Fri Oct 26, 2012 10:31 am ¦  Forum: Carving Photos & Stories ¦  Topic: Raven's 2012/final update and carve 10/31 pg 7 with all pics ¦  Replies: 109 ¦  Views: 16867

I was really kinda hoping that a Freddy glove was going to reach up out of the water and drag the Jason pumpkin into the lake, like an homage to the end of Freddy Vs. Jason :lol: :lol: :lol:

-Fred

Re: Pattern transfer tool

 by Gigatron ¦  Wed Oct 24, 2012 10:40 am ¦  Forum: Pumpkin Product Reviews ¦  Topic: Pattern transfer tool ¦  Replies: 11 ¦  Views: 5338

I've never had great luck with a pounce wheel personally. Maybe the ones I've tried didn't have a small enough disc on the end to navigate details. But with sharp curves, I feel like I'm more accurate with a tool that has a single point for tracing (like a pen on transfer paper). With more intricat...

Re: New to foam carving, my first batch - update 10/23/12

 by Gigatron ¦  Wed Oct 24, 2012 10:31 am ¦  Forum: Carving Photos & Stories ¦  Topic: New to foam carving, my first batch - update 10/23/12 ¦  Replies: 65 ¦  Views: 11831

Thanks, guys 8)

Nos, the light in this one is some cheap, battery powered, LED pumpkin light. It's just a super bright white.

I'd love to find a corded bulb, that gives off the same pure white. Most bulbs are listed as "soft white", which has more yellow, to them.

-Fred

Re: New to foam carving, my first batch - update 10/23/12

 by Gigatron ¦  Tue Oct 23, 2012 11:03 pm ¦  Forum: Carving Photos & Stories ¦  Topic: New to foam carving, my first batch - update 10/23/12 ¦  Replies: 65 ¦  Views: 11831

Thanks guys 8) This one was a bit of challenge. The foam was a little too flexible at points, so there was some breakage and mis-cuts - but nothing some superglue couldn't fix :) . Some of the radial cuts were tough, too. I may use a drill for the round corners, next time. Now, it's time to start th...

Re: New to foam carving, my first batch - update 10/23/12

 by Gigatron ¦  Tue Oct 23, 2012 7:07 pm ¦  Forum: Carving Photos & Stories ¦  Topic: New to foam carving, my first batch - update 10/23/12 ¦  Replies: 65 ¦  Views: 11831

My latest, and probably last for the season; The Grim Reaper

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-Fred

Pattern transfer tool

 by Gigatron ¦  Tue Oct 23, 2012 11:06 am ¦  Forum: Pumpkin Product Reviews ¦  Topic: Pattern transfer tool ¦  Replies: 11 ¦  Views: 5338

Hey guys, I know a lot of people already have their favorite way of transfering patterns to the pumpkins. Some people use Saral paper, other use adhesive-backed paper, and I'm sure there are other methods as well. So, I'm just going to throw my method out there http://www.micromark.com/3-piece-pounc...

Re: SuperSonics 2012 patch

 by Gigatron ¦  Tue Oct 23, 2012 10:46 am ¦  Forum: Carving Photos & Stories ¦  Topic: SuperSonics 2012 patch UPDATES PAGE 5 ¦  Replies: 76 ¦  Views: 13823

Nice job, Sonic 2. I`m trying to conserve on Saral, Its A LOT of paper for little stars. As to this point, you should look into one of these http://www.micromark.com/3-piece-pounce-wheel-set,6668.html. They're made for transfering paper patterns on to other mediums. All you do is tape your pattern, ...

Re: pagemaster1993's 2012 Carves.

 by Gigatron ¦  Sun Oct 21, 2012 10:25 am ¦  Forum: Carving Photos & Stories ¦  Topic: pagemaster1993's 2012 Carves. ¦  Replies: 59 ¦  Views: 12246

pagemaster1993 wrote:I said more would come and more have came. I present to you:


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This is an awesome picture. Love it 8)

-Fred

Re: the secretness of the VIP Patterns

 by Gigatron ¦  Sat Oct 20, 2012 9:51 pm ¦  Forum: ZP Site Discussion ¦  Topic: the secretness of the VIP Patterns ¦  Replies: 53 ¦  Views: 13863

Nos, I am absolutely intent on goading responses. That's called a discussion. It's how changes get made. Not by everyone agreeing with each other, with no reasoning behind it. Goading responses is most definitely not a discussion. A discussion involves an exchange of opinion. You seem unwilling to ...

Re: the secretness of the VIP Patterns

 by Gigatron ¦  Sat Oct 20, 2012 5:36 pm ¦  Forum: ZP Site Discussion ¦  Topic: the secretness of the VIP Patterns ¦  Replies: 53 ¦  Views: 13863

For the record, I don't hate anyone, or this forum. If I did, I wouldn't be trying, so dang hard, to make things better, for all of us - from the person that buys a $5 package, all the way up to Ryan's charity. Change doesn't happen by accident. It takes work and perseverence. Ryan isn't going to kn...