Lutradur Pumpkins for Halloween

To make each pumpkin we coloured a piece of Lutradur 70gms with orange transfer paint and then drew a circle using a compass.  

Deconstructed pumpkin showing the basic shape is like a flower with six long oval shaped 'petals'.  A clear plastic ruler across the centre shows it measures approximately 12 inches at the widest point.
Initial shape, showing six equal sections.

Keeping the compass at the same radius (and remembering our school geometry!) we positioned the point of the compass on the circumference and drew an arc; then repositioned the compass on the point where the arc met the edge of the circle to draw another arc and so on, until we had drawn several arcs and completed a ‘flower’ shape.

Another photograph of the deconstructed pumpkin, but this time showing long thin strips of orange coloured Lutradur have been machine stitched to the inside of each segment for added support and interest.
Additional strips of Lutradur were sewn on the inside of each section

After cutting out the shape, we machine stitched strips of Lutradur to the centre of each segment, to give added support and interest, before joining all the outer tips together to form the pumpkins.

Single pumpkin made of six equal segments, joined at the top and held in position with a green stem, which passes through the pumpkin from top to bottom and helps the pumpkin maintain its shape.
Finished pumpkin

The stems and tops were made from Evolon which we coloured using green transfer paint. A narrow strip of Evolon was tightly rolled to form each stalk and made long enough to pass all the way through the pumpkin and protrude slightly out of the base – this helped to pull all the sections together and create a nice bulbous shape.  

Three pumpkins photographed in the dark, resting on fine straw and illuminated with a string of battery lights.
The same pumpkins illuminated by a string of battery operated fairy lights

If you have any questions about this project, please do not hesitate to contact us.

by Ruth Morgan | October 2, 2020 | Posted in Lutradur
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