A Month of Spookdays: Blingkin

Blingkin

I brought home two craft pumpkins, one black and one orange. I’d never worked with these, and wanted to do something other than just carving a face in the front. I asked myself, what do I have a ton of? Two things: big rhinestones and purple iridescent pony beads. Don’t know if I’ll use the beads yet, but here are the rhinestones, shimmering against a pretty black background. The best deal and the nicest colors came from Target, oddly enough, so that’s where I bought my pumpkins. Sadly, they were out of white. I kinda want white, so I may just paint the other one.

Things I learned: super glue doesn’t work that well. It doesn’t fill gaps, and it damages the pumpkin. I used a glue gun, but man, I need to find out if there’s such a thing as low-string glue for it. The glue strings were insane. I’d say I learned that I can’t measure, but I knew that already. My method: measure twice, cut once, get it wrong anyway, try again, hang head, learn to accept the beauty of asymmetry.

Some links and things:

I think I have to try this paper-mache pumpkin from Stolloween

Lovely yarn-wrapped gourds from Two Shades of Pink

Shrunken Heads from Our Best Bites

Ribbon Wreath from She’s Kinda Crafty

Pretty black & white pumpkin treatments from Oopsey Daisy

Finally, here’s a video on how to look like a Gothic Lolita doll. Creepy and cool.

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