What is the difference between Funkins and the carvable pumpkins that Michael's carries?
That's just what I needed to know! Thank you very much for your information kprimm =)They are no where close to the same thing. Michaels are much harder to carve and you cannot get a nice detailed complicated design with them. They are more of a rubbery texture when carving and require more force to carve. Funkins are more expensive, but you get what you pay for. I carve many pumpkins every year and i have many of the funkins and the michaels pumpkins. Funkins are way better and they carve almost like a real pumpkin. You can carve very intricate patterns and designs on funkins with stellar results. A good rule of thumb that i go by is this, If you are doing a basic face or a fairly simple design without small tight areas then a michaels pumpkin will work, but if you are doing a very intricate or complicated pattern or design then go with the funkin. I am giving this advice based on years of carving experience and working with all those mentioned.
Actually, I've found that if you use the woodburning tool from Michael's rather than carving them with a knife you can get great results with either brand of pumpkin. The tool comes with several different tips but the xacto blade tip seems to work best. You get nice smooth, straight lines, and no dust, though there are some fumes. These patterns were all done on Michael's pumpkins last year. Granted they aren't the most complicated designs.
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