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thanks for posting this video tutorial, they turned out really great looking. :) It definately makes me wanna go pick up a foam pumpkin to try this out.
 

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Now if we could get someone to make a fakekin with the look of a Funkin with the thickness of the Michaels fakekins!!

Funkins look soooo much more realistic but they're so thick & hard to carve, while the Michaels ones are easy to carve but don't look nearly as realistic.
 

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AC Moore is where he said he got his pumpkin & most of the supplies he used. They sell Funkins as does Joann Fabrics but I'd imagine you could do this on any fake pumpkin.
 

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Michaels pumpkins look more like some kind of Halloween soccer ball than a pumpkin. WAY too smooth and evenly colored. As for Funkins... when you get a real pumpkin to carve it the Pumpkin Masters kits always say to thin the wall before carving. Maybe there's an easy way to thin the wall of a Funkin... maybe one of those large loop carving tools.
 

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Couple years ago I wanted to do some corpsing. The lack of liquid latex left me without. I also heard of white glue, water and cotton for corpsing but I was under a time constraint and never had time to try that. I'm wondering if you or anyone here has tried the white glue and cotton method, and how well it worked?
 

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Finally... something to try on one of the 40 BILLION foam pumpkins I've gotten from Micheal's after Halloween over the years. I think this will vastly improve them!
 

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i LOVE these pumpkins :D
i've never used liquid latex yet (mostly becuase of the $) but i have done same technique using "modge podge" and it worked GREAT!

ive been buying the already carved pumpkins that light up from the thrift stores (goodwill) and will start doing this technique to them!
hmmm i'll do an experiment and use white glue and water on one and modge podge on another one and see what the difference is ( if any ) this weekend.
 

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where can you find these funkins and the liquid latex?
I saw some fake pumpkins at Micheal's but they where really thick foam you needed a heated knife to cut out. Are these the same things?

Thanks
 

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Nicely done! I have a huge plastic pumpkin that I had been papermaching, but I think I'll stop and try your technique. I already have the materials you used. Thanks for sharing!
 

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Hi Thanx much on your post. I did my first corpsing on the weekend and I am quite pleased with the outcome. All thanx to your demo. I was lazy though I bought a pre carve plastic pumpkin from walmart. I am try to corpse zombie hands but I am getting stuck with what colors to use. I'm little challenged that way. Your feed back would be most appreciated Thanx again
 

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If you're going to cover the pumpkin with "corpsin' stuff", why not use a fake pumpkin as a mold to make cheap papier mache ones to corpse?

Just cover one half of the pumpkin with papier mache at a time. Front/back, top/bottom, as long as you can pull the papier mache off when it's dry. Then do the other half. When you have the two dry halves, just stick them together with a few more strips of papier mache. Don't apply the mache too thick, or you'll lose the pumpkin shape. If you need to reinforce it or add depth to the cut out areas, that can easily be done later to the inside.
Just remember to use a release agent! A light coat of Vaseline, a thin layer of liquid dishsoap (washing up liquid) that you dry with a hair drier, or several coats of paste wax should work just fine. Watch for undercuts. If you have to make three or more pieces it'll still work.

I've been corpsin' for quite a few years now, and I'm moving towards lighter weight props lately. (Although latex, batting and a good ol' Bucky will probably always be my favorite!)

*** EDIT*** Test your release agent!!! I have discovered that the wax I have that works so well on wood, plaster, stone, latex... Doesn't work well at all with papier mache!!!***
 

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Appalachian Hex Doctor
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If you're going to cover the pumpkin with "corpsin' stuff", why not use a fake pumpkin as a mold to make cheap papier mache ones to corpse?

Just cover one half of the pumpkin with papier mache at a time. Front/back, top/bottom, as long as you can pull the papier mache off when it's dry. Then do the other half. When you have the two dry halves, just stick them together with a few more strips of papier mache. Don't apply the mache too thick, or you'll lose the pumpkin shape. If you need to reinforce it or add depth to the cut out areas, that can easily be done later to the inside.
Just remember to use a release agent! A light coat of Vaseline, a thin layer of liquid dishsoap (washing up liquid) that you dry with a hair drier, or several coats of paste wax should work just fine. Watch for undercuts. If you have to make three or more pieces it'll still work.

I've been corpsin' for quite a few years now, and I'm moving towards lighter weight props lately. (Although latex, batting and a good ol' Bucky will probably always be my favorite!)
I just got my hands on some Michaels fake pumpkins at 55% off and I am tempted to give this a shot. Thanks!
 
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