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How to carve a pumpkin for Halloween - in pictures

It's important to have your pumpkin carving pattern ready before you start - you might find some inspiration hereand there are plenty more ideas online. To produce something attractive safely you need a little saw, a "pointer" so you can trace a pattern across your pumpkin and quite possibly a "drill" so you can bore holes in areas too small to twist a knife. Basic pumpkin carving kits are widely available, and the very keen can buyelectric versions

1. Basic pumpkin carving kit: knife for removing the lid, scissors, felt-tip pen, scraper, two saws, drill, pointer

2. Removing the lid. Trace a square or hexagon with a felt-tip pen along the top of the pumpkin, an inch or two from the stalk. Using a fiercely sharp knife with the blade pointing away from you, cut along those lines, into the flesh. Angle the knife slightly inwards: if you cut down vertically, the lid might fall into the pumpkin

3. Remove the lid and scoop out the seeds and flesh – you can either keep the seeds for eating (roast for 20 minutes at 180C, tossed in olive oil, seasoning and spices) or use them as a vomity accessory for your final pumpkin

4. Sit the pumpkin down and find the flattest part to take the carving. Either sketch your pattern on to the skin with a felt-tip pen ...

... or tape a design to its surface and punch out dotted lines using your 'pointer'

6. When you punch through your design remember the more holes you make the more clearly you'll see the design when you remove the paper. Claudio’s efforts on the right side of this pumpkin are much clearer than mine on the left

Take your saw and cut along the lines through the flesh and into the pumpkin. The pieces should then punch out relatively easily

8. Finish by very carefully trimming off the skin over your pattern. Sharpen your knife again if you need to

9. Once the skin is removed, the design should stand out more clearly

Источник http://www.guardian.co.uk

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