Paper Mache Jack-O-Lantern

   Draw The Face

Use a Sharpie to draw a face on the shell.  It doesnt need to be perfect, just give yourself a general idea of the shape and positions of the facial features

Cutout the Features

Use a sharp knife, a serrated blade works best, to cut our the facial features.  Leave some supports in the center of larger cuts such as the mouth.  These will help the paper jack-o-lantern keep it shape until we add the harder paper clay later.

 

Add Features

Unlike working with real pumpkins to get a great looking paper mache jack you will want to add material not just cut it away.  Use rolled bits of newspaper and tape to buildup features like eyebrows, a protruding nose, and,  of course, a stem.   You can also use hot glue to add other items such as polymer clay teeth.
 

 Make the shell

Build the face

Paint

Lighting

Laptop HDD to SSD Upgrade Woes

 

Grabbed a cheap laptop from Craig’s List to use as a workstation for my new Maslow: a Dell Latitude E6400 with 4GB RAM and a 256GB hard drive.  It works just fine with the Maslow but is a bit sluggish when working with the CAD/CAM programs.

So, I reached into my closet and grabbed an SSD that I had from an old work laptop.

Cloning the drive is rather straight forward.  I connected the SSD to the laptop via a USB to SATA adapter and the drive was immediately visible in File Explorer.  Next, I needed a free harddrive cloning package, I found and downloaded DriveImage XML  The cloning process took about 12 hours.

After cloning I swapped the drives and started the machine.  After the BIOS post I got a black screen with just the text “BOOTLOADER” and the boot process stopped.  🙁

After some googling I learned that Bootload is a protection package that is part of the PGP disk encryption tool.  Damn, that SSD was PGP encrypted when I last used it.  I should have completely cleaned that drive before the cloning process.

This time I followed this procedure from Symantec to use the Windows diskpart utility to clear the MBR on the HDD to prep it for a new cloning.

I am waiting for the diskpart clean process to complete now.  It should take about 4 hours….

Jack-O-Lantern

Make the shell

Use

Draw The Face

Use a Sharpie to draw a face on the shell.  It doesnt need to be perfect, just give yourself a general idea of the shape and positions of the facial features

Cutout the Features

Use a sharp knife, a serrated blade works best, to cut our the facial features.  Leave some supports in the center of larger cuts such as the mouth.  These will help the paper jack-o-lantern keep it shape until we add the harder paper clay later.

Add More Details

Unlike working with real pumpkins to get a great looking paper mache jack you will want to add material not just cut it away.  Use rolled bits of newspaper and tape to buildup features like eyebrows, a protruding nose, and,  of course, a stem.   You can also use hot glue to add other items such as polymer clay teeth.

Paint: Base Coat
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Paint: Blackwash & Highlights

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Light it up!

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