I then deeply “scrape” all of the area
designated by the black, and leave the pumpkin surface, as it is, on
all of the area designated by the white.
preserve the carved area from shrinking and discoloring, rub a light
coating of petroleum jelly into the carved area. Doing the same to the
inside helps the pumpkin from mildewing as quickly.
It is important to scrape somewhat deep (but not all
the way through) - at least ½ the thickness of the rind. One of my
tools for scraping is a long handled little baby’s spoon! I
find that the flesh area is more striking if the Jesus-O-Lantern is
illuminated with a light bulb instead of a candle. Usually a Christmas
light bulb from a ceramic tree works pretty well. I have also used a
bright flashlight (lantern type), for short demonstrations. Unless the
carved out area is very thin, a candle does not give off the intense
light needed for this display.
When my "Jesus-O-Lantern" is lit,
Jesus' face glows with flesh tones and texture!
Joyfully Serving Him,
Emmalea Butler <E><
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