You’ve noticed that your pumpkin very likely has a lot of rough edges that are getting in the way of your fine detail work. If only there were a way to smooth those rough edges away. Well, hold on to your lids, folks, it’s one of the easiest techniques your going to master. All is takes is a little elbow grease…and a scouring pad.
Fibrous cleaning pads like the ones show above are better than nothing. But if you really want to shed those unwanted rough spots fast…a stainless steel scouring pad works like magic. There are a lot of varieties of these but the best I have found are the ones sold by Fuller brush. The ones you pick up at the grocery store will do…they just may not last for very many carvings.
A word of warning. I have been an art teacher for a long time and one thing I have learned is, when you introduce someone to a fun, easy technique…and this is definitely one of those times…novices tend to go overboard and overuse it. With your scrubbing pad, you can quickly remove all the character from your carving and this is something you don’t want to do. Basically, try not to overdo it on the polishing.