Fun Fall Pumpkins

Quikwood Basics:

  • Quikwood is a two part resin.  When mixed together you have about 20 minutes of open time before it begins to cure.  It will fully cure in 24 hours.
  • Only cut off as much as you need at a time.
  • Make sure it is thoroughly mixed together (no swirls of color) or it will not cure.
  • Do not wear jewelry especially rings when working with QW.
  • Apply Avon Silicone Glove before starting and as needed when working with the QW.
  • Use DecoArt Extender to blend QW being careful not to use too much or it will make your QW gummy.
  • Before painting wipe surface with baby wipe to remove any oils.

Video on Quikwood Basics:

Sculpting Instructions:


Trace pattern onto pumpkins

Pumpkin Eyes – Part 1:

Mix 1/4” QW and Divide in two.  Use half for the largest pumpkins eyes and then divide the other piece in two with one piece being slightly larger than the other.  Use the larger piece for the medium size pumpkin.

For the smallest pumpkin divide the clay in two and roll into equal balls.  Place drop of Super Glue Gel on center of each eye.  Place clay on top and gently pat into place.  Do the same thing on the medium and large pumpkin.  On the medium and large pumpkin you will be putting on an eye lid so gently flatten above the eyelid line.    Allow to cure.



For the largest pumpkin mix ½” of QW, for the medium pumpkin ¼” and for the little pumpkin 1/8” of QW.

For  the medium pumpkin roll a cone about 2” long.  Lay in place on surface and push two nostrils on bottom using pointed tool.  Lift up from bottom to create point at bottom of nose.  Continue using hands and tool until you get it the way you want it.

For the large pumpkin, roll the QW into a cone about 2 ½” long.  Flatten bottom end with palm of hand.  Lay in place on surface.  Push nostrils in bottom with tool.  Use hands to shae nose into triangular shape.

For the small pumpkin roll clay into a fat cone about 3/4’” – 1” and place on face.   Allow to cure.


Mouths – Part 1:

Mix 1/4” of QW and divide in two.  When I traced my pattern for the mouth on my large pumpkin I extended the teeth lines beyond the mouth to make it easier to cut them.     Roll ½ of the clay into a coil about 1 ½” – 2” long and lay on center of mouth of large pumpkin.  Begin pressing with palm of hand until the clay fills the space.  Using exacto knife cut down center of mouth, then cut up and down for teeth.  Let cure a little and then recut any lines if needed.

From remaining piece of clay pull off a very small amount and roll into a coil the length of medium pumpkins teeth.  Place on surface directly over teeth on surface.  Press and bevel top of clay.  Begin cutting teeth using exacto knife starting in center and then dividing in two again so that you have 4 teeth.  Trim off any excess.   If needed cut small v between teeth to separate.

Roll remaining clay into a coil 3” long for smallest pumpkins mouth.  Place drop of Super Glue Gel at points on mouth of pumpkin.  Lay middle of coil on middle of mouth, then position coil up and down over pattern.  Finish by turning ends up.

As the clay is starting to cure on medium pumpkin and large pumpkins go back and make any adjustment to teeth using exacto knief.   Allow to cure.


Eyes – Part 2:

Mix 1/8” of QW.  Pull off two small balls about 1/8” and lay on top of small pumpkin’s eyes.  They should be placed at the top of his eyes like he is looking up.  Gently press into place.

Divide remaining clay in 4.  Divide one piece into two.  Roll each piece into a coil about 1” long with a point on both ends.  Lay across top of the line on the medium pumpkins eye and gently press into place.  Pull on top of clay and blend back to form eye lid.

For the larger pumpkin use one piece for each eyelid.  Roll clay into a coil about 1 ¼” long and lay across eye following lid lines on pattern, repeat for other eye.  Gently pat into place, then blend back to form lid of eye.


Mouth – Part 2:

For the large pumpkin mix up 1/8” of QW and divide into two with one piece being a little larger than the other.  Take the smaller piece and roll into a coil about 3” long making it pointy at the ends.  Lay on bottom and pull up to sides.  Divide other piece in two and roll each piece into a cone about 1 ½” long.  Lay fatter end at the top center of mouth and have thinner end met at the side. Repeat on other side.  Blend edges together at the sides.  Using tool push clay at top of lip to form center v.

For the medium pumpkin mix 1/16” of clay and divide into two with one piece being slightly smaller than the other piece.  Using smaller piece roll 2” coil that is thinner at each end.  Lay on pattern of bottom lip and gently pat into place.  Divide other piece in two and roll each piece into a cone about 1 ½” long.  Lay fatter end at the top center of lip and have thinner end extend to the side. Repeat on other side.  Gently pat into place.



To make the leaves for the pumpkins mix ½” of QW.   Pinch and press between fingers to flatten, then lay on parchment paper and flatten with palm of hand.  Use largest hand cookie cutter to cut largest leaf.  Reroll excess clay and flatten and continue cutting leaves until you have desired amount.  If you need more clay cut ¼” at a time.  I cut 1 large, 2 medium and 2 small leaves/hands.  Let leaves sit for 10 minutes.

Mix ¼” QW.  Cut 5 pieces of wire about 10” long.   Pull back of leaf to a point and lay wire on leaf.  Use small piece of clay to cover wire and blend onto leaf.  As leaves cure pick up and shape as desired. Allow to cure.



Mix 1/8” of QW and roll into a coil about 3“long.  Lay on parchment paper and lay and flatten until it is about ½” wide.  Let sit for 10 – 15 minutes.  Begin rolling from one end making a tight center, then begin pleating bottom of clay to make the petals go out. Allow to cure.



To make tail mix a small sliver of clay.  Lay parchment paper over pattern and flatten clay onto paper.  Use blade to cut off excess clay.  Allow to cure.

For body of bird mix up 3/8” of QW.  Pull off small ball for wings (about ¼”) and lay over pattern.  Cut in half.  Allow to cure.  Roll remaining clay into a ball and let sit for about 15 minutes to almost cured.  Reroll into an egg shape.  Begin pinching and pulling front to make a beak.  Insert tail into back and reshape body if needed.  Let sit a few minutes and cut off 2 pieces of wire about 3” long for the legs.  Insert into bottom of body and then remove.  Keep checking shape and adjusting until about cured, then open mouth with blade of exacto knife.

Mix up very small piece of QW and pull off two small balls about 1/8” .  Position balls on body where you want the wings to be attached to the body.  Pinch clay into a pyramid. Position wings onto body with the tip of the wings on the clay.  Remove any excess clay with knife.

Pull off two very small balls of clay for eyes.  Position on top above beak, press gently and then insert wire in center.  Allow to cure then glue legs into bird.