1/12 Scale Jack-O-Lanterns


For some time now, I’ve wanted to try out Tori West’s Paperclay Jack-O-Lantern tutorial.

Sadly, at the point I decided that “now’s the moment!” my only available paperclay had turned to rock. But I did have some polymer clay.


Paperclay is air-drying (no baking) and as such there is no problem with Tori’s method of wrapping clay around a core that includes plastic wrap and masking tape. Since polymer clay has to be baked, I couldn’t help but think that this was a bad idea and just another toaster oven fire waiting to happen.

I did it anyway.

1/12 Scale Jack-O-Lanterns

Now, my toaster oven is still in the room of the detached garage (with an outside door left open whenever baking), so I can’t be certain of any fumes this combo put off, but there was nothing noticeable lingering in the air when I removed the pumpkins from the oven. YMMV.

I used blue painter’s tape (much like the polymer clay, it’s what I had on hand) and I admit to skipping the step where Tori preps the plastic wrap with tape. Surprisingly, neither the tape nor the plastic wrap melted (much).

While Tori recommends removing the core prior to re-carving the face, with polymer clay, my recommendation is to re-carve first and then remove the core. The core provides some stability and helps prevent breakage.

Like Tori, I found tweezers to be instrumental in removing the core. While the tape doesn’t melt, I’m pretty sure the glue on the tape melted a wee bit. 😉

1/12 Scale Jack-O-Lanterns

1/12 Scale Jack-O-Lanterns

3 comments for “1/12 Scale Jack-O-Lanterns

  1. Nancy D
    September 30, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    These are cute! I wonder if a little bigger a battery tea light would fit? Course it wouldn’t be to scale but I’m not a exact kinda girl 🙂 And I happen to have a unopened package of paper clay! Yay!

    • Jivvy
      September 30, 2013 at 8:28 pm

      Oh, they absolutely could… I even thought drilling a hole in the bottom of one of these and sticking a tea light through it.

      Then I thought about covering the base of the tea light in polymer clay and then I thought about putting THAT in the toaster oven and then I thought I was probably pushing my luck. 😀

  2. Carolyn
    October 2, 2013 at 8:36 am

    As always your version is spectacular! I am so glad your art sense won out over common sense and you forged onward ( I sure Mr. Jivvy had your back).
    Thanks to you (and Tori’s fab tut), I too am eager to attempt some of these and I think I will light them not with a tea light but with some mini LEDs I have somewhere in my stash. Now where did I see those last…..

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