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Just In Time For Halloween: Firefly Crew Silhouette Jack-O-Lanterns!

POSTED BY: REI
UPDATED: Monday, October 23, 2006 17:10
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Saturday, October 22, 2005 7:00 PM

REI


Well, just some background first: every Halloween, I carve realistic jack-O-lanterns like you sometimes see in contests or on TV. You start with a picture that has strong shadowing. You then hand-edit and enhance contrast until it's black and white, and still looks right. Then, you make it "possible" - you can't have floating black areas, you can't have too tight of curves, and the whole thing must remain structurally sound.

This year, in honor of Serenity, I wanted to make Firefly-related Jack-O-Lanterns. However, I don't have time to carve *everyone*. As a contribution, however, I decided to make cutout graphics for others who want to carve them :)

The cutouts are available at:

http://www.daughtersoftiresias.org/pumpkins/firefly/

There should be a diagram for each of the crew members, and one of the ship itself.

Don't be intimidated - they're not as hard as they look :) You draw the drawing onto your pumpkin. You then use a drill to carve - not a knife! Knives put too much pressure on the detail; never use them, even for long straight lines. Use a small drill bit. If you mess up, toothpicks can be used for repair, although you want to avoid this. They can also shore up structurally weak areas.

Don't carve too early. Pumpkins become structurally weaker over time after they've been carved, especially if it goes below freezing. Friday evening before Halloween might be a good time this year - you'd get a couple days with it outside before Halloween, but it should still look nice on Halloween. If you want to carve sooner, you may want to widen some of the lines that bear structural loads.

If you have any questions, just ask! :) Note that while I did check over all of them and try my best to make them all structurally sound, since I haven't carved any of these yet, there are possibly "impossible" or weak areas that I didn't notice; use your own judgement. :)

If you carve one, be sure to post a link to a picture here on the forum!


[meme@daughtersoftiresias fortune]# fortune firefly
Inara: "There's an energy about a person that's difficult to hide. You try to feel that..."

Mal: "And then you try to feel the energy around their credit account. It has a sort of aura..."


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Saturday, October 22, 2005 7:23 PM

MEANGOLDFISH


holy balls. those look hard.

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Saturday, October 22, 2005 8:22 PM

REI


It's not as tough as it looks - and once they're on a pumpkin, they look wonderful :) I wouldn't recommend firefly.gif for a novice, but mal.gif and book.gif wouldn't be too bad.

I'll be doing at least one, probably two. Still not sure which ones ;)


[meme@daughtersoftiresias NewGraphics]$ fortune firefly
Mal: "Whatever happens, remember I love you."

Zoe: "Sir?"

Mal: "Because you're my wife."

Zoe: "Right, sir... honey."


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Saturday, October 22, 2005 8:55 PM

REI


I just added one more (serenity.gif). I think I may do that one with one of my pumpkins. Anyways, enjoy!

[meme@daughtersoftiresias ~]$ fortune firefly
Wash: "You want a slinky dress? I can buy you a slinky dress. Captain, can I have money for a slinky dress?"

Jayne: "I'll chip in."

Zoe: (to Jayne) "I can hurt you."

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Sunday, October 23, 2005 4:42 AM

NYWOE


When I click on the link, I get a "The page cannot be displayed" message. :(

Anyway, I'll share with you the link to the patterns that I made.

http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/nywoe2/album?.dir=ef84&.src=ph&store=&pr
odid=&.don
e= http%3a//photos.yahoo.com/ph//my_photos

I'm not sure which ones I'm going to carve either.

Be sure to post pictures in the Blue Sun Room when you're done carving! I'd love to see what another Browncoat carver comes up with!

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Sunday, October 23, 2005 6:38 AM

URSULA


How damn cool!!!

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Sunday, October 23, 2005 7:32 AM

REI


"Page cannot be displayed"? Are you sure? Both I and the person who posted immediately after me were able to access it.

I'm a bit confused by your pictures - they're tricolor, not black and white. How do you plan to do tricolor? Drill only partway down, and drill across the entire area?


[meme@daughtersoftiresias NewGraphics]$ fortune firefly
Drunk: "Hey, you gonna toast unification with me? Six years today, the
Alliance sent the Browncoats runnin', pissin' their pants... You know, your
coat is kinda a brownish color."

Mal: "It was on sale."

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Sunday, October 23, 2005 7:48 AM

NYWOE


Yeah, I'm not sure why the link isn't working for me. Weird. Just make sure you post your finished products in the Blue Sun Room so I can see them. :)

Yeah, the three-color technique is to carve half-way through on the gray areas, then carve all the way through on the areas that are black on the patterns (white on the mock-ups). I learned how to do this at www.carvingpumpkins.com. This is the first year that I'm attempting to carve a face from a pattern that I made myself. (Although I made a so-so Serenity ship pumpkin last year.) So we'll see how it goes... I suspect that the Inara pattern will fall apart if I try to carve it, but any of the others should be all right. *crosses fingers*

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Sunday, October 23, 2005 8:18 AM

REI


Interesting... what's your IP? I'm checking my logs to try and see what went wrong. I see a lot of "200" status codes ("OK"), with a few 304s ("Not Modified"), and the occasional strange 301 ("Moved Permanently"). There may be more than I'm not seing.

Next year I'm going to have to try out that three-color method :) I imagine you have a lot more troubles bearing shear loads with it, but it should provide some interesting options, and should help at least support tensile loads. I had thought of it before, but never really tried.


[meme@daughtersoftiresias NewGraphics]$ fortune firefly
Kaylee: "How can you be sure Inara just don't wanna see you? Sometimes
people have feelings - I'm referring here to people..."

Mal: "Y'all were watching, I take it?"

(guilty glances)

Mal: "Did you see us fight?"

Kaylee: "No."

Mal: "Trap."

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Sunday, October 23, 2005 8:30 AM

POTIONSMISTRESS


Very cool, but they do look challenging

"Who's flying this thing? Oh, that would be me." ~Wash
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Sunday, October 23, 2005 8:39 AM

LIZANNE


I'm with nywoe, the page doesn't load for me either.

:c( I need Firefly pumpkins for my Hallowe'en party~

Liz
Nathan sat next to me.

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Sunday, October 23, 2005 8:48 AM

REI


What's your IP, then? I can't figure out why it's working for some and not for others without an IP address to look for in the logs.

If you need me to email you the diagrams, I can.

I've already drawn my outlines onto the pumpkins - I'm going to do serenity.gif and mal.gif (I want my porch to be a nice ad for Serenity :) )

[root@daughtersoftiresias fortune]# fortune firefly
Mal: "It's my estimation that... every man ever got a statue made of him was
one kind of sumbitch or another. It ain't about you, Jayne. It's about what
they need."

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Sunday, October 23, 2005 7:25 PM

NYWOE


Would you call me a big dummy if I told you that I don't know how to look up my IP?

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Sunday, October 23, 2005 7:31 PM

REI


> Would you call me big dummy

I'll put it in Captain-Dummy-Talk :) I'm not a windows user, so we'll use an easy trick: try going to this nonexistant webpage on my webserver:

http://www.daughtersoftiresias.org/FAKE.html

I'll get your IP by figuring out who tries to access the "FAKE" page :) Just let me know when you've tried.


[meme@daughtersoftiresias meme]$ fortune firefly
Doralee: "Place like this might be good for your sister. Quiet, safe, place where
folks take care of each other."

Simon: "Yes, seems like a lovely little community of kidnappers."

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Monday, October 24, 2005 3:59 PM

NYWOE


Done and done. :)

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Tuesday, October 25, 2005 6:33 AM

REI


That's really wierd - I don't see anything unusual in the logs. Here, try this alternative link (perhaps your browser isn't smart enough to handle a redirect):

http://www.daughtersoftiresias.org/dot/pumpkins/firefly/


[meme@daughtersoftiresias meme]# fortune firefly
Saffron: "You gonna kill me?"

Mal: "Can you conjure up a terribly compelling reason for me not to?"

Saffron: "I didn't kill you."

Mal: "You handed me and my crew over to those that would kill us. That buys
you nothing."

Saffron: (smiles) "I made you dinner."

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Tuesday, October 25, 2005 3:52 PM

NYWOE


Grrrr.... Argh! Nada!

Oh well, thanks for trying. :)

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Tuesday, October 25, 2005 6:44 PM

ANGELCRUSHERD


A direct quote from the page:
---
The connection has timed out

The server at www.daughtersoftiresias.org is taking too long to respond.

* The site could be temporarily unavailable or too busy. Try again in a few moments.

* If you are unable to load any pages, check your computer's network connection.

* If your computer or network is protected by a firewall or proxy, make sure that Firefox is permitted to access the Web.
---

No firewalls or proxies and Firefox has been accessing the internet for years on end now. This error appears for both versions of the url that you posted.

Anyway, I'm carving more pumpkins this year than any Halloween ever, I'll definitely give these a shot. I would love to see the other page if at all possible and I never would've thought to use my drill for carving. I was planning to doing some kitchen-knife carving until having read this thread, thanks people.

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Tuesday, October 25, 2005 8:14 PM

REI


Oy. I give up for now; I don't know why some of you can access it, and others are getting timed out. I can't reproduce your problem.

If you want the cutouts, just email me at meme@daughtersoftiresias.org, and I'll email you them back (being only a few colors, they're tiny)


[meme@daughtersoftiresias meme]$ fortune firefly
River:: "We got outflanked by an Independent squad, and we're never gonna make it
back to our platoon. We need to resort to cannibalism."

Simon: "That was fast. Don't we have rations or anything?"

River: "They got lost. We're going to have to eat the men."

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Wednesday, October 26, 2005 12:24 PM

BOOMERGOODHEART


And here I thought I was quite a good carver (folks in the neighborhood make it a point during trick-or-treating to come see my pumpkins). You all put mine to shame.

May try the serenity.gif, though. Wonder how many people will ask me what it means?

BoomerGoodheart
"I love my Captain."

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Monday, October 23, 2006 5:10 PM

NOSADSEVEN


It's that time of year again...

BUMP

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Ain't. We. Just.

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