BROKEN STEM AGGGGH!!!

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BROKEN STEM AGGGGH!!!

Unread postby PARGOLF » Mon Oct 11, 2010 7:29 am

Moving my kin last night and commited a rookie error. Picked up by the stem and the whole thing broke clean of to the base were stem meets pumpkin. :oops: :oops: :oops:

Anyway to put it back on? Or just leave it off?

How do I get the lid off if I do that? Maybe make a small hole in the back of the lid and pop off when needed?

This will be a display carve. Think anyone will notice the stem missing?

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Re: BROKEN STEM AGGGGH!!!

Unread postby Higgy » Mon Oct 11, 2010 9:45 am

Once you get the top off, you might be able able to us a wood screw and reattach by drilling from the bottom of the lid up into the stem. You probably wont be able to pick up the lid using thestem, but it should at least hold the stem in place.
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Re: BROKEN STEM AGGGGH!!!

Unread postby Manymoons » Mon Oct 11, 2010 1:02 pm

This advise may be a bit late but I actually always cut the "bottom" out of my pumpkins and just drill a hole in the top to use as a chimney behind the stem. A 3/4 inch paddle bit usually does the trick.
I also use recycled baby food jars and votive candles for illumination.
This way, I can light the candle and place the pumpkin over it without burning my fingers. The baby food jar protects the candle from the wind.
Hopes this helps.
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Re: BROKEN STEM AGGGGH!!!

Unread postby Wolfiesden » Fri Oct 15, 2010 3:06 pm

Hehe, everyone will notice the stem missing and you will be incessantly harassed by any average passerby at making such a novice mistake! :tas

It depends on the stem and how woody it is. If its a fairly solid stem, shoot a wood screw up through the bottom of the lid into it. Just be careful when lifting the lid so you don't wallow out the hole in the soft pumpkin flesh. If the stem is pretty fibrous, you might want to drill a hole into it using a paddle bit and use wood glue to glue a chunk of dowel into it. Then use a smaller bit and dowel and drill through crosswise through the stem and other dowel from the back (but not all the way through) and place a cross plug through the stem and first dowel to prevent it from pulling out. A bit of brown shoe polish on the end of the cross dowel will hide it well. Then shoot the wood screw like above, into the dowel through the pumpkin lid. In either case, I would use a bit of waterproof wood glue between the stem and the pumpkin to prevent flexing and provide additional holding.
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Re: BROKEN STEM AGGGGH!!!

Unread postby race20fan » Sun Oct 17, 2010 8:37 pm

The biggest problem with a broken stem is shorter "shelf life", they say the longer the stem the better it will last before rotting (pre-cutting). I have had several short stem or broken stem mold before Halloween in the past.
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Re: BROKEN STEM AGGGGH!!!

Unread postby Higgy » Sun Oct 17, 2010 10:01 pm

And that is why I prefer Michaels pumpkins, indefinite shelf life, and I can carve year round. :D
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