This is my style of pumpkin carving! I love how this metallic pumpkin candle turned out.
To start, for texture, I made hot glue "beads" in lines around the pumpkin and then covered the whole thing with a coat of gold spray paint. Next, I just carved out the pumpkin like normal and placed the wick inside in the center. The best way I knew to keep the wick in the center was to hold it steady with two knives...weird, I know...but it worked! I used soy wax for the candle part and did my best to actually follow the directions on the package (go me!). I wanted to melt the wax in a container I could throw away after making the mess so I just found a glass spaghetti sauce jar to use...it also worked great to pour the wax into the pumpkin. I had never done a project with wax before so I really had no idea what I was doing or what to expect...but it went pretty smoothly! Overall, it was the perfect nontraditional pumpkin carving!