Here's our scary story: Last Halloween, jeweler Eddie Borgo (yes, he of coveted pyramid spike bracelets) decided he needed a housewarming gift for his friend designer Victor Glemaud's annual downtown get-together. Flowers didn't seem appropriate, so he opted to create a festive custom-made centerpiece: a bejeweled pumpkin. "It seemed natural that I would stud it," Borgo says, considering he had all the supplies handy from his jewelry-making. The result (see step by step below) was so spellbinding that the creation was kidnapped by partygoers at Glemaud's and taken all over town that evening. "I'm always using geometry in my sketches. Triangle shapes are at the core of what I do and I love Halloween," explains Borgo of the synthesis. Of course, Halloween dressing lends itself to Borgo's signature style. "Even the girls who normally wouldn't wear a studded cuff might now."
Carving knife and spoon
Jewelry studs (Borgo recommends studsandspikes.com or M&J Trimming)
Krylon matte black spray paint
1. Pick your pumpkin at the local market. Borgo likes his medium-size, symmetrical, and round.
2. Empty out the seeds and pulp and begin to carve the face.
3. Try to accentuate the cutout shapes by studding around them, pushing the spikes into the shell of the pumpkin. Borgo likes to start with the eyes, followed by the nose; the mouth comes last.
4. After the face is completely studded, use Krylon matte black spray paint over the whole pumpkin to make it deep, deep black.
If it all seems too overwhelming, Borgo can custom-make you one! eddieborgo.com
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