This is what we’ll be making, let’s get started, shall we?
Papier-mâché (aka paper mache)
6. Hot glue
gun + silicone rods
paint (white, yellow and red)
things first, this tutorial has pictures of different horns because we hadn’t
planned it beforehand (and we made a bunch of them at the same time).
should draw a pattern on paper to decide the shape and size of your horns, also
so you can try them on before actually making them to see if you like how they
look. Afterwards draw this pattern onto the porexpan because this will help you
understand the volume while carving.
2. We used
porexpan as the base of the horns because it is really light and, believe us,
you don’t want heavy stuff on your head. That is a key point if your character
not only has horns, but wears glasses , fins, or some other accessory as it all
adds up weight on top of your ears, which is really uncomfortable. That said,
the next step is to carve the porexpan with the cutter carefuly following the
pattern you’ve drawn on it.
usually have porexpan (which is some kind of…plastic cork?) at variety stores,
but you may also find it in packages (it’s used to protect its contents),
that’s to say: make sure you look into packages people have thrown away as you
wouldn’t need to buy it then!
3. Once you
have your desired shape, you can proceed to cover the horns with paper mache
(you can use home-made paper mache, but the store one is way smoother). Once
again, be aware of the weight, too much paper mache will make the horn heavier.
step is optional if you like your horns rougher, but if you want them even you
can use sandpaper to sand them. Might as well warn you that this process gets EXTREMELY
long, but the results are nice.
optional step is to use thread to make the horns textured as you can see in the
pictures. Be careful in your choice of thread as some threads are too shaggy,
which makes it difficult to paint them later on. You can also get the textured
feeling by doing a spiral motion with the silicone, but we wouldn’t recommend
it because painting gets hard on a silicone surface. Back to the thread (quite
literally), you can attach it to the horn with white glue or glue.
6. Now the
step you’ve been waiting for: painting! We don’t have much to say on this one,
but maybe the paint will be too transparent and you’ll need to put on many
layers, so you may need to add white (because it’s more opaque). And that’s
pretty much it. Oh, we almost forgot, you can attach the horns to the headband
before painting them, but we prefer to finish them before that so we don’t
7. If your
horns are small and light (such as Karkat’s or Terezi’s, or even Nepeta’s) you
can use hair clips. If your horns are tall or heavier we recommend using black
(duh, because the trolls hair is black) headbands. You can find the right place
to put the horns on by trying on the headband with a mark on its center and
playing around with the horns until you find their place. Afterwards you pierce
both the headband and the horns with the drill to screw them, but we felt this wasn’t
secure enough, so we put on some silicone.
Note 1: If
you’re thinking of using hair clips, have in mind if your hair withstands them
or not, since some people have really reaaally soft hair and hair-thingies fall
Note 2: On
the picture of our Vantas’ horns the texturing method was silicone, also, we
used toilet paper + white glue instead
of paper mache. Here comes a pic of the difference between textured and smooth.
8. Last one.
Now we like to varnish them with latex so the paint won’t peel off.
it, hope it’s useful to you! C: Happy horning~
isn’t our mother tongue , so if you didn’t understand something, feel free to
drop an ask and we’ll do our best to explain it better c: Oh, and last thing,
we said some obvious stuff, but it might come in handy anyway.