Loki Horned Diadem Tutorial -Redo-
this past few months you’ll know I have just finished the biggest, most elaborate, and first cosplay of mine. Lady Loki Laufeyson. Now–every project has their setbacks and mine was absolutely no different. Specifically, my horns were too large to be supported by my headpiece. I couldn’t have this happen because the horns are the centerpiece! They are what make you stand tall and look with a sense of pride! So despite all my hard work, I completely scrapped the diadem, the method I had used, and bought new materials. Now, I have returned with a better set of instructions for you to make your own set of wicked amazing, delightfully mischievous Loki horns!!
Firstly, you wanna get the headpiece out of the way. I decided that just one or two layers was going to work in maintaining stability. I made 4 craft foam traces of my pattern for the headpiece and used modpodge matte to glue them together, then used acrylic Gesso to make a nice base for painting and detailing. I actually painted on 4 layers of Gesso to really help with sturdiness. Set aside, and lets get down to business to defeat the horns.
Okay, so above we have all the starting materials, aside from patience that is. What you’re gonna do, is take that foam circle and cut it directly down the center, cutting it into half. After, take a look at the ends and figure out what thickness you want. You’re going to want to make them slightly thinner than your goal size. Best to use a serrated knife and mark a guide line of what to cut away. Don't worry if you get an uneven finish. That’s what the 3m grit sandpaper is for. Speaking of! grab up that sandpaper and cut yourself a more handy piece! Get to work in shaping the curve, sand down unwanted edges, and don’t forget to taper to a point on one side. This is what I came up with :
Now that you have your basic form, time to relive childhood! Remember the snakes you used to roll out of play doh? Make a long one out of model magic! I used white but it doesn’t matter as you’ll be layering on Gesso later. But back to the task at hand! Once you have a nice snake that doesn’t look too thin, I found that starting from the tip and working my way down made for less denting. Just slowly and steadily coil the model magic around the base, pressing it down as you go. I used approximately a whole package to get the job done. Once your base is covered, dip your fingers in some lukewarm water and smooth out the lines and dents as much as you can. This is only the beginning and they aren’t gonna look the greatest at this point. But don’t despair!! Just lay them down on a trash bag to dry out for about 2-3 days.
-Le 2-3 Days Later-
Time to sand ‘em down! This is the part that really counts. You wanna get them as smooth as humanly possible. It’ll take a lot of time and you may lose some of your model magic on the sides, but keep calm. I found that you want to first sand down all the fine cracks and such as well as your edges and tips. To buff out all the dents, use a light, circular motion. With the grit of sandpaper we are using, luckily it doesn’t take much work and it is super affective. Just don’t sand with a heavy hand. Be diligent. Below I have the before sanding horn on the right and the after on the left.
See what difference sanding makes?? It really helps to focus on the edges and the inside of the curve. Moving on~! Go into your toolbox and get yourself a pair of plastic drywall anchors. I would go with a standard size. You’ll wanna slowly push these up the center of the bottom of your horns. Make sure they’re straight going in or you could punch right through your foam base. If this happens, just push the foam as much as u can manage back in place, sand it down, and use some 6000 glue -super glue- to seal up the crack with a paintbrush. All good!!
Final step!! Get yourself some chopsticks and a sturdy bottomed cup -like maybe a glass mug or freezer mug-. Put each horn in a chopstick by using the opening provided by your anchor. Put them in the cup and carefully apply your first coat of Gesso with a nice sized paintbrush. Apply 3 more coats over the span of the next three days.
Once your last Gesso layer dries, you’re on the home stretch!!! Get yourself a pair of screws with a flat surface so it won’t leave impressions on your forehead later. Get your horns attached! For fastening it to your head, measure out some elastic and cut some Velcro. It is as easy as that!!!
As far as painting goes, I went with Rustoleum’s Hammered Gold. For the weathering, I used some black fabric paint and rubbed it in circular motions until I was happy with it.
That’s all there is to it!!! I wish you all best of luck!