HOW TO MAKE TAVROS HORNS!!
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this is going to be reallllly long so sorry but its really easy to make!
i will show the pictures for the parts you will be using in the instructions be aware that i did not take these pics while making my horns but ill explain to the best of my ability) *[where you can get items from; but i do live in CA so sorry if i mention a shop you don’t have near you!]
Okay for this you will need to following!!:
- BIG ass block of Styrofoam (i mean big) [any craft store, i got mine from Michael’s craft store]
-2 types of pool noodles ( long! it needs to be cut up into four pieces!) [ step on down to your local pool supply shop, if not try hardware store for hollow foam tubing]
-a wooden dowel (long) [Michael’s/craft store/ hardware store]
-template [ the way i originally found the right size for my horns was getting butcher paper and drawing on the horns based on a pic of a cosplayer; by doing all this math i took the length and height of their horns compared to their head height and length and then taking my head measurements and finding the size of the horns from that.. sorry that might be confusing but if it helps, you use that one math equation where your given three numbers and you have to find x by doing cross multiplication…]
-Styrofoam adhesive spray [craft store/ Michaels]
-tub of mod-podge [craft store/Michaelsupply store]
-model magic [craft store/Michaels]
-tub of Gesso (acrylic) [Aron Brother’s/ art store]
-lightweight spackling (when you buy this stuff if you pick it up and its heavy you got the wrong one. its light for a reason.)[harware store]
-sand paper [hardware store]
-a Styrofoam cutter (these can be expensive so if you don't want to pay a lot then you can stick to the sandpaper or get a bread cutting knife) [craft store/ Michaels]
-headband (black wide headband) [ uhh… anywhere really]
-power-drill and regular old screws [if you don't own one ask someone to lend it to you]
-acrylic paint (red, orange,yellow) [like any craft or art store]
- i think thats it.. really
1-MAKE A TEMPLATE!!
i have described how to do that in the list of materials
- if that's too complicated or it didn’t make any sense just test out designs onto a big piece of butcher paper and then hold the cut out pieces next to your head in the mirror!
2- DRAW TEMPLATE ONTO STYROFOAM BLOCK!!!
this is the width of the styrofoam i got.. (it was really long when i first got it but ive used it all up, so this is just what im showing for the demo..)
okay this is a shitty template i quickly drew on to show you guys so dont make it this size or it will be way to small.
-because we will be using pool noddles as the base of the horn draw a line somewhere after the curve of the horn where it begins to flatten out. this is where you will cutting out the horn shape
-draw the line farther than what i have in this example pic you will need room to sand and an un-curved place attach the noodle to.!!
here is a pic of my semi finished horn.. the black mark is where the styrofoam and pool noodle meet i would recommend using this measurement for the styrofaom part (its light weight so don't worry about it toppling when you connect them)
-Once you have drawn down a line where the styrofoam will be cut off at, start cutting and shaping the curve of your horn! ( make sure you only cut out the part you have labeled as styrofoam and leave the “noodle"portion left on the block.)
3- MAKE THE "NOODLE” PART OF THE HORN!!!!
as said in the item description you will need TWO types of pool noodles
-one has to be large and have a large opening while another has to be small enough to snugly fit inside the larger one
-the small on will also need to have a small opening that will fit a dowel inside on it (ill talk about this later)
here is how they go together. MAKE SURE IT FITS SNUG ENOUGH THAT IT CANT JUST SLIDE RIGHT OUT!!
- measure the two noodles against the rest of the template so you know where to cut them so they can fit with the styrofoam part (always cut just abit more than you need just in case but please make sure that the smaller noodle is a bit longer than the larger because it will need to be put inside the styrofoam later (ill explain later) )
4- PUTTING THE PIECES TOGETHER!!!
you are basically going to need to use this:
this is Styrofoam adhesive i got form a craft store.
-okay so your going to need to cut a shallow hole in the end of the styrofoam so that you can stick the left over part of the small noodle inside, make sure that only the small noodle fits in the hole so that the larger noodle will slip onto the outside.. here’s a shitty drawing:
- okay so cut out the dark green part so that you can stick the noodle part inside of it slighlty
-spray the adhesive to the end of the pool noodle (MAKE SURE ITS JUST THE SMALL NOODLE FOR THIS STEP) together with the inside of the styrofom
-spray that bitch alot!
- now spray the larger noodle to the left over styrofoam to create the outer layer
-hold together until it will be fine to set down to dry further
- repeat with other horn set thing.
here is what it should look like with just the small noodle attached to the styrofoam
oh how i despise old photos
okay so here is what the two noodles look like together.. i had to outline it in sharpie because it wouldn't show up on camera
5- COVER THAT SHIT UP!!!!
you will need to bring out the big guns for this step, and by big guns i mean a shit load of white model magic. ( oh and instead of buying a bunch of colors that came together and only picking out the white ask a store worker if they sell a giant tub of all white only,.. they should have it..)
- okay there’s no technique way to covering the horns except to cover alot and all of it
- its okay to cover it in alot of layers and it end up being really lumpy because where going to sand it down after anyway.. so more is better
here’s what one of the nepeta horns im making looks like after i cover it in model magic
see its looks like shit and its really lumpy now but once you sand it down it gets better
heres a before and after sanding down the model magic.
-model magic takes at least two days to dry (just to be sure)
- you will notice that even after you sand the model magic down to whatever size you need (just make sure its even) that there will be fractures, cracks, or even little peices missing in the model magic. Dont fret its fine
- to fix that you are going to need this
this is the light weight spackling
-all you need to do is take a little of this stuff (unless you want to get fancy and use a butter knife, i just use my fingers for this bit) and run it over the damaged areas
-note: this stuff is pretty annoying to apply so be careful and go slow, also a little of this stuff goes a long way; so you only need to buy one tub and even that will last you forever. great if you need to make a lot of horns!
- alright let dry for awhile (a few hours to overnight depending how much you use..) and then use a fine sandpaper to lightly go over any rough areas after its been spackled
-now that your horns are basically the right shape and everything is even its time to mod-podge!!
here is what im using
- apply evenly; this is used as a sealant against water (for the mostpart) and to harden you horns so they stay safe and dont get messed up. (you only have to apply one coat but the more the merrier.. i apply at least two just to be safe)
-note: sometimes cheap brushes will leave little bristtles all over your horns when you apply the mod-podge, so i used little sponge brushes that i got in a pack at the craft store
make sure to wash them out or they will be ruined!!! ruined….
-after the mod-podge has dried its time to coat them with Gesso; which is basically put on props so that you can paint on them with acrylic paint and it will stick to it better.(it mainly used on wood props but whatever it works for this to)
use the spongy brush for this too
-this dries white so its also a good base before you paint
-you may notice that little lines apear on the horn after the paint dries.. thats fine its just happens when the paint dries. just paint over it again
-the gesso should be applied at least 2 times..i usually go with three.
-Its fine if you need to repeat the steps after your done. i know that if my horns get moved round alot (especially when i had to store it while my house was under construction) that i just respackle over some of the showing cracks and reapply the mod-podge and gesso again.
here is what mine look like now that ive finished this step..
now just paint (ill prob do a paint tutorial for these horns at a later time)
-go over paint job with a coat of mod-podge to protect and make shiny
- now get a wooden dowel
-now slide the wooden dowel in (carefully or it will crack the model magic) and cut down to size so that only a little itty bit of wood sticks out
ugh i lost my cut pieces but you get the idea…
okay so i havent done the next step to my horns yet but ill tell you how it should go down
6- TRANSFORM INTO HEAD GARMENT!!!
- so locate three points on your cut wooden dowel thatyou can safetly screw in a well… screw
make sure its not chipped like mine!! or do…. no no , dont
here comes another bad paint drawing ..
-your going to locate a point on you headband where your horns will look the best..
okay sorry for the drawings ill upload this with real pics when i get to it..
- now your basically going to use your power drill and screw into those three marks from the inside of the headband
-now just slip on your already colored horns, make sure they are snug, and watch out for door ways!!
its really fun to use you uncut dowel, with both horns on, and charge around like a mad bull making grunting noises and scaring your relatives!! ahah my aunt almost passed out when i came up from behind
(im going to try to thread the wooden dowels so that i can just twist the dowel off the headband.. im going to do this because i plan on keeping my headband under my wig so once i put my wig on top of my headband the screws will just poke out of the lacing and i can then just twist on the dowels and then slip on the horns!.. i ll make another post on how to do that once i get to it..)
- you are now done with complete tavros horns!!! if i seem to have missed anything or you have questions just ask