I decided I fancied wearing a pair of antlers at a recent event. Here are a few pictures of the process from a foam pool noodle to a wearable set of prongs. I regret painting them gold (mostly an accident!), and if I remake them I’ll take the opportunity to make them more realistically thin, but they’re still eminently wearable.
The starting point is a lightweight, flexible plastic foam pool noodle.
After carving with a large knife and pair of scissors. The prongs are made by cutting a deep slot and wedging it open with scraps of foam.
Notches cut in the sides let the structure curve
Closing up the notches gives the desired shape
I covered the lot with masking tape, but if I’d had time to papier mache it, that’d have been much better.
Smothered in hot glue – so much hot glue. There was lots of building up layers, and forming blobs
A base coat of acrylic – couldn’t quite get the colour right.
I was so happy with the way that dry-brushing brought up the texture and made it look more realistic.
Now, I sealed the surface with a coat of neat PVA, but unfortunately I thought it’d be a good idea to incorporate a slight gold sheen. I misjudged.
Trimmed the base, and hot-glued it to a hairband and some clips
The band gives stability, and the clips extra security.
Very handy glove-holders!
Ready for the ball :)