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making of antlers by Fairytas making of antlers by Fairytas
My project the last weeks. Thought it might be interesting for you all to see progress pictures.
I wanted this set of antlers to have a certain shape and to be light. So I completely hand sculpted this item.
Picture 1&2: I started with a base of iron wire covered in insulation foam (the one you get in the spray can).
Picture 3:I carved the foam into a rough antler shape, trying to get both sides as thick and broad.
Picture 4: With light weight clay 
(L'Artista clay) I sculpted the perfected shape of the antlers. I also reshaped my iron frame. 
Pictures 5,6,7: After sanding and fine tuning I covered the entire thing in worbla to give it strength
Picture 8,9,10: After a  Base coat of paint I painted the antlers to look like real ones. I had lots of reference images on my board to inspire me.

I love how this piece has the shape and feel of real antlers with having only a fracture of the weight!
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SELFaucher Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
How do you get the frame on a band where it isn't insanely wobbly and feels like it will flop all over the place if you move with them on? I've made something similar, but it felt like it was going to fall and smack me in the face if I moved much.
MelaloriaSagittarius Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
may i ask how and what you used to make it? i want a up my cosplay skills.
it is so wonderfully crafted btw.
lyssablissify Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome job this gives me some inspiration!
ArtistMeli Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Such a good idea using spray foam!  I made some out of foam sheeting and felt like there was so much wasted material.
Marshmeowlow Featured By Owner May 26, 2016  Hobbyist
how thick was the  iron wire?
brainsaw777 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I wish I would have found this back in January when I had to make antlers for a play.  I spent a lot of time bending PVC with a heat gun and attaching the tines with wood inserts and screws before covering it all in Bondo then sanding and painting it.  This would have been MUCH easier and more realistic looking.  I'm kind of ashamed of my end product now after seeing these.  
Marmosette Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2016
Insulation foam! XD For anyone having problems translating it, that'll be the word causing problems. And these are fecking amazing. Getting them symmetrical right at the start would probably kill me right there.
Fairytas Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2016  Professional Artisan Crafter
woopsie, can't believe I didn't see that spelling error. That was one lonely foam wasn't it? XD. fixed the text.
To be honest symmetrie part was by far the hardest part of this project. You constantly need to readjust them, it is incredibly time consuming.
Riverswebb7 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2016
Belinda92 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really lovely artwork :) 
willowthepixie Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Its amazing O.O I've not seen anything that comes close to what u done ⌒.⌒ I'm confused about the first couple of steps did u have wire skeleton and is that expanding foam ..and what's the best way to trim it ???
Sappho11 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
amazing! thanks for sharing
TheBrassGlass Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2016  Professional General Artist
They look super awesome; I could see something like this being very useful for cosplay.
Hellvilitic Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2016  Student General Artist
Are the still lightweight? They look super awesome I would just be afraid they'd be too heavy and crack off. 
Rotten-Kraken Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you very much for that tutorial, beautiful work!
Akuba-Link Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2015
What about saling ??
MidnaWatchesYou Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2015
what did you use to cut through the foam and was it dry before you cut it?
castlegardener Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
wow, that is pretty genius. 
DemoniqueAlma Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I really want to make my own as well.:3
KakeHugs Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Love it!
MauruCat Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
Outstanding realism. Great work.
TheClockworkCoyote Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
Awesome job with these. Never would have thought of using this kind of foam for this purpose.

Learn something new everyday :)
SanguinariusCosplay Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
wow <3 i love working with foam, tnx for sharing its amazing 
steave1425 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is brilliant.  thanks for sharing. :clap:
Wait0wat Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2015
I bet you could make the bone claws of Wolverine with this process. Finally, a person with detail.
ChaosBetween Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ooh~  Neat!

This little project of yours will help me with my own costume idea!  :D
Akuba-Link Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2015
Est-ce que tu vends ton travail ?? C'est exactement ce que je recherche :O !!!!
DageKleinertz Featured By Owner May 30, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
sweet mother of good!
caroline0neill Featured By Owner May 15, 2015
very well done
0ctopod Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2015  Professional Filmographer
How long did this take?

How much were the materials?
waterman8 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2015
They look absolutly great!
just-silvia Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015
Thank you! I've been looking for a tutorial like this!
Simidae Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I would just use real ones but that's really cool & much lighter.
seelifein69 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Super helpful! I just made my first pair of horns (more 'ram horns' than 'deer antlers') and it was a long process. I did a huge wire base and paper mache'd it, then spraypainted. Wasn't too happy with the results, as my wire base didn't come out perfectly symmetrical. Thank you very much for sharing your process, I've wanted to attempt deer antlers, but with the methods I knew I would have pulled my hair out. You're an amazing artist!!!!!!
lilkas Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
wow! masterpiece!
XDSmilezXD Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
How much clay did that take? O_O Good golly, seems like it'd be a lot.
Fairytas Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Only 1 pack of clay actually. A little goes a long way! ^^
Sorachii Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014  Hobbyist
Do you necessarily need the Worbla cover? (I'm a poor student and Worbla happens to be quite expensive) Or could you just use papier mâché to stabilize them?
Fairytas Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
From a cost point of view you can definitely try paper mache. When you do try to cut your paper in long thin horizontal strips. It will probably mimic the texture of antlers more. 
Good luck and let me know how it turned out. I'm curious to see :).
FrazzledFurrs Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I tried this outside and tried moving them but the foam stuck to the grass and the base slipped right through!! Oops. Guess I need to be patient
Fairytas Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
whatever you do don't move them indeed! Use non stick backing paper underneath it
DarkwoodCreatures Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hope you dont mind me asking but where would I be able to find worbla? Is there a good website you could recommend?
Fairytas Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
DarkwoodCreatures Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you :)
Roaring-Flame-Cat Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
One second it looks like crap, and then BAM! ANTLERS! Lol
Fairytas Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Lmao. Yes,that's about it. ^^
Therianlycan Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014
about how much would these cost if they were for sale i am making my own set for my fursuit following your example here but im running into a lot of trouble here is a ref pic of about what i am trying to make…
HunterStrait Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014   Digital Artist
This is a cool alternate way from wearing real antlers! Sadly real antlers don't want to stay on your head(imagine having 2 or more kilograms of bone on your head!), unless they were physically attached to you or incredibly small!
KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Fantastic!  Bravo!
AoiroKinomi Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Student General Artist
Hi! These antlers are amazing! I love the paint job. I am planning on making similar sized antlers for a costume and was wondering what you did to get these to stay on a person's head, are they attached to a headband or something?
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