The horns are to be carved from pink insulation Styrofoam and then papiermached to give a smooth surface before they are painted.
You will require: a sheet of polystyrene foam. It is used for insulating houses and is available in most hardware stores. Do *not* use the white packing Styrofoam as it is much too crumbly.
- draw a pattern for the horn shape. Google for images or draw it freehand. Make sure both horns are the same by drawing the pattern on a piece of cardstock and then tracing it.
- With a snap-off knife, cut out the shape. You will have a flat representation of your horns. Do not cut outside of the lines or cut out the shape crooked. Push the knife in straight and down.
- with the sharp knife (replace the blade if needed) trim off the edges of the horn. Cut off too little rather than too much. You can draw the shape of the horn on the non-drawn sides to use as a guide
- trim it down until it is a rough but complete horn shape. Next sand it with sandpaper or a sanding block to remove all of the remaining rough edges.
- Smooth then down well and compare them to make sure they are the same basic shape and size. They do not have to be exact, but the closer the better.
- mix up some papier mache using flour and boiling water. You want it to be as thick as cream soup. Tear up some old newspapers and throw away the machine cut edges. Papier mache the horns while still trying to keep them as smooth as possible. 2-3 layers is plenty.
You can perhaps skip the papier mache step and instead use gesso or something else. The intent is to provide a smoothable surface that paint can cling to.
- Sand the papier mache layer smooth - do not break past the paper layer. Then paint it with acrylics to your liking. And the horns are finished.
Attach to headband or whatever you prefer
Apart from the tie, you can get all of this stuff from a big craft store like Michael’s, or from your small neighborhood shop if you have one. You will need:
- One bargain tie. Use any solid-color thrift store tie that matches one of the of the house colors. If you are doing even-width stripes (first two movie versions), it doesn’t matter which of the two colors you have. If you are doing uneven stripes (Prisoner of Azkaban style), then you will want red for Gryffindor, blue for Ravenclaw, gold for Hufflepuff, or green for Slytherin.
- Fabric paint. Make sure you get the kind of paint that that works on all colors of fabric (this will be advertised on the label). Do not get anything called “tint” or “dye”, and do not get anything with a watery consistency. You want thick, gooey paint that will sit on top of the fabric.
- Paint brush. Craft stores sell special fabric painting brushes, but really, any fairly stiff brush that isn’t too large (up to maybe one inch wide) will do.
- Masking tape. I like 18mm masking tape for the even-striped tie. For the PoA tie, you can get 1/4 inch wide tape that works great. It’s a little hard to find—I got mind from the “Stenciling” aisle—it was being sold for use as grout lines between fake stencilled tiles. Go figure.
- A cup of water (to rinse your brush)
- A paper towel (to wipe your brush)
- A small bowl or plate to mix paint on, if you don’t have the right color.
Step 1: Set it up
The blank canvas. This one is silver, for Slytherin. It is okay if the tie has some wrinkles or small stains. You can cover up a lot of problems with paint. Put some newspaper or other junk mail under the tie.
Step 2: Tape out the Stripes
Use masking tape to mask out the stripes. The stripes should run parallel to one side of the point at the wide end of the tie. Since the stripes are of even width on this tie, you can use a spare piece of tape as a spacer between the main stripes. You can see the “spacer” tape being pulled off in this picture. When taping, make sure that the fabric of the tie lies smooth under the tape, and the tape has no wrinkles. This will keep the edges of your stripes nice and straight.
Step 3: Painting
Paint over the parts of the tie that are still showing. Hold the brush almost vertical. Do not slide the bristles under the edges of the tape. Paint over the edges of the tape, and make sure you paint all the way to the edge of the tie. Do not dilute your paint with water (I learned the hard way that it will bleed under the tape).
Step 4: Let it dry!
All covered in paint. Be patient and wait for the paint to dry.
Step 5: Peel it off!
When the paint is finally dry, peel off all of the tape. Then put the tie on immediately. Hot damn.
Two Finished Ties
My two ties. The Slytherin tie was made as you see here. The Gryffindor tie was made using 1/4 inch masking tape, with yellow paint on a red tie. It is a little more complicated to get the spacing right on the stripes.
Tie in use
Gryffindor tie in context.
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Woohoo starting to make Kalina Ann right now, should I post progress photos?
"Link’s Hylean shield. Much like the sword I built, this was done in a week and mostly just "eyeballed" with regards to sizing and dimensions. I cleaned up a lot of the edges from "V1" to V1.1" that you see here."
"Side Shot. The curve of the shield right now is far too shallow, and the profile is also too thick. This was mostly made with insulation foam and MDF board, then bondo to smooth details. The feligree pieces were also carves from insulation foam, which can’t hold details very well. These will be redone in Apoxie Sculpt for the next version."
“The back details were faked in a time crunch. The actual shield has raised edges and rivets in this area. If we’re going for total game accuracy though, the shield model is just flat on the back with a textured map placed on top. That means this is correct!”
"A full-fledged "V2" rebuild is in the works, since I’ve gone and built a more accurate vector outline of the shield."
Might seem pretty simple, yeah? You just… put it on. But if your wig slides around, seems to lift up in the back, falls sideways, or just plain doesn’t want to go on, following this five-step tutorial should help all those little problems.
This is gonna be slightly pic-heavy because, as always, I…