Step 1: Bending and cutting.
Lay your twisted garden supports side by side. Don’t cut them yet. Decide
- which creature’s horns you are going to make,
- length - you have to be able to get through doorways! and
- which end of your garden supports will be the part that ‘grows’ out of your head.
- Antelope and similar horns grow almost straight up out of the animal’s head, whereas
- Goat, ram, minotaur, and some types of demon, satyr or faun (e.g. the faun in Pan's Labyrinth) horns usually have a strong curve backwards or sideways, towards the back and shoulders of the creature.
Use a marker to mark, on each garden support, the length you want, allowing a bit extra at each end for handling, and because part of the base is probably going to be hidden if it’s embedded in a headpiece or mask. Don’t cut them yet, as, unless you have some kind of clamping tool, or some kind of fixed pole to carefully bend them around, they are almost impossible to bend once they have been cut.
- If you are making an antelope horn, or in other words a horn that grows pretty well straight up into the air, you don’t need to bend the base of your horn much at all. You can lay your 2 horns side by side, making sure that the curly bits are not parallel with each other. (Unless you want them that way – I think there might be a type of deer/antelope with curly horns that DO grow parallel to each other). However:
- If you are making a certain type of horn (e.g. goat/ram/minotaur/demon/satyr/Pan's Labyrinth faun) that grows out of the front or sides of your head, with an exaggerated curve and then an outward or inward bend at the tip, then each garden support has to be a “mirror image” of the other one – you don’t want a second horn to follow the same lines as the first horn. Sorry for explaining this in a very confusing way, but you’ll see what I mean when you lay your 2 pieces of cut “horn” side by side, and look at them. You want the ‘points’ at the tip of BOTH horns to be either facing, or going in opposite directions to each other. You don’t want them ‘spooning’, or parallel with each other. This is surprisingly hard to get right. I couldn’t get my horns symmetrical at all; but I managed to stop them ‘spooning’. Anyway, I guess real animal horns don’t always look even.
Bend each garden support just above where you used marker pen to mark the base of the horn. You have to bend them extremely slowly and carefully, because sometimes the garden support gets a kink in it, and it forms an angle instead of a curve. Bend to the appropriate curve: i.e., almost no bend for an antelope or similar, and an exaggerated bend for a goat or goat-like creature. Put the 2 garden supports side by side again, and if you’re OK with how they look, then go ahead and cut them with a hacksaw.