Introduction: Ram Horns

These are some horn I did for a faun/satyr costume.
They are ram style because the ram is my favorite of all the goats. And I also happen to be an aries. :D
It is very simple and you can make it our of stuff you have around your house, most likely.
These are also specifically for my ranaissance costume [satyr] which I will post the rest of as I complete each part.

Step 1: Making the Basic Frame

I was going to make the frame out of chicken wire, but I looked and OH NO I dont have any :(
SO instead I decided to use flux [or whatever its called], a super bendy, lightweight, fast melting wire used for sodering.

Basicly, I made a triangle shape with the three points kinda like this: (.'.) if that makes sense. Then I bent it into a curly spiral shape, like a rams horn.

Its a little hand to visualize the full shape when its like this, but once your confident with the size and shape, start covering the frame with tape.

Dont do it too tight if your using wire, because it will bend it all out of shape. I did that a little bit, you can see it when i put it up to my head, but i did not do it so much so I didnt bother fixing it. I used blue duck tape because I couldnt find my masking tape. It doesnt really matter though. Duck tape just makes it heavier.

Step 2: Papier Mache` Time

Time to go back to the second grade, its papier mache` time!

You all know how to make papier mache` right?
If not, fill a bowl or something with a little water, add flour to that untill its thick, but still very much a liquid. And add some white glue for strength. Dip torn up bits of newspapier it there and you've got the basic building blocks of any ammature[or not] craft project.

So first you put a basic covering coat on the frame, or maybe out down two layers of newspapier.
Let that dry. I hung mine on a broken hanger to do so.

Step 3: Making Ridges

Next we put some awesome ridges on this bad boy.
i did this using one size or thin[ish] rope. You can use any string or rope of any size [or a couple different sizes, for a cool varying effect] depending on the size and type of the horns.
fist I wrapped the horns in a spiral shape and decided I didnt like it. So I took it off and re-wrapped it slowly around the horn to make it look like the ringes are like rings around, instead of spiraling. Again, this is just a look im trying to create. It can be done any sort of way.

Then I secure the ends of the rope with tape. I found my masking tape after I took these pictures, which is good for the next step because the color matches better.


For the next and last layers of papier mache` I used peices of tissue papier instead of newspaper for a neat effect because I dont plan on painting them. This gives them natural color variation without peices of yucky colores paper sticking through.

Because I used tissue papier, I brushed some mache` goop onto the rope and all up in the spaces between the ridges, layed down some strips then pressed them into the spaces to preserve the ridges. Then painted more good ontop of that. I did this because if you dip the tissue papier into the goop it will justend up falling apart and deteriorating. Plus this way gives you a better seal and makes the horns stronger.

Let them dry.

Step 4: Finishing the Horns.



Once the tissue papier mache` dries, its a good idea to use some sort of sealant/glaze on the horns.
Unless you want to paint them first. I wanted mine bone-colored-white, so i didnt paint them. But anyways, definetly seal them when your done.

Papier mache` doesnt last when wet.

I used some old sculpey glaze I had lying around, just anything will do really, even clear spray paint. As long as it makes a barrier between horns a weather.

And you're done:D

Comments

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StuartNiccals (author)2015-04-19

Well, first (if you don't mind me saying) you are absolutely adorable! I love your design and shall indubitably use this. Also, they look epic on you!

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christof1902 (author)2015-03-17

Nice job :D they look great!

ps: i like your face :P

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gmoon (author)2009-01-19

Nice job on the horns, clever technique (no offense intended, but the picture cracks me up!)

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e-pandemic (author)gmoon2009-01-19

none taken, im fully aware of my scariness. :D

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Hold Le Mayo (author)e-pandemic2015-02-17

I guess I'm six years late..lol, I love the concept of this, anddd you are definitely not scary, pretty cute if anything. *complete stranger's opinion though lol..*

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Father Christmas (author)2009-02-03

I like the concept and the way you did it. i just hate paper mache` more than a angry hippopotamus with a pair of safety scissors >_

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vhitch (author)Father Christmas2011-08-27

I didn't use paper mache at all. The color of plain masking tape looks like horns, especially if you start covering the wire from the top and work your way down.

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ddaniels3 (author)2011-07-13

If you don't mind me asking where did you get the wire you used for the base?

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etrace (author)2011-05-30

Thank you very much! All I could find online were tacky small plastic ones. I want to make them for a zodiac party, and I'd rather not wear my devil horns (which are all wrong for the ram).
This is a good set of instructions, thanks!

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babbybat (author)2011-05-28

How do you attach them onto your head?

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ineluctable (author)2010-04-01

very nice job.
FYI: a ram is a sheep, not a goat.  extra digressiveness: a male goat is a properly called a buck, and extra extra digressively, both the males and females of both sheep and goats grow horns, though there are domestic breeds without them. 
carry on soul-eater!  chow some karmic carrion.

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e-pandemic (author)ineluctable2010-08-08

I guess I've been bested in sheep knowledge. O:

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silverfire (author)2009-10-31

Here's my final: http://cameroid.com/t/deddb28a2262cc9ee02371293c128418

Grooves are rather... inhibited. -___- Could have used a better string.
And true, while my left horn is stable, my right one is constantly twirling around lackadasically.

Yet! This project really saved my Hallowe'en. I already had an antique pair of Chinese slippers that somewhat functioned as hooves. *wink*

The basics should apply to other horn ideas I have in mind.

Thanks!

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SarahMichelle (author)2009-02-05

what if you wrapped them around a head band of some sort so they wouldnt fall down? or did you try that already?

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silverfire (author)SarahMichelle2009-10-31

See front page SarahMichelle~

And Oh: I'm using ceiling suspenders instead of solder (just whatever I had handy)

Working like a charm~

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terriblestorm (author)2009-05-06

How did you end up getting them to stay on your head? I'm curious because I want to make them as well haha - being a guy with short hair doesn't so much help but the design looks fantastic! A lot cooler then the prosthetic horns I have seen.

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e-pandemic (author)terriblestorm2009-07-22

thank you :D well, i actually have a mohawk, complete with shaved sides. and i had put them on a head band and it worked beautifly, but i couldnt hide the headband in my hair. so what i did was make a hat with the horns sticking out and it looked really cool, especially because with my costume i was going for a sort of modern urban faun.

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fungus amungus (author)2009-01-19

The first picture is great! Gotta watch out for that light exploding behind you, but funny. Also like the gloomy you got there.

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i know, the fist pic is scary as hell :D and thanks.

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sr1sws (author)2009-01-19

That is one scary cover picture you've got there. Been demon-possessed long? ;-D

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e-pandemic (author)sr1sws2009-01-19

only a while.:D

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canida (author)2009-01-19

The horns look pretty cool and convincing! Can't wait to see the whole thing.

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