InstaMorph is an easy to use thermoplastic that has all sorts of awesome applications, but I was most interested in the costume opportunities. We had lots of fun playing with the InstaMorph at the Build Night and I came up with a great project for my first time using it: Discord horns!
Discord is a Q-like character on My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. John de Lancie, the actor who voices Discord, is coming to Whitehorse this summer for YukomiCon, so I figured a Discord hat would be perfect for my little brony to wear to his first convention.
You can use this same technique to make all sorts of antlers, horns or other hat accessories. The best part is that the hat is not damaged and can be worn again without the horns when you want to look a little less awesome.
For this project, you'll need:
- Kettle or other way to boil water, and a bowl to put the water in
- Craft paint & paint brushes
- Glue gun & glue
- Fun fur (optional)
- Thin plastic (like a coffee tin lid or yogurt container)
Step 1: Mold the InstaMorph
Follow the instructions on the InstaMorph package.
Pour some of the plastic beads into a bowl, add boiling water, stir it around for a bit, and then take it out of the water to shape it with your hands. You'll know that the plastic is ready to be manipulated when it becomes transparent.
As you work with it, the InstaMorph will cool down and become less malleable. Just put it back in some hot water to make it easy to work with again.
To make the antler I rolled some InstaMorph into thin snakes and then added each branch by twisting them together.
The bulbous horn was also rolled and then squished into shape. To get the lines on it I just dug in my fingernails a bit.
Step 2: Paint & Final Details
Paint the two horns with craft paint. If you are expecting to get a lot of wear out of your horns, you may want to add a protective top coat.
After the paint is dry, glue a pin to the bottom of each horn with hot glue. I also added a tiny bit of fake fur.
Depending on your hat, you may be able to use the horns with just the pin backs. If you find they are too floppy, you will need to add some support inside the hat. I cut out part of a coffee tin lid and put it inside the hat before poking the pins through.
Step 3: Rock That Hat!
Wear that hat with pride!
My little brony thinks he looks awesome.