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making of antlers by Jolien-Rosanne making of antlers by Jolien-Rosanne
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 isolation 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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XDSmilezXD Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Student Traditional Artist
How much clay did that take? O_O Good golly, seems like it'd be a lot.
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Jolien-Rosanne Featured By Owner 6 hours ago  Professional Artisan Crafter
Only 1 pack of clay actually. A little goes a long way! ^^
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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?
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Jolien-Rosanne 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 :).
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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
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Jolien-Rosanne Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
whatever you do don't move them indeed! Use non stick backing paper underneath it
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Wickwood-Creations Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014  Hobbyist 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?
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Jolien-Rosanne Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Germany: mycostumes.de
Holland: minque.nl
America: yayahan.bigcartel.com/product/…
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Wickwood-Creations Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you :)
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Roaring-Flame-Cat Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
One second it looks like crap, and then BAM! ANTLERS! Lol
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