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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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carolinesphotos Featured By Owner May 15, 2015
very well done
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0ctopod Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2015  Professional Filmographer
How long did this take?

How much were the materials?
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waterman8 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2015
They look absolutly great!
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just-silvia Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015
Thank you! I've been looking for a tutorial like this!
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Simidae Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I would just use real ones but that's really cool & much lighter.
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seelifein69 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Super helpful! I just made my first pair of horns (more 'ram horns' than 'deer antlers') and it was a long process. I did a huge wire base and paper mache'd it, then spraypainted. Wasn't too happy with the results, as my wire base didn't come out perfectly symmetrical. Thank you very much for sharing your process, I've wanted to attempt deer antlers, but with the methods I knew I would have pulled my hair out. You're an amazing artist!!!!!!
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lilkas Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
wow! masterpiece!
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XDSmilezXD Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014  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 Dec 17, 2014  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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Darkwood-Creatures Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014  Professional 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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Darkwood-Creatures Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2014  Professional 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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Jolien-Rosanne Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Lmao. Yes,that's about it. ^^
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Therianlycan Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014
about how much would these cost if they were for sale i am making my own set for my fursuit following your example here but im running into a lot of trouble here is a ref pic of about what i am trying to make
www.furaffinity.net/view/12066…
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HunterStrait Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a cool alternate way from wearing real antlers! Sadly real antlers don't want to stay on your head(imagine having 2 or more kilograms of bone on your head!), unless they were physically attached to you or incredibly small!
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KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Fantastic!  Bravo!
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AoiroKinomi Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Student General Artist
Hi! These antlers are amazing! I love the paint job. I am planning on making similar sized antlers for a costume and was wondering what you did to get these to stay on a person's head, are they attached to a headband or something?
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absconditum Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
WOW
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oxbaneox Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Student General Artist
This is totally awesome! what kind of foam did you use?
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:iconjolien-rosanne:
Jolien-Rosanne Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
thank you! It's isolation foam out of a can :)
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Jess-Foxx-Quinn Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Professional General Artist
Insolation foam? Its becomes hard?
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Jolien-Rosanne Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
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Jess-Foxx-Quinn Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks. I seen it before but never considered using it for crafting. Thanks for the insight. Again amazing work. The antlers look so awesome. 
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PirateGeek5550 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014
how much for a pair like this??
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aeryael Featured By Owner May 30, 2014   Digital Artist
Would you make something like this to order? It's pretty awesome.
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:iconjolien-rosanne:
Jolien-Rosanne Featured By Owner May 31, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yes, absolutely. This was for a client as well. PM me for details and pricing.
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Ryan-Skrzypek Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
these are great :D
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SnuggleBunny84 Featured By Owner May 30, 2014
omg thats so cool :D
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jacquelinehide Featured By Owner May 3, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Looks amazing!
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ImportAutumn Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I didn't know something like this could be achieved so well! Mind. Blown. 
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TheDivineMissM-94 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh wow, that is amazing!
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Stormraven24 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014
That is really cool! I love seeing pics like this. They make projects seem not so intimidating if I can see the steps someone used to make them. Now I want to try making my own.
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S-T-A-R-gazer Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
fantastic!
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