Loki: Agent of Asgard Horns Tutorial
Here you have the tutorial to make Loki: Agent of Asgard horns.
- craft foam (one or two sheets, I found this at Michael’s craft store)
- lightweight clay (I used Paperclay and Delight, both found at Michael’s)
- Mod Podge
- gauzy fabric
- 1 cm wide elastic, long enough to wrap around the back of your head from temple to temple
- white school glue
- gold spray paint
- black acrylic craft paint
Step One: Making the Pattern
What I did was I cut out a rough shape of the crown in paper, then pressed it to my
face in the mirror and traced where I wanted the edges to lie. Then I took the paper of of my face and smoothed out the lines to make them less choppy. I also folded the paper in half so that the pattern would be symmetrical.
I then drew up several horn shapes. I taped them onto the paper pattern of the
crown and tried it on, to see which shape would look best on the completed crown.
Also draw up your Loki symbol: that horned piece that lies directly between the horns.
Step Two: Making the horns
I did this pretty much exactly like AsgardianIndustries said: For my first crown I used Paperclay, but for the second version I used a lighter craft “clay” called “Delight”.
Cut out a thin rectangle of the clay. Roll it between your hands until one end is thin and tapered to a point. Then lay the clay onto your horn pattern, curving it to conform to the curve of the horn.
Leave them to dry for a few days (maybe a week, for paperclay). After the first day, the clay will still be soft enough that you can rub out imperfections and folds with your finger.
Run your finger under water, then run it along the horn in long strokes to make the surface smoother.
After the horns are mostly dry, add a flared base to the thick end.
This will allow us the leverage to keep the horn attached to the base of the crown. Just add
a flat clay disk to the end of the horn, using scraps of clay to create a casing around the tip of the horn to keep the disk in place. Let this dry for several hours to a day, then smooth out the casing so it is indistinguishable from the horn by rubbing the clay with a wet finger.
This is also when you make your Loki symbol. You can either make it from foam, like AsgardianIndustries suggests, or form it from clay and sand it down into the shape you want.
Let it dry on a slightly curved surface. I used a large water bottle lying on its side. This makes the symbol more likely to lie flush with your curved crown when everything is dry and shaped to your face.
Step 3: The crown
Using your crown pattern, cut out two layers of craft foam. One will be the top layer, and one will be the bottom layer. On the top layer, cut out two circles where your horns will be
placed. You can figure out a good placement by holding your crown pattern to your
face and drawing an X where you want the horns to go.
Also cut out two detail sections. This is the raised edge on each side of Loki’s crown. You
have some creativity here, as it looks different in like every panel.
Step 4: Assemble the crown
(Ignore that I hadn’t cut out the crown at this point. I was actually checking to make
sure the horns were in the right place).
Slip the horns through the hole on the top layer of foam. Then glue the bottom layer of
foam on, so that the base of the horns is trapped between the two layers of foam,
and the horns can’t fall off.
Glue the raised detail piece onto the top layer of foam.
Glue the Loki symbol to the crown between the two horns.
Step 5: Shape the crown
Craft foam becomes floppy and pliable when you heat it up! Be careful not to let it touch a heating element though, because if it gets too hot it will burn/melt.
I made toast, and held the crown an inch and a half above the toaster.
This actually works.
I held one side of the crown at a time, because the whole thing wouldn’t fit over the toaster.
After maybe 20 seconds, the foam was curling up a bit and beginning to sink toward the toaster.
I took the crown away from the heat and held it to my face to shape it. It shouldn’t be
uncomfortable hot to the touch, so don’t worry about it touching your skin. Hold it there
for about a minute, as it cools down. Then repeat for the other side of the crown.
From now on, try to let it rest on a stand or attached to a wig head, to help it keep its shape.
Step 6: Give the crown support
Use your original crown pattern to cut out a piece of thin fabric. Brush white glue onto
the back of your crown, and press the fabric to it. The glue will adhere the fabric to the foam and harden the fabric, giving your shape stability. After the glue dries, brush an additional layer over the fabric. Allow this to dry as well.
Step 7: Seal the crown and horns
Coat your entire crown with mod podge: the front, the sides, the symbol and the horns.
Let dry. Repeat several times (four to six light coats.) Heavier coats are thicker, but will
retain brush strokes, giving your crown a different texture.
Step 8: Paint that crown
You’ll need to use several coats and move the crown into different angles to cover the
entire, irregular shape in paint. Be patient and wait for each coat to dry.
Optional: Weather your crown
Dab black craft paint into the crevices of your crown. Then use a damp cloth to wipe most of the paint.
Step 9: Add a strap.
I used a single elastic strap attached at the temples to hold on my crown. If you’re
attaching it to a wig instead, skip this step.
I used vinyl glue to attach the elastic to the fabric backing of the crown. It was difficult to
keep the elastic in place while the glue dried, so I ended up holding it in place with a clothespin.
Try your crown on. Is the elastic too tight or too loose? Carefully rip it off and measure
a new strip of elastic.
Step 10 (optional): Make it comfy
The fabric backing of my crown was rough and uncomfortable, so I added another layer
of black fleece after everything else was done.
Cut out a piece of fleece like you did with the fabric in step 6.
Brush the back of the crown with white glue, then gently press on the fleece. You don’t want
the glue to seep all the way through the fabric this time, just to adhere to the back of it.