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Unicorn Horns Made Easy... by Pirkleations Unicorn Horns Made Easy... by Pirkleations
A customer of mine at work requested a Unicorn Horn for her collection. So I went about finding the best way to make one without breaking the bank. I considered dowels and paper mache. I considered pipe insulation and spray foam.
In the end, the answer came to the counter where I worked when another customer decided not to buy some Crayola air dry clay. I thought that I would give that a shot.
It not only worked out perfectly, but it only took about an hour to sculpt and paint. Drying took several hours in the oven. It ended up being just under 12" in length.
I'm not sure that I'll need to give it any glamour or glitter. But I will definitely seal it with a semi-gloss clear coat.
Who'd have thought that it would be so easy to make a Unicorn Horn?

Here are the basic instructions...

To make the unicorn horn, you will need to roll out the sculpey into a tapered, snake-like length of about 12-14 inches or 35 cm. and 1 1/4 inch or 3 cm thick. I have been using Sculpey Ultra Light on the last couple of horns. It is lighter weight, yet more flexible and shatter-proof than regular Sculpey or Super Sculpey. But it bakes the same way, using the package instructions.
You may want to use some latex or vinly gloves to reduce/prevent fingernail gouges or fingerprints. Gently pull one end of the snake and twist until you have a somewhat narrow end or point. Then softly twist the length of the snake like a corkscrew until you have the desired amount of angled ridges. To prevent fingerprints, you can use latex gloves or a soft cloth to hold the snake as you twist in the ridges. You can mix in few drops of baby oil to soften the clay, if it is too stiff for twisting. It may take a couple of tries to get a pleasant result. Don't give up!
Once you have twisted the horn, take the same soft cloth to rest it upon for the baking process to prevent the clay from settling/flattening on one side.
When the horn is baked, you should give it a quick sanding to reduce any imperfections or fingerprints. Then you can paint it.
I did a base coat of black acrylic paint. Then I did a dark brown, slightly transparent, thinned with water so that some of the black still shows through the brown. After that, I did a light brown/tan layer of color with a sponge and let that dry. The final coat was a light ivory with a sponge as well. The sponge was used lightly on the raised surfaces of the ridges, leaving the recessed crevices dark for contrast. The sponges that I use are cut-up chunks of upholstery foam(couch cushion type). It has a great texture for most paint work that I do and gives a nice, natural-looking result.
If you want a practically invisible way to mount it, use some clear, vinyl sheeting(The kind used for convertible top windows and rain slickers) cut to about a 2-inch by 24 inch strip. Then cut a hole in the center that is slightly smaller than the widest end of the Unicorn Horn. Poke the horn through the hole until it is snug.(Nearly all the way through) Then tack it in place with some hot glue. You can then adjust it as a headband for either you or your fashion-forward critter.

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sprinkle120 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014
This is also really helpful. Thanks for posting how you made it. So cool!
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Pirkleations Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Glad it helps! :)

Thanks you for the :+fav:!!

~D
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sprinkle120 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014
no prob. I really liked the idea. I also needed an easy way to make them and I thought your way was fun and easy. : )
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GirlOrFleaStudios Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Student General Artist
This is so helpful! I'm going to the Renaissance fair this sunday and I couldn't even begin to think of how to do this. When I'm done I will post my horn so you can see! Oh I'm so excited thank you so much!
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Pirkleations Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Glad I could help!

Makes it easier than you having to send a note and hope that I'll see it in time to reply.

Definitely post any pictures.

If you get stumped on any of the instructions, that would be the time to panic and "note" me.

~D
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wyo4fun Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013
I would love the instructions for this.
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Pirkleations Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Here you go...

To make the unicorn horn, you will need to roll out the sculpey into a tapered, snake-like length of about 12-14 inches or 35 cm. and 1 1/4 inch or 3 cm thick. I have been using Sculpey Ultra Light on the last couple of horns. It is lighter weight, yet more flexible and shatter-proof than regular Sculpey or Super Sculpey. But it bakes the same way.
Gently pull one end of the snake and twist until you have a somewhat narrow end or point. Then softly twist the length of the snake like a corkscrew until you have the desired amount of angled ridges. To prevent fingerprints, you can use latex gloves or a soft cloth to hold the snake as you twist in the ridges. You can mix in few drops of baby oil to soften the clay, if it is too stiff for twisting. It may take a couple of tries to get a pleasant result. Don't give up!
Once you have twisted the horn, take the same soft cloth to rest it upon for the baking process to prevent the clay from settling/flattening on one side.
When the horn is baked, you should give it a quick sanding to reduce any imperfections. Then you can paint it.
I did a base coat of black acrylic paint. Then I did a dark brown, slightly transparent, thinned with water so that some of the black still shows through the brown. After that, I did a light brown/tan layer of color with a sponge and let that dry. The final coat was a light ivory with a sponge as well. The sponge was used lightly on the raised surfaces of the ridges, leaving the recessed crevices dark for contrast.
If you want a practically invisible way to mount it, use some clear, vinyl sheeting(The kind used for convertible top windows and rain slickers) cut to about a 2-inch by 24 inch strip. Then cut a hole in the center that is slightly smaller than the widest end of the Unicorn Horn. Poke the horn through the hole until it is snug.(Nearly all the way through) Then tack it in place with some hot glue. You can then adjust it as a headband for either you or your fashion-forward critter.

~D
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wyo4fun Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013
I would love to have the instructions for this please. :)
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HippiUnicorn Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Professional Artist
I'm sorry to ask you but I love it!
could you please send me too the instructions?
I'll be very happy
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Pirkleations Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Sure!

~D
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Bloustu Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
I'd also love to know how you made it. It's awesome!!
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Pirkleations Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'll drop the instructions in your Note Box. :O)

~D
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Theleoprincess Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012
Hi!! I would love to know how you made your fantastic unicorn horn!! Thanks so much! Sarah
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Pirkleations Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'll drop the instructions in your Note Box. :O)

~D
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pixiestik Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist
I would love to know how you make this! Can you message me instructions?
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Pirkleations Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Certainly.

I'll drop the instructions in your note box.

~D
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pixiestik Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Hobbyist
Thanks
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RiverSong15 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
Could I please have the instructions to make this as well? It's beautiful :D
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Pirkleations Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Sure!!!

I'll send the instructions to your Note Box here on DA. :O)

~D
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Beelzebean Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012
Hi! I would love to know how you made this! :D
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Pirkleations Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I just sent the instructions to your note box.

~D
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Beelzebean Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012
Thank you! Making it now! :D
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Pirkleations Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Be sure to show it off!!

Remember, if you run into any issues, contact me and I'll see if I can help.

~D
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11anegm Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
This is awesome! Can you send me instructions on how to make this for a project at school? Thanks :)
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Pirkleations Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Instructions are now in your note box. :)
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meesh208 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012
This is amazing! Can you please send instructions? I'd love to make this for halloween next weekend!
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Pirkleations Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
A pleasure! I'll drop the instructions in your note box here.

~D
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Verona84 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012
This is just what I'm looking for to make my horse a unicorn for halloween! Can you please fwd the instructions to me, too?
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Pirkleations Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Certainly!

Check your Note box here is just a few minutes.

~D
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Angelseer Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Please Oh please send me instructions!
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Pirkleations Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem.

Check your Notebox.

~D
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Angelseer Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Please Oh please send me instructions!
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TexasAtHeart77 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012
This is amazing! I've been trying decide what I'm going to be for halloween, and obviously wanted to do something unique- so a unicorn is PERFECT! Do you mind giving me instructions? I'm not sure exactly how vinyl works? How do you cut the hole in it? I was hoping to buy a cheap headband and hot glue my horn to it. Would that work??
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Pirkleations Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'll drop the instructions in your Notebox here.

As for the clear vinyl for the headband, you would cut a hole a little smaller than the widest part of the horn. You would push the horn through the vinyl until it's basically stuck. Then you add a bit of hot glue to hold it in place. You can adjust and secure the clear headband with a bit of clear packaging tape for a snug fit, since the vinyl has a bit of flexibility to it. It will end up looking like it is sticking out of your forehead.

~D
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Morganna80 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012
Hi, i just came across the image of the unicorn horn you made - it's incredible! I was wondering if i could get the instructions on how to make this. I've wanted a unicorn for as long as i can remember but can't seem to be able to find one (go figure, lol) so i've decided to turn my horse into one instead, lol.
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Pirkleations Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Sure!

I'll note you the basic instructions asap.

~D
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jsterreye Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012
Oh man, so today I attempted to make this with my sister. I bought Crayola Air dry clay like in the description and several hours later it is still drying but don't look anywhere as smooth or as 'stable' as yours does here. I'm making this to attach to an unbridled horses forehead. we attached some long white strings into the base of the horns. (made 2) Will be having a unicorn shoot with some horses. My big photography project for the summer.

Now I'm just reading the comments and you said you used sculpey clay? Will the ones I made work.
I remember reading that you baked the clay and my sister and I couldn't figure out why since it was air dry clay. lol

Could you please send your directions and any other advice you may have? Thank you so much
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Pirkleations Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I've been using Sculpey Ultra-light clay. It bakes in the oven at 285 degrees for 15 minutes per 1/4 inch of clay. It provides a much cleaner, smoother look without the heavy weight of regular Sculpey.
When attaching it to the horse, you could use a 3-4 inch wide strip of clear vinyl(Like the kind used for broken car windows) with the horn pushed into it at the end. It acts as a headband and can be secured with just a little clear packaging tape. Nearly invisible to a camera or naked eye.

I've sent the basic instructions to your note box.

Good luck!

~D
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heroforu Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012
Hi! This horn is absolutely amazing! I would like to try to make one for my sister who is a unicorn fanatic! Might I ask for the tutorial you have for this fine specimen?
Thank you so much!
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Pirkleations Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Done. Check your note box...

~D
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heroforu Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012
Thank you so much!
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MewVaVa Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012
I was wondering if you could send me the instructions on how to make this, please?
It looks amazing!
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Pirkleations Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You bet! I'll drop the instruction in your note box today.

~D
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MewVaVa Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012
Thanks! :D
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SilverSirenSongs Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm thinking of going to Ikkicon as a unicorn (making simple digitigrade legs) and am wondering how long of a horn should I make? I'm not going to make a mask or anything, it'll probably attach to my head, and if this 'Sculpey ultra light' is cheap and where can I buy it? o.o.. also, How do I get your paint skills? >.< lol
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Pirkleations Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'd say that an 8" horn would be just fine. If you have a Ben Franklin Crafts, JoAnnes, or Michael's Crafts in your area, you might find some there.
It does not cost much more than the regular and super Sculpey. Maybe $12.00 maximum?
Also check Ebay. I think that you have plenty of time between now and Ikki, if it is the one that I am thinking of in December. Plenty of time to order, receive and create. You will *definitely* find it there.
When you get to the creation point, I'll try to help with the painting process. Sound good?
When you are ready to attach it to your forehead, use some clear vinyl as a strap/headband. It's the kind of vinyl that people use to temporarily replace a broken window in their car. That will be at any fabric or craft store(Even Walmart!) All that you have to do is cut a hole a little smaller than the end of the unicorn horn, push the horn through until it stops and is stuck, then lock it down with some hot glue. Voila! Instant, invisible headband!!

~D
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SilverSirenSongs Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
alright, sounds good :3, that's only If I can be a unicorn person thingy for ikkicon, my dad doesn't like me spending money on 'geeky' things -.-.. -sigh- anyway I'll now stal- uhh.. I mean 'Watch' you now ;p
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Pirkleations Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
What a loving and supportive father you have.(Dripping with sarcasm) My father was a rough, tough, truck driver and he never had a problem with me doing creative, artistic and "geeky" things.(Except for the smell of the paints and glues)
At one point, he was worried that I wasn't into girls. But when I had my first female date, he got over it. LOL

"I'm not allowed to train you, so I want you WATCH ME and be mindful." -Qui-Gon Jinn, Jedi Knight


~D
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SilverSirenSongs Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
my dad is... well, lets just say he gives 'controlling' a whole knew meaning -.-;'' he was obviously not meant to reproduce because he has No ideal how to raise a kid properly, Luckily my mom is a saint and even though she wasn't Suppose to have kids (which is why my dad married her in the first place) she somehow managed to finally pop out my older brother and then three years later, Me XD. and also my dad constantly accuses me of being pregnant and sleeping with my brother (yeah, think on that a little while :puke: ) so compared to that, your dad sounds great!.
Anyway right now I'm working on a wing for my costume for Anime Overload in July, all I need now are some duck feathers (I found some at hobby lobby, I can get roughly 220 for 22 dollars) but a harness for the wing is giving me problems, I can't seem to figure it out.... got any suggestions?
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Pirkleations Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That's kind of sad that your father is not more understanding. Glad that your mother is there for you, though.

How about a re-enforced sports bra for the wings to attach to? You could even decorate the bra with an armored look. Plus, it would be comfortable to wear for an extended period of time.

~D
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