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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.

~D
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GirlOrFleaStudios 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 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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:iconwyo4fun:
I would love the instructions for this.
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:iconpirkleations:
Pirkleations 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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:iconwyo4fun:
I would love to have the instructions for this please. :)
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:iconhippiunicorn:
HippiUnicorn Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
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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:iconpirkleations:
Pirkleations Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Sure!

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

~D
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:icontheleoprincess:
Hi!! I would love to know how you made your fantastic unicorn horn!! Thanks so much! Sarah
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