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DIY Antlers 

A cheap and easy craft for today— a headband with antlers on it

Supplies needed, in addition to tools and brushes:

• A metal cat-ear headband (I got mine from Dollar Tree)
• Air-dry or oven-cure clay (I'm using the oven-cure polymer clay Sculpey III)
• Acrylic paint in white/ivory and brown

Now, to choose a style:

DIY Antlers 

Next step: remove the ribbon wrapped around the headband. I was able to pick the ends loose (it's just glued in two spots) and unwrap the ribbon all in one piece (free bonus ribbon!).

Then I gently squeezed the ears together until they were just little nubs (be REALLY careful here— it's not hard to do this but if you go fast you can easily snap the cheap metal). The act of pinching the ears widened the headband enough for my adult head, but you can bend it more if needed, carefully

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Now the clay— I used 1/3 white and 2/3 ivory Sculpey III mixed together, I don't like to use that clay much because it's very soft and sticky so I had some lying around, and ended up with a lump about golf ball sized

I cut that in half and then rolled them into cylinders, bent them and pinched the angle into a small prong, then used a knife to split a slice near the top of the cylinder into a prong, and the end into 2 prongs, smoothed them and curved them forward

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DIY Antlers 

You can get silicone clay tools that are very good for smoothing, I really like how they make cut lines in clay disappear

I cut the rounded ends off the antlers (save those) and pushed them over the headband nubs— with a harder clay it would be a good idea to just cut a hole for the nub and glue it on after baking, but this clay was so soft that I had to bake them in place

The great thing about antlers being organic is it's completely fine if they're similar but not symmetrical

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Because the clay is so soft, I baked the antlers to set them in place before I added the strips to make their coronas. They make "liquid clay" to stick raw clay to stuff that's already baked, so I put some of that at the base of the antlers and added little collars using the leftover clay I cut away before

Then I used my silicone tool to poke grooves into them all around, no plan, just thinking about real antlers' coronas

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The double bake lightly browned the ends of the antlers where the clay is thinner, which really shouldn't happen at 275° for 15 minutes— as I said, I don't like this clay. But hey, I'm going to make this clay look aged/weathered/bonelike/natural anyway, so it's ok

After that it's just watery layers of acrylic paint in yellow ochre and raw umber. No plan for this either, just painting it on, smudging it with a paper towel, adding more until I like it

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Done! After trying it on midway through I decided getting the bases a very dark brown would blend in better with my hair. The rusted metal of the headband blends in with my hair pretty well too, and the places where it was still shiny I just added some brown acrylic paint

It's small and light enough that I wore it for a few minutes and forgot I had it on, and it stays in place well. A few bobby pins across the ends and it should be very secure

Later I'll get a photo with it on!

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Selfie, ec, antlers! 

Online Halloween party tonight, I lit so many candles I'm sweating

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DIY Antlers 

@checkervest thank you!! It was so easy I'm thinking about what to do for the other headband I bought

Selfie, ec, antlers! 

@dreadpirateyarr thank you! I'm surprised they're so comfortable

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