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Prop: Gamzee Makara Horns by Tiase Prop: Gamzee Makara Horns by Tiase
Tutorial/WIP photo of how i made my Gamzee Horns

Description of what i did:

I made the base of the horns from expanding foam, as that it very light.

I first drew Gamzee's Horns in photoshop, printed the form out, cut it out on something like cardboard since paper is too thin and wrinkles way to easy when you spray the foam on. Sprayed expanding foam on the cardboard base, let it dry ( this shit takes ages to dry, and sometimes it has too big bubbles in them that i had to spray some more foam in and let it dry, takes hours to dry D= )

And then used a box cutter to cut it down into it's shape. The cardboard base inside of the foam serves as a reminder to where i my not cut, and gives me an idea on the form of the horns.

Once both horns were cut out, i put 1 layer of tape on them, then i put 1 layer of painting tape ( or just some more sturdy tape)

After that i cut some newspaper into stripes and used wallpaper paste to make it stick to the horns and let them dry.

The next step is i used filler in powder form mixed with water, since we did not have filler that was ready. i applied a thin layer, but not too thin on the whole thing and let that dry too, then i sanded the horns with sandpaper, some rough sandpaper, and then some finer sand paper(1000) to make it completely smooth. Then you will be bound to have a few holes or maybe cracks or something(see the 6th picture, i filled those with some more filler after all of the rest had dried, and sanded the areas that needed it.

Then i got some red, yellow and white paint.
I first applied a whole layer of very light orange, then the 2nd layer of light orange, and the last layer of orange ( see photo )

That is about it =)
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:iconluckywebs13:
luckywebs13 Featured By Owner May 23, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
I was wondering do u sell these by anychance?
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Davinchiplan87 Featured By Owner May 22, 2014
what is the "filler" material?
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Tiase Featured By Owner May 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It's "All purpose filler"
just google it =)
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RaindropCosplay Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Awesome tutorial! How do you plan on attaching them to a wig?
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Tiase Featured By Owner May 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I had some help with that part. But what happened after the horns were finished was that they were both drilled into, and you put screws into the horn. Then you drill two holes into a headband and put in two, uh, I have no idea what they are called, sockets or something? something the screws can be attached too.

Basically the horns get some screws attached too them and are attached to some headbands under the wig.
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Xx-GiGi-xX Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Student Digital Artist
which tutorial you used?
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CocoDaDeer Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Hobbyist
do you do commissions? 
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Tiase Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I had thought about doing it at one point but sadly it never turned into anything. It would be too big of a hassle, especially when shipping them overseas it'd cost a lot of money for people = /

I once ordered a game from america and when I saw the shipping lets just say I canceled my order =I
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CocoDaDeer Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Hobbyist
It must! Well I say you should try it sometime, maybe something other then physical horns and such.

Maybe you could draw? Idk, I think you would just do really well on it XD

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TheBloodInk Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Student General Artist
Is it possible to make decent one from Model Magic?
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Tiase Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
If it dries then most likely. I just chose this since i could cut in it when it was foam and shape it easier with the filler =o
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TheBloodInk Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Student General Artist
Hm, thank you for the help. :)
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Yukiandzer0 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013
Also, I have another question, are these horns very light? Because I really don't want to use the headband technique (I just personally don't like how it looks :-/), even though I'm still looking for a relatively simple alternative, so I want to know if these horns will be light enough the use an alternative?
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Tiase Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
if memry serves right they are both around 90 or so grams which i would consider okey light. I think i could make them even lighter if i tried.

And they work fine for the headband tech. But how can you not like how it looks? the headband is under the wig so you can't see it anyway =o
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Yukiandzer0 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013
Alright, thank you! I'm definitely going to use your tutorial because it's awesome, but I might use air dry model clay instead, it just might be lighter, but I'm not sure :-/ Oh, and by the headband technique, I meant the kind when people wear the head band over the wig. I also want something sturdy... so I'm still looking :)
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Tiase Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm pretty sure you can use any kind of light clay.
I just prefer filler since the clay i've worked with before cracked and i'd like to avoid that.

Ah okey. Well, i use one where the headband is under the wig and the spots where i attach the horn are sticking out and i just screw the horns on them. It's not that comfortable but it's better that way since it can't be seen.
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Yukiandzer0 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013
Alright, thanks for the tip but I found some horns online somewhere that could painted and look perfect for Gamzee XP... I think I'll just use this method, it seems easier. I really appreciate you taking the time to respond, it means a lot to me and is really helpful ^_^
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paranoidiomatic Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013
dunno if its still relevant XD but i made my vriska and my rufioh horns the same way some time ago and i took a headband, wrapped some wire round it, fixed with hotglue and then shoved the wire into the horns to make them stable. to make them more secure you can also add some clips or so
so after all, you can wear the headband under the wig, and then stick the horns on the wire and clip them, so you won't have a visible headband, but still the horns stay in their place safely :3
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tuxedofrog Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What if I'm not using a wig? .-. Think it'd still work?
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paranoidiomatic Featured By Owner May 5, 2013
yes, for my vriska-cosplay i didn't wear a wig, but of course the headband will be visible this way.. but hey, that's what photoshop is for, right? XD
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Yukiandzer0 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013
Thank you for the reply, but since my new horns are plastic and hollow, I don't think I can use the wire method anymore :P But I'm definitely going to do the "invisible" headband technique. I just have to find some clips somewhere that will be large enough... do you have any suggestions to where I might be able to come across some?
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paranoidiomatic Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013
no sorry, i usually buy my supplies in local sewing and hardware stores... ^^''
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Yukiandzer0 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
Do you think you could post the picture of the form you drew on photoshop for the horns?
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Tiase Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
to be honest i think i just found a sprite version of gamzee and drew the horn based on that and made it bigger? But i don't have the form anymore since it's long ago, sorry =I
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Yukiandzer0 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
Alright, thanks man! It just would have made things a little easier, but thats okay :P I have about 4 months left until my con so I'll just stop being a lazy motherfucker and draw my self some horns! :D Great tutorial by the way, I'm so going to use it to make my horns. And what do you mean by a "sprite version of gamzee"?
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MagicalRae Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Student General Artist
I'm going to OhayoCon as Gamzee this January and the horns were the scariest part of the costume! lol This tutorial makes it seem a lot less scary! Though I am curious on how I can keep them on my head...what would you suggest? I won't be wearing any wigs or anything since I already have curly dark hair XD
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Tiase Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Let me give you a piece of gold advice here.
ALWAYS, no really, always use a wig.
Real hair just about never cuts it = /
Done it myself and not really the best result.
And in your case?
I'd suggest mounting them onto a headband, but they might fall off = /
I myself had my headband under the wig, it helped a lot with keeping the horns in place.

Either way, best of luck to you and glad this helped you a bit =)
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MagicalRae Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Student General Artist
Huh...then do you know where I can find some good quality but not too pricey wigs online? XD I'm conning on a TINY budget this year. My most expensive costume will me my FemGamzee Lolita dress, and I already have most of my pieces just from the fact my favorite color's purple and I like lolita dresses :T
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Tiase Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Sorry for the long wait, i only check da once in a while now.
I don't know any cheap places as i tend to try and go after good quality wigs for my cosplays. But my best bet would be on ebay =o
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MagicalRae Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Student General Artist
It's cool :3
Thanks!
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XoVexTheTrolloX Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*Gives a billion dollars and runs off with horns*
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Tiase Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
that's a fair deal <_<
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XoVexTheTrolloX Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Damn right it is...
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Kuraithelion Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012
I must admit I am envyous. I wish I had the proper resource to accomplish this task...
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Tiase Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Finding the resources used to make this aint hard.
It's normal expanding foam, tape, papermache, house filling and paint.
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ImitationCandy Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Student General Artist
Wow, you are extremely amazing at this! They look really good
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Tiase Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you =)
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ImitationCandy Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Student General Artist
No problem ^_^
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deathnotemistress Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i have two questions 1) how long did this take and 2) how do you attach them?
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Tiase Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It took me about 2 days because i fucked up at start not knowing how to work with expanding foam, and 1 wasted can of expanding foam =I.
Once the foam dries it does not take too long to cut it into shape and put the layers on.
As for how i attached it, that's the part i can't explain so well because i was confused with it too so i got a friend to help me <_<
But it involves a wide headband and screws into the horn that you can screw on and off from the headband.

Hope this somehow helps =o
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deathnotemistress Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
yes this actually did help a lot =) but do you think i could do the paper mache and plaster over the headband?
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Tiase Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Don't know =I
Deppends on how well the paper mache sticks to the headband i guess.
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deathnotemistress Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i tried it and it was working but i found devil horns at a costume store and painted them the right color so that was easier xD
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Blood-and-Lace Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Student Artist
This was quite helpful. ;)
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Tiase Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome =)
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iRKimiiKat Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
im just jealous how you have the patients to do this! and the result is remarkable!!
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Tiase Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i actually find it fun to sit down and fiddle with things like this.
i mean as long as it's not complicated as rocket science it's fun lol.
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iRKimiiKat Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
yeah i know what you mean! but for me i'm just scared to mess up XD it's a little silly i know but maybe i shouldn't sweat it
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Tiase Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
you should still try.
Even if the base is going to look ugly as fuck, it's still a lot easier to form the outer shell.
I simply used something like all purpose filler, let it dry, and sanded it down.
Imperfections got an extra layer once it had all dried and been sanded.
ANd once the 2nd layer dries you just sand it a bit again =)
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iRKimiiKat Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
hmm... maybe i should make my patron troll's horns [eridan] but maybe i should use the molding clay everyone uses :0 'cause im just a beginner and you're all pro and thankies so much for replying as well :D
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