Samantha - New York City - 25
FASHION - BEAUTY - DIY
Tutorial: DIY Faux Deer Taxidermy // PART TWO: Antlers & Final Construction on Friday, January 3, 2014 @ 7:39 PMclick here~
Now let's start part two!
Using a reference picture, I roughly drew out the size and shape of how I wanted the antlers. I bend the longest wire into a curve. I glued two shorter wires together into a fork for a point and another short one for the point on the base.
Next up is to wrap everything with aluminum foil so it gives it a thicker base and shape. Keep piling it on until you have the desired silhouette.
Afterwards, you cover the foil with clay and try to smooth out the clay as you go (unless you want a more bumpy organic texture). To make the burr, roll out a thick snake of clay and blend it into the main beam.
You will probably see some cracking along the antlers since the coverage isn't really thick, but that's fine because we will do paper mache on the antlers as well. If the cracking is very prominent, as if it's about to break then wrap masking tape around it then put paper mache on it.
Make sure to do the back of the antlers also!
Then I attached the whole thing to the wooden plaque and glued the roses on the bottom. Though it is probably a better idea to glue them on after you drill the plaque on the wall because the vibrations from the power drill is going to make them fall off, especially since I only glued them on with a glue gun (was too impatient to glue with E600).
Bonus picture: GHETTO FILMING! Yes, I have dumbbells weighing down a poster roll, which is attach to my mini tripod's clip.
This is the final product and I know it's not anatomically correct but I think it still looks nice. My brother was poking fun at it saying that if a deer had antlers that big compared to its skull in real life, it would snap its neck and die. To which I responded with "That's why it's dead and on my wall!"
Not to toot my own horn but for my first time making something like this, I have to say that I am pretty impressed with myself. It turned out really cool.
I hope you find this tutorial helpful! & I would love to see your recreations if you decide to use this tutorial.