I just painted our bedroom a pale blue and put up a really cool antlers that look so anthropologie in white on our wall and it got me to thinking, do people ever incorporate antler into their wedding themes???? And thanks to google… I see they certainly do, I really loved the clay antler/steer skull escort/table cards that I found on this here! What I love most is that you can spin this into almost any theme (flowers, hearts, leaves, initials)and the materials are so cheap this would be a awesome favor and keepsake for any wedding or baby shower. Check it out below!
You can make any shape, creature, or icon for this DIY. But for this tutorial, we will be following along for the steer skull.
• Sculpey Clay
• Clay Sculpting tool pack
• Paint colors of your choice
• Paint Brush
• Kneaded Eraser
• Tags –
• Hemp or Twine
Step one: Cut a small square (3 in x 2 in x 1in) from your clay and begin to knead this in your hands until soft.
Step two: Look at your image you want to re-create and make the basic shape. I started by making a large oval-shaped base for the skull. Cut off a part of the top and save for the horns later.
Step three: Begin to shape the skull by elongating the skull, and by flattening the top of the head. Grab some of your sculpting tools now; like the circular ring and a wooden stick knife
Step four: Here is where it takes some getting use to, and practice! Mess up? No big deal. Roll the clay into a ball and start over. This clay doesn’t set until it’s baked in the oven.
So. Start by taking the circular ring tool and scooping out some eye sockets for your steer. I think making deep impressions helps it become more realistic.
Step Five: Look at some of the skull attributes in your image – and try to replicate that. I raised the edges around the eye to make it more realistic, and then added some holes around the bridge of the nose.
Also start carving out two parallel lines on the nose down to the mouth. This will serve as the steer’s mouth area. Make sure to puncture all the way through to the other side (this is where you will string your hemp through for the tag).
You can also make deeper cavities in the mouth area so it looks more realistic.
Once you’ve played around with the characteristic of your steer skull and are happy with it, start by measuring out your horn from your clay we set aside earlier. I rolled mine out into a long tube, and then thinned out the edges so were sharper-looking like real horns. Then place them above the skull to see if it needs to be shorter or longer.
Step Six: Place the horns against the skull, and cut the middle part away so that the horns are just on either side. Then, begin smoothing them onto the sides of the steer skull head so that when they are joined together – there aren’t any seams. Swing your horns up and finish smoothing out tips.
Now you’ll need to cut out some twine and tag your skull! Then follow the box instructions and bake to set.
Original post found here.