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09-19-2011, 10:40 PM
So I'm making a Loki costume (more comic Loki than movie Loki) and it's probably the most challenging costume idea I've met yet. I'm having trouble with the helmet/horns (go figure)

Anyway, I've decided to go with more of a band around the head instead of a full helmet. At the craft store I came across a foam heart (used for wreaths) and cut it in half. The shape is perfect. It's light weight, and fairly sturdy. but I'm looking for ideas on how to attach it to the band (also how to make the band)

I got a fairly thick piece of craft foam and am thinking of making it from that, though I wouldn't shun other ideas either.

Also, I'm afraid to paint the foam horns because I've seen what paint can do to foam. I'm wondering if there's a good way to reinforce the horns and also give them a smoother look while making them safe to paint. I've considered latex, paper mache, and dry wall compound. Not sure what route to take with this.

Anyway, and thoughts/ideas/tips would be greatly appreciated!

09-22-2011, 03:50 AM
Reference? And yes if you used foam you would need to seal it with gesso (not sure how gesso reacts to foam honestly) paper mache, or something else.

Also do you have a picture of the band? It would help to know what kind of material it's made out of so we know what would be the best way to attach the horns to it.

Just based off pure speculation you could most likely attach the horns by either gluing a curved spike to the band (then sliding the horn onto it and gluing them) but without knowing the size of the band/horns this is purely speculation.

09-26-2011, 08:53 PM
Here are a couple reference pictures:



I like the way the band only comes partially around his head in the first reference, but I think it will be more realistic to just do an entire band around the head as in the second photo.

As I said, supplies so far are some craft foam and a Styrofoam heart cut in half.

here's what we've got for base items:


Today we picked up some celluclay. I have never worked with this stuff before. A little nervous, because I've heard that celluclay is difficult to sand down. I want a smooth, paintable finish, and still keep the headpiece lightweight enough so it doesn't fall forward. Would something like gesso or molding paste be better/any good?

I like the idea of attaching the horns via some sort of spike

09-28-2011, 12:31 AM
Gesso or paper mache + wood glue would be your best bets. I think the most efficient way to connect the horns would be to actually connect them to the material underneath the band.

If anything have a strong helmet of sorts underneath the fabric that holds the horns in place and then have the band/fabric ontop of that. This way you would guarantee the horns wouldn't move (without putting any unneeded stress on what is a relatively small band) and because he has such a round head , nobody really notice anything.

10-03-2011, 01:01 PM
Well we went ahead and crafted a head piece with craft foam an duct tape. We actually ended up using your original idea and secured the horns using several push pins. It seems to be very stable. We wrapped duct tape around the bases for added security.


Basically what I want to do now is coat it in something that will make it smooth and more uniform and paintable without adding too much extra weight and thickness. So I guess my question is, would you suggest using the celluclay or gesso for this? Or something else? I've never worked with either of these, other than using gesso for painting. So I don't know really how they work or how to go about using them. I read the the celluclay is really difficult to sand down and make smooth, and gesso gives a smoother finish. But only having painted with gesso i'm not really sure how to use it for this purpose.