Thursday, September 18, 2014

Sculpting Styrofoam: Making Horns

Ok so I was put in charge of making a sign to match this logo.

So I got some 2 inch styrofoam (polystyrene pink insulation) and cut out the shape of the horn.  Mine is slightly different from the logo but I think mine looks better. 

I sanded the edges with about 150 grit sandpaper until all of the rough edges were gone.

Then I sanded it again with 300 grit sandpaper and it came out really smooth.

I cut out a slightly curved piece to go between the horns.  I wanted this to look like it was leather so I gave it some texture with some elmer's glue and paper towels.   
Once that was done I painted it a light tan color. When that was dry I rubbed brown shoe polish over the entire thing.  This made the texture really stand out.
I gorilla glued the horns to the middle section.

I cut and made the background also out of the 2 inch foam.  I used a wire brush to make it look like wood.  Like in this tutorial.

I painted the horns white and then, dry brushed some grey onto the tips.  I painted the middle section's outside edges a darker brown and pushed some metal brads into the foam.
 (like the ones used for holding paper together)

Here it is installed on top of two carpet tubes* painted to look like wood.

More Wild West stuff to come.  Stay tuned.

*Carpet tubes can be found at places that sell carpet. 
 Most of the time they are happy to give them away.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Welcome to the Backyard

Just an update on a few things I have done recently.  This was for a nursery called The Backyard.