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How to make bull horns for the hood of a model car

Q: I need a pair of bull horns to mount on a hood. I gather I have to make them myself. Any suggestions?
Dale Wilkerson
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Ken: You’re correct, Dale. You probably will have to make them yourself, unless you happen to stumble upon a suitable pair in a toy store. But why wait? Here’s how you can make them:  

Do some research and scout out the type you need for the hood. I just did an Internet search for Images of Bull Horns and I was amazed at the variety of sizes, shapes, and colors that popped up.

After you decide on a style, duplicate the basic form by building an armature with wire from your local craft store.

Tweak it until you’re pleased with the shape, then form the horns using Sculpey – a modeling clay (also available at craft stores) that comes in many colors. Pick a color close to what you want so final painting won’t be as demanding.  

Sculpey needs to be baked in the oven for it to harden, so bake the finished horns per the Sculpey instructions.

If you feel daring, you could use a two-part polyester automotive putty in lieu of Sculpey. Just coat the wire with a blob of putty (one horn at a time) and carefully twirl the wire to maintain the correct shape while the putty sets up. Personally, I’d stick with the Sculpey.

Whichever method you use, be careful not to make the horns too “cartoony” by being too big and colorful. This is where the research comes in.

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