Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Tutorial Tuesday: Antler Hair Barrettes

This is the second project inspired by Lani Taylor's Daughter of Smoke and Bone Series. I finished the series last week and I was super happy with it. Lani is a great author and finished her series gracefully and happily without being cliche or stupid. It was fantastic! Last time I made a necklace inspired by the main heroine's here, this week I am making a project inspired by the third books cover!

I present to you golden antler Hair Barrettes! Perfect for if you want a little chimera in your outfit! These also could work for any nature-loving/bohemian girls! Find out how to make your own wild accessory below.


  1. Sculpy
  2. Acrylic paint (If you decide you're unhappy with the natural clay color)
  3. Paintbush
  4. Barrette backings
  5. Clay-safe working surface
  6. Hot glue gun and glue sticks
    Not Pictured:
  7. Oven
  8. Baking sheet
Step 1: Start with a good sized ball of clay. I used about half of the clay in the original picture for each antler, but I ended up tearing/cutting off a bit of it.

Roll your ball into a cylinder/log.

Make the base of the cylinder/log flat and slightly wider at the bottom. Moving up from there, we are going to begin thinning the cylinder/log.

Step 2: Split your log down the middle vertically. The way I ripped it sort of led to the next rips as well.

Split the two pieces that branch off now into two pieces each, creating four total sections.

Start shaping the tips of the antlers.

Smooth/Polish the tips of the antlers and finalize shaping.

Step 3: Turn the antler over and place the barrette where you think it will work best, push down to create a slight indention.

Flip over and keep the barrette in place.

Elevate the tips of the antlers in a curving manner. Usually I would use aluminum foil but I was out so I substituted some of the rocks from my collection.
Follow the baking instructions on your clay package!

Step 4: Once your antler is done baking and is cool, you can paint it or decorate it as your choose.

Step 5: When you're all one decorating your antler, hot glue the barrette backing to the indention you made earlier.

Yay! It's just how I imagined it.

And of course, a comparison of the inspiration vs. the creation.

If you read the D.O.S.A.B. series please message me or comment below to discuss it! Also if you make any barrettes of your own I'd love to see it, or how you style it!

Til Next Time,


  1. Very pretty! I have to keep that brand of gold paint in mind, 'cause that's a beautiful color!

    1. Thanks Carly! Its Folk Art enamel metallic gold, I looooove it!! I used it in a bunch of tutorials/projects recently, and almost need a new bottle

  2. Cool barrette! Can't believe it was made with clay! Love it!

    1. :D thank you! Someone else asked me if I found it in the woods, I'm glad its almost realistic

  3. Great project RaChil! Love the woodsy photography too.

    1. Thanks Nicole! It was a really fun photo shoot! I love taking pictures with trees! :)

  4. That looks awesome! Great tutorial :)

    1. Thanks Lisa! Let me know if you try it out! :)