Thanks! I did cosplay Loki myself, but I did a Lady Loki cosplay that wasn’t based on his cinematic costume. I had a lot of trouble making the horns/headpiece and was still never fully happy with the appearance or comfort of my final version. I’ll post up some tutorials I’ve found and liked, even if they’re not methods I tried. I did try and fail at a lot of things, though. I think I tried about 5 different methods. Here’s things I learned on my own misadventure:
- I know a few Loki cosplayers that swear by carving expanding foam and have some nice-looking horns. I haven’t tried it myself.
- Attaching the horns to the base sucks. I know one of the cinematic Loki cosplayers I’ve met had success with detachable horns that locked into the helmet with magnets.
- I used Wonderflex with craft foam between layers as the base of both headpieces I made. I used elastic to keep it on my head and hid that under my wig. Both headpieces pressed uncomfortably into my forehead. However, if you’re making a full helmet, it should be easier to balance the weight better. These materials also warp easily with heat. My headpiece was ruined from being in a car on a 70 degrees day.
- I’ve met a Loki cosplayer who had lovely horns she said were made of paper clay, but I tried that myself and it ended terribly. They were too heavy and it was very difficult to keep them from being too lumpy. However, I may just be terrible at using paper clay.
- Paper mache is super light weight, but I had trouble with it not holding together due to the largeness and thin-ness of the horns. I should have built around a mesh frame or something, but even then, I’m not sure if this would have been the answer. Also, the texture is no good.
- I carved Styrofoam wreath rings for the first pair I ended up wearing to a con. It was hard to get them symmetrical (mine totally weren’t…) and the texture of styrofoam is kind of awful. If you’re going to carve styrofoam for anything, invest in a heated styrofoam cutter (they’re $10-ish at craft stores). Carving it with a knife was messy and left those sections terribly rough. Here is how the carved styrofoam looked:
- Unsatisfied with that, and after many misadventures in various media, my final headpiece was acceptable, but definitely not ideal. My choice in materials was also kind of desperate, weird, and uh… kind of embarrassing. This is what I did with a hula hoop and a lighter.
As for actual tutorials, I know someone who swears by this expanding foam tutorial. In general, that cosplayer’s channel has a lot of helpful prop and armor advice. She also has a tutorial about adding LED lights to props, which will help with the scepter. Volpin’s Skyrim helm tutorial is really detailed and amazing and I think a lot of the same methods could be applied to making a really amazing Loki helmet. However, it’s very involved and requires a lot of materials and time.
I don’t want to sound like I’m crapping out by saying “google it,” but I made this costume in Spring/Summer 2012, so there’s an unfathomable amount of resources posted since then that I’m not even familiar with. Also, the Skyrim has horned helmets and Homestuck has horns of various shapes and sizes, so expanding your search to include those fandoms can be really helpful. Any time I don’t know how to make something, I look it up on Youtube, Cosplay.com, and Deviantart.