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Let a beautiful golden unicorn grace your finger
I am completely hopeless with fimo, which is why I used the plastic animals for this project (a little macabre I know). I really wanted it to be gold like a very expensive ring I had seen on boticca which is why I used gold leaf. Its the first time that I have properly used gold leaf so I'm not very experienced with it, there's probably some clever technique you can use which means it doesn't take you a thousand years, get stuck to everything it touches and goes kinda clumpy in some places.

Posted by Mary P. from London, United Kingdom • Published See Mary P.'s 13 projects »
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  • How to make an animal ring. Unicorn Ring - Step 1
    Step 1

    Use your scalpel to cut the head off the plastic horse.

  • How to make an animal ring. Unicorn Ring - Step 2
    Step 2

    Then cut the horn off another plastic animal. You could also use one of the horse's legs if you don't have other animals, but you'll have to shape it a bit.

  • How to make an animal ring. Unicorn Ring - Step 3
    Step 3

    Use superglue to stick the horn onto the horse's head and leave to dry. I found this easies to do when I stuck the head down in a lump of blu-tack (or green-tack in my case)

  • How to make an animal ring. Unicorn Ring - Step 4
    Step 4

    After sticking it down I decided that it wasn't quite the right shape and used my scalpel to trim it a bit. This would have been much easier to do BEFORE glueing it!

  • How to make an animal ring. Unicorn Ring - Step 5
    Step 5

    Mix some glue with a teeny bit of water in a small pot (mine is a little bit purple because the paintbrush I used had some ink leftover on it)

  • How to make an animal ring. Unicorn Ring - Step 6
    Step 6

    Paint your unicorn with the glue!

    Alternatively you could pant it with acrylics which would be a lot easier and much less fiddly (like yanna k. does in her 'Plastic Animal Makeover' tutorial)

  • How to make an animal ring. Unicorn Ring - Step 7
    Step 7

    Start sticking on your gold leaf! You can add it little by little and then smooth it down with your paintbrush. You will probably have to add more glue as you go along as I did but I think that's because I used crummy glue because gold leaf fuses to anything it touches (I had gold hands by the end of this project)

  • How to make an animal ring. Unicorn Ring - Step 8
    Step 8

    Stick your unicorn head to the ring base using superglue. You may want to cover the base in gold before you stick it down because there may be some gaps around the edges depending on how big your ring base is.

  • How to make an animal ring. Unicorn Ring - Step 9
    Step 9

    Tah-dah! Your very own unicorn ring!

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CO + K User

To do a silver one could you just use aluminum foil? I love this and it's very resourceful!
Mary P.
Mary P. · London, GB · 13 projects
Thank you! To do a silver one I would actually just recommend painting it silver. In the end I didn't like the texture of the gold leaf and just painted over mine (but you can also get silver leaf)
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Mary P.
Mary P. · London, GB · 13 projects
Arianna - Yeah you could definitely do that. I actually ended up painting over mine in gold paint because I didn't really like how the gold leaf was kind of wrinkly on the unicorn head, and afterwards thought it looked much better. I originally used gold leaf because I wanted it to be quite bright, but it really doesn't matter.
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Arianna M.
Arianna M.
Is spray painting the head a possibility? Or maybe painting it directly with plain gold paint and a paintbrush? I would rather use things I have on hand than buy gold leaf.
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Mary P.
Mary P. · London, GB · 13 projects
Sammi - Um yeah I guess you could try! Depends how good you are at shaping aluminium foil o how it turns out. If you did you would probably want to paper-mache it or something to make it smoother. I used an actual plastic horse because I wanted it to be already perfectly shaped so that I wouldn't have to agonise over a little piece of fimo (or foil!) which I know wouldn't turn out like I wanted. Good Luck!
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Sammi
Sammi · 6 projects
Would you be able to do this with aluminum foil as well? Like shape it into a unicorn shape and glue it that way, then put some paint on it? Happy
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Lau5ren
Lau5ren · 65 projects
Love love love love love love love Happy
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