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alliebeth
08-09-2009, 08:28 AM
I'm remaking my summoner Yuna staff. I originally made the head out of foamcore, and I liked it..but it was SO hard to shape and cut that we ended up settling on only 1 layer, instead of the 3 planned.

I want to use foamcore again (cheap, good look), but I need the 3 layers this time. I had tried using a utility knife to cut it the first time, and the edges were jaggy and not so great looking.

So, what is the best way to cut foamcore when you've got a lot of curves?

And, here are my two ideas to make the staff look "nice"

Idea A:

Do 3 foamcore layers, cover in a thin layer of paper mache and gesso, sand up the edges and paint.

Idea B:

Do 3 foamcore layers, glue craft foam as a "cover", somehow paint.

I like idea A best.

For the center piece that holds the head on, I'm kinda stumped. If I could just find something to hold the head on decently, I could sculpey out the shape around it.

HALP.

HatredLolita
08-09-2009, 03:36 PM
I don't know if this can illuminate you but here it is:

http://www.cosplay.com/photo/863973/

from the Tutorial List, a really easy, cheap way to make Yuna's staff. Hope it helps, if I were to cosplay Yuna I would totally try this out ;)

R1KKu
08-09-2009, 03:44 PM
I use an X-acto knife with a new blade when I cut foamcore. For any straight cuts, I use a ruler with the knife.

I cut (6) 4ft sides for a prop out of foamcore and was able to use 1 blade; had no trouble at all.

Sirblood
08-09-2009, 06:38 PM
1 word: Dremel!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dremel

alliebeth
08-09-2009, 07:37 PM
I probably should have mentioned that I am in a tiny college apartment..aka powertools are out of the question, otherwise I'd be making the head out of wood.

Keirii
08-09-2009, 09:08 PM
I've found that old, sturdy, wooden broomsticks work well for the base of a staff, because they're lightweight and smooth. : ) don't know about the top though, I used plywood, and I don't recommend it. @ ---@;; it requires a lot of skill and machinery.

meowl
08-10-2009, 01:11 AM
I recommend you use a fresh, sharp razor knife. I have learned how to sharpen my razor knife blades on the bottom of a ceramic mug. Try pushing pins through corners and use the holes on the other side to draw the pattern there. Cutting the paper on both sides may be cleaner.

alliebeth
08-10-2009, 05:54 AM
I recommend you use a fresh, sharp razor knife. I have learned how to sharpen my razor knife blades on the bottom of a ceramic mug. Try pushing pins through corners and use the holes on the other side to draw the pattern there. Cutting the paper on both sides may be cleaner.

THIS idea I like.

Although, now I'm considering scrapping Yuna's "main" staff and doing a different one, which wouldn't require a clean edge on the foamcore (it would just be a base that would be covered in paperclay).