I noticed that the previous tutorial for this staff has disappeared. My reaction was ďOhholyhellwhatdoIdoknow???Ē What I did was fumble my way through the making of this staff. Halfway through I thought, ďI should make a tutorial for future cosplayers, so they donít end up panicking like meĒ, because thereís a chance theyíd go without a staff, and every cosplayers worth their salt knows that props just MAKE an outfit. So, Iím halfway through the making progress as I type this, and youíll follow me the rest of the way.
Note: A HobbyCraft JUST opened near me, which is why 80% of this stuff is bought there. Feel free to find cheaper alternatives.
You Will Need:
Embroidery hoop- diameter (take from the inside edges) 5 5/8 inches (14.3cm). I got mine from Hobby Craft for about £3 (approx $5)
Wooden pole- length 35 Ĺ inches (90.2cm), diameter Ĺ inch (1.7cm). I bought mine from B&Q for 64p (approx. $1)
Styrofoam starfish, bought at Hobby Craft. Canít remember how much, but fairly cheap, itís only a Styrofoam starfish.
About 3 packets of Fimo. I bought all white and painted what I needed to.
Two big, flat, red beads. Again, bought at...HOBBYCRAFT!
Paint (I use Anitaís Acrylic Craft Paint, because it paints on ANYTHING) in Sunshine Yellow, Fuchsia and Baby Pink.
Gold and Red paint in another brand, because I lied in the previous point: Anitaís does not paint on Fimo very well.
Any other strong glue that will stick the aforementioned materials
Two small nails about 3mm across.
Step the First
Sand down your embroidery hoop and pole if needed. Now, I couldnít find the exact colour of paint I wanted, so I had to mix the Baby Pink and Fuchsia in about a 3:1 ratio to get the colour right. Painted about 3 coats for good measure.
Step the Second Steps 2-5 are concerned with making the top part of the staff.
The first thing I did was to paint my starfish with Sunshine Yellow. I did several coats of sunshine yellow. You could also gently sand down the little bumps on the surface, but it didnít even occur to me to do that. Iím new to this!!
Then I used a needle to poke holes as far down as I could into the starfish (this was only necessary because my wire wasnít rigid enough to pierce all the way through, but if you buy wire rigid enough, you can fix your starfish in place with blobs of clear glue, or small beads, and then it can spin). Then I just glued them into position with ordinary UHU (I have no hot glue gun. /tiny violin).
Step the Third
With some of the Fimo, make the wings. Itís very simple, my first time using Fimo. I just carved the swirly bits. The hardest part was to get them equal.
Step the Fourth
Attaching the star to the hoop. Loosen your embroidery hoop just slightly. This part takes a bit of fiddling and hissing curses at the wire and the hoop XD. Push the wire through one side of the hoop, and bring it round to meet the other end. Then, you twist the end round to secure it. If you do this right, you can keep the star in the middle of the hoop, not peeking out either side. Just cut the excess wire off.
This picture is a close up of the wire, because I really didnít explain very well.