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Unread 11-23-2012, 08:18 PM   #1
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Jack Frost's Staff

I am looking to cosplay as Jack Frost from Rise of the Guardians. He has a magical staff shown below, and I was wondering, being a huge noobie with props, if anyone could give me any advice on how to get started, what materials to use, what methods to use, how to get the hook in the top, how to create the designs along the staff, and maybe some way to make the designs glow/light-up. I hope I'm not asking too much or biting off more than I could chew, but I'd appreciate any help or advice anyone could give me.

Thank you all very much in advance!

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Unread 11-24-2012, 09:13 AM   #2
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The easiest way to get real bark texture is to use real bark. I would go for a hike with a pair of loppers, someplace that bringing home a couple branches would be allowed. Cut a couple of nice long sticks about 8 feet long (this gives you room to trim them later) or four or five sticks if you can't get any as long as 8 feet.

Once home, make angled cuts at the top to create the curved shape, I've done a sketch to help explain that idea. I'd get tiny finish nails to help hold it together, and definitely wood glue. Once your shape is built & stable (make sure your joints don't wobble!) then you can fill cracks to make it look more natural. Put a base coat of paint as close to your bark color as you can on your filled areas.
After all that, THEN it's time to put the fun snowy sparkley finish on the whole thing.
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Unread 11-24-2012, 08:39 PM   #3
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A good way to make a lightweight prop is to make a hard, solid core out of thick cardboard or wire, then putting spray foam over it. However, this would require you to carve out the shape you wanted, then cover it with clay and carve the wood design. However, you would get the exact shape you want, but you wouldn't have the real wood texture; however, then you could get alot more detailed and intricate. I was originally going to make my Jack frost staff this way, because I have made several different scythes using this technique. However, theirs is a brilliant one too ^
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Unread 11-25-2012, 12:12 AM   #4
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saw one today at kollisioncon
was just a stick
seamed to work lol
ya may get lucky having a look around
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Unread 12-27-2012, 01:34 AM   #5
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Applesandaces made a great tutorial on how they did their staff.

If you crinkle painters tape and then wrap it around the staff you'll get that spiraled bark effect. Also if you paint darker browns/grays into the crevices it will really make a ridges stand out. I'd also suggest lightly stippling some white paint and drawing some frosty spirals with glitter around where your hand will rest. It will make it look like your hands are making the staff frost over. Best of luck!
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Unread 12-28-2012, 09:36 PM   #6
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That Applesandaces tutorial is pretty much exactly what I was going to suggest.

Unfortunately a cut tree branch is going to look exactly like that. A cut tree branch.
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