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Unread 07-22-2013, 09:55 PM   #1
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Creating this staff?

So I was wanting to make this staff, Staff*of Immaculate Recover (
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I was thinking about using expanding foam and paper mache method but I was wondering how easy it would be for someone with no carving experience or any other experience but craft foam.

Perhaps there is an easier way I'm missing? Any help is appreciated
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Unread 07-23-2013, 09:00 AM   #2
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Depending on the approach you take, it doesn't look too tough. With expanding foam, if you carve away too much you can always add more. As a novice, I would probably carve a simplified shape, and use paint to do the detailing instead of trying to carve out the details such as the face and maybe even the "feathers" on the wings. Make the wings flat; paint on the feathers.

You'll definitely want to make a core out of something like cardboard and wire, or Sintra sheets, or MDF, and make sure the interior has a sturdy "skeleton" - otherwise you'll risk having the wings snap off.

Also, I like to use a metal rod to reinforce the pointy bits such as the wingtips and the triangles at the base. Those will be very fragile, prone to crushing or snapping off. So get a length of metal, such as a clothes hanger, or for something thicker I used the metal stand from one of those cheap little roadside signs (I scavenged a handful of them around election time). Build your sculpt around it; or, once most of the sculpt is done, drive the rod into place with a hammer. I did this for the pointy bits on Marceline's Axe Bass that I built for my wife, and it was very sturdy; you could rest the pointed axe tips on the floor with no structural damage at all, though I did have to touch up the paint after the con.

You might also think about making the staff head and foot detachable, for ease of transport and storage.
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Unread 07-23-2013, 09:31 AM   #3
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Yeah I got to thinking about it last night and im almost challenging myself to carve it. Except for the face I'm pretty sure I'm just gonna take some cloth for the hood so you wouldn't even be able to see the face. Which I may redo once I gain more experience.

I'm still thinking of different materials to try and I'm not to picky on budgets and type of material so any suggestions will be viable!
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For the face I would honestly go to a dollar store or walmart and buy a cheap doll. simply cut the face off and paint, it sounds cruel but I think it would be best for you to do that
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For the face I would honestly go to a dollar store or walmart and buy a cheap doll. simply cut the face off and paint, it sounds cruel but I think it would be best for you to do that
You know I thought about that but I wasnt sure how it would turn out it is definitely something to try!
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