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Unread 07-28-2013, 03:08 PM   #1
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Giant Candy Cane Help


I'm currently making my first cosplay as Bittersweet Lulu from League of Legends for PAX. I was originally making her candy cane staff out of a floaty with a thick wire in the middle to hold it's form.
I've run into a slight problem. I recently have developed an issue with plantar fasciitis - which has recently caused pain when walking and even standing for a period of time. My doctor said I should be better in time for PAX, but just in case, I would like a staff I can actually put some weight on. Which is not my floaty.

First of all, does anybody have some suggestions on how to make a weight bearing staff that has a smooth candy cane curve and a proportional diameter? Even the Christmas props that I've seen... do not support any weight.

I had a suggestion of using like a 4 inch PVC... but I wonder what concerns there are on bending something so thick. If anybody has any experience curving some 4 inch PVC - that would help. (I'm worried about collapsing the tube, cracking, etc.)

As a last resort, I may just buy a cane and paint it.
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Unread 07-28-2013, 07:38 PM   #2
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If you fill the PVC with sand, you can heat it and bend it without it collapsing.
I'm not sure how well 4in PVC will bend, though. Using a handheld heat gun, it'll be very difficult to heat a large area enough to bend it.

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Unread 07-28-2013, 10:25 PM   #3
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It may work... just by using the heat gun on a high setting (without melting it). But, like nathancarter said, you won't heat up a large area. Might be able to bend it a little at a time though.

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Unread 07-28-2013, 10:47 PM   #4
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places that have bird house hooks might have wooden ones, a farming supply might
carry something like a shepards hook

ideally if you had the resources, you could use wood and a steam cabinet,
but thatd be a bit much, for a hopefully temp issue

also make sure your shoes/arch support are proper, nothing sucks quite like having permenant foot damage,
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Unread 07-29-2013, 02:02 AM   #5
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I've bent a lot of pipe and tubing during my time in the Navy and yes PVC pipes can be bent (we don't have PVC pipes on ships if that's what you were thinking). I would recommend, if you have access to one, a piping bender in order to get the exact bend you want while maintaining the diameter of the bent section. Otherwise a bending form, something solid and heat resistant, can be a suitable substitute.
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Unread 07-31-2013, 08:27 PM   #6
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Thanks for all the feedback!

I actually had intially thought how nice it'd be to make it out of wood - but alas, I lack the tools.
Good idea on the shepherd's hook though - that hadn't occurred to me.

I'm in the middle of finals atm - I'll look more into these suggestions on Friday.
(And go shoe shopping Since I need some white flats.)
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