I've been working on this for several months for a future cosplay as Melaka Fray, a futuristic slayer set 200 years from the present storyline of Buffy the Vampire Slayer comics.
The materials I used:
2) Print out of the Slayer Scythe
5) Red Felt
6) Brown leather (I just brought some scraps down at Spotlight on special)
7) Acrylic Paint - (silver, black, brown, white)
8) Black leather cord
9) Hot Glue Gun and glue sticks
10) Aluminum Foil
1) Cardboard - Cut out pieces with hand drawn slayer scythe template. Cut out the handle of the scythe until you're happy with. I cut out several long rectangular strips of cardboard for the staff (I used approx 5 or 6 cardboard strips of the staff in order for it to hold the weight of the head of scythe)
2) Paper mache - all the pieces together. First paper mache the cardboard rectangular pieces together, allow drying time, then paper mache the scythe blade on, allow drying time. For the studs: cut out small circular shapes (x5) size of a 20 cent piece and then paper mache them on.
As for the middle part (diamond looking shape) - I used aluminum foil to create the look by taking a measurable size, rolling it as thinly as i could, then cutting it in several long pieces and hot glued it so it attaches from the middle of the staff to the beginning of the stake. Then when all the aluminum pieces are connected,paper mache.
In the end I ended up applying x3 layers of paper mache.
3) Acrylic paints - I did all my painting first, its up to you if you apply the brown leather and red felt first. But first using the slayer scythe template I had, I drew the pattern on both sides until happy with it. Then paint away! I mixed black and white to get the shade I was after, for both the blade, top part of the staff and the stake, allow drying time, then adding any necessary shading.
4) Using template, cut out the red felt to apply onto the slayer scythe using hot glue gun. Cut out strips of brown leather, bit by bit, using hot glue gun, wrap the brown leather around until the middle part is completely covered.
5) Attach the black leather cord at the handle of scythe.
And have fun making your slayer scythe!!