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Jack Frost Staff Tutorial

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:bulletred::bulletred::bulletred:FINAL EDIT 5/9/14:  Version 2 now available here!  New and improved! made using PVC pipe and duct tape as a base. And it's portable!


EDIT 2/19/14:  Wow guys, even at this point I still can't believe how popular this tutorial is. I never even imagined haha. Anywho if you like this tutorial and have used it, you can show your support by liking me on Facebook! I'm fairly new there, so I'd appreicate any support I can get. Thanks!

You'll find updates on all my other prop work as well. I do not think I will ever make a full tutorial like this again, but I will be keeping detailed photo sets of my process. Currents projects include 3D maneuver gear and Amon's royal sword from Magi. 

Also, I will be remaking this staff for Anime Boston 2014 I think, though I'm going to go with a pvc/ heat gun method this time around so I can make it portable. If you'd like to try this method, just form the staff as need be with the heat gun used for the curves, and follow the rest of the steps!  Simple as that. Plaster sticks and dries nicely on anything which makes it awesome. <3  

EDIT AGAIN 4/17/13: OMG. How is this still this popular? I'm astounded. xD Anyways, making it portable didnt work. Plus, I realized within the last month that I made the hook waaay to big. Really wish i cut the pieces shorter...Anyways. If I remake it in a method I like better, I'll seriously be considering selling this one. So keep your eyes peeled. :)

EDIT1/28/13: When I go home. I think I'm going to try to find a way to make this portable. I love it as is, but. It's just not good for travel. :/ I have an idea. Just hope it works.

Okay, so this is my first tutorial I've ever made so I apologize if its not very good. ^^; I did my best to explain all my steps in detail and make it look nice. Let me know if words are too small or are spelled wrong or anything.

Just a warning with my version of the staff/shepard's hook though, it does have some weight to it since it is solid wood. (Honestly though, it feels really solid. It's not breaking anytime soon.)It seems that a lot of people have gone with pvc piping for theirs; but I felt like I wasn't going to be able to do what I needed to do with that. :/

Working with wood, plaster strips, and gorilla tape to make the actual structure was just my initial idea, so I went with that; and I am very happy I did. Came out just as I imagined it would, which is just such an awesome feeling. :)

Only problem is that its about 6ft tall due to my 5'10" height, FFFFF. Travel WILL be difficult. @__@

:bulletred:Just some general guidelines for if you use this tutorial:

-PLEASE credit me. That should be pretty straightforward. :/
-Fave the tutorial.
-And last but not least, please share your finished creations with me! I'd love to see!

Well, that's it. I hope this helps people. :D Happy sawing!


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Wow!!! So amazing!!!
monkeylvr13's avatar
This is awesome! It looks great!
MagdaH97's avatar
please tell me where you got the wig T.T
Lyte-tech's avatar
It's an Arda Wig. Style: Hansel, straightened and trimmed a tad in front. Color: silver : )
MagdaH97's avatar
WeaponsCrafter's avatar
That's totally amaaazing!  I can't believe how much it looks like Jack's staff :D  I make weapons but this was so out of my comfort zone and I have been trying to think of how the heck to make this staff for a friend of mine ^___^  I will totally try this.  I am so uber happy I came across this.  Awesome job!
Lyte-tech's avatar
Haha, no problem! Be sure to check out the version 2 tut if you're looking for an easier method made of pvc. Only requirement is you'll need a heat gun. : )  good luck.
WeaponsCrafter's avatar
Thank you.  I will be sure to credit you on my site if I do end up making this ^^
Lyte-tech's avatar
Great job! Looks awesome. ;)  Thanks for sharing.
Felltopieces's avatar
How much plaster strips did you need for this project? I'm in the midst of making mine but ended up picking up fiba tape instead of palster tape which is apparently impossible to find.
Lyte-tech's avatar
What you are looking for is this basically:…

I needed about two rolls of this stuff to make it all the way. : )
WaylandsForge's avatar
Do you remember what thickness the dowel rod you used was?
Lyte-tech's avatar
I believe it was 1.5 inches in diameter? or possibly 1 inch. Basically you just want it to feel comfortable in your grip. the strips will not add much diameter at all. ;)
WaylandsForge's avatar
Thanks for the tutorial! This is what mind ended up looking like:
Lyte-tech's avatar
No prob! Came out great! Thanks for showing me! < 3
i love this tutorial! im planning on cosplaying as jack and this is the best staff tutorial yet. i just have one question. for the paint you used, did you use like a brown gloss spray paint or regular paint and like a clear gloss covering?
Lyte-tech's avatar
Thank you! Be sure to check out V2 for an updated PVC pipe version. I used just a walmart brand cheap as it gets gloss brown paint. :) I added flat clear coat spray over that once dry to protect it more from water, etc.
Kai-the-dragon-667's avatar
how heavy were the plaster strips when u applied them. i made my staff out of hollow metal and i was wondering how heavy it would be to do it this way. 
Lyte-tech's avatar
The plaster strips definitely add some weight to it when wet. But once dry, the difference in weight is astounding. :) Using metal though, your staff is going to be heavy in general ^^;  Honestly I woulndt recommend metal for conventions and such.
theoneandonly4's avatar
do you have the length of the different parts? pls
Lyte-tech's avatar
Not off the top of my head, no. These are far too long anyways. In all honesty I winged it. What I can say is that you want the main part of the staff to come up to your chin. I actually have a new tutorial (well, step by step) I'll be posting real soon made using the heat gun and pvc method. Keep your eye out for it if you're curious. ;)
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