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Tutorial: Sailor Moon's Wand

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How to make Sailor Moon's Moon Stick/Crescent Moon Wand

In this tutorial I will be making the extended version of Sailor Moon's Moon Stick as seen in the first arc of the manga.
You can use this tutorial to make the traditional hand sized Moon Stick by using shorter/thinner PVC and making slightly different details.

Materials:
a. (3-4) 2oz packs yellow polymer clay (I'm using crastsmart brand from Michaels)
b. (1-2) 2oz packs white polymer clay
c. (1) small bottle pink acrylic paint (I'm using Apple Barrel in Bright Magenta 20591)
d. (1) small bottle yellow acrylic paint (I'm using Apple Barrel in Yellow 20502)
e. (1) small bottle pearly white acrylic paint (I'm using FolkArt in Metallic Pearl White 659)
f. (1) can pink spray paint (I'm using Krylon in Watermelon) (OPTIONAL way of painting)
g. (5-6) feet of 3/4" in PVC pipe, cut into two sections (I'm 5'4" and I'm using about 66", or 5'6" worth of pipe)
h. (1) 3/4" PVC pipe coupling (used to connect the two pieces)
i. (2) 3/4" PVC end caps
j. (1) 30mm or 40mm faceted crystal sphere (I buy mine here: [link])
size is up to you, 30mm is a bit bigger than a quarter I use this size for the regular size Moon Stick, and 40mm is about the size of a golf ball which I use for the tall Moon Stick

You will also need:
high gloss clear coat (to seal the paint) (I like to use Future Floor Polish)
super glue
hot glue gun + a couple hot glue sticks
PVC glue



Step 1: moon shaped top
To soften the sculpey use your hands to knead it until it becomes pliable. Using the yellow sculpey, form the now pliable mass of clay into a ball. Roll the ball out into a thick roll, then roll out the ends to be thinner. Shape the roll into a crescent moon (a). Using the crystal ball, press into the moon in the place where you want it to sit (b). Remove the crystal. You should be left with an indention in the clay where we will later glue the crystal on (c).

Step 2: modeling details
We will use one of the end caps as a base for the top of the staff.Using the white sculpey this time, press sculpey around the cap and smooth it out by gently rolling it along a flat, clean surface. Connect this piece to the bottom of the moon we made in step 1(a). Next make a few disks by making small balls of clay and flattening them (b). I made 2 little-bit-larger-than-a-quarter disks and 2 thumbtack sized disks.lastly make two wing shapes (c). I usually make extras of some shapes in case I break/ruin some.

Step 3: bake your sculpey
Bake at 130F, I baked the small pieces for 15 minutes and the large moon piece for 30-45 minutes. Be careful not to over-bake or under-bake your clay. LET THE CLAY COOL THOROUGHLY before doing anything else with it. I suggest waiting 24 hours, but wait a couple of hours at least.

Step 4: prepare your PVC to be painted
Sand your PVC pipe carefully (outside preferably) to get rid of the numbers/bar-code that are printed on the pipe. Sanding also preps the PVC to be painted. We are hitting two birds with one stone here. Also sand the coupling and end cap. Go ahead and attach the end cap to the bottom of the lower piece of the staff.
[LINK] is a good thread with tips on working with PVC pipe.

Step 5: painting
Using either a palette or a plastic bowl, make two mixtures of paint: yellow+pearl white and pink+pearl white. I mix my colors with the pearl paint because it adds a bit of shimmer to the color which looks nice for this staff. Use 3-4 coats of paint on everything: clay details (a), pvc pipes and coupling and end cap(b), and the moon (c). Paint using many thin layers, wait 15-30 minutes between painting said thin layers.

Step 6: assembly
Using the PVC glue, swab the inside of the end cap which is in the bottom part of the moon piece with glue and attach this to the PVC pipe that does not have an end cap on it (a). Next using super glue or hot glue, attach the wing pieces to the largest disk. Attach this disk to the bottom part of the moon piece. Attach the other disks in the same manner (b). At this time you can also go ahead and glue the crystal ball in using hot glue or super glue. Lastly using the PVC glue again, swap the inside of one end of the coupling connect this to the bottom PVC pipe portion of the staff.

Step 7: clear coat everything
Apply 2-3 coats of clear coat to the ENTIRE staff to give it a glossy, high shine finish. This also serves as a protection for the paint.

You're finished! Now you have a Moon Stick of your own. Time to go save the universe! :)




Please comment with any additional advice/tips. This is my first time making a tutorial and I'm sure to have left out a thing or two somewhere.
Thank you and Enjoy!
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SAINTDR0ID's avatar
hellos from 2016 lol I'm so going to use this to make a mini version for my cosplay!! thanks for this :)
Lizabefy's avatar
With the the PVC and the conncetor, how do you get the unglued end that stay in without falling out? Or do you have pvc connectors that screw in together ?
FantasyTwilight's avatar
I found the crystal at Hobby Lobby near the sequins and for those that don't have an oven that isn't made to bake clay, I used a small toaster oven that works like our big oven. It didn't have the 100F number, so I just really guessed and checked constantly. Also to make the parts where the coupling is so you can break it down for transporting, just sand down around the edge of the half that doesn't have the coupling and when you cut it, cut it so that your hand is at that seam so when you hold it, the parts are together, but a swift bump won't make it fall appart. Also try to make the part w/o the coupling glued to it the bottom half so the coupling acts like a blancer to keep the top part from timbering over. Also another subsititue for the crystal is a wooden ball that's the same size. Cheaper and easier to find if you don't know where your nearest Hobby Lobby is. It'll just require a bit more detail work to look more crystal and less like a silver ball.
blackcat1234's avatar
your link for the crystal no longer works :(
Dragon-princess08's avatar
Look forward to this challenge Might get away with doing this in sculpture class :/ maybe. :)
I'm always on the lookout for a secondhand original manufactored one, but this seems like fun
StarWisherMidnight's avatar
Question, what if we didn't want to shop online for the crystal? where would be the best place to go if we wanted to go a store to get a knob or something for it?
Denisse87's avatar
fricking awesome tutorial, damnnnn imma make one lol
Akemi101xoxo's avatar
This tutorial is fantastic! X3 Thankyou so much for making this, it'll be a huge help for my super adult!Chibiusa cosplay :3
failingsway's avatar
im doing princess serenity for an anime convention! I can't wait to make this!
onesky-1destiny's avatar
Glad I could be of assistance! :)
benihme-chan's avatar
did the PVC end come out okay after baking it? i'd be afraid it'd melt :\
onesky-1destiny's avatar
The oven temperature is very low and it is only in the over for 30~45min or so. I've done this afew times now and it has yet to cause any problems. :)
The only problem I had was that the PVC shrank a small amount and it was a bit tricky to get it to fit back on to the PVC pole
benihme-chan's avatar
okay awesome! i'm needing to do something like this for a prop so I might have to try your method out! thanks so much for this!!!
onesky-1destiny's avatar
Your welcome! Glad I could help :)
cutechong's avatar
Do you sell your crafts? I'm sure this isn't cheap either.

You did awsome on this though I might never use the tutorial but it's SO detailed.

Might I suggest something (for us who are way over detailed): Have a picture of gluing on the wings and disks? I don't know if it will help anything though.

Just a suggestion.
HaNilKim's avatar
Lovely!
Dude, think I can make the scythe in a week?
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AngryJigglypuff's avatar
WOW.
That looks soooo goooooood~!
Wanna help me make my sword, suga tits?

BTW: Recommending you to people hardcore.
onesky-1destiny's avatar
Thanks! I worked hard on it and I lovelovelove how it turned out. I also made the Purity Chalice and a small moon stick while I was at it. :3

And I'd love to help with the space sword!
AngryJigglypuff's avatar
Well arent ya just an over achiever~!
Ya gonna enter a contest with it?
Ya do AWA and i'll have Uranus done.

Uhm. Excuse me.
It's not a space sword.
It's a magical pirate sword.
onesky-1destiny's avatar
my bad my bad. I'll help you with your magical pirate sword ;P
AngryJigglypuff's avatar
Damn straight that's what it's called.

Also.
Are you going to make the Sailor Uranus dress?
onesky-1destiny's avatar
I've actually recently learned how to cast custom resin jewels so the sword with be spot-on.

I'd really like to. We are planning to do princess again at AWA :)
AngryJigglypuff's avatar
That sounds fancy.

Alrighty. I'm game.
Tell me when ya need my measurements and an estimate on fabric
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