Warning: Image Heavy Post After The Jump!! (PC, you've already seen these images on Google+)
Goose and I have been working in overdrive to get the garnet rod done. So we cut 15 slices of 1/4" MDF in the shapes of the rod head, based on a template from the manga. Then we glued together 5 of the slices that were shaped in the heart shape on the top. Using a high-speed cutting bit and a rough sanding drum on the Dremel, we shaped the balls around the edges.
|Starting to carve out the shape.|
|Most of the shapes were finished, but a slice on the very top ball and the left ball fell off|
so we had to glue them back on and wait for it all to dry
|Goose finished the shape better after the glue dried|
First he labeled the dowels with markings of where various details would go including notches, raised parts and the key pieces.
He cut grooves out of 1 1/8" dowels and cut 1 1/4" PVC pipe pieces to length of the raised parts of the staff, sliding them on at the approximate placement. We taped the PVC to the dowel so it wouldn't slide around. Then he glued Styrofoam balls onto those grooves. (More waiting)
|There are 6 balls total|
|Goose clamped on another dowel to help straighten the connection while the glue dried.|
|You can see the top ball is still white since we hadn't bondo'd it yet in this picture.|
|Blurry image, but you can still see how shiny it is.|
We also finished shopping for our room supplies and we're in the midst of packing all that. Goose has to do laundry so he has clothes for Otakon, but that will be his Wednesday task since he's taking that day off too.