Remember The Guild? The web series about a group of gamers was what put Felicia Day on the map. Her in-game character in the series is named Codex. Kristen, also known as Kristen Wish Cosplay, crafted the ensemble last year (except for the corset – it was made by Fire Lily Cosplay) and won an award at Geek Fan Expo for it. Making Codex’s staff marked her first time building a prop and she documented her trials and tribulations to help others. She used PVC pipe, leather, spray adhesive, clear casting resin, and several other supplies and tools to construct the staff. It’s the kind of build that will take you a little time. She helpfully lists where she found everything and describes challenges like pouring the resin:
Resin pouring difficulties: In Greg’s [Aronowitz – he made the prop for the series] video, he uses tape to create a kind of “bowl” around the base of the staff, and then pours the resin in the hole using a high pour. Felicia pours too much resin, and it creates a bit of a struggle, but the resin still stays within the tape and a crisis is avoided. We tried just using the tape, and made a huge mess all over the orb. I then tried using a tiny funnel. The most important step here is to make sure your pour hole is big enough for the funnel you’re using before you start pouring resin… otherwise, you will have to use a dremel to make the pour hole bigger, and will get chunks of plastic mixed in with the resin in your orb. >_< Once the pour hole was big enough for the funnel it went pretty smoothly, just pour the resin slowly. It is very important to not use a plastic cup for your resin! Greg uses paper cups in his video, but I did not test paper cups. After the resin started pouring out of the plastic cup I tried to use, I just decided to destroy a glass from my kitchen and that worked well. Regardless, this part was such a horrible mess.
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