Penelo is one of the playable characters in the video game Final Fantasy XII. I was commissioned to create her magical staff.

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I cut out the blade shape out of 1/4″ MDF.

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The edging was cut out of 1/8″ MDF and glued on.

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The end caps were also cut from 1/4″ MDF. Once they were glued on, the entire blade was sealed with shellac and seams filled with putty.

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The part of the staff that connects to the blade was lathed from 1-1/4″ oak dowel.

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The end cap was cut off the dowel to allow it to fit around the blade.

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I cut a slot in the dowel on the table saw.

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The head dowel with blade inserted. 1/8″ MDF was later inserted into the gap between dowel and blade inset.

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To attach the head and base to the staff, I used threaded inserts. The final piece will now break down into three pieces for easy transportation.

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The blade was first sprayed with a base coat of silver and then masked off to paint the gold.

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The base of the staff was also lathed from a 1-1/4″ oak dowel

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I ordered a bell from a medical supply company and disassembled it.

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The striker was replaced by a wooden bead on a threaded rod. I painted the bell and strung beads on a length of cotton twine.

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The bell assembly was attached to two elastic hair ties.

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I doubled up the elastic ties and slid them over the tip of the blade.

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To attach the beads to the blade I made grommets from 1/8″ rivets.

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I drilled holes into the blade and glued the grommets into them.

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The last touch was to wrap the bottom of the staff with a faux suede.

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The final staff is well over 6′ tall!

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