Resin Crystal Ball Wizard Staff DIY
Hi Resin Crafters, it’s Natalie from Doodlecraft with an awesome resin project perfect for Halloween. Make an impressive Crystal Ball staff using EasyCast resin; great for a wizard, druid, sorcerer or gypsy costume! I love Halloween and believe that props and the small details make the biggest difference in an award-winning costume or cosplay.
You will need:
- EasyCast Resin
- Mixing Cups/Stirring sticks/Disposable work surface/Disposable gloves
- Round Silicone Mold
- 1.5 inch Dowel or Hardwood Stick
- Leather Scraps and Strips
- E6000 Glue
- Painters Tape
Begin by reading the directions for the EasyCast resin carefully. Pour water into the desired mold and then pour out into a measuring cup. Divide the amount in half and then mix that quantity of resin and equal parts hardener. Stir for the correct amount of time. Pour into silicone mold.
Let the resin sit for 20 minutes, then use a heat gun or mini torch to remove any bubbles that have formed. Then let the resin cure overnight.
The next day, remove the crystal ball. Some bubbles formed, but I think it works fine for this project.
Now it is time to form the staff. I got an old/cured oak staff from a neighbor, but any thick stick or dowel will work, especially for a costume.
My teenage son has just discovered plait braiding or plaiting and helped me with this staff. Cut strips of leather into 1/2 inch pieces.
Use 4 lengths of leather strips and begin the plait braiding. (Find a youtube video for full instructions)
The ragged look is charming and perfect for this style of staff.
Once braided, it looks good, but needs the cherry on top!
Lastly, time to place the crystal ball on top. Time to use the E6000 and painters tape. Place a blob of E6000 glue on the base of the crystal ball and set it centered on the top of the staff.
Tape the ball in place tightly while the glue cures for at least 4 hours…but overnight to be sure.
Natalie Shaw is a Craft/DIY blogger at Doodlecraftblog.com. She loves sci-fi, fantasy and video game geekery and that comes out in many of her projects. She posts budget conscious DIY’s, crafts, jewelry, kid friendly projects, upcycled treasures and other fun on her blog 5 days a week.