Yuna's staff

Summoner Yuna's staff

Note: this is not a lengthy tutorial on how to make the staff itself. My intention is to show you how you can get that smooth shiny paint. However, I did add a small (!) part on how I put my staff together.


What you will need for painting

  1. Spray paint color (in this case blue, red, gold and silver). Why spray-paint? Because I think it looks better than painting by brush.
  2. A primer (these mostly come in grey or white color, either is fine)
  3. Varnish (for Yuna's staff, I recommend the gloss varnish as it will give you that nice smooth effect)
  4. Small cans may look sufficient but they empty quite rapidly. As for primer and varnish, you should definitely purchase the big ones. 
  5. Sandpaper (if you are using wood)
  6. Paper towels
  7. Newspapers and adhesive tape (choose for easy-removable tape)
  8. A clean and fresh environment: don't paint your staff in the attic or a shed. Particles of dust will disturb the surface. Good air circulation is a must, we don't want you breathing in the paint. 

The staff
I simply bought a broomstick at a DIY shop.
As for the "rug beater" headpiece, you can choose the material yourself: wood, crafting foam, cardboard, ... I was quite lucky to have an uncle who was able to cut it from aluminium for me. All I had to do was send him the pattern and I had my headpiece. You can draw out your pattern on your material and cut it. Just make sure the material is strong so it won't fold over or break. Wood is ideal. Note that I added a rectangular piece at the bottom of the pattern. it needs the same width as the broomstick and is approximately 8 centimeter in length. This is the part that will be sheathed inside the broomstick to fasten the top to it.


We sawed a cut in the top of the broomstick that matched the rectangular piece so it could be sheathed and we bolted it together (glue could work too if you don't have the materials). Just make sure it's firm so your headpiece won't break off while trying to 'send the dead' for example.


I added the bell after I painted the staff. We still had a screw ring/hook lying around. You can just 'screw' it into the bottom of your staff and attach the chain with the bell. You can buy a chain and bell in a hobby shop and a screw ring in a DIY shop.


This is what a screw ring/hook looks like

Preparing your staff for painting
  1. Before you start painting, your staff has to be exquisitely smooth. So work that wood with sandpaper. Wood has flaws and cleaves but there should be no rough or uneven spots when you start painting. If you don't, the cleaves will show clearly when you're done.
  2. Next, your staff has to be rid of filth and grease. If not, your paint will not settle well onto your material and cause oily paint ("fish eyes"). Find a degreasing product and clean your staff. Most of these products should not damage the material and will vaporize quickly. 
  3. Prepare your surroundings for painting. Cover furniture with large cardboard or blankets. The floor beneath the staff should be covered as well, unless you would like a new multi-colored one.
  4. You should have a clean and smooth surface by now. Time to paint! Yay!
Painting your staff
General
  1. Use a hook and/or rope to hang your staff onto the ceiling. Shake every can you're using thoroughly for the duration of approximately 1 minute. Most people neglect this, thinking it isn't important, but it does help improve the quality of your paint. 
  2. Spray at a reasonable distance (don't spray too close). You should create a light hazy cone of paint that settles onto your material. The layers should never be too thick. Better to paint in two turns than spray a lot in one go.
  3. After using a can, turn it upside down and spray a bit. Clean the tip off with a paper towel. 
Step by step
  1. Add the primer to the staff. A good primer coat is fundamental to make your paint look good. Let the primer dry for half an hour. Add another layer and leave that one to dry for 24 hours.
  2. Now you can start spray-painting your colors. Always begin with the colors that cover little part of your staff. In this case that would be the blue of our rug beater top and the golden rings on the shaft. There's no need to cover anything of the staff yet. Just spray the nearby areas in the same color. When you spray a new color you only need to cover these small parts that have to remain blue or gold.

  3. If you want to add a second layer to your color, you should wait 20 minutes. You should wait 24 hours to paint a completely new color though.
  4. We move to the gold of the headpiece and the red of the shaft. Cover the blue parts and golden rings with your adhesive tape. Spray your colors and wait a few hours before you pull off the tape to have a look at the
    result.

    Left: the red of the shaft. We covered all the golden circles with tape (it's hard to see the adhesive tape on the picture though)
    Right: we covered the blue with tape. The tape that covered the blue circle has already been pulled off.

  5. Don't panic if you pulled some paint off when you removed your adhesive tape. Use a very small and narrow paint-brush to redo the damaged parts. We sprayed some paint in a bowl and dipped the brush in. 
  6. Painting the silver of the shaft was trickier. We covered the surrounding area with newspaper and tape, this way the only part that had to become silver was uncovered.

  7. Again, wait 24 hours before moving to the last color: the blue of the shaft. Your staff should look like this by now.

  8. Cover the area around the destined-to-be-blue part with newspapers and tape. Paint your color. You know the gist of it by now.
  9. Let it dry for 24 hours before adding the varnish. Again, you can add a second layer if need be. I recommend gloss varnish for Yuna's staff.
  10. Let your varnish dry for 24 hours before you are able to grab onto your staff and swing it around.




Congratulations! Your staff is finished. Now enjoy the result and summon a Bahamut in your garden.
 


Tips
  1. Make sure your material and environment are clean and prepared.
  2. Shake your cans before using them.
  3. Spray from a reasonable distance.
  4. Start with the small areas and move on to the bigger ones.
  5. Wait twenty minutes to half an hour to add a new layer.
  6. Wait 24 hours before you use a new color.
  7. Use adhesive tape that you can remove easily.
  8. Be careful when removing the adhesive tape.
  9. Use gloss varnish to finish your staff.
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