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How to make the Wabbajack - Part 2


In this part of the tutorial we finish off the wabbajack by paper macheing it and painting it. The first part of this tutorial is here.


the ball end

Now make a big ball of crumpled paper at the end of the staff. It looks like a Q-tip. Kind of funny. This is the beard that goes right under the wabbjack face you just made.


Just under that Q tip end of the staff there is a spiral. It kind of corkscrews along the staff. You make this by cutting a strip of cereal box cardboard and wrapping it down the staff. Stuff bits of newspaper under it so it has good definition.


Ok, cut an inch and a half off the end of that Q-tip so the broomstick is exposed.


Check it to see if the wabbajack fits on there nicely. Trim anything that needs trimming so it is a nice fit. But don't glue it on right now. Save that for later.


Mix up paper mache

Ok, lets mix some paper mache and paper mache the staff. You just do the wabbajack head and the qtip part. No need to paper mache the whole staff! You make paper mache by mixing a cup of flour and a cup of water, then add a teaspoon of salt. (The salt is for mold deterrence).

Stir it briskly so it becomes nice and creamy smooth.

Then you dip bits and pieces of paper towel or newspaper in it. You apply those strips to the project.


Apply paper mache

Do this to the whole head section and the beard section (q-tip).


Use a tool to work the paper mache into all the little grooves and areas.


let it dry

It looks great. And it has pretty good detail. Now set it aside to dry. It will take hours to dry. If you put a fan on it the wait will only be half an hour.


The mache on the staffr

Here is what the end of the staff looks like after you paper mache it.

Ok, Once all that paper mache has dried you should mix up another batch of paper mache and do a whole second coat on everything. This will make it nice and strong.


Let's get the staff ready for painting. If your broomstick has paper mache all over it you should clean that off with a tool or with some sandpaper like this.


Ok, let's get it all ready for painting. Sand everything down lightly just to smooth things out. And brush it all off afterwards to get rid of the sand dust and grit.


spray paint it

And then spray paint it all silver. I just show the handle being painted but paint the head and beard too. And, any kind of paint will do, acrylics, brush on paint. Anything!

Spray paint is easy and looks best.


Paint it all

Ok, you talked me into one more painting picture. I just thought it would be good to take one more look at that corkscrew beard under the Q-tip.


score some lines

Now, this is a little detail and is optional. But that Q-tip is actually a beard. So, score some curvey lines in it with a sharp tool like an x-acto knife.


washing technique

Then brush in a very watery layer of black paint. Make it sopping wet! This is called wet brushing. In a moment we will wipe most of it off. But... the watery black stay in the deep crevices that we cut with the xacto knife.


Wipe the black off with a rag or paper towel. Don't press down too hard. We want the black to stay in the crevices.



Now, do some detail work by dry-brushing on black. This is where you dip the brush in black but wipe most of it off then gently brush it on the face. It leaves just a light black on the high points.


This picture gives you a good look at the dry brushing after it is done. And then you can do some detail work with a black pen, things like the teeth lines.


Once it is all dry you can hot glue the head onto the q-tip beard. And you are done. Optionally you can seal it all with a spray sealant. That will preserve the color and freshness of it.


You might even be able to use it in a fight with a dragon:



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