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How to Make Saruman's Staff
from Lord of the Rings


This is a tutorial showing you how to make Saruman's staff from Lord of the Rings. It is an easy project to make and I give you options for how to make the globe in the center.

I also give you the template which makes it very easy for you to make this project in no time at all.

The template is right here.

The video tutorial for this project is at the bottom of the page.

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Saruman's Staff


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What You need for this project:

  • A wooden dowel, broomstick, or rake handle about 5 feet in length (You could even use pvc pipe)
  • 1 sheet of foamboard or a large piece of cardboard
  • Black Paint
  • Spray sealant (is optional)
  • The template is right here.
  • For the Crystal globe in the middle you could use one of these things: A tennis ball, insta-morph, or oven baked clay like Premo or Super Sculpey
  • Glue or preferably a hot glue gun
  • Black electrical tape to wrap the handle (optional)

Let's Get Started!

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The Globe

Let's start this project off by making the globe in the top center of the staff. It is the most dramatic part of the staff and I will show you several different ways you can make it.






Template for globe size

In the template I have a page with this diagram. It shows you approximately what size to make the globe.









Two different globesIn this tutorial I am going to show you two different ways to make the sphere. First we will use a plastic called Insta-Morph. And secondly we will use a product called Premo Sculpey Translucent.

You can of course improvise your own method for making the sphere. Some suggestions are to use a tennis ball painted white. Or to use an air hardening clay like DAS (White).







Insta Morph

InstaMorph - Moldable Plastic - 12 oz





Premo Clay 8 Ounces-Translucent




DAS Air Hardening Modeling Clay, 1.1 Pound Block, White (387000)






Will's Tips on Creativity Are you interested in the creative process and how a project like this comes about? I have a little bit about developing this project right here.

The Creativity of Saruman's Staff



Let's First make the Insta-Morph Sphere

Temperature of hot water

Heat a pan of water to 140 degrees fahrenheit (60C). This is a low temp, keep the fire very low.









Add insta morph

And pour in the beads. I used half the container .










Remove the hot insta morph

In less than two minutes those pellets will turn clear and the whole thing will bind together. You can then pull it out.








Shape the insta morph

Shake off the excess water and you can immediately start shaping it.









The ball

Ok, shape it to a nice sphere and set it aside to fully harden.

NextOkay! Let's continue with the tutorial (Or you can watch the video tutorial below)









The Video Tutorial:


Lord of the Rings: Two Towers - Saruman the White Action Figure (Staff-Raising Action and Eye of Magnetic Palantir)

Saruman is a beautifully rendered figure with superb detailing. Twelve points of articulation mean plenty of playability, and because of the flexible vinyl "clothing," posing the figure is a snap.




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