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How to Make Gandalf the Grey's Staff


This is the staff that Gandalf carries in the Hobbit before his transformation to Gandalf the white. I do have a tutorial on how to make the White Staff right here

In this tutorial I show you how to easily make the Grey staff. And you can make just the staff. It is pretty easy. You just need some foam and a long stick or broom handle.

I also take this to another level because the staff does have a glowing crystal in it. I n this tutorial I also show you how to make the glowing crystal.

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I show you how to make the staff from simple materials.

The staff

I also show you how to make the crystal using a product called Easy Cast.

The crystal



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Stuff Used :

  • A wooden dowel about 5 feet in length and about 1 1/4 inches thick. You can get this at Home Depot. You can also use a rake handle or broomstick for this. You can even use pvc piping. Which is a plastic plumbers pipe.
  • About two cubic feet of some kind of foam. This is to carve the head of the staff. I use a pink foam called Foamular. Most carvable foam is quite good for this.
  • Black Paint, grey paint
  • Some glue or hot glue gun
  • To Make the Crystal:
  • A piece of foam to carve our crystal
  • Some amazing mold putty for making the mold (Alumilite Amazing Mold Putty Kit, 0.66-Pound )
  • Easy Cast for casting the crystal (Environmental Technology 16-Ounce Kit Casting' Craft Casting Epoxy, Clear )
  • Also some kind of small light like a christmas tree bulb
  • A battery that will light up the light and a switch.



note from Will on Crystal making : Part of this staff making tutorial is how to make a crystal using easy cast. I really like that part of the tutorial and it is something that can stand alone. So... you can use the first part of this to make crystals for other projects.


Let's Get Started!

Let's start by making the crystal.


We are going to cast the crystal in a product called easy cast. But to do that we first need to make a mold that we can cast into.

We start by making a faux crystal out of foam.



Shape the crystal

Ok, the crystal is carved. We are going to copy the end of it shown between the two black lines. The rest is just so it can be easily handled and worked.





Alumilite Amazing Mold Putty

Next we are going to use a product called Amazing Mold Putty to make a mold around our foam crystal.


Alumilite Amazing Mold Putty Kit, 0.66-Pound





The two halves of the putty

Amazing mold putty has two different colors of clay like material. Mix together even amounts of each of these.






SHape putty around crystal

Mold it around the foam crystal like this. And let the amazing mold putty set. It turns into a rubber like material and it will be ready in about 20 minutes.


Now you should remove the foam crystal from the mold so we can pour easy cast into it.

But, it might be difficult to get out without tearing or damaging the mold. That is ok. Because we used foam we can easily dissolve it with acetone (Nail Polish Remover)



Acetone quickly and easily dissolves most types of foam and styrofoam.






Melt the foam

Pour it onto the foam and into the rubber mold and the foam will melt away. Now use a tool to pick out the remnants and strands of foam. Rinse it out with soapy water until the inside of the mold is clean.


Next Ok, let's cast the resin to make the crystal and then make the staff (Continue)




Gandalf's Staff How to Make Gandalf's Staff

This is the iconic white staff that Gandalf wields. I show you how to make it easily with just a few supplies and I give you the template! Make Gandalf's white staff




Amazing Mold Putty

Alumilite Amazing Mold Putty Kit, 0.66-Pound




Casting Epoxy

Environmental Technology 16-Ounce Kit Casting' Craft Casting Epoxy, Clear





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