|Yes, yes, I know, Gandalf and Saruman aren't cousins.|
|With the Big Ben in the background, it's almost like the time when Jadis made it into England. Okay, not really.|
While I was making my Gandalf staff, I was also working on a non-light-up version of Saruman's staff. I did toy around with the idea of using an LED in a frosted, hollow, spherical Christmas ornament, but in the end scrapped it as impractical to access for turning on and off. So my Saruman staff is decidedly less cool than my Gandalf one, but that's appropriate, I think, considering that Mithrandir > Curunir.
|Saruman is grumpy at being labeled the less cool of the white wizards.|
Again, I started this staff with a cheap wooden dowel from Home Depot, and with the help of some craft foam and a wooden doll head, Saruman's staff came together quickly and with significantly less trouble than Gandalf's.
|The most difficult part was probably getting the fins on straight, and even after all my fussing, they're not quite perfect.|
Cost breakdown: $3.50 for the dowel, $1 for the sheet of craft foam, $1.50 for the wooden doll head, and I already had the paint and varnish. Again, the total came out to less than $10!
In the end, even though the varnished craft foam really does a terrible job of mimicking the sleek metal look, I'm satisfied because hey, it was cheap, and it's still recognizable as Saruman's staff. I suppose if I had power tools, or a friend with access to a laser cutter, I could've made the fins from wood, and then applied sandpaper judiciously for a more polished look. Ehh, maybe someday. Actually, if I'm being honest, probably not. Anyway, if for some reason you're interested in a more detailed tutorial on the making of the staff, I've made another instructable!
Still to come in party prep: the photobooth background. But before that, it's time to sew up some more knit dresses to accommodate all the eating we've been doing the last couple of days!