I'm trying a lot of techniques I've never done before on this one, so it's really taking forever. It was a quite risky thing to do under a time constraint, but... meh. I couldn't use my usual methods due to the nature of the thing.
Trying something new often requires trial and error, even with careful planning. I hate struggling with a technique, only to realize further in that I could've done something from the beginning to make the process easier. But, at least I can use that knowledge for the next prop. ^_^ I'll be more specific about the trials and errors here when the staff is done.
By the way, you're looking at the top of the staff here. I know it's blurry. And unfinished. But you get the idea.
Also of note is that, for the first time, I designed the staff to come apart into two pieces. There happened to be a good place in the design for this to happen. This will help with moving and storing it. ^_^
The goal is to have the staff ready to paint by the weekend. Once it's in the painting stage (less completely-room-consuming and easier to clean up at the end of the day, at least in theory >_>), I can so some significant work on props for Anime Boston. Sewing will follow shortly. Much to do.