…has a knob on the end, according to Terry Pratchett’s Nanny Ogg! So that’s exactly what I’ve been creating for the wizard to carry in Scunthorpe Little Theatre Club’s up-coming panto, ‘Puss in Boots’. I started with a fluorite sphere…
…and then used copper wire to create a claw setting for it. First I worked the heavier gauge wire into a five-pointed star with branches, doubling over the ends for safety and holding them together in the middle with a wrapping of finer gauge wire.
Then each ‘branch’ was wrapped with the finer gauge wire…
…and the sphere placed inside.
I carried on weaving some of the ‘branch’ points together to encase the sphere.
Finally the free ends were curled into interesting shapes.
The staff is a long sturdy stick that my middle one picked up on our holiday in the Lake District last Easter. I’ve given it a couple of coats of black wood stain and then it will be polished with beeswax. The broken bit at the top is going to be shaped into a curve to hold the orb cage.
And then an unexpected bonus. We discovered the fluorite naturally glows in the dark.
How perfect is that for the pantomime villain?!