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Staff Tutorial - Jack Frost by Rixari Staff Tutorial - Jack Frost by Rixari
The el wire I used is the 10 Foot High Bright Plug & Play Unit (PPHB10) in Aqua with the "Peacock" driver.
If you have any questions, feel free to ask and I'll help out as best I can. c:


Uggghh finally got this finished last night. The new staff smells like spray paint and tears lol
Now on to slave over more cosplay stuff for next weekend fkdsljfadsf
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dreameroftheblue Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It... Actually lights up? DANG SON I have to say that you are one the best Jack Frost cosplayers I've seen to date :aww:
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KingofBeastsGrimmjow Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
where can i buy a el wire 10 Foot High Bright Plug & Play Unit (PPHB10)? i tried home depot and they dont have it here. do u know where they might sell them?
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Rixari Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You'll have to buy it from Cool Neon online [link]
It's a little pricey, so I may recommend checking ebay or Amazon for pre-assembled el wire kits, especially if you don't know how to wire a circuit. The one I used from Cool Neon didn't have a switch so we had to add one in.
Retail stores don't carry el wire unfortunately.
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KingofBeastsGrimmjow Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Aww I see well thank u so much! I'll try looking for it thank u for the helpful information !
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DragonGames Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a great tutorial. may i ask, would a 10 ft piece of pvc be okay? Home depot sells them standard that way, so i was just wondering. Im 5'2" if that helps XD
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Rixari Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
The piece I used was 10 ft, so you should have plenty to work with, good luck! c':
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TheGothiestFraggle Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Prop making level: EXPERT :iconcannotevenplz:
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Mario-17 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013
wow! *o*
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MewCherryBlossom Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Too Awesome for words dude!
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Teirra-Misaki Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Student General Artist
so cray cray dude
awesome
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paine86 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Impressive work. I like how you put lights in it. and kudos to you for adding a tutorial.
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Rixari Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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ExiledFantasy Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It's is concerning the heat gun. How much is a heat gun? And by chance you DO manage to burn yourself, what happens to your skin? ._. And is it powered by wire+electrical outlet or batteries?
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Rixari Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think the one I used was only like $10, and it's powered by an electrical outlet. I'm not really sure what it would do since I haven't been burnt by one myself. The end of the gun and where it's shooting out heat are really REALLY hot though, so I imagine it would blister pretty bad at the very least. It's pretty much just an extreme hair dryer, so it's really easy to use (this is the third prop I've used one on and still haven't been burnt), just make sure you're not waving your hands around in front of it and you should be fine lol. c:
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ExiledFantasy Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Alright. XD Cause last time I used a hot glue gun, I burned my finger three times in to minutes... so I sort of have a knack for burning myself if its something like that.
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Rixari Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'd say a heat gun is a lot easier to use without burning yourself than a hot glue gun by far lol so I wouldn't worry too much about it xD
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ExiledFantasy Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Alright. And another question. I want to bring the staff to a con in my state, but the prop height limit is 6 feet. Would the lights that you linked in the description be too long for that? ._.
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Rixari Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No actually, since you would wrap them around the staff. The lights on mine, unwrapped, are still the full 10 ft, which is about right (my staff is around 5'8")
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ExiledFantasy Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh wait, and one quick question! Sorry! ><;;; this is my first time making a prop.. But what do you mean that hardware was removed from the battery pack? ._. Will it be like that when I order it or would I have to do it myself?
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Rixari Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lol, it's no problem at all, I'm happy to help! c':
(warning this is a long explanation lol sorry)
Well, if you order your wire from Cool Neon, they don't even give you a battery pack with the Plug and Play kits ([link] the el wire will plug into one end and the battery attaches to the other), so you'd have to go out and see if you could find a project box (battery pack) at a Radio Shack or something that would be big enough to hold a 9V battery. I just happened to have one lying around lol.

"Removing the hardware" means I took out the metal prongs and wires that were in the battery pack for the AA batteries since they won't fit with a 9V.
I will also tell you that the "peacock" driver I had linked doesn't have a switch to turn it on or off, so you'd have to either solder on a switch or just remove the battery when you want it to be off (which I don't recommend. at all.)

Since this is your first time making a prop, and I'm assuming you probably don't have any soldering equipment laying around, I'm gonna say you might be better off ordering an el wire kit from amazon, since they've already got the battery packs and switches built in.
This is the kit I used on my first staff [link] It's more of a blue than an aqua color, but it's just about as bright, and all of the wiring and everything is taken care of (plus it's cheaper lol)
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ExiledFantasy Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ohh alright! Cause I was sort of worrying about the height considering most cons around me limit it to 6 feet ^^; Thank you so much for answering my questions!
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ExiledFantasy Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This*
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