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Yorick by tatjna Yorick by tatjna
This is the thing I've been ignoring everything to try and get finished. It's an original staff with the working name Yorick, although the new owner will hopefully give it something better! ;-)

The sheep skull is mounted on a manuka pole. I made the horns from expanding foam and sculptamold on a wire base, then painted over with acrylic. The 'mane' is handspun wool and leather strips. The top is bound in leather with a thong criss-crossed to the bottom, and there's a bone spur on a natural sticky-outy bit (visible in the other pic).

But the cool thing about this staff is it has LED eyes that light up only when the owner picks it up. Concealed under all that hair are:

* Hall effect sensor
* 9v battery
* Switch
* 9v to 5v voltage regulator
* AT Tiny85 microcontroller (this is actually inside the brain box hehe)

With the staff comes a resin ring that has a rare earth magnet set into it. So she grabs the staff (or goes near it), and if it's switched on the sensor will pick up the magnetic field and send a signal to the Tiny, which then tells the LEDs to light up the eyes. When she puts it down or walks away, the eyes slowly fade out.

It's creepy as hell and I love it.
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Firestar-Kelman Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013
That's really cool that the eyes light up around the owner (must be great at parties too lol)
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tatjna Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013
Hehe mostly it's just tacky.  But that's ok because we like tack.
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Firestar-Kelman Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013
Tacky is cool lol.
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Grim-Heaper Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013
That's pretty cool! :) It'd make a good videogame staff design thing.
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tatjna Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013
Thanks!  Y'know, it vaguely reminds me of Death from Darksiders 2 with the long face and th hair and whatnot.  ;-)
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Grim-Heaper Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013
I've never played darksiders. I want to, but I have no idea what it's about. But I do know what he looks like. And yes, it kinda does resemble him! It just has twisty horns unlike death! And you're welcome! :)
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tatjna Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013
Darksiders is silly fun with lots of bright sparklies and you don't have to work very hard to win at it.  It kind of reminds me of WoW but without the nasty little boys going Tits or GTFO at you.  ;-)

I think Death is supposed to be saving his brother War from .. something. Can't remember what, but it doesn't matter because it's basically a hack 'n' slash with pretties.  And fun.
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Grim-Heaper Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013
lol Cool. :) I'll have to look into that game next time I buy games. I would have never thought of that game having sparkles or pretties. Hack 'n' slash games are usually the best. although I do like puzzle games.
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