For the moment, it is illustrated with my own old sketches from the article, but I plan to replace these with clearer vector graphics as soon as I can. Photos are all of sticks I've made and used, or sticks made for others. Some are still going strong after 8 years.
Step 1: Materials and Tools
- thick skewers
- straight sticks
- chopsticks - old chipped lacquered ones, disposable ones, half sets, etc.
- colored nailpolish -cheap ones are especially good for this, as are colors you like but don't wear
- Paints - any paint that can be covered by a clear gloss without peeling or chipping easily. Thick acrylics or matte finish paints are not recommended, but super thin acrylics, airbrush paints, modeling paints, spray paint, etc work great.
- Clear, glossy nailpolish or clear glaze, clear spray gloss is fine.
- Food coloring or watercolors to stain the wood if you want
- wood filler or epoxy for filling any splits or dents.
- Ribbons, cut strips of fabric, shoelaces, yarn, cords..
- jewels, stones, small shells, buttons, felted beads
- little plastic toys, knicknacks, party favors
- decals or low-profile stickers
- Wire - I use jewelry wire, but I've also used recycled electrical wires, floral wire, armature wire, etc.
- glue - something appropriate to the purpose - ribbons are fine with thin cyanoacrylate glues, but heavier or irregular objects need epoxy or resin glues, or jewelry adhesive to withstand use
- decorative garlands, strung beads, old jewelry
- fabric paint for decorating ribbons or fabric dangles
- whatever you can think of
- Saw or pruning shears - for trimming your sticks
- Pencil sharpener - for the pointy bit
- Sandpaper or nailfile - for smoothing the surfaces
- xacto knifeor whittling knife - alternate method of making pointy bit
- pliers for shaping wire decorations
- Cotton swabs for stain application
- clothespins and line or
- Lump of modeling clay, floral foam or small bucket of sand/rice/etc - for holding the sticks while they dry or while glues set