Shadowhunter Stele Project

So I’m a fan of Cassandra Clary’s Mortal Instruments series. And my friend Scarlet and I are going to cosplay as Shadowhunters for Otakuthon and Comiccon. Woohoo! Well, one of the things necessary to a Shadowhunter’s gear is a stele. It’s a cross between a wand and a tattoo gun. Yes that’s just as awesome as it sounds.

As the description states, each Hunter’s stele is different and tends to reflect something of their personality. Instead of trying to replicate one character in particular, I decided to get creative and do my own Shadowhunter. As such, I mucked about with my crafting materials and made something unique.

I wanted it to be practical so I decided to build it around a sharpie marker so that we can touch up our Marks while at the convention.

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First order of business is to take the clip off the cap of the sharpie and sand it down flat. Then, I wrapped some sewing thread around where the cap meets the marker. You’ll see why in a second.

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This is draft stop tape. Very flexible. Much better than duct tape for this. I covered the marker with it and then I took the bit of thread I left dangling outside the tape and pulled. This unravelled the thread and cut the tape neatly around where the cap opens. This way, I didn’t have to go hunting for the seam and cut it.    

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I glued twisted twine around it and gave it a second coating of draft stop tape. I put a crystal on the top of the cap.

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I then painted it with a crackle coating. Once it was dry, I glued another flat crystal on the other end to give it a finished look and painted it hunter green. The crackle medium made the silver show through wherever the seams and wrinkles in the tape were giving a really neat effect.

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Tada! Stylish and practical. Now all I need is a Seraph Blade and I can go hunting. Wish me luck!

Author: Ethan Kincaid

Ethan Kincaid was born in 1985 in Brockville, a sleepy little town on the St. Lawrence River. He graduated from Carleton University in Ottawa with a degree in Linguistics and a minor in Japanese Language. After finishing his education, he settled down there with his wife Kaitlyn and became a full-time writer. In 2011, he moved to Montreal and discovered its vibrant writing culture. In 2015, Ethan moved to Helsinki, Finland with his wife; he works as a props crafter and part time author. His first book, Blood of Midnight: The Broken Prophecy is the first of a new fantasy trilogy. The greatest joy in his life lies in helping budding writers find their voices. In his words: "I like to shake people until cool stuff comes out!"

2 thoughts on “Shadowhunter Stele Project”

    1. A magic wand from a previous costume. The electronics refused to work after the first year so I re-purposed the pieces. You should be able to pick up something of the sort from a gem shop or New Age store for relatively inexpensive. Second-hand stores or shops selling inexpensive jewellery can be other possible sources of costume crystals, real or fake.

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