So... I totally thought that living in a 2-bedroom apartment and no woodshop would mean no more prop-making. But here I am proving myself wrong.This crtter is made out of a bamboo stick approx 40in long, "quilt magic" foamboard, and 2 water bottle caps. I measured and marked off the four sections of the cane, and painted the white sections with, I kid you not, White-Out. Then I covered and taped off the white bits to do the first coat of red on the rest.
On to the dragon head. This is the foam part. I drew the shape according to this reference [link] and sorta eyeballed the proportions. I left a bit at the point where the head connects to the cane, like a tab/peg/anchor, to fit into the hollow bamboo stick. I cut it out and shaved it to preference with a steak knife (heh) and then sanded it down with foot and nail files. YES IMPROVISATION GO. I also stuck a pin through the tab to give it a little more support.
The other end, that circle bit, was two dasani water bottle caps hot-glued together, with a paperclip between them to serve as an anchor tab. Yes that's what I will call them now. I made sure to smooth the excess glue around the sides of the caps with the (hot) tip of the glue gun.
Then I glued it all together and spraypainted it red. I removed the paper and tape covering the white, did any touch-ups then, and painted in the white eyes on the dragon head with White-Out (frickin love that stuff). And then I put a few coats of sealer. I use Dresden "Clear Glaze". Uhm... Oh, used electrical tape for the black stripes. Genius, I know.
I'm pretty sure all of this stuff can be found at your local craft store. I just happened to have a bunch of it on-hand.
If you survived that bloody wall of ramblings, I applaud you. I am by no means a pro at this stuff, but I do like to share the means that work for me :3
Oh and I guess this cane design belongs to Hussie. Homestuck is the shit. Go check it out [link]