Broom stencil

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Broom stencils are used to decorate broomsticks.

Process

In addition to a stencil, broom decoration requires paint and a small stencilling sponge. Some skill in crafts.arts.painting is needed. Decoration attempts with a bonus of 238 fail; attempts with a bonus of 241 sometimes succeed, sometimes fail. Each attempt consumes one sponge and one cup of paint. Stencils are not consumed. The command is:

decorate broomstick with stencil and paint using sponge

Item Locations

Borst Besensteel's Broomstick Shop in Copperhead sells broom stencils and small stencilling sponges.

Paint can be purchased at various shops, including:

Results

A failed decoration attempt does not change the broomstick.

You wrap the hedgehog broom stencil around the broomstick and start to apply paint to it from the tin of pale bronze paint.
You don't quite manage to keep the stencil still, and end up smudging paint across the broomstick, ruining the pattern.  You quickly wipe off the paint with a clean part of the sponge and discard it.

A successful decoration attempt adds the stencil name to the broom's short description, and puts full stencil details in the broom's long description.

You wrap the hedgehog broom stencil around the broomstick and start to apply paint to it from the tin of pale bronze paint.
You deftly apply the paint to the broomstick using the sponge, covering it with a pattern of snuffling hedgehogs.
You discard the paint-covered sponge.
> g broom
A hedgehog broomstick.
> l hedgehog broom
This broom consists of a long handle and a tail of bushy twigs.  The natural wood of the handle has been decorated with a stencilled design of pale bronze snuffling hedgehogs.  You may be able to use it to fly, but only under certain conditions.  You must be well practised in things witchy, and you must possess the wondrous, mysterious, and womanly talent called headology.

You cannot decorate a broom that already has a decoration:

The hedgehog broomstick has already had a stencil applied to it.

You can paint the entire broom handle, covering the stencil:

> hold brush
You hold a narrow paintbrush in your left hand.
> paint broomstick with paint in tin
In the process of painting the hedgehog broomstick, you cover up the stencilling that had been applied to it.
You coat your narrow paintbrush with some serene blue paint and apply it to the broomstick.
> g broom
A serene blue broomstick.
> l broom
This broom consists of a long handle and a tail of bushy twigs.  The wooden handle has been carefully painted serene blue along its full length.  You may be able to use it to fly, but only under certain conditions.  You must be well practised in things witchy, and you must possess the wondrous, mysterious, and womanly talent called headology.

You can then decorate the newly-painted broom:

> decorate broom with stencil and paint using sponge
You wrap the teapot broom stencil around the serene blue broomstick and start to apply paint to it from the tin of pale gold paint.
You deftly apply the paint to the serene blue broomstick using the sponge, covering it with a pattern of brewing teapots.
You discard the paint-covered sponge.
> g broom
A serene blue teapot broomstick.
> l broom
This broom consists of a long handle and a tail of bushy twigs.  The wooden handle has been carefully painted serene blue, and decorated with a stencilled design of pale gold brewing teapots.  You may be able to use it to fly, but only under certain conditions.  You must be well practised in things witchy, and you must possess the wondrous, mysterious, and womanly talent called headology.

At present, there is no way to restore the broom to an unpainted, undecorated state.

Stencils

Name Description
badger burrowing badgers
bat swooping bats
bee buzzing bees
cat prowling cats
fireflies dancing fireflies
frog leaping frogs
hedgehog snuffling hedgehogs
honey dripping honey
kettle singing kettles
owl hunting owls
scumble bottles of scumble
spider scuttling spiders
symbol wyrd symbols
teacup steaming teacups
teapot brewing teapots
toad croaking toads
vine climbing vines

Announcement

Broom stencils were announced in a Sweeping Changes post in the Recent Developments blog.