View Full Version : Looking for some advise for a weapon-making rookie [read: Tidus' Sword?]

Pancake Moogle
06-12-2003, 02:12 AM
I've done cosplay for a couple years, but never really went with any costume that required a weapon of any type. I've been thinking of doing a Tidus costume for a group FFX-2 cosplay, but I don't know where to begin making the sword (thinking the blue bubble'd sword from the cover). I'd really like to make it of decent quality, rather than just cut out a piece of plywood and paint it, but I haven't really worked with anything along these lines before. What would people suggest?

Weight isn't too much of a problem. I'd like a little advise, if anyone has any, on:

- The blade. Light metal? wood? foam? what looks good?
- The hilt. What's the best way to connect the blade to the hilt, without risk of the blade falling off from use?
- The "bubble" effect. Anyone have any previous experience with this stuff? I've seen some great swords from some past cons, but never took the time to question the maker about it.

Cost isn't a huge issue, so please share anything you can to help out, it's appreciated :D

Edit: Also curious what tools are necessary, as I don't have too much at my disposal (though friends may.)

06-12-2003, 06:43 AM
I'm not too expirenced with real size weapons, but I know from my modelbuilding expirence that you reallly shouldn't try that sword if you've never done any before, at least not the see through blade. That's a really ambitious project. I've been working with stuff like this in miniature since I was big enough to hold an airbrush, and I don't think I could build a MINIATURE one from scratch, let alone a 1/1 version.

But here's what I CAN tell you. For attaching the blade to the handle, you'll want a rod (or more than one) that runs through the handle and into the blade. If you just want the blade to be painted, you can probably carve it from foam. Get a hot wire foam cutter, you can get 'em for like 15-20 bucks, cause otherwise the foam will crumble apart when you try to cut it. You can rough it out with the cutter, than for detail, you can use a SHARP knife and sandpaper to refine it. For the bubbles, you could try to paint them on. They are just white dots, so you could do it by just dabbing them on with the tip of a paintbrush. You'd pute more by the hilt, and less and less towards the end.

06-12-2003, 07:16 AM
lucite lucite lucite! better known as plexiglass, you can buy it at your local home depot relitively inexpensively. You can cut the stuff with a dremel tool fairly easily. Best of all not only is it see thru, but it's light too ^_^ for the bubbles I would use little peices of plastic, maby superglue some capsule toy capsules onto it ^_^ The maricle of cosplay is the everyday stuff you can magically turn into kewl props ^_^ My freind and I are currently making twin blades from .hack out of lucite. As soon as were done, I'll let you know!

Pancake Moogle
06-12-2003, 09:22 AM
Awesome, thanks for the replies!

I'll check out the Lucite, and see how that goes. A friend of mine is willing to help out, and they've worked a bit with projects like this before, so i'm not just running blindly.

06-12-2003, 11:15 AM
Good luck ^_^ BTW if you go to your local hobby shop you may be lucky enugh to find some tamaya color translucent blue paint. If you have an airbrush (like me) you can coat your lucite with a layer and make it see-thru blue!

06-12-2003, 05:32 PM
You're forgetting something: cutting lucite fogs up the plastic at the cut, unless you've got an industrial diamond (yom may need a lazer, even) cutter. Normally it's not a problem, but for the sword, which is quite wide, you'd need to stack sheets and shape them, and that would present a major fogging problem.

Pancake Moogle
06-14-2003, 10:29 AM
Is there any other way around the fogging problem, other than using a laser or diamond cutter? I doooon't think I have access to either of those, unless our local hardware store has one for employee usage..