View Full Version : Swords/Accessories Tips

09-13-2002, 02:54 PM
Does anyone have any good advice on making large swords, staffs, etc.? Or any web sites that have tips?

L to the 3rd
09-13-2002, 03:00 PM
umm maybe my site.. i still need to
update my armory section like heck tho'.

09-13-2002, 04:09 PM
Wood. Always wood. Unless its big enough that it'll be too heavy. Then, use hard foam.

09-14-2002, 09:21 AM
Hm. I was thinking og asking my woodshop teacher to help me with making a plain wooden broadsword [think link-like] for a secret costume.But how would I make the sheath?

09-14-2002, 10:38 AM
I could get hard foam at places like MJDesigns and Michaels right?

And what wood do you recommend. I've always heard that plywood is the best, but I'm not sure...

09-14-2002, 11:30 AM
Try a wood that you can sand easier... so it's not just a flat peice of wood... I have no clue what kind of wood I'm using

Chobrat: You'll have to make the two halves of the sheath, then glue/peg them together.

Space Invader
09-14-2002, 01:44 PM
I've heard that Balsawood works really well for swords. However, you need to fiberglass over it to make it sturdy - Balsa is a very fragile, soft wood. Very lightweight too - that's why its almost ideal. It sands and cuts easily, so you shouldn't have problems with that. You can usually find it in the hobby sections (where the models kits and crap are) in places like Hobby Lobby, Michaels, etc. Hobby stores sell it, too. Be sure and check around first, cause prices range from really cheap to really expensive. Only problem I can see is that if you're making a large sword, you might have trouble finding a big enough chunk of it - it usually comes in thin, long sheets. When I make my Hikaru sword, I'm going to get 4 pieces of it and use wood glue to glue them together in the desired shape, then fill it up with that spray foam crap that comes in a can at Home Depot (usual purpose = fills cracks and such). It will reinforce it, yet it's still really lightwieght.

09-14-2002, 03:41 PM
*sigh* Inu Yasha's sword gonna be so hard to make....

09-14-2002, 05:34 PM
Two halves? x.x; I guess I would use the router thingie ma jig then ..-goes over shop notes-
I could be using metal since we ahve several welders,smiths in my circle of family and friends..but I dont think you are allowed to bring metal swords..o.o

09-15-2002, 12:13 AM
Use paper! =D

*thwacks her paper sword against the ground and hears a loud CRACK! ... and it's not the sword breaking* ^_~

Um... yeah. Ok that's not very descriptive XD but I've found it has the best quality to weight ratio, and is quite sturdy too. Of course, plastic would be much better >_> but I dunno how to do that =P
from my experience, wood is not a good choice for swords... it breaks too easily, and is very heavy X_x I personally use paper blades with wooden or pvc pipe handles

.... where by paper I mean illustration board ^o^


09-15-2002, 08:40 AM
Paper?..o_O -imagines herself holding the sword up to delier a final blow and it flops over-

09-15-2002, 09:00 AM
...Hm... Balsawood frame, covered in paper... or duct tape... not a bad idea...

09-15-2002, 11:10 AM
Lightness doesnt really matter to me,it will be sheathed at my side anyways..only taken out for posing.

L to the 3rd
09-15-2002, 03:05 PM
it really depends.. like.. when i entered the
masquerade..I actually Impressed a masquerade
Judge for using heavy
beveled wood for my FFXI broad sword..cuz it really
did have the perfect weight and looks of a real medival
broad sword.

Then again.. i used Plasti-Foam for the Buster Sword cuz it'll ultra light and easy to work with.

09-15-2002, 05:53 PM
hrm.. I think im gonna use nice heavy wood,no cheap plywood stuff. Can you recommend a type?

09-16-2002, 02:35 PM
Does anyone have any pics of weapons that they've made out of hard foam or wood that I could look at to get an idea of what to do? Or any steps I should follow when making a sword?

09-19-2002, 07:05 PM
What about Farfarello's hand weapon in Weiss Kreuz, what could I possibly use there.

09-19-2002, 07:49 PM
I'm currently using pine for my Squall gunsword. I only cut it out recently and a plank was about $6 from Orchard Supply. It turned out really well and it's pretty light for a 5' peice of wood. About 2-3 lbs total. I still need to round off the edges, add a slight edge to the blade and paint it.

Hmm.. yes, I'll have it ready for AM... really I will... XO

Here's a pic if you're bored :)

09-22-2002, 02:37 PM
gallium. make the sword out of gallium. when in doubt, use the only metal with a melting point of 85.58 degrees. farenheit.

gallium! woo hoo uh-huh yeah! gallium!

09-22-2002, 06:44 PM
ROFLMFAO... Yeah Gallium! Best metal EVAR!

09-22-2002, 07:34 PM
if there are no objections, i'm going to go ahead and do my gallium dance.

09-22-2002, 08:34 PM
[QUOTE][i]Originally posted by Space Invader I've heard that Balsawood works really well for swords. However, you need to fiberglass over it to make it sturdy - Balsa is a very fragile, soft wood.

how do you fiberglass it? ive looked all over and havent found any kind of 'fiberglass-er'. am i looking in the wrong places? where does one get this stuff?

Space Invader
09-22-2002, 08:50 PM
There was a thread on it a little while back... http://forums.cosplay.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=182

That should explain everything - as for where to get it, go to Home Depot or some other store like that. Don't forget to get a disposable paintbrush!

09-22-2002, 09:15 PM
*stabs wanuwashuu with a gallium bladed dagger*
*it melts as it touches his skin*

the only drawback >.<

09-22-2002, 09:50 PM
thanks for the info!