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ishie-chan
08-04-2009, 12:13 AM
I've already made it but I need to redo the handle and hilt because it came off during megacon. The sword itself is made of two foam swords that were for kids, one of which was cut to make the angle of her sword. The hilt was made out of foam sheet but its starting to peel off. I was wondering what I should use for the handle that won't tilt the sword on my back for being so heavy, and if there is any chance that I could make it out of foam as well?:confused:

Dragon
08-04-2009, 12:59 AM
I've been using isolation pipes as stabilizing core for my weapons.

I'm not certain if you can use that thought, as I have no idea what your weapon looks like now and from your description I'm not certain wether you want to compeltely re-make the sword or wish to "repair" your current one.

More details and maybe a picture?

CosmosFox
08-04-2009, 01:17 AM
I used pine wood for the whole sword when I made mine. And it was so light I barely noticed that it was on my back! Also it's very durable and it survived two cons. You can see some pics of me in cosplay on my deviantart page since I'm too lazy at the moment to load them on here. Heres a link to my account:
http://cosmosfox.deviantart.com/

I hope this helps! Let me know if you need more help.

ishie-chan
08-05-2009, 10:56 PM
I've been using isolation pipes as stabilizing core for my weapons.

I'm not certain if you can use that thought, as I have no idea what your weapon looks like now and from your description I'm not certain wether you want to compeltely re-make the sword or wish to "repair" your current one.

More details and maybe a picture?

Ah! sorry here is a picture of it:
http://i64.photobucket.com/albums/h165/LtnPnk69/DSCI2118.jpg
as you can see, no handle ._.

About the pine wood idea, i would do it as a last resort because i really like the way my sword came out before

Sirblood
08-05-2009, 11:11 PM
I would be tempted to drill a hole into your current handle, if its fairly soft then its really easy. Get a big 'ol bolt stick some glue in the hole and cram it into the hole. Give it some time to dry. Make sure there is enough room for the bolt to stick through part of your sword's hilt. You will then put a large washer on it and fasten on the nut securing it to the sword again.

I would also use some foam safe glue and apply it between the handle and the hilt to reinforce the handle. You might have to take apart part of your hilt for the bolt to secure to.

On the off chance that there's nothing in your sword for the bolt to secure to, I would take a small strip of plastic, scrap piece of plexiglass... whatever, and incorporate that into the hilt of the sword. Drill a hole in it and mount the bolt to that.

ishie-chan
08-06-2009, 03:38 PM
I would be tempted to drill a hole into your current handle, if its fairly soft then its really easy. Get a big 'ol bolt stick some glue in the hole and cram it into the hole. Give it some time to dry. Make sure there is enough room for the bolt to stick through part of your sword's hilt. You will then put a large washer on it and fasten on the nut securing it to the sword again.

I would also use some foam safe glue and apply it between the handle and the hilt to reinforce the handle. You might have to take apart part of your hilt for the bolt to secure to.

On the off chance that there's nothing in your sword for the bolt to secure to, I would take a small strip of plastic, scrap piece of plexiglass... whatever, and incorporate that into the hilt of the sword. Drill a hole in it and mount the bolt to that.


Would the bolt weight the sword too much? Cause it will be on my back the majority of the time and I wouldn't want it to tilt too much

Sirblood
08-06-2009, 05:16 PM
You can buy aluminum bolts, they cost more though because they are harder to come by.

It would depend on the size of the bolt you used, if you use a monster 5 or 6 inch 1/2 inch thick bolt... then it would have some weight to it, if you used a 3 or 4 inch 1/4 or 3/8 bolt, it shouldn't add very much weight to it at all.

ishie-chan
08-08-2009, 06:31 PM
Thank you very much! I will try it out as soon as I can!