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featherweight
04-11-2006, 11:39 PM
Becouse so meny people have been asking about my keyblade i decided to right a tutorail for it. Also since this is a tutorail for a specific and not just a genral guide to a style of building i'm trying to be alittle more precise in the way i lay things out
ok when complet this keyblade is scale to an averge sized man and has a lenght
of 42inchs and will look something like this
http://images.cosplay.com/showphoto.php?photo=630474

and heres a rundown of what you'll need

The metrails

one 1 1/4 " dowel
around 6 squar feet of a single corrugat carboard
60-75 sticks of hotglue
aound 20 standard cardboard comic book backs
one foot of plastic chain
paints and a black sharpie

The tools

a wood saw
glue gun
exacto knife
a printer
a star srew driver

http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a241/featherweight-cosplay/keybladetutorail01.jpg

1) Cut the dowel to a length of 106cm

2) Cut two circles that are 7cm wide and have a 3cm hole in the centre and glue them on the dowel so they are 7cm apart measured from the outer edges of the board

3) Cut out ten cardborad tabs bend them than glue them evenly spaced around the inside of the two circles they should be .7cm in from the edges

http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a241/featherweight-cosplay/keybladetutorail02.jpg

4) Cut pieces to fit bewteen the two circles and glue to them to the tabs than another layer over to that

5) Cut a 13cm by 23cm pieces and glue it aournd the dowel startin right from the base of th second cricle than fill the crack with glue

6) Cut two cricles the are 6.5cm wide witha 3cm hole in he middle glue them on the dowel at the starting at the base of the handle peice and space 4cm apart measured from the outer edges of the board

http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a241/featherweight-cosplay/keybladetutorail03.jpg

7) Cut ten more tabs and a 3.3cm by 21cm glue the tabs in .4cm form the edges of the cricles than bend the other piece around and glue to the tabs

8) Cut a piece 1.5cm by 13cm ,a cricle 5cm wide with a 3cm hole and three cricles 6.5cm wide wrap and glue the strip around the dowel at the base of the handle than glue the 5cm crilce at the strip. Than glue the three 6.5cm to the back of the handle in the centre

9) Glue fill the egdes at both the front and the back of the handle as seen in A) and use the tip of the glue gun to smooth them out as seen in B)

http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a241/featherweight-cosplay/keybladetutorail04.jpg

10) Cut four 15cm by 36cm than glue down comic backs on the top of the of the pieces (note: most comic backs have a glossie side you'll want to glue that side face down it makes piantign easyer)

11) Print out this
http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a241/featherweight-cosplay/handle.jpg
so the handle is 34.5 cm long cut it out and use it as a temple to cut out the four handles rember thier should be two left sides and two right sides so the side sinked in comics will be on the surface of the handle(note: don't forget to cut out the holes). Than cut away the inner edges of the two ends of the handle peices at a 45 degree angle (note: be careful not to cut the comic backs when doing this)

12) Cut eight sqaurs and glue them under the round edges of the handle peices as seen in A) (note: make sure the sqaur covers the hole) cut away the extra so they match the shape of the handle as seen in B) fill the inner egdes of the hole with glue asssen in C)

http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a241/featherweight-cosplay/keybladetutorail05.jpg

13) Make tabs and put togetter the pieces of the handles the tabs should come to the very edges of the pieces except the two ends where the tabs should be moved in little over 1cm the peices should be put togetter so that the handle is 5.5cm tall on the inner side and 3cm on the outer side

14) Bend and glue comic backs to the egdes of the handles except the two ends. Glue them by puting glue on the edges and tabs than putting the comic backs on as seen in B) Cut away the extra comic back as seen in C). Cut the
sides of the edges so they are round and will fit on to the rest of the handle

15) Cut a 13cm by 1.5cm strip and glue it to the dowel 3.5cm away from the handle than fill the outter edge with glue than put glue along the inner space between the strip and the handle and smooth with the tip of the gun as seen in A) (note: the way the gap is filled and the fact its a dark blue makes illusion of it being smaller than the rest of the dowel)

http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a241/featherweight-cosplay/keybladetutorail06.jpg

16) Glue the handles the cylinders. Than cut squars of comic back and glue than over what cylinder you can see left as seen in A)

17) cut two peices 17cm by 24cm than glue down a comic back

18) Print this out
http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a241/featherweight-cosplay/key.jpg
so that the blade is 22cm wide than cut it out and use it as a temple.Cut out a left and right side of the blade. Than glue pieces on the under side of the blades and cut away the extra as seen in A) than make tabs and put the two side togetter the same way you did the handle in stap 13 but this time make the inner egde 3cm tall and the outer 1.7cm

http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a241/featherweight-cosplay/keybladetutorail07.jpg

19) Glue on and cut away comic backs the same way you did in step 14

20) Glue the blade on you the end of the dowel (note: be sure to keep it level with the handles)

21) Cut three pieces of the shape seen out of borad and glue than togetter.
Than crave away the edges so they are rounded as seen in A) Fill with glue than smooth with gun as seen in B) when doen you should get something that looks like this http://images.cosplay.com/showphoto.php?photo=626378

http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a241/featherweight-cosplay/keybladetutorail08.jpg

22) Print out this
http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a241/featherweight-cosplay/micky.jpg
so that the Micky is 10.5cm wide than cut it out and use it as a temple to cut two mickies out of borad. Than cut two slots out of them between the ears about 1.5cm deep. Than glue comic backs to both side and agian cut out the micky shape

23) Take seven link of the plastic chian. cut the last link in the chain in half as seen in A) (note: save the other half for step 25). Glue the chian in to the slots of thr micky as seen in B)

24) Take the srew driver and poke two holes in the back of the blade that are the same width apart as the chain. Than poke a hole in the bottum of the connector link as seen in A)

http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a241/featherweight-cosplay/keybladetutorail09.jpg

25) Take the free end of the chain and cut throw the end of the link as seen in A) than pull it open and put it in to the hole poked in the connector link. Than using the other half of the chain link left over from step 23 hook on the connector link than glue the chain link in to the hole in the back of the handle

26) paint and detail the key

all done, hope you fond this helpful becouse this was a heck of alot of work for me =P

Annie-Mei
04-11-2006, 11:54 PM
YOU JUSt Rock! thanks for the tutorial....Im sure you'll get plenty of questiosn now.

Atrista
04-12-2006, 09:11 AM
Awesome Job Featherweight! Thanks for taking the time to do this.

Monkeylicious
04-12-2006, 10:50 AM
Thank you SO much for this tutorial!!

Unknowbie
04-12-2006, 11:09 AM
You are a god of cardboard. Can i start a religion for you and be the head priest person?

SaltySlippers
04-12-2006, 11:11 AM
You are awsome! Thanks so much. ^_^

TinTal
04-13-2006, 09:59 AM
where did my reply go?*blink blink* i guess i forgot to hit the "post reply button" xD

Anywho here I go again then ^^ YAAAAAAAAAAAAAY awesome tutorial. Although I doubt I can manipulate cardboard as well as you can, this tutorial is the best. And the templates for the handle, "key" part, and mickey mouse keychain are just so .... "YAY"! :D lol YAAY much thankies!!

OneWngdAngel2
05-28-2006, 12:06 AM
wow its so...i'm definately making one in the next few days! you are the Cardboard Buddha, my friend! i could only wish to be as enlightened as you are! *meditates on stacks of cardboard*

esantiago7292
05-28-2006, 07:40 AM
awsome! thanks for all the help! I should start making mine soon =)

dieddead46
05-28-2006, 11:08 AM
just something that alot of people havnt noticed, the mickey on the keychain is actually rounded, not just flat. It's like one of those small mickey foam heads you can get that go on top of your car's radio arial. You can get them in any disney store, theres aload of other places you can get them too if you cant be bothered to glue together a few balls.

xXKujaXx
08-13-2006, 11:32 PM
Hey there! That's a really fantastic tutorial. The finished product is absolutley astounding and bound to be more comfortable and light than one made of wood.

Question though. As someone who doesn't actually own any comic books where do I get those comic book backs that your talking about?

featherweight
08-14-2006, 01:49 AM
Question though. As someone who doesn't actually own any comic books where do I get those comic book backs that your talking about?

comic shop. if thier chargeing more than a dime each thier ripping you off.

xXKujaXx
08-14-2006, 01:55 AM
comic shop. if thier chargeing more than a dime each thier ripping you off.
Thanks a lot :D

FE Freak
08-15-2006, 05:49 PM
:mfg: Yup,undisputed champion cardboard craftsman.My eyes almost jumped out of their sockets when i saw that.

ChrowX
08-15-2006, 09:30 PM
My Results (http://images.cosplay.com/showphoto.php?photo=780010)

Awesome stuff as always Featherweight.

Opera Phantom
08-18-2006, 02:25 PM
Oh my goodness, this is so helpful! Thanks so much for posting this!

chiyo
10-03-2006, 12:53 PM
Ahhh XD!! Thanks so much! This is the best Keyblade I think I've ever seen. @.@ I'm going to try to get a start on this soon. ^__^

Sora_of_keys
10-08-2006, 04:50 PM
do you think you could make a tutorial on how to make a pumpkinhead keyblade using dowel and cardboard?

otakuapprentice
10-08-2006, 11:53 PM
making a pumpkinhead keyblade shouldnt be that hard. it looks like you could make it the same way for the regular keyblade, except you have to switch out some parts of it. but in the end, it can be done in almost the same way. and are you trying to make the one from the first KH or KH2?

Sora_of_keys
10-09-2006, 05:30 PM
the first. and any tips for an oblivion one?

sailor.ichigo
10-09-2006, 07:58 PM
You are my saviour.
That is one damn fine looking keyblade.
I want one I can twirl. Heckyess.
I may alter it to suit Kairi but that's one great tutorial.

Ani_BEE
10-11-2006, 11:24 PM
I'm being a whistle blower here I thought I let you know before I lay the smack down myself.

http://linkoftoaru.livejournal.com/1195.html

Stupid Kid!

Buy the way your tutorials should be honoured.:japan:
Sorry that this is such a negative thing to post.

featherweight
10-11-2006, 11:59 PM
I'm being a whistle blower here I thought I let you know before I lay the smack down myself.

http://linkoftoaru.livejournal.com/1195.html

Stupid Kid!

Buy the way your tutorials should be honoured.:japan:
Sorry that this is such a negative thing to post.

i wouldn't call that based on my tutatiol i'd call that an almost word for word copyign of it

Sora_of_keys
10-13-2006, 02:35 PM
FW: you should make an oblivion one. so the people who have no money can benifit from making an awsome keyblade for cheap.

Fong
10-18-2006, 02:08 AM
Silly question.

Let me start out by saying that your keyblade, yeah, AMAZING.

However, would a cardboard keyblade hold out very well for an entire con?

featherweight
10-18-2006, 02:20 AM
yes it will. the one made has live thou two that i;ve seen maybe more idk
well as long as you don't do anythign folish as smack it agust a lamp post and or tree

Sora_of_keys
10-18-2006, 05:42 PM
yeah, that would kinda, well break it...

Sora_of_keys
11-03-2006, 11:10 AM
My kingdom key is DONE! pics are going shortly...

ackeejag
01-06-2007, 10:42 AM
thanks man this is awesome.. im gonna go out and buy this stuff later.

riotgirl8268
02-28-2007, 12:56 PM
I cannot find comic backs anywhere, or a comic book store. So i was wondering what you might use as a substitute.

I imagine that a comic back isn't very thick, i don't read comics, so im not totally sure, but would something like poster board work possibly?

yukina_2
04-12-2007, 10:05 AM
First of all, I'd like to commend Featherweight on this awesome tutorial. Thanks a lot!!

Here, I have never heard of comic book backs nor is there a known comic book store (it sucks, I know). Since I've never seen the stuff, I can't figure out much of the tutorial. Can somebody suggest a nice substitute and provide a picture of the comic book back thingy? Thank You!!!

featherweight
04-12-2007, 06:18 PM
First of all, I'd like to commend Featherweight on this awesome tutorial. Thanks a lot!!

Here, I have never heard of comic book backs nor is there a known comic book store (it sucks, I know). Since I've never seen the stuff, I can't figure out much of the tutorial. Can somebody suggest a nice substitute and provide a picture of the comic book back thingy? Thank You!!!

this has be cover befor . creal box can be sub in fiarly well.

kisu-koneko
04-22-2007, 09:32 AM
what exactly are cardboard comic book backs? (what do they look like)

SoulReaper898
04-29-2007, 01:59 PM
Where do you get the plastic chain?

AirSong
05-06-2007, 07:02 PM
Where do you get the plastic chain?

Home Depot, or a well stocked hardware store n.n

Beryl
05-07-2007, 06:56 AM
what exactly are cardboard comic book backs? (what do they look like)
They're just rectangular pieces of thin, non-corrugated cardboard. As Featherweight said in the post just above yours, cereal boxes can work just as well.

NocturnalFerri
06-11-2007, 10:42 PM
Just wanted to say thanks for the awesome tutorial. I'm making a keyblade now for my brother from it. I'm about halfway through. I guess I'll post pics when I finish. Oh. and I used manila folders and redwelds (accordian folders). They're pretty sturdy too. Thanks again! ^_^

rigir12
07-08-2007, 08:55 PM
wow thats great nice job i am going to try and make one too!

lilyun5368
08-22-2007, 11:28 AM
nice job... i need to figure out how to do this thanks

Xuki-kun
09-10-2007, 08:58 PM
D: I have to bow down to your skills. they're just not humanly! XD
did you have to practice a lot to get to where you are now? O.o

Meadow
10-20-2007, 03:23 PM
Where do you get 20 comic book backs?

Beryl
10-20-2007, 03:29 PM
Where do you get 20 comic book backs?

Read lots of comics
Ask somebody who does (or maybe try asking a comic book shop)
Use the cardboard from cereal boxes instead, which is a similar material

Konoha_ANBU
03-17-2008, 03:10 PM
Bookmarked. When I have some Cash I'll make one.

Jessien1
04-19-2008, 11:31 PM
How does this hold up if my neice gets a hold of it or if i step on it? its seems and sounds like it can break with ease.

iss there a way to do it in all wood?

Jessien.

MitzyBunny
06-05-2008, 02:30 AM
*slowly slides over and hugs you*
You have NO idea how much this has saved me.

Beryl
06-05-2008, 08:11 AM
How does this hold up if my neice gets a hold of it or if i step on it? its seems and sounds like it can break with ease.

iss there a way to do it in all wood?

Jessien.
Meh, cardboard filled with hot glue is more durable than you'd think.

You could do it without cardboard, if you wanted. But that's another story (http://forums.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=50530).

lilmisslace
07-15-2008, 05:05 PM
i'm so lost on more than half the stuff you are tring to say and direct.
main parts like,
the circlets on the handle.
i didn't bother to read on because i'm new to creating cosplay weapons.
actually i havn't made ANY.
I was origionaly gunna mae a cosplay of Tira from Soul Caliber 3, but then i realized that her weapon would probably be very advanced and i wouldn't fit any Tira costume i would make anyway.
so i moved on but still felt the urge to make something.
my sister once found a giant wall candle key stand. she ripped off the candle holder part and rubbed it in my face that she had a "keyblade".
all in all, my failed Tira ambitions and my sisters "keyblade" led me to wanting to create a keyblade of my own.
i will definantly be coming back to your tutorial again because if i could get myself to understand it, i'm sure it's very helpful.

have i said enough, lol =D

。◕‿◕。23SKIDOO
07-29-2008, 02:24 PM
*confused* :(

CharIsMe
08-01-2008, 08:36 AM
http://www.cosplay.com/photo/1643884/

Finished Keyblade

keyblade-master
08-25-2008, 04:09 PM
can you replace the handel with full wood instead. so it will restand more youse.. like scetshes where you are fighting with keyblades.. ?? :confused:

p.s NICE tutorial i love it.. its the best i have ever senn on the internet. good job keep up the good work. :bigtu:

EpicPhail
09-05-2008, 09:42 PM
@.@ wait..... what? lolz I only understood part of that......... but in any sense AWSOME DUDE!!! =_= You should make a video of you making one lol.

I understand it now! YAY once I get the materials and the time I can make one!! woot lolz.....

Kairi<3Sora
11-20-2008, 03:59 PM
Wow, awesome tutorial! I'm almost done with my Keyblade so I can be Kairi for ohayocon! :D

One question though, as I was making the actual blade part on my keyblade the measurements seemed off. It's supposed to be 22cm wide and it only extends out about 17cm...but it looks way too small when I hold up the pieces and compare it to ur pic. Is something wrong there?

Kairi<3Sora
11-20-2008, 04:03 PM
Bookmarked. When I have some Cash I'll make one.

I did mine for free ^.^
It was all stuff we had lying around the house!

Fenix_tamer1
12-06-2008, 10:03 PM
Teehee thanks for the tutorial. Im making one for my friend for xmas (need the materials tho) i have no idea where im gonna find plastic chain tho :S

Fenix_tamer1
12-08-2008, 06:02 AM
oh and how wide is the piece of dowel and how do u get the cardboard circles onto the dowel?

rachellie_boo
12-09-2008, 08:17 PM
I went to michaels and got a wooden 1" wide wooden dowel and is 36" long. Do you think this it will be alright to use? I'm making it for a friend that is 5'5.

Emi's_Rage
12-13-2008, 06:50 PM
AWESOME... I about wet myself with glee, although... I now need to get the stuff together to make one and then I'll REALLY have a good time... LOL Wait.. nevermind.

~ tAmmY &hearts;

Craft User
01-13-2009, 08:03 PM
Thanks for the awesome tutorial. Mine's finished except for painting.

http://www.cosplay.com/photo/1866515/

igguka
02-22-2009, 11:45 AM
hey man, this is awesome. but did you know that some1 posted a video on utube using your design but not giving any credit to you? i dont know if you gave him permission or anything, but thought u would like a heads up. here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jSAm1_uZpvc

redsmas
04-23-2009, 05:45 PM
I know this is probably a stupid question but what type of paint would be best, and somebody told me about something like mixing pva glue in with the paint to get a finish is that a good idea.

PsykkoRain
06-16-2009, 10:02 PM
dude thats awsome i love the pics to help out

now i just need some help and the tools to make it XD

hey if i wanted it to be longer would it mess anything up?

MonsterNinjaINC
08-15-2009, 08:39 PM
I couldn't find a 1 1/4" dowel, or one longer than or about 106 cm.
So, I ended up getting a 1" dowel, and its about 92 cm long.
Should the rest of the steps be altered in some way? Or should I just go with the ones you already have?

alchemy_girl
09-02-2009, 12:00 PM
What is the run-down of money that it cost you to make the Kingdom Key?

I'd love to make one to go with my KH OC cosplay that I'm planning and would like to know also, other than the cost, of how much time it took you to make.

Byakuganprinces
02-04-2010, 08:51 PM
umm i'm not sure what you mean by standard cardboard comic book backs

Aryaluna
07-25-2010, 10:05 AM
You're really awesome! I wish you could speak italian and make a tutorial translation... ___ I understand something but not all ___ Think I'll print the page to reread it later... :)

kingdomgrey
11-08-2011, 05:14 AM
woah! Amazing Keyblade! Thanks for the tutorial!

kracken29
11-11-2011, 08:00 PM
Don't bump threads that are over a year old.