View Full Version : What to make a Gun-Blade out of (New User)

08-16-2002, 12:42 AM

what do you all suggest that i make a gunblade out of?

by the way, I just started getting into cosplaying, and i like it.

08-16-2002, 01:11 AM
I made mine out of two peices of cardboard with two metal rulers in between to keep it stiff. I then wrapped it in aluminum foil. I'd recommend against the aluminum foil since it tends to wrinkle a lot after a while. :(

I asked some cosplayers at Comic Con on how they did their shiny metal weapons and two girls told me that they used a special type of shiny silver paper you can get at Michaels. That's what I'm gonna do when I upgrade my gunsword for Ani-Magic.

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Neon Genocide
08-16-2002, 08:51 AM
I made mine outa 2 pices of cardboard, a bbhandgun for the handle, lotsa glue some wood rods and a hellofa lota spray paint. It didn't turn out so bad but I plan on making another one this year.

Kamui Motoaki
08-16-2002, 10:59 AM
Wood... ^_~

08-16-2002, 11:21 AM
Wood is always a good choice since it's lightweight and readily available.

Here is a thread (http://forums.cosplay.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=968) that might be of some interest to you. :D

L to the 3rd
08-19-2002, 07:01 PM
LOL hey ziggy, I thnk you were talking to me
at comic-con right? I go to micheal's a lot! ^_^;;

well I have 2 methods.. one is the cheaper
way w/ the chrome paper
and the other way is using wood. Both ways aren't a cake
walk, but the wood method lasts a lot longer. i'll be talking about this more at Ani-magic for my Panel on basic prop design but yea..

If any of you'd like more information on how to make props
you can visit my web site at:
Click on ''costume notes". I'll try to add more detailed notes
later today.

I should get my older sister on this board, she's like
expert with wood crafting. She's made Seifer's gunblade,
Sephiroth's sword, the sailor Pluto time-key staff, The light of Elendil and she helped out with my Squall gunblade design and an AKi Ross Gun from FF the movie. X_X;

08-19-2002, 08:14 PM
Hi there! Yes it was you! :) Thanks for the tips btw. :)

Yah, I think I will do wood eventually but cardboard was sort of quick and pretty easy. Actually I was happy with the gunsword except for the wrinkly aluminum look that happened after a while. I'm hoping the chrome paper will fix that.

I'll definatly be there are the panel at ani-magic. See you there. :)

Oh you were the Aki from FF: The Spirits Within too? Haha, that was great. I saw your skit at AX. It was hilarious. :)

L to the 3rd
08-19-2002, 10:08 PM
heey! it's a small world ^_^ !!
No problemo..glad to help! yea the chrome paper
is like...wonderful! Make sure you apply the glue as
flat as possible or it'll turn out bumpy X_X:
(foam glue or wood glue is probably best).

My twin sister was Aki Ross, and I was the FFXI dude with
the broad sword.. ^_^ I'm glad you liked our skit.. I'll be sure
to bring all our props to the Panel! Nice to talk to you again!

09-06-2002, 06:48 PM
Yeah I dropped by micheals and man that chrome paper is *expensive*. :O

Anyway, because of that I'm getting a co-worker to help me make the gunblade out of wood. What I'm definatly going to do is make it seperateable so I can pack it easier. The split will probably be where the "blade" part ends and where the gun part begins.

I do have a question about painting it. Most of the gunblades or props I've seen use a rather dull silver paint. I would like to use the shiny chrome paint, to give it that shiny metal look. But it occured to me, would that make it look too real and run afoul of the weapons' policies of various cons? :/

If that's the case I will go with the normal silver paint. What do you think?

09-06-2002, 11:19 PM
Now I know what to make my gunblade out of for Seifer... wood. It was that or foam... wood is better quality, I agree...

09-08-2002, 01:21 PM
if you're looking for that "shiny metal" look try silver leaf... for more info try this link...
scrool down and click on "creating a belivable metalic surface"