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D-holla-J
04-08-2007, 07:21 PM
There's been a lot of people asking lately how to build Demyx's sitar from Kingdom Hearts II. I decided to post this tutorial in the hopes that some or all of it could be used to help others build this awesome prop as well.

There are a lot of pictures in this tutorial, and I'm sorry if that bugs you, but I made them all links for the dial-up users. I wanted to get every angle in, so people weren't left wondering. There might be a couple steps I don't have pictures of, but I'll explain as fully as I can.

There's actually three posts in this tutorial, so keep going when you reach the end of the first!

Here are three good reference pictures that I used:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v631/DakotaJones/kh2uc05.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v631/DakotaJones/Reference1.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v631/DakotaJones/Demyx.jpg

And here's what we're going to build:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v631/DakotaJones/WX9O2045.jpg

Materials are about $150 total, an estimate, which isn't too bad considering the size of the prop. This does not include a couple of small power tools that I already had on hand, but neither of those tools are over $20, I believe. Building time was about two months, working every evening on the weekdays, so if you're really determined you could probably get the sitar finished with this method in about 40 days, give or take.

The first thing you should know: SANDING. This monster takes an IMMENSE amount of sanding. You're going to get some serious biceps from sanding. Buy a LOT of the little hand sanding pads, of all different kinds. You'll use them all. But there is an easier way to sand all the larger surfaces of the sitar without making you want to cut off your arm- a little tool called a Mouse. It can be bought at hardware stores or home improvement stores, and it looks like a miniature iron. You buy refills of sanding sheets that attach to the bottom of the mouse, flip to the on switch, and the vibrations do all the sanding for you. Be careful with it, though- if you press too hard, you can do damage to the prop. The tool is quite handy, though, and saves a lot of manual work.

The first materials you'll need are a ruler, a black marker, tons of wood glue, and a couple large sheets of insulation foam. I used the blue insulation foam, but I've heard the pink is the same thing.

Now, why wood glue instead of the ever-useful gorilla glue? Simple- gorilla glue expands like crazy. Foam is light, and any foam you glue together with gorilla glue may well shift as the glue expands. Wood glue holds just as well, and you don't have to worry about it expanding. I found it to be a better alternative.

Also, I would highly recommend a hot wire to carve the insulation foam. A hot wire can be bought at home improvement stores, it's inexpensive, and it will save you HOURS of hand carving foam. It's an item that you'll fall in love with, I guarantee it.

The size of the sitar is subjective. I decided from the reference pictures that Demyx is about the same height as his sitar, so I took my height, plus the inch or so added by my boots, plus the height added by my wig. My sitar comes out to about 5'6. (Yes, I'm short.) Fair warning: at 5'6, and using the materials I did, the sitar came out to about 24 pounds. If you make it bigger to match your height, it's going to be a bit heavier. I would recommend, if you're building it full size, to start lifting weights now. I'm glad I lift weights as a hobby, otherwise carrying the sitar around for three days would've been quite a challenge.

Now that that's out of the way, I'll tell you how to start! I started by laying out a piece of the insulation foam that was nearly as tall as the sitar's finished height. It's ideal to be able to sketch out the sitar on one solid piece, so if you can do that, do it. As it was, I spent two days gluing together two pieces vertically to make a piece big enough to sketch out the sitar on.

The sketch doesn't have to be exact yet, unless you skip the next step, which is optional but definitely a good idea. In order to add extra strength and reinforcement to the full length of the sitar, I used a knife to carve a "U" shape into the back of the sitar, all the way from the top to the base. Be careful not to carve too deep- but also carve deep enough to lay a dowel rod inside the "U".

This step will take you a few days, but it's worth it for the stability it adds to the prop. Once you've laid the dowel rod in the "U", you're going to need a LOT of wood glue. The purpose of this is to make a solid core for the prop. Put wood glue in until you fill up that "U", and give it 24 hours to dry, maybe more. Since the glue will settle, you might have to add more after a day or two. And you might have to add more a third time. This is worth all the trouble- foam can crack and break, even with a protective layer on the outside, but if it has the strong center, there's a good chance that even if the foam cracks it won't break completely.

Also, another optional yet recommended move: put in a dowel rod horizontally across the top, too, to support the two spikes that stick out to the sides. More work, but more reinforcement. I used a drill to do that part, so I could carve down the tips of the spikes out of wood instead of foam, but if you don't have a drill then use the same technique as with the longer dowel rod.

Here are some progress pictures up until this point (And yes, those are cans of dog food holding the dowel rods down while the first layer of glue dries.):

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v631/DakotaJones/Sitar/IMG_0145.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v631/DakotaJones/Sitar/IMG_0146.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v631/DakotaJones/Sitar/IMG_0148.jpg

And here's the progress shots after all the glue dries and the sitar is ready for the next step:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v631/DakotaJones/Sitar/IMG_0150.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v631/DakotaJones/Sitar/IMG_0151.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v631/DakotaJones/Sitar/IMG_0162.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v631/DakotaJones/Sitar/IMG_0167.jpg

Now's the point where you want to go through and double check all your measurements. The base and the spikes on the top should be about the same width across- I would recommend going through with a straight edge/ruler and making sure that all the points match up symmetrically on either side. The more measurements you take, the more accurate it's going to be. Later on in the tutorial, I'll have pictures of the nearly finished sitar with a ruler, close ups of various shots that should give you the dimensions of how mine came out if you want a guide to work off of.

Once you're sure the measurements are where you want them to be, use the hot wire (or a knife) to carve out the shape of the sitar. If you use a hot wire, you shouldn't need to sand afterwards- if you cut it out by hand, sand the edges after you're done. Should look something like this, where I have about half of it carved out (I have pieces of foam holding the sitar off the table- those aren't actually attached to it):

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v631/DakotaJones/Sitar/IMG_0155.jpg

D-holla-J
04-08-2007, 07:22 PM
The next step is to add the bowl shape to the back of the base. This part is fairly simply, it's just a lot of tedious work (you should add the new layers of the base on the side you inserted the dowel rod into). First, carve out a piece of insulation foam in the exact shape of the base (use the measurements you took earlier!) and carve it a bit, to give it a gradual slope. Don't try to get it perfect yet. It took us three and a half layers of insulation foam, gluing then carving after each one. (Hint: use an old paintbrush to cover the entire surface with wood glue before attaching each layer.) After all that, lots and lots of sanding. If you have a Mouse, don't use it here unless you're very good at keeping a light touch- the Mouse could damage the foam if you slip up.

Here are some pictures of the process:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v631/DakotaJones/Sitar/IMG_0158.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v631/DakotaJones/Sitar/IMG_0161.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v631/DakotaJones/Sitar/IMG_0165.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v631/DakotaJones/Sitar/IMG_0166.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v631/DakotaJones/Sitar/IMG_0181.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v631/DakotaJones/Sitar/IMG_0182.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v631/DakotaJones/Sitar/IMG_0191.jpg

Notice that at the top of the base, there's a noticeable curve down to the shaft. Don't forget that part!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v631/DakotaJones/Sitar/IMG_0193.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v631/DakotaJones/Sitar/IMG_0196.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v631/DakotaJones/Sitar/IMG_0198.jpg

If you want to do the curve on the back of the shaft, now's a great time to do so. This is more creative carving! We made it to go all the way up to the top of the shaft, then made a seperate, smaller piece to glue to the back of the top to get that curve in as well. It ends up like this:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v631/DakotaJones/Sitar/IMG_0195.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v631/DakotaJones/Sitar/IMG_0210.jpg

You'll need to do a little carving out the shaft itself after you add that piece. If you just slap that piece on and leave it, the shaft itself will be too thick, so try to slim it down. Just go by your reference pictures, or take a look at later tutorial pictures to see how mine carved down.

Now it's time to carve the top. This is mostly your artistic liscense, how you interpret the reference pictures; It's not that hard to carve the spikes, just be careful not to carve too much off. You can fix it if you leave too much, but if you take too much off, you'll be doing a lot of filling and shaping with other materials later. No pictures of this step in particular, but you can see the changes to the top in the other pictures I've taken.

The next step involves something called vinyl spackling. It's usually used to seal walls for painting, but it works just as well for sitars, as I found out. You'll need a paint scraper to spread the stuff, or an old knife, as it's fairly thick. You'll see two kinds of it being used in my pictures; one goes on grey and dries grey, the other goes on hot pink and turns white as it dries. There's not really a difference, I just ran out of one kind and switched to the other. To cover the entire sitar top to bottom, you'll need two or three small tubs of the stuff.

If you want a VERY smooth surface, here's how to do this: do one layer on the whole thing. It doesn't take long to dry, maybe twelve hours unless you put it on thick, which you shouldn't due to weight issues. Then, add more to the places where there are blemishes. Once those spots dry, you can sand them down, either with hand sanding pads or your Mouse. If you do that, you should have a smooth surface to paint over. Here's a few pictures of this process.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v631/DakotaJones/Sitar/IMG_0200.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v631/DakotaJones/Sitar/IMG_0217.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v631/DakotaJones/Sitar/IMG_0229.jpg

In some of these pictures, you'll see that I added a layer of plaster wrap before putting the vinyl spackling on. This is entirely optional- I just did it as a precaution, for more strength. If you DO use plaster wrap, make sure it is completely smoothed out and sanded lightly before you add the vinyl spackling.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v631/DakotaJones/Sitar/IMG_0243.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v631/DakotaJones/Sitar/IMG_0245.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v631/DakotaJones/Sitar/IMG_0250.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v631/DakotaJones/Sitar/IMG_0252.jpg

And here's a picture of the Mouse in action.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v631/DakotaJones/Sitar/IMG_0255.jpg


The next step is entirely optional, and does require the use of a saw. I carved out a faceplate for the sitar, which can be seen in the reference shots (this was my one big mistake in this project- I didn't make the faceplate big enough). This raised area can be done with vinyl spackling, too, or if you want to try something else, go for it! Don't attach the faceplate yet, though. Patience.

Here's the faceplate:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v631/DakotaJones/Sitar/IMG_0254.jpg

D-holla-J
04-08-2007, 07:24 PM
The entire main body of your sitar should be done! Here are those measurement pictures I promise, plus a few full shots of the progress (please ignore my ugly mug in those pictures, I'd been sanding it all day and I was covered in dust for the pics, and I'd been wearing sanding goggles that left funny marks on my face). Remember- your measurements may be slightly different if you decide to build a larger or smaller sitar!

Side view:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v631/DakotaJones/Sitar/IMG_0273.jpg

Back view:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v631/DakotaJones/Sitar/IMG_0274.jpg

Front view:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v631/DakotaJones/Sitar/IMG_0276.jpg

Measurements (I've labeled the ones that may not be clear. If you have a question about one, tell me and I'll label it too):

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v631/DakotaJones/Sitar/IMG_0277.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v631/DakotaJones/Sitar/IMG_0278.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v631/DakotaJones/Sitar/IMG_0287.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v631/DakotaJones/Sitar/IMG_0279.jpg

The narrowest part of the shaft:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v631/DakotaJones/Sitar/IMG_0280.jpg

Width of the base of the shaft:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v631/DakotaJones/Sitar/IMG_0281.jpg

Width of the joint between the base and the shaft:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v631/DakotaJones/Sitar/IMG_0282.jpg

Width of the top of the base:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v631/DakotaJones/Sitar/IMG_0283.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v631/DakotaJones/Sitar/IMG_0284.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v631/DakotaJones/Sitar/IMG_0285.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v631/DakotaJones/Sitar/IMG_0286.jpg

The depth of the slimmest part of the shaft:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v631/DakotaJones/Sitar/IMG_0288.jpg

The depth of the top of the base:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v631/DakotaJones/Sitar/IMG_0291.jpg

The depth of the deepest part of the base:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v631/DakotaJones/Sitar/IMG_0292.jpg

Hopefully that helps if you wanted a proportional guide! Now, on to the rest of the project. There isn't much more to do that you can't figure out on your own- just some tips!

I made the ridges on the front of the shaft out of a light wood, cut with a saw. I would recommend buying at least a small hand saw, measuring the ridges against the faceplate, and marking off where they need to be cut. I marked them off, numbered them, then kept them in order as I painted them.

They have yet to be cut in this picture, but they're marked to size and positioned along the faceplate:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v631/DakotaJones/Sitar/IMG_0269.jpg

And here's a few progress pics (I painted them with a white primer first, but that's optional):

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v631/DakotaJones/Sitar/IMG_0322.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v631/DakotaJones/Sitar/IMG_0327.jpg

Remember, your paint will cover up however you marked them. Keep them in order, so you'll know which size ridge goes where on the faceplate.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v631/DakotaJones/Sitar/IMG_0342.jpg

The bridge at the bottom and the bridge just at the top of the base can be made out of hardwood or foam. We chose hardwood, just for durability. Either way, I recommend that you carve small notches in both for the strings to fall in, so the strings will stay in place.

We didn't attach the second bridge till later in the process, but here's the first, attached and ready:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v631/DakotaJones/Sitar/IMG_0346.jpg

The tuning pegs on the side and the string pegs at the top and bottom can be made out of hardwood or foam, but I HIGHLY recommend some kind of wood. They will break VERY easily if you make them out of foam. Here's a trick- many stores such as Wal Mart sell oversized golf tees that are gag gifts. These tees are the PERFECT size and shape for the string pegs. If you can't find those, hobby lobby and other craft stores have a full aisle of ornamental wooden pieces in various shapes- this was where I found the wooden pieces to modify into tuning pegs.

I drilled holes directly into the sitar to add those pieces- the golf tees can actually be hammered in, as they come to a point on the bottom. Attach them however you can, using that trusty wood glue. If you have a drill, use it! It's best to have these pieces with an anchor inside the sitar, so if they're hit they won't break off.

Progress pics:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v631/DakotaJones/Sitar/IMG_0227.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v631/DakotaJones/Sitar/IMG_0233.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v631/DakotaJones/Sitar/IMG_0319.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v631/DakotaJones/Sitar/IMG_0321.jpg

Once everything's attached, all that's left to do is paint! I'd recommend buying some rolls of painters' tape, as well as the painters' tape with plastic attached- that way you can tape the area off, then unroll the plastic attached to the tape to protect the rest of the sitar while you work.

Don't forget the design on the back of the base! Too many people forget that neat design.

One tricky part about the painting- you'l notice on the back of the shaft, there's a gradual fade from the mid-tone blue to the light blue. No, you don't need an airbrush to do this. Grab your can of spray paint, hold it at the bottom of the back of the shaft, and spray lightly. The paint will naturally fall heavier closer to the can, so you can slowly work your way up without spraying up too high and create a faded effect up toward the top. Practice the technique on scrap pieces of foam before you try it on the sitar!

One final touch- the strings! I got my strings at a fabric store. I noticed in the reference pictures that they look white and thicker than normal guitar strings, so I got white nylon string. Once you tie the strings in place, I recommend using 20 minute or 5 minute epoxy to glue them to both bridges, and to glue the knots once they're tied to the pegs.

Epoxy is expensive, and you have to be careful with it, but it can make quick repairs! I take it to every convention, and can fix many problems with it in 20 minutes. It's saved me quite a few times. (Tip: do NOT use epoxy inside without a window open! Open the window, or take it outside to repair. The fumes can make you sick.)

That's really all there is to it!

Here are finished pictures of the sitar and myself, full costume:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v631/DakotaJones/WX9O2045.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v631/DakotaJones/yzPEDELPWFrDHVfp.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v631/DakotaJones/IMG_0437-1.jpg

As far as durability goes, this prop held up through shipping, a three day convention, and more shipping already. A couple dents here and there, but nothing that can't be fixed. All the same, BE CAREFUL. Your sitar can and will be damaged if you're not careful.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask here. I hope this tutorial can apply to other props as well. If you found this useful, please comment and let me know! And post pics of props you make using these techniques! I love knowing I did something useful!

Good luck!

Jantra
04-08-2007, 09:11 PM
I have a recommendation. I'm not entirely sure if you covered it in the tutorial.

On my sitar, which ALSO came out to be heavy - I cheated. I ended up digging out the base of it. I scored the foam so it left two inch thick walls, then dug out the entireity of the middle so the weight dropped.

But I do have a wooden front, so it hid the gouging.

D-holla-J
04-08-2007, 09:28 PM
I actually thought about doing that, but I figured that most of the weight was the hardwood parts anyway, and I didn't want to make the base any weaker by making it hollow.

I'm just glad I lift weights, so I didn't have a problem carrying it around, besides it being bulky and awkward! :toothy:

But that's a good suggestion for anyone who needs to drop the weight some, really.

Sol Shadow1
04-08-2007, 09:43 PM
you should add your sitar tutorial to the tutorial list if you haven't already

D-holla-J
04-08-2007, 09:59 PM
you should add your sitar tutorial to the tutorial list if you haven't already

Thanks for the reminder! :toothy: I've added it now.

VII Fangirl
04-08-2007, 11:10 PM
hehe... the magical sitar always speaks the truth!

That is one beast of a tutorial.

D-holla-J
04-08-2007, 11:29 PM
hehe... the magical sitar always speaks the truth!

That is one beast of a tutorial.

Yeah, it is, isn't it? I just wanted to cover everything in one go. I don't do things unless I plan on doing them right, after all!

I just have had a lot of people ask me how I made my sitar, so I figured I'd make a tutorial so that I could just start pointing them here rather than trying to explain it multiple times. :angel2: Plus, there've been at least four or five posts in the past couple months asking how to make this prop, so I figured I'd help out by making something to refer them to.

I'm so glad it's done. It was awful to write up and link to everything! :eeek:

-Kitsu
04-09-2007, 12:19 PM
I actually thought about doing that, but I figured that most of the weight was the hardwood parts anyway, and I didn't want to make the base any weaker by making it hollow.


2nded on the wood being whats so heavy. Add to that also that its just dead weight in an akward shape so it probably feels heavier than it really is when walking around...

Thanks for the tutorial, I'll be adding it to the resources thread as soon as I get a chance to seriously start searching again.

Aqua's Rhapsody
04-09-2007, 02:26 PM
Thanks so much, this is a major help! But what exactly is that blue foam that you got called, and where can you buy it? I found slabs of blue foam stuff at Lowe's today but I think it was more styrafoamish and it wasn't as thick. I didn't see any kind of insulation foam except pink rolls of it but it was part fiberglass and toxic xD

D-holla-J
04-09-2007, 02:45 PM
Thanks so much, this is a major help! But what exactly is that blue foam that you got called, and where can you buy it? I found slabs of blue foam stuff at Lowe's today but I think it was more styrafoamish and it wasn't as thick. I didn't see any kind of insulation foam except pink rolls of it but it was part fiberglass and toxic xD

I answered your question via PM. ^__^ Got it there first.

But in case anyone else has the same question, I'll answer it here too.

The stuff is literally called blue insulation foam. It comes in large sheets about 6-10 feet tall, 3-4 feet wide, and a few inches thick. I would recommend taking a large vehicle to buy some, but if that's not an option, the people at Lowe's will cut it for you.

It is a foam, so it's not going to feel very heavy- that's why it's good for building large props.

Ask a Lowe's employee to show you to the sheets of blue insulation foam- they'll know what you're referring to.

Here's a picture, so you know what you're looking for: http://users.stratuswave.net/~wd8jik...ter/tippi5.jpg

The sheets might come in pink, so if you find the same thing in pink, that will work just as well.

For those who don't have a Lowe's nearby, any large home improvement store should carry it.

zib_redlektab
04-23-2007, 09:55 PM
I'm trying to construct a keyblade out of foam (the metal chocobo), is it possible to put holes like the Chocobo has through the foam without it falling apart? I've never worked with this stuff before so I have no idea what it's like... (Here's a pic for reference to the holes (http://images.quizilla.com/L/lovepoet/1125728471_boKeyblade.jpg))

NetBelleAnie
04-26-2007, 09:05 PM
Gaahh, the Home Depots here don't HAVE the pink or blue and I got the white instead and it makes those little styrofoam balls ;_;

At least it seems to work though @_@

Oh, and make sure the cans of Alpo arnt on the recall list

D-holla-J
04-27-2007, 01:32 PM
I'm trying to construct a keyblade out of foam (the metal chocobo), is it possible to put holes like the Chocobo has through the foam without it falling apart? I've never worked with this stuff before so I have no idea what it's like... (Here's a pic for reference to the holes (http://images.quizilla.com/L/lovepoet/1125728471_boKeyblade.jpg))


I wouldn't use foam for something that thin. It would break in a heartbeat! I would use wood or wonderflex, really. I've never seen a keyblade made out of foam that lasted long. (Not saying they can't ever, but I've never seen it.)


Gaahh, the Home Depots here don't HAVE the pink or blue and I got the white instead and it makes those little styrofoam balls ;_;

At least it seems to work though @_@

Oh, and make sure the cans of Alpo arnt on the recall list

Oh, yeah. The second that recall came out, we went through every can of dog food we have. But all our puppies are fine, thank goodness!

zib_redlektab
04-27-2007, 09:05 PM
Hmm. What if I had a layer of plywood in the center of the keyblade, and used the foam to add thickness? It'd be stabler then, right? I just don't want it to be too heavy, since it's supposed to be something like 4ft long...Wouldn't the plaster wrap and vinyl spackel protect it from breakage, or are they not as strong as I think they are?

D-holla-J
04-28-2007, 12:49 AM
Hmm. What if I had a layer of plywood in the center of the keyblade, and used the foam to add thickness? It'd be stabler then, right? I just don't want it to be too heavy, since it's supposed to be something like 4ft long...Wouldn't the plaster wrap and vinyl spackel protect it from breakage, or are they not as strong as I think they are?


That would be way more trouble than what it's worth- a smaller prop is likely to take more abuse than a bigger one, and even if the middle is wood, the foam on the outside will still take abuse. If you want to try it, that's fine- but my suggestion for you is to use a light pine wood for the whole thing. There are woods that are plenty light enough to make that whole keyblade out of, and keep the project light.

But I've only built one keyblade, and it was a VERY different shape than the one you're looking to build, for which I would use an entirely different tactic. There's a huge keyblade thread in this same forum, on the first page- the people there should have some techniques listed that will work well for your project.

zib_redlektab
04-28-2007, 07:18 AM
Yup, I asked there first and they recommended foam and pointed me over here :P Well I'm going to Home Depot today, I'll check out wood weights and stuff.

zib_redlektab
04-29-2007, 10:44 AM
Update: I have da stuff, but can a jigsaw cut the foam properly?

Ekaiyo
04-29-2007, 11:32 AM
Abotu how long did it take you to make the Sitar?

Ekaiyo
04-29-2007, 11:33 AM
*About

D-holla-J
04-29-2007, 02:22 PM
Update: I have da stuff, but can a jigsaw cut the foam properly?

You'll have to be incredibly careful! I would recommend using the jigsaw for the rough cut, and doing the rest by hand. That way you'll be SURE not to cut off too much. Not cutting off enough is easy to fix, but cutting off too much will result in lots of tedious work to fix it.

Abotu how long did it take you to make the Sitar?

It took from the beginning of January till almost midway through March, working on the weekday evenings, mostly. About two months of straight work if you put in the time every day!

Ekaiyo
05-01-2007, 07:25 PM
Okay thank you

Kiri Akurei
05-06-2007, 10:35 AM
Hi! Can I ask you to please look at THIS (http://forums.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=111435) thread? Its about Demyx's sitar... I need some help figuring out how to make it, since I have no more than 20 days to make it in. xD So, all the information about my ideas and such are there, but any advise or help would be GREATLY appreciated!

Thank you VERY much!!

D-holla-J
05-06-2007, 01:55 PM
Hi! Can I ask you to please look at THIS (http://forums.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=111435) thread? Its about Demyx's sitar... I need some help figuring out how to make it, since I have no more than 20 days to make it in. xD So, all the information about my ideas and such are there, but any advise or help would be GREATLY appreciated!

Thank you VERY much!!


I posted on your thread! Hope I helped!

Kiri Akurei
05-06-2007, 03:58 PM
I posted on your thread! Hope I helped!

Thank you very much. :D And you did... I very much appreciate all the information. <3

Atomic Pocky
05-06-2007, 06:20 PM
Great tutorial! It's realy helped. Before I read this, I was completely clueless on where to even start. So far I've been following it with much luck, though I've deviated on a few things. (I've got a lightweight spackeling a friend's mother recommended, and she manages construction sights for a living, so we took her word assuming she knows what she's talking about.)

However, I have a few questions, mainly regarding the hot wire. Or rather... where to get one. I've looked everywhere, and the best I've been able to come up with was a small hand saw, supposedly made specifically to cut insulation foam. Before I got that, I was using a box cutter... <_< This works if I take the time to sand everything down, or carve the details by hand with the box cutter or knife, but that's really tedious, and it's only me working on this, and a friend who's vouged to help on weekends. So, needless to say, we're kind of short on man power.

I'm sorry for the long post, I've just gotten so far on it, I think I'd die if I screwed up at this point. Not to mention I wouldn't have time to make another. XD; Once again, great tutorial! Thank you so much for posting it!

D-holla-J
05-06-2007, 08:23 PM
Great tutorial! It's realy helped. Before I read this, I was completely clueless on where to even start. So far I've been following it with much luck, though I've deviated on a few things. (I've got a lightweight spackeling a friend's mother recommended, and she manages construction sights for a living, so we took her word assuming she knows what she's talking about.)

However, I have a few questions, mainly regarding the hot wire. Or rather... where to get one. I've looked everywhere, and the best I've been able to come up with was a small hand saw, supposedly made specifically to cut insulation foam. Before I got that, I was using a box cutter... <_< This works if I take the time to sand everything down, or carve the details by hand with the box cutter or knife, but that's really tedious, and it's only me working on this, and a friend who's vouged to help on weekends. So, needless to say, we're kind of short on man power.

I'm sorry for the long post, I've just gotten so far on it, I think I'd die if I screwed up at this point. Not to mention I wouldn't have time to make another. XD; Once again, great tutorial! Thank you so much for posting it!


If they don't have it at Lowe's or Home Depot, try a Hobby Lobby, or some other hobby store! We have two hot wires, one from Lowe's the other from Hobby Lobby, and they're pretty much identical models.

So glad my tutorial is helpful!

RainingWendy
05-08-2007, 02:53 AM
wow this was very very helpful best tutorial i've seen

Aqua's Rhapsody
05-20-2007, 10:03 PM
Omgzorz my sitar has been a complete nightmare xD. It's Sunday night and Animazement is Friday, so I basically have until Thursday night to finish! It's in the process of being bondoed and sanded, and that will prolly be finished by Tuesday night so that gives me TWO days to paint and add all the pieces on the front, not to mention I have to style the wig and finish my Sailor V costume as well, but hopefully I'll have those done by Tuesday night as well X____X. Wish me luck! I'll post pictures after it's done.

Btw, actully being on topic, lol, this tutorial has been quite helpful[i hate bondo].

D-holla-J
05-21-2007, 02:24 AM
Omgzorz my sitar has been a complete nightmare xD. It's Sunday night and Animazement is Friday, so I basically have until Thursday night to finish! It's in the process of being bondoed and sanded, and that will prolly be finished by Tuesday night so that gives me TWO days to paint and add all the pieces on the front, not to mention I have to style the wig and finish my Sailor V costume as well, but hopefully I'll have those done by Tuesday night as well X____X. Wish me luck! I'll post pictures after it's done.

Btw, actully being on topic, lol, this tutorial has been quite helpful[i hate bondo].


Good time saver- paint the extra pieces while you're waiting on the bondo and/or paint on the main piece to dry. That way you won't have to paint them after attaching them. If you can afford it, buy 5 or 20 minute epoxy to attach them- that way, you can get all the pieces glued on to STAY in a matter of two hours of so, guaranteed. Epoxy is a GODSEND. Take it to the convention, too, if you buy it. It's expensive, but WELL worth the investment.

If the weather is nice, set the sitar outside while the paint is drying. Natural wind REALLY helps paint dry, but keep it out of direct sunlight, just to be safe.

Good luck!

Melodious Nocturne
05-21-2007, 07:53 PM
thats so cool, now i can finish mine. i was stuck XDDDD

Aqua's Rhapsody
05-28-2007, 05:39 PM
I'm finally done. Everyone that wants to make a sitar, this guide is pretty helpful. I did some things differently, but it was still a big help. If you want to see some pictures of my sitar, click my photo gallery. :)

renton thurston
07-24-2007, 08:37 PM
Wow great tutorial!!

I'm planning on going to Otakon 08 as Demyx on one of the days and this really helped.
I do have some questions:
What is the second bridge made of?
how did you make it?
and could you try to explain the shading of the spraypaint/air brush thing again? im kinda stoopid lol

D-holla-J
07-25-2007, 01:27 PM
Both the bridges are made of hardwood-if you make them out of foam, they might not hold up to the strings pressing against them all the time, but it could work.

How you do the shading on the back of the shaft is this- you get a can of spray paint in the correct color, hold it at the bottom of the back of the shaft, and spray lightly. The paint will naturally fall heavier at the bottom, where the can is, and lighter at the top of the shaft. That way you have the fading in the reference picture.

Usuratonkachi
09-07-2007, 06:58 PM
OMG, thank you so much. <3

I'm planning on making this for Christmas for my little sister. I have no idea why, but she's going through a Demyx stage, where she's completely in love with him. She wants everything Demyx related...so either this or the life-sized plushie. XD She doesn't know I'm planning on making this though. =)

Psycho Goth
09-28-2007, 11:47 AM
Can this technique also work for Saix's Claymore? or is the too much detail in his weapon? Also may I just point out that in your reference pic of the Sitar itself, doesn't the top part where the spikes are doesn't the cross shape have more depth to it than your sitar does? Or is that just an easier thing to leav that out?

FinalHeavenTifa
10-08-2007, 07:27 AM
this is a great tutorial! Unfortunately, I found the insualtion at Lowes.... but it was like 1/4 of an inch thick! D:
Off to home depot. Thanks alot, hun! I was comisioned for this sitar.
And wouldnt hollowing the center layer out make it less heavy and lining the inside with dowl rods goin from one side to the other for stablitly? ^_^

Jezzii_Akuma
11-01-2007, 09:58 AM
You said that the sitar weighed 24 or so pounds. You also said that you thought most of the weight was from the wood parts. I was thinking, to make it weigh less, of using PVC pipe instead of Wood. Do you think that would work?

D-holla-J
11-19-2007, 06:16 PM
Can this technique also work for Saix's Claymore? or is the too much detail in his weapon? Also may I just point out that in your reference pic of the Sitar itself, doesn't the top part where the spikes are doesn't the cross shape have more depth to it than your sitar does? Or is that just an easier thing to leav that out?

The top part isn't 100% accurate, you're right- I did it this way because I didn't want to do just foam for the spikes, as they'd break off too easily. I wanted to leave them thick enough to get those dowel rods in there for stability, so I sacrificed a little accuracy so it would be feasible to ship the sitar.

this is a great tutorial! Unfortunately, I found the insualtion at Lowes.... but it was like 1/4 of an inch thick! D:
Off to home depot. Thanks alot, hun! I was comisioned for this sitar.
And wouldnt hollowing the center layer out make it less heavy and lining the inside with dowl rods goin from one side to the other for stablitly? ^_^

Hollowing out the center layer would make it lighter, but I guarantee that if you did that, the sitar would break in half less than an hour into the con. Guaranteed. The shape of the sitar is simply far too weak to have a hollowed out center unless you're working with hardwood, then the weight point is moot.

You said that the sitar weighed 24 or so pounds. You also said that you thought most of the weight was from the wood parts. I was thinking, to make it weigh less, of using PVC pipe instead of Wood. Do you think that would work?

PVC pipe could work, but I'd be worried that it would flex too much in the shaft of the sitar, and it wouldn't stabilize the foam enough to keep it from cracking and breaking. I may be wrong, though- I haven't worked much with PVC. I went with hardwood dowel rods because I knew the flex would be minimal, and would provide a solid backbone.

MonochromeMist
12-31-2007, 11:17 AM
You said you used spackle to seal it before painting, I was thinking of using Gesso. Will this work, or do you recommend against it? Sorry if this has been asked already...

natsuo
12-31-2007, 12:28 PM
that is an amazing and long tutorial! Thanks for it :)

And I hope to see you at Ohayocon. I'll be Haku and Natsuo. :)

Clive-kun
12-31-2007, 12:33 PM
Wow..and mine was so much easier to make...>.> hahah

Vixremn
01-08-2008, 10:25 PM
I have a somewhat important question; someone's told me that blue and pink insulation foam is toxic. Is this misinformation (It could be knowing this person) or is it true?
Keep in mind, I'm from Australia, and it could be that things have a different name here. But I'm pretty sure it's the same thing we're talking about.
Oh, and to clarify, by "toxic" I understand that's it's not going to be healthy if I breathe particles in. I was planning on wearing a mask while sanding. I just want to know the extent of the toxicity, mainly to prove this person wrong lol.

Also... I'm having trouble finiding those bonding/strengthening materials. (Plaster wrap and vinyl spackling) at Dahlsens, which is the only hardware shop in town (I live about 3 hours out of the city, at least 2 hours from any suburbian centres, though next couple months I will be able to try other stores as I'm moving into the suburbs). Now I've only been looking to price it, not asking for it, but do you think it'd be called the same thing here? Again, I live in Australia and I'm not sure if things are named differently. So would you know of any other names, or brand names, for those?

Thanks for the great tut by the way. xD

MonochromeMist
01-09-2008, 01:32 PM
Vixremn - I think the person is thinking of fiberglass foam, which is kind of toxic, but as far as I know, this stuff isn't toxic if you wear a face mask. It will cause your lungs to hurt if you breath the dust from sanding in directly, though.

Beryl
01-09-2008, 02:17 PM
I have a somewhat important question; someone's told me that blue and pink insulation foam is toxic. Is this misinformation (It could be knowing this person) or is it true?
Keep in mind, I'm from Australia, and it could be that things have a different name here. But I'm pretty sure it's the same thing we're talking about.
Oh, and to clarify, by "toxic" I understand that's it's not going to be healthy if I breathe particles in. I was planning on wearing a mask while sanding. I just want to know the extent of the toxicity, mainly to prove this person wrong lol.
Particles and melting. And possibly ingestion. Those are your only concerns. It's made to go in your house, so it releases no fumes, and it's perfectly safe to touch bare-handed. It's just foam, that's all. One big sheet of foam.

Vixremn
01-09-2008, 07:07 PM
Thanks guys. I'll direct my "friend" here so she can see for herself. To be honest I didn't think that something designed to sit in the walls and roof of your house could be too toxic either.
Then again, this friend's mother says reusing drink bottles gives you cancer... so as you can tell I was already skeptical.

Now! Onward to hardware shops to aquire the materials. Maaan, it's gonna be weird if I have to finish this in uni accomodation. xP

DustOnMYWings
01-14-2008, 07:27 PM
Quick question, what was the final hight of the base? From the shaft down, I don't think it was mentioned (or if it was I'm a total dork and missed it)

Bananas
01-29-2008, 11:45 PM
This is a great tutorial. I'm going to have to start looking for material to make this. I probably wont start this till about April, since the con Im going to (Auckgeddon) isnt until October.

The thing Im not looking forward to is having to bus out to the con. Lawl.

D-holla-J
01-31-2008, 05:27 PM
You said you used spackle to seal it before painting, I was thinking of using Gesso. Will this work, or do you recommend against it? Sorry if this has been asked already...

I can't say that I know much about Gesso. I was considering it, but I sat down with my dad to talk about materials, and he said that the spackling and plaster would be easier to work with. He's an engineer, so I took his word for it. ^__^ Feel free to use Gesso instead, if you do your research and feel like it would work better!

Wow..and mine was so much easier to make...>.> hahah

Okay...? Did you have a suggestion as to how one step or another could be made easier? I'm always open to shortcuts, as long as they don't cheapen the look or build of the finished product! ^__^

I have a somewhat important question; someone's told me that blue and pink insulation foam is toxic. Is this misinformation (It could be knowing this person) or is it true?
Keep in mind, I'm from Australia, and it could be that things have a different name here. But I'm pretty sure it's the same thing we're talking about.
Oh, and to clarify, by "toxic" I understand that's it's not going to be healthy if I breathe particles in. I was planning on wearing a mask while sanding. I just want to know the extent of the toxicity, mainly to prove this person wrong lol.

Also... I'm having trouble finiding those bonding/strengthening materials. (Plaster wrap and vinyl spackling) at Dahlsens, which is the only hardware shop in town (I live about 3 hours out of the city, at least 2 hours from any suburbian centres, though next couple months I will be able to try other stores as I'm moving into the suburbs). Now I've only been looking to price it, not asking for it, but do you think it'd be called the same thing here? Again, I live in Australia and I'm not sure if things are named differently. So would you know of any other names, or brand names, for those?

Thanks for the great tut by the way. xD

Hey, if insulation foam was toxic, I'd be dead. Seriously. XDDD No, everyone else is right. She was probably thinking of the fiberglass kind, which IS very dangerous to work with if you don't know exactly what you're doing.

Plaster wrap and vinyl spackling are just the name of the materials, not the brand or anything, so I wouldn't think they'd be called different in Australia- but I've never been there, so I could be wrong! I don't remember the brand names of the stuff I used. Have you thought about ordering them online?

And thank you! I need to check this thing more often for comments, really. I'm horrible about that. XDD

Quick question, what was the final hight of the base? From the shaft down, I don't think it was mentioned (or if it was I'm a total dork and missed it)

Oh, geez. XDDD The sitar is in storage at my parents' house right now, cause they have a lot more room than I do, but...I estimated judging by the pictures of the sitar against me, using some tape measure. It looks to be about 22 inches. Again, I'm really short, so if you're taller than me that measurement might end up different.

This is a great tutorial. I'm going to have to start looking for material to make this. I probably wont start this till about April, since the con Im going to (Auckgeddon) isnt until October.

The thing Im not looking forward to is having to bus out to the con. Lawl.

Good luck! Transporting this thing is so nerve-wracking. To get it to Ohayocon I had to borrow my mom's SUV. XDD I'm kinda glad this costume is retired now! I'll miss it, but man, was it a hassle to transport.

Bananas
01-31-2008, 05:35 PM
Good luck! Transporting this thing is so nerve-wracking. To get it to Ohayocon I had to borrow my mom's SUV. XDD I'm kinda glad this costume is retired now! I'll miss it, but man, was it a hassle to transport.

Im gonna have to talk to my mum about transporting me there. Lawl. We have a Bighorn (cant remember what brand it is i.e. Suzuki, Holden, etc.) 7-seater. So if possible Ill get my mum to take me there each day

D-holla-J
01-31-2008, 09:04 PM
Im gonna have to talk to my mum about transporting me there. Lawl. We have a Bighorn (cant remember what brand it is i.e. Suzuki, Holden, etc.) 7-seater. So if possible Ill get my mum to take me there each day

The way I did it was I laid down the backseat of my mom's SUV, so I could lay the sitar flat, then I used bunched up towels and the softer luggage to kind of tuck it in so it wouldn't move at all. I also wrapped the sitar in soft towels, just in case. Every rest stop, I checked to make sure everything was still packed tightly, and nothing hard was jabbing the sitar and messing up the paint job.

A bit of a chore, but it's worth it at the hotel, when the bellhops watch you unwrap and pull the sitar out of the back! XDDD I wish I had my friend get video of their reactions.

Be especially careful of the tuning pegs on the side at ALL TIMES, and definitely bring epoxy! I've accidentally snapped off a tuning peg a couple of times, and if you have five minute epoxy, it takes twenty minutes to get it glued back on, and it STAYS. Epoxy is my best friend when it comes to sitar repair!

KyaStar
02-11-2008, 08:54 PM
I have a somewhat important question; someone's told me that blue and pink insulation foam is toxic. Is this misinformation (It could be knowing this person) or is it true?
Keep in mind, I'm from Australia, and it could be that things have a different name here. But I'm pretty sure it's the same thing we're talking about.
Oh, and to clarify, by "toxic" I understand that's it's not going to be healthy if I breathe particles in. I was planning on wearing a mask while sanding. I just want to know the extent of the toxicity, mainly to prove this person wrong lol.


I had to work with the pink foam a lot in 9th and 10th grade (I worked in a threater helping build sets) and we were warned that it was bad to breath too much saw dust from it; like most things, too much is bad for you. No one got sick or anything, even the people who seemed to live there. (O.o I don't know how they did what they did) Just don't use it as a candle and put it on your breakfast cereal! ^_^

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Great tutorial! I'm trying to figure a way to cut the costs though... ugh. I NEED a job NOW. *cries*

(transporation will be an issue too now that I think about it. I'm alreadly 6ft...)

Too bad I'm determined to be Demyx! Okay...I'll be back here a lot asking questions I bet. Thanks for the tutorial! ^_^
(hehe I made an account just to post here.)

fev
02-28-2008, 08:13 PM
Thanks guys. I'll direct my "friend" here so she can see for herself. To be honest I didn't think that something designed to sit in the walls and roof of your house could be too toxic either.
Then again, this friend's mother says reusing drink bottles gives you cancer... so as you can tell I was already skeptical.

Now! Onward to hardware shops to aquire the materials. Maaan, it's gonna be weird if I have to finish this in uni accomodation. xP


Actually Vixremn the stuff is definately an irritant, and toxic when inhaled.. seeing as its pretty difficult to inhale a big piece of foam, it wouldn't e any problem unlss you're sanding it (basically breaking it down into fine inhalable particles).. if you *do* go and sand it, I would highly reccomend that you wear a dustmask :)

PhantomShadow
02-28-2008, 09:25 PM
This tutorial is very useful. ^^ The Sitar came out very nice~ How much exactly did it weigh though? I'm debating whether to make a new on, as you have described or to keep the wooden one that I made right now (which weighs around 10-15 lbs Suprizingly light for a 5'5 sitar)

D-holla-J
02-29-2008, 06:11 PM
This tutorial is very useful. ^^ The Sitar came out very nice~ How much exactly did it weigh though? I'm debating whether to make a new on, as you have described or to keep the wooden one that I made right now (which weighs around 10-15 lbs Suprizingly light for a 5'5 sitar)


Mine ended up weighing about 25 pounds, which wasn't bad for me since I lift weights as a hobby- but it's definitely a muscle builder! It's really up to you which way you want to go with it, though.

Myeako
04-01-2008, 07:46 PM
I was wondering what the length of the dowel rods you used was. Also, do you think you could give a list of everything you used? It's a little difficult to go through and write everything down. I just want to make sure I didn't miss anything.

GreyCat
04-11-2008, 06:25 PM
What did you cover your foam in for stability? I will be making Xigbar's rifles soon and because of all the spikes, I fear they may break off easily..
I read and everything and it seems you only covered it in gesso.

Xajannoth
04-30-2008, 10:04 PM
Have any of you worked with fiberlgass to make this prop? If so how long did it take to mold?:confused:

TheFangirl
06-11-2008, 12:42 PM
I need to make a sitar by the end of the summer, so this sounds like just the thing! Quick question - how much experience did you have with carving the foam before you started? Is this something anyone could make without prior experience? Oh, and what tool did you use to actually carve the foam, besides sandpaper and the wire?

Daldias
06-11-2008, 12:53 PM
i can commission one for you if you would like, i have experience with the Org XIII weapons. i have made Lexaeus' tomahawk for myself, Axel's chakrams, Zexion's shield, Xigbar's guns, Marluxia's scythe,Xaldin's spears, and three of the small weapons that Larxene uses. http://viewmorepics.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=viewImage&friendID=87508248&albumID=324959&imageID=5744998 (sorry the only pic i had)

Madcap
06-12-2008, 05:52 PM
Might sound daft but i'm planning to start work on Demyx' sitar this weekend and was wondering if anyone has ever attempted to attatch a very long guitar strap to their sitar once its complete? I planned to add some form of stong hook to the bottom of the sitar and one in the center of the spikes at the top to do this, but i'm half wondering if it'd just snap due to too much pressure in the middle. I kinda thought it'd be a nice idea and make it a little easier to pose with and move around the con while carrying it.

Lovely tutorial by the way, I only hope I can make some form of Sitar for September! XD

itsuki<3pudding
06-25-2008, 04:59 PM
Thank you for this wonderful tutorial. My sitar is in the basement with the core drying as I type. I added some metal to the narrow parts for extra strength. Also, I had a little trouble with the wooden dowels floating to the top of the glue, so I took large staples and held them down with those. ^^

Fashwiing
06-25-2008, 05:17 PM
Thanks for suggesting vinyl spackling! I never would have figured out how the heck to cover my sitar for painting without that.

Although, I gotta say... You said that your weighed about 25 pounds or something when finished (Too lazy to check)? So far mine only weighs seven or so pounds and it's six feet long and is just about done.

LovingL23
07-31-2008, 01:18 AM
omg seriously this helped sooooo much *runs off to buy blue installation board*

Or!g!nallyDemyx
08-06-2008, 09:26 PM
wow this was AMAZINGLY helpful. i really had no clue how to approach the sitar, and THANK WHOEVER that my friend found this for me. XD
once again, very helpful. :]
and i plan on posting pics after otakon this weekend, if anyone cares. ^_^
it is a little short though... :P


oh and also, for anyone who worries,
vinyl spackling sands EXTREMELY smooth, so don't worry about getting it on perfect.
but on the same note, don't just glop it on, especially if you're on a time limit... it'll take forever to dry.

and as for the price, i only spent about $50 on this, and i completed it in about 4 days. :]
so it can be done in crunch time guys! XD

Haruhi_Kairi
10-15-2008, 08:03 PM
But really! What is are the list of materials that you would need? I need to make now really badly now! I'm gonna be Demyx!

BishiDemyx09
11-05-2008, 03:42 PM
Hey that's a nice tutorial. Just a few questions.

I got 1 1/2 thickness foam instead of 2 inches. Will it still work with this guide?

Also, did you cut out the outline with the hot wire? And are there any alternatives to the sanding mouse? I have a sanding sponge, will that work?

Lastly, how did you get an accurate drawing of the sitar? I'm afraid to trace my foam board just yet X3

BishiDemyx09
11-05-2008, 08:21 PM
Oh and I was looking for a hot wire at Lowe's today.

They didn't even know what I was talking about. XD

numberninedemyx
03-10-2009, 10:10 PM
Okay, so in a list,what is everything I'm gonna need. I'm gonna try it this weekend.

ASTLDemDem
04-02-2009, 07:11 PM
I used your tutorial as a reference, and I ended up winning best prop at Anime St. Louis 2009. Thank you!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7oPQl0RwZ0&feature=channel_page
(I tried doing the ACDC leg hop thing off the stage, but the sitar is 1/4 my weight and it didn't really work. XD Fail.)

BakuraSenov
04-15-2009, 05:10 PM
I plan on actually making Demyx's sitar this coming summer for Sakura Con next year. I was curious, how long did it take you to make? My dad and I will be making it, and I'm around 5'3", 5'4", so the sitar'll be around 5'5" or so. Thanks!
[Is there anyway I could buy yours from you? It's so cool! I doubt mine'll turn out that well, even with such fantastic directions!]

Ayana4418
04-21-2009, 12:14 AM
I have a bit of a problem with the foam. At the bottom of the spikes the foam indents, sorta. That part broke a little. Not bad or anything, but it's "tearing." How can I fix that? Wood glue?

BakuraSenov
07-02-2009, 06:00 PM
Your tutorial would be a big help if my parents were actually willing to help me with it! Unfortunately, I have the money to do it, but have no help as to do it with.
Is there any, ANY, way you'll sell me yours? Or perhaps make another one for me if I pay for the materials? I have no chance of doing a decent job even with this fantastic tutorial on my own, and you did such an amazing job with yours!

Please let me know!
phantomthiefdark234@hotmail.com or thiefkingbakura13@yahoo.com

cheraichan
08-22-2009, 12:12 AM
wow, it was amazing to read this. Seriously read it completely through. It is way more information than I think I needed, but it's helpful. Thinking of doing Demyx for this coming Acen, and was glad to find a tutorial on how to make his awesome sitar.

Showed my dad and he jokingly told me to take up fiberglass and make it out of that. Sadly the only materials I have real experience working with is metal and larger pieces of wood. So jokingly replied that I could make a metal sitar and then beat people with it. That joke makes more sense if you played in my orchestra, where we had a metal bass.

Once again, thank you so much for the tutorial, it will certainly help my father and I in our endeavor to make this beast of a prop.

Hate
10-10-2009, 07:55 PM
I am sorry if someone had all ready asked this, but do you know where you bought your Hot Wire? I have been looking online, but have not seen it... If you remembered that would be most helpful! Thank you, and Great Work!! I love how detailed you got on the Sitar, much better that some that you see. :/

inunarugo
11-09-2009, 07:33 PM
i was wondering could you make me a demyx sitar? if thats okay with you. how much would you want it for a 5'11 person. ^^:)

Chergnomebyl
11-10-2009, 11:28 AM
OFF TOPIC

http://www.cosplay.com/photo/2340123/
HAHAHA Your cat.

D-holla-J
11-10-2009, 06:07 PM
i was wondering could you make me a demyx sitar? if thats okay with you. how much would you want it for a 5'11 person. ^^:)

I'm afraid I don't have the time to do commissions, as I work full time and have my own costumes to work on. There are quite a few commissioners who advertise on this site who would be happy to take on the challenge for you, though! :)

rikuisepic
11-16-2009, 09:05 AM
How would you suggest going by making this if you are on a budget?

D-holla-J
11-16-2009, 11:51 AM
How would you suggest going by making this if you are on a budget?

If you're on a budget, you can make the sitar exclusively out of foam core and hand carve it, as well as doing sanding by hand. You may have to leave out any wooden pieces if you don't have access to power tools. All in all, you can get by making it pretty cheap, but the finished version may not hold up as well to abuse. ^__^

My first sitar was made exclusively of the foam core, everything done by hand, and while it was lighter and cheaper to make (about $60 for materials), it snapped in half on the third day of its first convention. In comparison, the sitar made in this tutorial is going to her 3rd convention this weekend, and has undergone very little damage and is easily touched up.

Iji
03-08-2010, 02:22 PM
Access to various foam parts are limited in my country, but do you think it would work the same way with styrofoam? Another Demyx-cosplayer in Norway have done it much like you, but with styrofoam instead of foam core... As far as I can see, it works fine for her, do you have any tips for how to strengthen the material? =)

Demyxsitar
09-18-2010, 08:06 AM
I need help. I am worried about the wether because my friend and I are bulding the sitar for my cosplay but we are gonna start it today and its geting realy cold out lately. I live in Indana and the timpurtures are droping quickly and I'm realy worried that if we do get it done and painted that it will crack wile drying in his grodge. I'm thinkful that his parints are leting us use their grodge for the 6ft tall sitar but sence I cant go out at get foam and useing used paper is it a good idea:eeek:? I'm realy consurned and need help your an expurt so i thought I'd ask I sure do hope that you can help your tatorial was a BIG help!

ElliotJatomiSan
02-06-2011, 01:01 PM
Aiyaiyai....
I have this problem o.e
i made a stupid mistake and didn't put enough weight onto the top of the sitar (where the spikes are) and now theres this stupid 5-7 cm gap. I really don't know what to do. help?

Demykashi521
03-05-2011, 09:28 PM
Thank you so much for making this tutorial. Demyx was the second costume I ever made and thank god this was the first thing that came up when I googled how to make a sitar. This tutorial is ingenius and with it and a little elbow grease my dad and I were able to make our own, named it Concerto. Just thought I'd let ya know that I'm a huge fan of your work, you're awesome, and I couldn't have made such an epic prop without ya.

JustACostume
06-12-2011, 06:16 PM
I like your tutorial alot your sitar looks better then mine but mine is maybe 5 pounds and way made in 7 days by 2 people and took about $25 dollers it is not complete yet but my sitar is made for young people cosplaying Demyx.(I was 11 when i made this with someone else)

kyoko_TOKO
07-20-2011, 04:37 PM
Do any of you guys here, commission to make sitars? and how much?