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cuddles116
05-28-2007, 09:13 PM
I haven’t seen one of these up and I got asked about it so I thought I’d give it its own post. ::I apologize in advance since I don’t have pictures of the scythe with all these steps but I have templates and such for other things that I’m going to post to give an idea::

Materials you will need to make a basic scythe out of insulation foam
: or a prop in general:

Insulation foam: you can get an 8 by 4 foot sheet at most home centers:: Home Depot, Menard’s carries the pink one I use, Lowes carries the exact same stuff in blue. It comes it different thicknesses, ½ inch, 1 inch and 2, I usually use 1 inch and if you hit a sale it will be about $7 a sheet. Also they will cut it for you if you ask. If for some odd reason you get a place that just refuses a box cutter can cut it down quickly to fit into the car.
A light marker and a dark marker to trace the basic shape with: make sure whatever you use has a soft tip so it doesn’t press and mark the foam:.
Boxer cutter (the kind with the breakable tips so that it is long enough to get all the way through the foam on the first cut) and/or and X-acto knife depending on the detailing.
Sandpaper (You will need at the very least a coarse paper around 60 grit and a medium paper around 80 – 100 grit. A fine grit would be nice for final touchup but it's up to you)
Elmer’s wood glue (for fixing breaks and paper mache)
A bowl or cup – for the glue
Paper strips for paper mache ::there are other ways to strengthen foam props but I find this one to be the cheapest and safest, even though it takes the longest.::
A pvc pipe (I used a ½ inch pvc for 1 inch foam)
A measuring tape – So you can make sure the scythe won’t be too big to get into a con.


Optional necessities

Spray adhesive – if you are going to build up areas rather than buying thicker foam (ONLY use this on the treated parts of the foam, if you use it on a sanded piece it will dissolve the foam.)
Toothpicks (If you break a piece while working on it you use a few toothpicks to hold it together with a little Elmer’s glue so that it isn’t weak)
PVC Socket – If your scythe is too tall for con regulations you can cut your pvc pipe and use this to easily connect it (I bought one of these at Home Depot for 17 cents lol and my hand covers it is pictures so you’d never know it was two pieces) Anyway a socket simply looks like this (http://www.usplastic.com/images/products/pipe/28350p.jpg). They also sell connectors that screw together if you want it to be more secure.
Spray Paint – NEVER use this on exposed foam it will eat away the foam just like the spray adhesive does I use it for quick coverage though.
A template - If you have a really complicated scythe/prop using kraft paper is easier than free handing. I used it for my claymore because everything had to be even as well as my keyblade (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v509/JenFur116/Website/173780750725_0_1.jpg).
Painter’s Tape – To hold the template down as well as help lay out designs for the paint
Paint Brushes - If you are using spray paint and tape you will need to do a little touch up in the end, a package of cheap paintbrushes are prefect since you can't clean the spray paint off easily anyway.
Disposable cups - To spray paint into for touch up.


Procedure
The first thing I do is get a reference photo of the scythe and cut a rectangle out of the foam so it is easier to work with. I wanted to have the scythe be as big as the rules allow which is 4 feet in any direction. Since the foam is already 4 feet wide all I did was select the height I needed. I used a 2-foot by 4-foot piece for Bridget’s scythe. Since the shape was so simple I freehanded it onto the foam with a light sharpie. Don’t worry about mistakes just get everything where you want it. After I got the proportions right I took a darker sharpie to trace the proper lines to guarantee no mistakes. Make sure to leave about half an inch of foam where the handle will be added.

Next is cutting the rough shape out of the foam. Make sure you have a fresh blade on the box cutter and don’t just drag the knife through but slowly cut in an up and down motion. While the dragging motion will work if you are following the grain of the foam if you are going against the grain the foam will just be ripped out in little chunks and that could potentially ruin your prop if too much is marred. Your freshly cut shape will look something like this (http://images.cosplay.com/showphoto.php?photo=1073516). If it breaks don’t worry it’s a clean break and can be fixed after you cut the entire shape out. ::the claymore broke straight across the handle, if you look closely all it took was about 6 toothpicks and a layer of Elmer’s glue left to dry. Also you can see how extremely rough the edges are, that’s from me dragging the blade because I was in a rush lol:

If nothing broke then you can start sanding and skip this paragraph. If you had a break you will have to add some glue on the top and bottom of a few tooth picks and stick them in the foam half way, add a layer of glue to the foam and then attach the other piece and let them sit over night pressed together to dry.

You will start shaping the scythe to have pointed ends rather than blunt ends starting with the coarse grit. Be careful with the coarse grit because it can remove the foam pretty fast, once you have the basic curves you want use a softer grit to work slower. After a little shaping through sanding you will end up with something like this (http://images.cosplay.com/showphoto.php?photo=1074230) :yay the last of the non scythe pictures lol:. You can see that I broke a spike tip lol so if that happens just repeat the gluing stage.

If the scythe you are making isn’t flat than at this stage you can start adding additional parts. I used foam for all of my buildup parts and so I redid the cut and sanding steps but I didn’t sand the treated part of the foam. By not sanding that part: the shiny part with the writing: I just sprayed some spray adhesive on it and applied it. It only took 15 minutes to dry. After the added on pieces my scythe looked like this (http://images.cosplay.com/showphoto.php?photo=728983). Here you can see the extra ½ inch of foam I told you to leave where the handle is going it is to help strengthen the hold for the next step.

Take the box cutter and cut a straight line in the extra part of foam going vertically. Be careful not to break it off. This part is going to go inside the pvc pipe to help strengthen the hold. Before you stick it in the pvc pipe you will have to do two things. First you will have to sand a gap in between the cut like this (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v509/JenFur116/Website/173958313861.jpg) so that the left over foam can slide into the pipe without adding pressure to the scythe blade. Second add a layer of glue to it and after attaching it to the pipe let dry over night. Here (http://images.cosplay.com/showphoto.php?photo=734464) you can see what it looks like after the pipe is connected. Please note that I didn’t stick the pipe all the way through, that is a separate pipe on top that was attached using the same method. Also you may have to sand part of the left over foam so that it can fit into the pipe without having to be completely jammed in.

That was the end of the easy parts. Those first few steps only take a few hours of actual working time and since you are paper maching over the entire thing it doesn't matter if it isn't 100% smooth.

Paper mache the entire thing :I use two layers of paper mache which is 6 layers of paper - you shouldn't layer more than three pieces of paper at a time or it starts not drying right: The paper mache helps additionally strengthen the pipe's connection.

Once you are done paper maching you can start adding coats of glue making sure to let them completely dry before adding the next. I think I added like 15 coats of wood glue to my scythe which ended up cutting my leg open lol so I don't think it requires so many ::though it did survive countless bumps without any signs of damage::. With other props I usually only add 4 to 5.

After you are done adding the coats of glue you can take that fine grit (100 and up) and lightly sand the scythe so that it is smooth for painting. ::Please note I skipped this step on my scythe since the multiple glue layers made all the imperfections less noticeable but they are still there close up (http://images.cosplay.com/showphoto.php?photo=1068130) but they don't show up in most pictures so I don't mind::

Before painting you should cut your PVC pipe to the proper height. I always do this last so that I know for sure that I haven't surpassed the prop height limit while paper maching ::for Bridget's scythe I added to spike at the top and didn’t know how tall it was going to end up so I waited:: Also before painting if you did cut the pipe attach the socket to one of the ends and glue it in place.

I paint using spray painting by marking off areas with painter's tape but you can use anything. I find this to be quicker though since it doesn't show brush lines and dries in 15 minutes or less.

It may need a little touch up after you remove the tape which is why you may need brushes and cups ::if you are using acrylics you don't have to worry about touch ups :bigtu: ::

The final painted and touched up scythe turned out like this (http://images.cosplay.com/showphoto.php?photo=1068129).

And you're done =)

MadMichiChan
05-30-2007, 01:31 PM
AMAZING.

<3

But tell me, if I need the handle of my scythe to be much thicker than that, say 1-1.5 inches, would I use the same method but leave more leaft over foam after cutting the shape?

cuddles116
05-30-2007, 03:15 PM
But tell me, if I need the handle of my scythe to be much thicker than that, say 1-1.5 inches, would I use the same method but leave more leaft over foam after cutting the shape?

That should work just fine, you just want to make sure that the extra foam will fit snuggly into the pipe ::if you leave too much you can just sand a little of it down so it'll fit::

Also if the handle needs to be thicker but not straight you can paper mache the pipe to be much larger. I did that for the bottom of the handle (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v509/JenFur116/Website/173958338565.jpg) on mine.

aidanshoku
07-01-2007, 06:43 PM
sorry to drag up an old thread, but what would your thoughts be on creating a scythe with multiple blades? three, to be exact....I HAVE TWO WEEKS, I BETTER GET CRACKING. XD;

cuddles116
07-08-2007, 11:24 PM
Are you referring to that Naruto character Hidan's scythe?

If you are where the scythe attaches to the pole there are cylinders so you would just attach each blade to those and then cut a hole in the middle of the cylinder and slide it into place on the pole (if you mark the pole where each one is going to be first you can spray the inside of the cylinder with glue first and then slide it down so it will help it stay in place.) You can probably pick up some cylinder styrofoam pieces at a craft store.

If you find a big enough cylinder and if you use 1/2 foam you can cut out a little rectangle piece in the cylinder and leave some extra foam on the blade and then slide it into place with some glue and it should hold before you reinforce it.

Sorry for such a late response.

Snowe
07-09-2007, 12:19 AM
My mum just bought a packet of this snack, and looking at the package,
24810
I was wondering if this metal-looking plastic sheet could be used in place of the spray paint? (for making metallic-looking scythes, I mean)

cuddles116
07-09-2007, 11:27 AM
My mum just bought a packet of this snack, and looking at the package,
24810
I was wondering if this metal-looking plastic sheet could be used in place of the spray paint? (for making metallic-looking scythes, I mean)

You would have to be very very patient doing that since every cut would have to match up perfectly and connect as seamlessly as possible. Also I believe you may run into a problem on the top and bottom because of the curve. If you had a large sheet of that plastic and laid it on the blade the top and bottom would need multiple cuts to lay flat, alternatively if you cut a small strip to cover the entire curve it might still be wrinkled in places. Again though if you're super patient (I know I'm not lol) and will take the time to make every seam match, give it a go on a scrap piece of foam that is shaped like the scythe (think like a 10 inch replica) this way you can see all the potential problem areas before risking the larger scythe. Oh and definitely post back here if it works because that would have a really great shine on it :)

Loran Cehack
07-09-2007, 12:07 PM
Just my luck. I find this long after I built my hueg wooden scythe for my Shani costume... =P

http://images.cosplay.com/showphoto.php?photo=1159865

benihime
03-18-2008, 08:56 PM
okay so i have a question about the glue. do you add any water or just straight glue on there?

cuddles116
04-10-2008, 08:33 AM
okay so i have a question about the glue. do you add any water or just straight glue on there?

Crap I need to check my posts more. When paper maching I used watered down glue as well as for the painted on layers of glue. Wood glue is just too thick (IMO) to brush on smoothly without being a little watered down.

cold kittn
05-15-2008, 07:14 PM
i'm so glad someone suggested this thread. I'm gonna make Maka's sycth using this tutorial. I have a question for you? Is there a way to make the pole and the blade part of the scyth detachable? I plan on making mine 6ft tall and I know it's not going to fit in the car.

I want to detach this part of the scyth (the part with the blade and the eye as one piece) from the pole:
http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l136/coldkittn/eye-1.jpg
http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l136/coldkittn/Scyth-1.jpg

chocopocky
07-26-2008, 10:24 AM
This Really Helps!!! Thanks!!!


but can someone give me a few tips for this certain scythe from SOUL EATER? This'lll be my first time aking a weapon! ><;;;


http://img512.imageshack.us/img512/193/soul7rd9.jpg

ninjagal6
08-19-2008, 09:17 PM
well, i'm just about to stat, so i'll give heads up.

Nozomi
08-20-2008, 11:38 PM
What kinds of tips were you looking for, chocopocky? I'm in the middle of making mine now. :)

ViewtifulV
08-22-2008, 03:55 PM
uwah, this thread is uber old~ haha~ XD but anyway, is the foam+paper mache durable? I'm just worried that it might... iono... snap in half XD The scythe I want to make has a sort-of small detail sticking out of the other side of the scythe, like this: (-|> (the |> is the scythe and the (- is the add-on), but smaller and more curvy.

thank you for the tutorial! <3

cuddles116
08-22-2008, 08:48 PM
i'm so glad someone suggested this thread. I'm gonna make Maka's sycth using this tutorial. I have a question for you? Is there a way to make the pole and the blade part of the scyth detachable? I plan on making mine 6ft tall and I know it's not going to fit in the car.
I want to detach this part of the scyth (the part with the blade and the eye as one piece) from the pole:
http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l136/coldkittn/eye-1.jpg
http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l136/coldkittn/Scyth-1.jpg

I'm so bad about checking this thread -.- lol for future reference to all I don't mind being PMed. I'm assuming you figured it out by now if not than yes you can make that part detachable I like just using different pvc joints they have some that screw together that you could insert inside.

This Really Helps!!! Thanks!!!
but can someone give me a few tips for this certain scythe from SOUL EATER? This'lll be my first time aking a weapon! ><;;
http://img512.imageshack.us/img512/193/soul7rd9.jpg

What kind of help were you looking for if you have a specific question let me know and I'll see if I can give you a hand.

uwah, this thread is uber old~ haha~ XD but anyway, is the foam+paper mache durable? I'm just worried that it might... iono... snap in half XD The scythe I want to make has a sort-of small detail sticking out of the other side of the scythe, like this: (-|> (the |> is the scythe and the (- is the add-on), but smaller and more curvy.
thank you for the tutorial! <3

See because it's old that means it's good *nods nods*

Paper mache and foam is durable depending on how much you use and then how many top coats of glue you use on top of that. For that purple scythe it cut open my leg when I was swinging it around, it took countless bumps and me smashing it into things and two years later it is still in fantastic shape. The claymore I made on the other hand had only 1 or two layers of paper mache (so about 5 to 6 sheets of newpaper over it) with no top coat (I made the entire thing from carving to painting in under three days it was insane I was so behind) and it has no support so it did infact snap in half on the weakest point after being bumped.

I actually now am a VERY big fan of using cheese cloth rather than paper. It is alot harder to make sure it is smooth but you can get away with just a few coats of that and it is very hard.

But yeah I have no idea what the (-|> is suppose to be lol so if you have a reference picture I could give you some advice.

ViewtifulV
09-14-2008, 08:37 PM
^^ OMG, so sorry XD I always do things the hard way... ;_;

http://img355.imageshack.us/img355/8498/alicecoloriiix7.jpg

Hopefully that little part at the end doesn't snap off, since it's so small and thin T_T Your scythe is pretty similar with its extra "wing", but mine sort of curves in, so it's thin and sharp around the edges. It sort of makes me worried if I can pull it off with this technique... >o<



Sorry for my retardedness OTL

cuddles116
09-15-2008, 03:13 PM
^^ OMG, so sorry XD I always do things the hard way... ;_;

http://img355.imageshack.us/img355/8498/alicecoloriiix7.jpg

Hopefully that little part at the end doesn't snap off, since it's so small and thin T_T Your scythe is pretty similar with its extra "wing", but mine sort of curves in, so it's thin and sharp around the edges. It sort of makes me worried if I can pull it off with this technique... >o<



Sorry for my retardedness OTL

What a great scythe I've never seen that character (I don't get out much -.-)

You shouldn't have any issues with it if you make the blade and end part one piece out of some thick foam (because of the cuts along the edges you should probably look at a foam around an 1 1/2 thick so that the meeting point of those two edges in the smaller back part has a solid amount of foam to help keep it strudy before you cover it) and then connect it to a thick PVC pipe (you'll have to build up and around the handle anyway but overall it looks like a pretty large piece and you want a solid pvc handle that isn't flimsy 1 inch handles are very sturdy I used one when I made Misa's scythe (http://www.cosplay.com/photo/1523393/) that was REALLY heavy becaues of clay lol.

Though thinking about it you could always put a 6 inch dowel rod through that part and then you won't have any worries.

Silvana_Girl
09-21-2008, 06:14 PM
Hi there! This is coming in handy since I'm making this:

http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f343/kljs/makaalban460.png

Just one question...

How does the blade stay attached to the pipe, do you just mache it to the PVC or should I use some kind of adhesive?

Sorry if that's a dumb question, but I just know I'll mess it up.

xD

this_chick25
09-22-2008, 12:02 PM
Hee... I'm making a scythe too, but I'm using PVC sheeting. I think next time I'll carve the blade casing out of foam.

uwah, this thread is uber old~ haha~ XD but anyway, is the foam+paper mache durable?

Strip paper mache is surprisingly durable. If you want to add to the durability, you can lay down a scrim layer or two of cheesecloth before putting down the paper strips.

Also, I want to add a VERY valuable bit of info. If you are going to use spray adhesive, 3M makes a spray adhesive formulated for insulation foam. It's called Insulation 78 (http://www.drillspot.com/products/331925/3M_78_Insulation_Spray), and it can be sprayed directly on the foam without dissolving it. Truly worth $10-12 a can if you do a lot of foam props.

Silvana_Girl
09-22-2008, 05:26 PM
Ohhh, thanks for the info on that spray stuff for foam! <333

this_chick25
09-30-2008, 12:13 AM
Oh no problem!

I forgot to add--you can get it at places like ACE, Lowe's or Home Depot, I just pulled up the website for a picture of the can.

Chai_CatWings
10-22-2008, 10:19 AM
Thank you so much for making this tutorial!! I'm going as Maka from Soul Eater at Ohayocon this year, so this was super helpful! :3

veraca
01-21-2009, 08:33 AM
Oddly enough, I like this tutorial better than the ones I've seen for Keyblades.

My only questioning, would be if you HAVE to use a PVC pipe, or wooden dowel, on the inside for stability support? It seems you didn't for the blade of your scythe, which is why I'm questioning it.
Not like I'm planning to swing the keyblade around like mad or anything, but knowing it won't snap at a con would be nice.

Bunneh-kins
02-24-2009, 02:17 PM
Hi! I wanted to post on this old thread now and start my scythe, a few months before my convention, just in case i messed up or it took someone a while to notice I posted here. This will be my first time making a weapon, so bare with me! <3

First, let me start off by saying thank you to the original poster and all the people who replied because now, i have a better understanding of how to go about doing this. ^-^;; Now, onto my questions!!!!

I am going as Yuki from Vampire Knight and I need to make her scythe. Here are soem pictures of the scythe: (WARNING!: These pics might be a bit of a spoiler!!!)
http://img42.onemanga.com/mangas/00000050/000058422/32.jpg
http://s277.photobucket.com/albums/kk41/metanorn/mangascans/?action=view&current=vampire_knight43_19-1.jpg
http://s133.photobucket.com/albums/q58/stefanie2292/vampire%20knight/?action=view&current=Vampire-Knight.jpg

The last one is the most detailed pic i could find of it because it is by Matsuri Hino sensei.

1. I'm in the marching band's color guard, have been for about 7 years now (i'm in college lolz) and I was wondering if I could use one of our flag poles as the pole because it is a lot sturdier. http://www.algyteam.com/merchant.mv?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=FL3001&Category_Code=&Store_Code=algyteam&Offset=&Search=1&Search_ID=158529&Search_By=&Search_Str=poles&Search_Type=AND

2. How would I go about making all those intentions in the scythe, like the face (atleast i think it looks like a skull face) and the little rivets or whatever in the pole, how would i co about doing those? Just with paper mache?

3. If we wanted to use Cheese cloth, how would we go about using it Just the same way as with paper mache? And where could we find the Cheese cloth?


Sorry if some of these questions are stupid, this is my first time making a weapon... Sorry.. I feel like such a newb at this lol.

cuddles116
02-26-2009, 08:26 AM
Hi! I wanted to post on this old thread now and start my scythe, a few months before my convention, just in case i messed up or it took someone a while to notice I posted here. This will be my first time making a weapon, so bare with me! <3

First, let me start off by saying thank you to the original poster and all the people who replied because now, i have a better understanding of how to go about doing this. ^-^;; Now, onto my questions!!!!

I am going as Yuki from Vampire Knight and I need to make her scythe. Here are soem pictures of the scythe: (WARNING!: These pics might be a bit of a spoiler!!!)
http://img42.onemanga.com/mangas/00000050/000058422/32.jpg
http://s277.photobucket.com/albums/kk41/metanorn/mangascans/?action=view&current=vampire_knight43_19-1.jpg
http://s133.photobucket.com/albums/q58/stefanie2292/vampire%20knight/?action=view&current=Vampire-Knight.jpg

The last one is the most detailed pic i could find of it because it is by Matsuri Hino sensei.

1. I'm in the marching band's color guard, have been for about 7 years now (i'm in college lolz) and I was wondering if I could use one of our flag poles as the pole because it is a lot sturdier. http://www.algyteam.com/merchant.mv?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=FL3001&Category_Code=&Store_Code=algyteam&Offset=&Search=1&Search_ID=158529&Search_By=&Search_Str=poles&Search_Type=AND

2. How would I go about making all those intentions in the scythe, like the face (atleast i think it looks like a skull face) and the little rivets or whatever in the pole, how would i co about doing those? Just with paper mache?

3. If we wanted to use Cheese cloth, how would we go about using it Just the same way as with paper mache? And where could we find the Cheese cloth?


Sorry if some of these questions are stupid, this is my first time making a weapon... Sorry.. I feel like such a newb at this lol.

Hi,

First off that scythe is awesome and now I totally want to make it lol. I do hope that you realize though it is going to have a very weak connection if you only attach it to a pole in one place...I think if you work with a pole that you partly embedd in to the right like a flipped horizontally "L" it will be alot sturdier.

Anyway here were just a few of my thoughts on your questions.

1) I haven't ever used a flag pole for anything so I'm not sure how easy it is to cut to size or its durability but if you find that it works better or just as well I can't see any problem using an alternative material.

2) When I made Misa's (http://www.cosplay.com/photo/1523961/) scythe I used a very limited shrinking air drying clay for the face, star part (and the little spikes all around were foam board covered with clay) and half way down the handle before it started swirling in a circle, that lower part of the handle was paper mached. It was more expensive and heavier using clay but I didn't want to paper mache the whole thing, though you can.

3) Cheese cloth can be found in any local craft store, I got mine from the sewing section at Walmart. Unlike paper mache if you dip in the cloth it becomes like worthless especially if you are using smaller strips lol it like becomes string and it takes FOREVER to stretch it back out. I found it works best if you just paint glue onto the surface and then lay the cloth over that and then paint on another layer.

Bunneh-kins
02-26-2009, 10:00 AM
Thankies! I will try the cheese cloth because it will eb mroe sturdy... however, i do not think i will use clay for the scthe. I've doenthigns with clay before and i am not that great with it. ^-^;; I was thinking of when i sand down the fown, making the slight indentions, and then using the cheese cloth to make it stand out more... However, if I screw up, how much will you charge to make me one cosnidering you said you are interested inmaking one for me? Anyway, thanks again for your help. I should be starting on the scythe this weekend. I was going to start on it this week but i found out my presentation was due soon, so i have been crazy busy with getting the presentation ready to go... Bah... lol.:crylaugh:

Bunneh-kins
03-11-2009, 10:24 AM
Okay so I am halfway through with the scythe so i decided to post some pictures so you guys might be able to give me pointers and also I have a question. My father was wondeirng if fiberglass would also work with this foam or would it eat it away? We can get the fiberglass for free because he is a bodyshop guy and not to mention it'll be easier to make those little thingys that the pole has.

Eaither way, Below are some pics. I would like some input of how I am doing and if there is anything I should fix on the scythe before I go any further.

[img]http://bunneh-kins.deviantart.com/art/Yuki-Scythe-in-the-making-1-115579671[/image]

[img]http://bunneh-kins.deviantart.com/art/Yuki-Scythe-in-the-making-2-115580128[/image]

[img]http://bunneh-kins.deviantart.com/art/Yuki-Scythe-in-the-making-3-115580352[/image]
I was trying to compare the hight of the scythe to my height and all that jazz. Didn't work out how I wanted it to but you get the jist of it. And yes, it was early morning when i took this pic so i look like crap lol.

[img]http://bunneh-kins.deviantart.com/art/Yuki-Scythe-in-the-making-4-115580507[/image]

P.S. Sanding a scythe that much is uber messy lol. :untrust:

Boroku92
04-02-2009, 09:32 PM
hey how do you make the scythe for Dr. Stein from Soul Eater? i'm having touble

Anitaku
04-03-2009, 01:03 AM
hi im making a scythe for my favorite character rukia an i dont know where to start, i was wondering if u can help me on how to built one, im kinda confused right now an i need to built the scythe before anime-expo 2009 in july. i posted sum piks i found hoping it might help.


http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f85/anitaku/-EvilRukia-.jpg
http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f85/anitaku/bleachfadetoblack.jpg
http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f85/anitaku/1892218.jpg
http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f85/anitaku/1892223.jpg
http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f85/anitaku/1895896.jpg
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F1yMordecai
04-03-2009, 11:20 AM
hi im making a scythe for my favorite character rukia an i dont know where to start, i was wondering if u can help me on how to built one, im kinda confused right now an i need to built the scythe before anime-expo 2009 in july. i posted sum piks i found hoping it might help.


http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f85/anitaku/-EvilRukia-.jpg
http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f85/anitaku/bleachfadetoblack.jpg
http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f85/anitaku/1892218.jpg
http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f85/anitaku/1892223.jpg
http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f85/anitaku/1895896.jpg
http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f85/anitaku/1895897.jpg


Hey Anitaku, I'll be going as Dark Rukia for a con in the fall and have started my research now. Reading through the whole tutorial at the beginning was very helpful. Thanks so much for sharing, cuddles116!

To start, I'd go with using PVC for the pole, probably at 3/4" in diameter. Since I'm not sure on rules for AE, you may want to consider using a connection so you can take apart the scythe to get it in the door (and to follow the rules). I'm really really short (seriously, Rukia height), so I'm planning to make my scythe a total of ~8 ft tall. For the best effect, make the scythe in proportion to your height.

A foam base for the red section would work the best. My original idea for using corrugated plastic as the internal structure will probably end up too heavy. A paper mâché technique will work great for this, but if you haven't used cheese cloth before, I'd recommend against using it. Instead of glue for newspaper strips, I've always used starch that is used for washing clothes. However, watered down wood glue would be best for the top coats and sanding to seal the whole thing together.

Also for the white lattice at the top, paper mâché wrapped around thin dowel rods would work best. You can make imperfections with the paper so it comes out bumpy. My original idea was to use Might Putty after seeing a successful, intricate crown at the last con, but on second thought, it would end up being really heavy. Plus you'd have to do a plastic dip to make sure it won't break.

I hope that helps! I can't wait to start on the scythe myself! :)

(I'm new to this site, btw. Nice to meet you!)

Anitaku
04-09-2009, 03:42 AM
thank you so much, that was helpful, this weekend im going wit my dad 2 buy everything i need so i can get started, an once im done with the scythe i'll post the piks later cause after building that that so nice of my mum she's helping me make my dark rukia costume. thanx again. ^_^

ShawtyPops
04-12-2009, 07:35 AM
Have actually made it =D
thank you for the tutorial it helped ^^

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oIer6cugou4&feature=channel_page

anya7890
05-13-2009, 08:25 AM
how do you do a template

animekicksass
08-01-2009, 04:14 PM
stuff.. anyone know like how he looks like without cloak? like does he hav bandages aroudn his waist? i plan to go as ritual hidan and hav a black shirt (making it look like hi shirtless.. im a girl so i cant go shirtless [which means i need bandages around chest and the shirt over it]) with the white lines on it because i dont wanna mess up my tobi cloak D: (tobi doesnt hav open chested claok so i didnt make it like that.. nor do i wanna make it look like it got burned) ... but i will not hav like his big scrolls or w/e they are (i saw something under his cloak one epi) i will not hav like the little pouch for kunais or w/e [i hav little fake pirate kknife so ill 'stab ' myself lol.. but what do i need? i hav light blue skin tight pants.. i hav a black shirt and paint. what else would i need (like bandages around waist or no?)
2. i have white hair spray for his hair (will that work? i hav hairspray to hold it down so. will it work? (i hav light brown hair and i can easily hav his hairstyle (i go in pool and i came out and i looked at hair and went eek hidan??.. lol)
3. i need help making necklace cause there is SOOO many different kinds online.. like this style where necklace is attached right to pendant http://cgi.ebay.com/NARUTO-SHIPPUDEN-Necklace-Cosplay-NEW-Hidan-Jashin-Logo_W0QQitemZ350212051039QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_De faultDomain_0?hash=item518a43d05f&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=65:12|66:2|39:1|72:1205|293:1|294:50
and this style where it has a sting that attaches to pendant and necklace http://cgi.ebay.com/HIDAN-NECKLACE-Akatsuki-Jashin-cosplay-Naruto_W0QQitemZ220387604039QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_ DefaultDomain_0?hash=item33501ff647&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14
what do u recommend i buy?
and 4. i hav my dads friend who is really good at woodwork.. so he can make scythe.. but anyone know like how or what type of rope for the rope part? (obviously i cant hav retractable rope but ignoring that) and anyone hav a god pic of him and his scythe because im not sure how big it is compared to him..(im 5'5 or so so how big should it be?) and how should he make the like.. part where the blades attach to the pole? and how big are the blades? (theyre not all the same size but how big should they be?)

HELP PLZ! im the type of person whose like a perfectionist like i really wanna look just like him.. (cept for retractable scythe and immortalness)

otaku0chick
08-13-2009, 07:52 PM
Great tutorial

Kaien-dono
09-30-2009, 08:00 PM
hey im doing black star from soul eater any ideas on how to make his chain scythe would be great MCM expo in Oct getting closer ^o^

http://th07.deviantart.net/fs39/300W/i/2008/314/6/7/Soul_Eater_Black_Star_by_LaGuNa84.jpg

Onitheris
11-19-2009, 12:18 PM
I know this thread is a bit old, but wanted to put my input in, as I'm making a scythe now for my cosplay. One thing I didn't see mentioned here is about hte staff handle. Instead of using PVC pipe like was mentioned here I found that Conduit Piping was much better.

It's very lightweight and most importantly for me, in making a 7ft tall scythe, VERY rigid. I was shopping for PVC pipe and found that a 1/2 inch wide pipe, which is what I would need to fit into the 1 inch wide foam, was too flimsy. The 1/2 inch wide Conduit Piping was still very light but didn't bend at all. The stuff is dirt cheap too, a 10ft long piece for like 2 dollars, if that.

The only problem I foresee is if this will be detachable. I plan on carving a hole into the blade to effectively give the scythe a tang, sticking the pipe in. I was planning on just gluing the pipe into there, but hat would mean it's not detachable. If someone could give me some help on how this may be made detachable if its a metal pipe, I would very much appreciate it. I just felt PVC was way too flimsy.

flaredragon497
12-16-2009, 02:59 PM
I'm making a Maka Albarn Scythe for Acen 2010. So far I have a metal pole about six feet long. I'll probably make the blade and eye peice out of foam and make it so it slips on and off easily but is still stays in one place when I swing the scythe around. I'm not sure though. This is my first time making a prop.
Plus I'm not sure how to paint the pole...

flaredragon497
01-21-2010, 03:43 PM
do you think that Modge Podge (water based glue) would work in place of Wood Glue?

SyaoSyao
10-20-2010, 07:25 AM
oh no this page seems a little,,,,,, dead and i was hoping for help on a maka scythe too.....

XtreatX
03-24-2011, 01:57 PM
cool (y) :3

jedimatt
04-05-2011, 11:22 AM
Hello. I made a generic scythe for a grim reaper cosplay for 2011 anime expo in la.

I have searched several sites looking for the best way to make one and i decided insulation foam would be the best. But, when i went to lowes and home depot, i found that they dont carry the pink or blue insulation foam. They only carried 2 types, both from what i could tell, are made by the same company. 1 is a white foam(similar to packing foam you get with a new tv or computer monitor). the other is sound dampening foam made of the same stuff they come from the can.
I could not sand the white foam, it basically just broke off in pieces. i ended up using it for painting later on. The insulation foam worked so much better. It is covered on both sides by a thin metallic foil on 1 side and a thin (paper thin) cardboard. I ended up peeling both sides off. It is very porous but i was able to cover those spots with gesso from michaels. It sanded to shape just fine using a dremel sander.

Also as far as painting gores i used 2 types. 1 was latex based krylon paint(h2O was the name on it) and crafting spray paint that i found at ace hardware. total cost of it all was about 20 bucks(actual cost was 40 but this is counting the sheet of foam i bought that was no use to me.)

Xin^-^
04-21-2011, 02:16 AM
this was so helpful! now i know what im getting myself into
really really thanks ^-^ i think i can do this now!

HezaV
04-25-2011, 04:22 PM
This is really cool. Thanks!

KnightJeran
04-28-2011, 08:02 PM
I didn't end up using insulation foam. I bought some, but it was really difficult to sand and work with. I ended up layering about four layers of foam board, carving the blade out and paper macheing it. I also used a pvc pipe cut in half (for storage) and made it connect by a wooden dowel glued inside with grippy foam so that it just suctions itself together seamlessly.

Xin^-^
06-19-2011, 08:32 PM
UGH so mad!!!!!! D:< i used paper mache but now when im trying to spray paint it shows through. Could of gave a HELPFUL hint that the spray paint wouldnt cover it >.>
time to re paper mache
and im still not understanding the whole wood glue thing...
=_='

ChilmarkGryphon
06-19-2011, 09:21 PM
@Xin: Generally one uses spray primer before using spray paint, the same way you'd use gesso before you applied acrylic paint. The layers of wood glue are brushed on like paint before you do any finishing work, to fill in the paper texture of the paper mache.

Xin^-^
06-28-2011, 11:38 PM
o: i see. thank you
my scythe came out okay anyways just needed some more coats..i forgot bout the primer OTL
i dont know that much bout paint. my bad. but it still looks like a lovely red scythe!

thatoneouji
07-04-2011, 09:22 PM
awesome thread! it realy helped for making a friends B-rabbit sctyhe from pandora hearts! ^^

gackt_2003
07-07-2011, 07:27 PM
i just found this thread and read through all of it. i've never made a real prop before and i think i found a cosplay i want to do. [btw, i haven't done any intense cosplays either] white rock shooter scythe (http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_hGrooeooxbI/TUPEIP4VzqI/AAAAAAAAApo/zvhfo8n9EwQ/s1600/33dde83cc4a18432586e5d888928b9da.jpg)
i think that'll be on hell of a project. @_@

shadow_girl294
07-16-2011, 10:13 PM
i just found this thread and read through all of it. i've never made a real prop before and i think i found a cosplay i want to do. [btw, i haven't done any intense cosplays either] white rock shooter scythe (http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_hGrooeooxbI/TUPEIP4VzqI/AAAAAAAAApo/zvhfo8n9EwQ/s1600/33dde83cc4a18432586e5d888928b9da.jpg)
i think that'll be on hell of a project. @_@

I want to see that when you're done! :D

KnightJeran
07-19-2011, 03:37 PM
I'd like to add I wrote down how I made my ultra-low tech scythe (for those of us who are poor and don't have power tools) in my journal (http://www.cosplay.com/journal/10582/). The only "fancy equipment" I used was a hot glue gun and scissors. :) It is very sturdy.

Results
http://www.cosplay.com/photo/2970143/
http://www.cosplay.com/photo/2970141/

user0913
07-19-2011, 07:42 PM
Celluclay or sculptamold works in place of newspaper. It's white, dries hard and there's no need for glue.

Shirley<3sCows
08-02-2011, 05:55 PM
Celluclay or sculptamold works in place of newspaper. It's white, dries hard and there's no need for glue.

I've been trying to redo parts of my Dead Master scythe because I used newspaper the first time and ended up with horrible band marks from the pieces on the scythe. It's okay in pictures as long as you don't get super close but it bugs me to no end. Now I'm trying to using Celluclay. It seems to dry in a fairly lumpy form though and isn't as smooth as I'd like it to be. If you have any suggestions, that would be great! Thanks!

nighty
08-17-2011, 04:02 AM
I wasn't sure how I'm going to make my cosplay scythe till now, I really want to try this tutorial :) Thank you!

Ribii-chan
08-18-2011, 08:40 PM
I shall be late to the party and recommend using a bread or serrated knife over a box cutter. It makes quicker work and results in less squeaking ;P

Krohiten
05-13-2012, 10:37 AM
I'm still confused as how to attach the blade to the PVC pipe.

Nevermind, got it.

Sinnocent
11-21-2012, 09:14 PM
Super old thread, and I'm reviving, and I'm sorry, but I'm dieing to know this ...

...Take the box cutter and cut a straight line in the extra part of foam going vertically. Be careful not to break it off. This part is going to go inside the pvc pipe to help strengthen the hold. Before you stick it in the pvc pipe you will have to do two things. First you will have to sand a gap in between the cut like this (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v509/JenFur116/Website/173958313861.jpg) so that the left over foam can slide into the pipe without adding pressure to the scythe blade. Second add a layer of glue to it and after attaching it to the pipe let dry over night. Here (http://images.cosplay.com/showphoto.php?photo=734464) you can see what it looks like after the pipe is connected. Please note that I didn’t stick the pipe all the way through, that is a separate pipe on top that was attached using the same method. Also you may have to sand part of the left over foam so that it can fit into the pipe without having to be completely jammed in....

So, while I found this post EXTREMELY helpful ... I got completely lost at the bold part - for some reason trying to follow you with a mental video, I'm unable to figure out what you're talking about here ... I wish that picture link still worked, maybe seeing it would help it click in my head XD

Maybe I just need to go to sleep, and I can figure it out tomorrow and it'll suddenly make sense ... but just in case that doesn't happen, could someone help me out? XD thanks!

Wombat_Assassin
07-22-2013, 06:27 AM
I'ma use a phoenix down on this thread, and say it's a darn shame the image links are no longer working. =[

StabbityBlkMage
07-31-2013, 08:16 PM
Here is my take on the scythe prop archetype. Enjoy!

http://junkerscosplay.blogspot.com/2013/07/rwby-ruby-rose-sdcc-2013.html

http://i.imgur.com/GvbyDJzl.jpg (http://imgur.com/GvbyDJz)

Tutunkommon
09-17-2013, 02:08 PM
I'ma use a phoenix down on this thread, and say it's a darn shame the image links are no longer working. =[

I managed to recreate all but one of the image links. The missing one actually goes offsite to photobucket and has been removed. The rest of the images, in order, are:

http://www.cosplay.com/photo/1073516/
http://www.cosplay.com/photo/1074230/
http://www.cosplay.com/photo/728983/
http://www.cosplay.com/photo/734464/
http://www.cosplay.com/photo/1068130/
http://www.cosplay.com/photo/1068129/

Note that the first two, as mentioned in the OP text, are not of the scythe, but are simply showing technique. The rest of the images are scythe images.

Hope this helps!

--Tut