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Unread 03-26-2011, 08:32 AM   #1
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Inverse foil layers: Making 'realistic' metal blades, swords, knives, katanas

Dual foil Layering.
In real life, i rarely see the dual polished/matte sharpened blade effect replicated in fake metal swords, so here's how! :

This dual layer technique 'may' help make your fake/existing swords look better than some real blades.

I created this quick tutorial because my forum search returned nothing, so i'm not sure if it's been mentioned before.



Theory: Most Aluminum foil sold in supermarkets have two sides,

Some people creating or building swords using aluminium foil just use only one side, but if you invert the aluminium foil to simulate the part of the blade that has been 'sharpened' and glue it on as well at the edge, the reflective effect by using these two different sides mimics the real life katanas and has very nice reflectivity under the sun/flash photography. Great for photographers for all kinds of blades, from swords to katanas to knives and other sharpened and sharp edged objects, it gives your metal sword the realistic look

Adjust the length and frequency of the waved edges / wavelets to match your sword.
Waves may not even be necessary. you can just use a flat strip of inverted aluminum (eg: in Bleach Anime Katanas) to mimic the sharped portion.

Glue the matte side before attaching, so there's no residue on the shiny side.

Smooth base recommended. Works with existing metal foil swords you've created

I hope this helps everyone!

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-Terry

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Unread 09-23-2011, 08:16 AM   #2
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Very interesting tutorial, will definetly try it on my next weapon Thx a lot!
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Unread 09-25-2011, 12:56 PM   #3
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Very nice thanks !
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Unread 09-27-2011, 07:33 PM   #4
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Oh wow! Maybe I can use this for a chainsaw blade!
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Unread 09-27-2011, 10:17 PM   #5
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Looks great! Do you think this would also work with spraypainted/colored foil? (perhaps for a black blade, for example?)
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Unread 09-28-2011, 12:10 AM   #6
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That result looks pretty good, I'll remember that.
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Unread 10-21-2011, 03:49 AM   #7
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Ooh, that's interesting. Will keep it in mind for future projects, thanks for sharing.
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I dont know through what miracle you managed to get the foil to stay so smooth but good on you...

I've tried this after reading and the foil just wants to wringle up and rip when i try to smooth it out..
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Unread 11-11-2011, 09:06 PM   #9
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@TheMirror, dont see a problem with colouring the foil at all. Just test it first, the paint may not stay on very well
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Unread 12-22-2011, 03:53 PM   #10
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I dont know through what miracle you managed to get the foil to stay so smooth but good on you...

I've tried this after reading and the foil just wants to wringle up and rip when i try to smooth it out..
I know it's been over a month since this was last active, but YES!!! I tried this myself, and the foil keeps getting wrinkled!! I wonder if maybe using a more heavy-duty foil would work?? I saw something about that on a forum...somewhere...
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Unread 12-27-2011, 01:41 PM   #11
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Holy guacamole! Awesome idea!
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i gotta try this~!
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O.O If I could only figure out how to keep the foil from wrinkling, this would be great for my Sayaka Miki sword!!! <3
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You can also get foil tape that is already has an adhesive on the back for the same effect.
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You can also get foil tape that is already has an adhesive on the back for the same effect.
Ah, perhaps I could use that, then! I've been having trouble with the wrinkling myself. Maybe tape would make it less wrinkly? Would I find foil tape at a craft store?
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