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Unread 06-16-2013, 10:57 PM   #1
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Stocking's Sword? (part 2)

I posted this (http://www.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=322686) a few weeks back and recently gathered supplies to make Stocking's (of Panty and Stocking) sword pictured here (http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ouQGsQ25Uv...arge%2B30.jpg). I based my concept off this (http://fc09.deviantart.net/fs71/f/20...ul-d32yglr.jpg) tutorial.

I settled on fiberglass for stability and an LED flashlight in lieu of adding further complexity to the project by sculpting a durable handle and soldering LEDs. I then had the dilemma of assuring the light would be confined to the fiberglass sword blade I was going to make. To fit around the approximately 1 inch diameter flashlight, the swordblade would end up looking more triangular than I initially designed.

I'm now wondering how to go about this. I would experiment, but I have essentially enough fiberglass to make the sword once. There's a bit extra, but not to cut out multiple blades or screw up too horridly. I only use Mac computers and unfortunately there is no Pepakura for Mac. I also considered basing the shape off a papercraft, but the only one I found didn't quite work for this project.

This process is entirely different from any prop I've ever made, so I'm admittedly rererethinking how to accomplish it and would love advice.
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Update: Ended up starting on the project and the knives sold specifically to cut through fiberglass boards did not work well. They claim 7 to 10 passes at the most will allow it to snap. I went back and forth for nearly 2 hours and could not get even one piece to snap. An edge did eventually break, but not on the scored line. So in addition to the above questions, if someone has further advice for cutting fiberglass - shy of moderately expensive powertools I'd appreciate the help.
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