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Unread 06-28-2018, 09:36 AM   #1
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Question about sword sheath?

Hey all,

I will be cosplaying Ciri from the Witcher 3. I'm very much an amateur cosplayer because I find my clothes from thrift stores and put it all together with adjustments, etc. but I do try my best on props because I find I can do that better than sewing. So this is my first time making a wooden sword so I figured I would use EVA foam for the sheath from a little snippet of a tutorial that I found and attempt to wrap it with fabric?

Do you think the fabric will work around EVA foam? They did it differently in the tutorial so I cant refer to that, and how should I attach? Hot glue? Or maybe PL caulking?

And what type of fabric would be a good choice?

And lastly, how do you attach a sheath to a chest strap? I've been looking around online but can't seem to find much to help me with this question and this is my most pressing question.

Thanks for any and all advice!

reference picture: https://www.google.ca/search?q=ciri&rlz=1C1GGRV_enCA751CA751&source=lnms &tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjrxcjeyfbbAhUrIDQIHU9XBJ 0Q_AUICigB&biw=1600&bih=767#imgrc=_1QLG4FjfjIKHM:
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Unread 06-28-2018, 10:20 AM   #2
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First: your strap that holds the sword & sheath is going to need to be anchored to your waist belt, otherwise it's going to slide down & be annoying. (can't rely on designers to be accurate to real world physics). I'd do a small lobster clasp and loop or D ring, easy to put on and remove the sword as desired.

To attach the sheath to the leather shoulder strap: Chicago Screws; cheap, easy to use, can be assembled & separated as many times as you desire. https://www.tandyleather.com/en/sear...icago%20screws

Last is the fabric wrapping, but I admit I'm at a loss. The art you linked looks like a leather sheath, wet form type as it's smooth and shows 'stitching' down the center. I would cover it with a leather look vinyl, and use rubber cement as it's the best glue between those two materials. YMMV
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Unread 06-28-2018, 02:13 PM   #3
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First: your strap that holds the sword & sheath is going to need to be anchored to your waist belt, otherwise it's going to slide down & be annoying. (can't rely on designers to be accurate to real world physics). I'd do a small lobster clasp and loop or D ring, easy to put on and remove the sword as desired.

To attach the sheath to the leather shoulder strap: Chicago Screws; cheap, easy to use, can be assembled & separated as many times as you desire. https://www.tandyleather.com/en/sear...icago%20screws

Last is the fabric wrapping, but I admit I'm at a loss. The art you linked looks like a leather sheath, wet form type as it's smooth and shows 'stitching' down the center. I would cover it with a leather look vinyl, and use rubber cement as it's the best glue between those two materials. YMMV
Great, thank you so much! I'll give this all a try and hopefully I will be able to pull it off properly
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Unread 06-30-2018, 11:37 AM   #4
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incase you want extra resources for future referance

woden swords (katana)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ShON...120D21536501A9
paper swords
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A9twzsSILUk
durability
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07XPw--yDOM
paper sword (increased durability)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jjLMy3cRX1o

sheath/saia
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RjN9AGXcIrs

these are my "go to" for weapon builds, as they meet my standards for
cost, durability, and apearance

both methods can be enhanced by using better material and tools
(namely glue, and longer "sticks" for paper, and powertools for wood,
along with a properly outfitted work area)

and appearance is directly atributed to the quality/effort put in,
rather than being restricted by the material as foam and some other materials are
(ie with foam your locked into the oversize "cartoon" aesthetic)
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