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Unread 11-07-2012, 06:31 PM   #1
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Will this Work?

Hello! I've been wondering about how to get a good fantasy sword done for a cosplay I want to redo. My friend had done a Zelda cosplay and had some beautiful armor done and asked her how it was done thinking that it might work out for my sword. This is the tutorial she gave me http://entropyhouse.com/penwiper/cos...helmsdeep.html And this is the sword I would like to make



It'll be a bit complex to make, but I'm sure this tutorial will work don't you think?
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Unread 11-12-2012, 10:47 AM   #2
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If you make it out of craft foam it will be really floppy, no matter what it is reinforced with. Unless you reinforce it with wood...but then what is the point of the foam right? I've seen Japanese cosplayers make foam+vinyl swords, but the way they go about it is bizarre.

I've done a lot of swords this last year, and I have been using a wood/bondo/apoxie sculpt method to get a lot of details done into the swords. Here are the articles I've written on my swordmaking. I linked them from simplest to most complex. If you have any questions don't hesitate to give me a shout!

Kagamine Rin
http://junkerscosplay.blogspot.com/2...sion-2012.html
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http://junkerscosplay.blogspot.com/2...-con-2012.html
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http://junkerscosplay.blogspot.com/2...rd-online.html
Leixia
http://junkerscosplay.blogspot.com/2...-very-fun.html

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Unread 11-12-2012, 07:23 PM   #3
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I use styrene to make prop knives, layered together and shaped to what I need.
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Unread 11-13-2012, 12:34 AM   #4
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How does that work? :3
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Unread 11-13-2012, 12:35 AM   #5
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YOU made that sword in the picture??????
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Unread 11-13-2012, 12:39 AM   #6
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Most likely in this way. I do the same with wood for swords. You take layers of wood to build up your knife/sword then you sand them down to shape. Preferably with a power sander of some sort for larger projects.

This was 5 layers of wood.

Then sanded down to shape.
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Unread 11-13-2012, 12:50 AM   #7
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Yup! It's Leixia's sword from Soul Calibur V. I have everything step by step documented in my blog if you need help! The sword you want to make wouldn't be too hard, just a lot of detail work.
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Hm, but I have no tools for wood working :/ any tips for a newb? ^^"
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Unread 11-13-2012, 10:01 AM   #9
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I make all of my swords essentially only using 2 power tools.

Jigsaw
Belt sander.

You can get both for cheap at http://www.harborfreight.com. Once you invest in that you'll be making some really awesome stuff. Remember, the more you put into your cos the more you'll get out of it.

I guess the most general tip I can give is to take your time, measure twice, cut once all that jazz. Take your time with fine hand sanding and your finish work. And if you have time do some wet sanding to give the piece some extra polish.
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Well, for a first try, do you think something like this would work? http://doxiequeen1.wordpress.com/201...word-tutorial/ I would like something affordable. Wood working isn't something I know very well and would be scared to invest in it but not be able to go with it
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I make all of my swords essentially only using 2 power tools.

Jigsaw
Belt sander.

You can get both for cheap at http://www.harborfreight.com. Once you invest in that you'll be making some really awesome stuff. Remember, the more you put into your cos the more you'll get out of it.
Man, I am extra impressed that you're able to do such nice work with tools from Harbor Freight. I've had a lot of bad luck with them....
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Do you think this would work well? http://doxiequeen1.wordpress.com/201...word-tutorial/
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Wood is one way. So is plastic. So is air-drying material like apoxie sculpt or even paperclay (or other air-drying clays). It depends on what you have to invest in tools and whether you're better at sanding/carving down or sculpting/building up. I've done blades both using hand tools to plane and then sand wood, and using paperclay to build up. They're both valid methods, but I know people who fail at sculpting who've had nothing but trouble with paperclay methods, and others who can't manage tools to save their lives. Go with what works for your budget, skill set, and time available.

The craft foam armor method is meant for armor, which needs to be curved to shapes that fit the body. Swords are rigid and straight (for the most part). Very different animals.
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Man, I am extra impressed that you're able to do such nice work with tools from Harbor Freight. I've had a lot of bad luck with them....
Tools aren't what determines how something looks, that's all about the amount of time and skill invested by the maker. No doubt they can make some tasks infinitely faster and easier but there's little that can be done with power tools that can't be done with their non-powered counterparts especially in the hands of a skilled artisan.

I'm actually quite surprised that no one has recommended extruded polystyrene, or insulation foam. It comes in large 4x8 sheets in various thicknesses from any home improvement store, is relatively cheap, sands and shapes well even with hand tools, is very light weight, and is very accepting of a variety of hard coats once sealed.
There are tons of tutorials around the forum about insulation foam should you go that route. Also remember that mixing mediums will often provide the best results, so don't pigeon hole yourself into thinking that you can't combine techniques.
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Tools aren't what determines how something looks, that's all about the amount of time and skill invested by the maker. No doubt they can make some tasks infinitely faster and easier but there's little that can be done with power tools that can't be done with their non-powered counterparts especially in the hands of a skilled artisan.
Well, this is true, but you give a skilled craftsman a jigsaw that wobbles, throws blades, and then outright dies, and he won't be able to get the same results as if you had given him a decent tool. I've just had a lot of bad luck with Harbor Freight at my job. Then again, I'm mostly working with metal, so dealing with wood and foam is more forgiving.
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