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Unread 02-12-2003, 07:38 PM   #1
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how to make big shiney swords?

any tips on making big swords that are relatively light, and still look shiny like metal? I've never made a sword before, but I sure would like to learn. if this has been discussed before, I appologize! <
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Unread 02-12-2003, 08:19 PM   #2
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basically you can sand wood down to a thin plank (or really any other material for that matter) the trick is the paint. Dutch boy makes metallic paint, and I know for a fact you can buy chrome spray paint as well...i have some in my basement.
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Unread 02-12-2003, 08:21 PM   #3
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does it really end up being super metallic though?
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Unread 02-12-2003, 08:48 PM   #4
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Squall (Aaron), who ran the Final Fantasy Ball at AWA in character is the one who gave me the advice. He used wood sanded down to a thin blade-like shape, and then used the dutch boy paint. I think the results are FABULOUS...here's one pic, and for more, go to finalfantasyball.com ...I apologize if the quality isn't the best, but for some reason, most of their links lead to broken images. x_x


http://www.finalfantasyball.com/ffbpics/pages/112.htm
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Unread 02-12-2003, 09:21 PM   #5
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so how do you cut the wood to begin with before sanding? can I use a hand saw? or do I have to have something complicated?

Thanks so much!!
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Unread 02-12-2003, 09:26 PM   #6
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A jigsaw that can cut plywood and the like is prefered because of it's brilliant speed and cutting presion...it works like a charm!!! The only thing that you have to do with a jigsaw is hang on to it....it has a tendency to wanna "slip" from your grip....so becareful!!
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Unread 02-12-2003, 09:28 PM   #7
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If you want a realistic metallic look then use chrome tape. I know they carry some at Michael's but it isn't very sticky. You might want to check around your local hobby shops since they carry better quality ones. I don't like metallic paint since it ends up too dull, but maybe that's just me.
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Unread 02-12-2003, 09:43 PM   #8
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yeah, that's what I was afraid of, it being a bit dull. in this particular case I don't mind if it's a little dull, but I guess for curiosity sake I was wondering how one would go about making it really really shiny!

this chrome tape you're talking about,... is it small like an inch wide tape? would the seams show?

as to a jigsaw, oy... I have no "tools"! I guess I'll have to find someone local to me who can help me out (ie, who has a jigsaw?)
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Unread 02-12-2003, 09:52 PM   #9
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Chrome tape is really shiny. You can see your reflection off it.

They have different sizes. You can buy them in large sheets (2' x 3') or rolls.
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Unread 02-12-2003, 10:26 PM   #10
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HRM! that sounds pretty cool! I'll go check it out once it stops POURING outside. XP
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Unread 02-17-2003, 12:55 PM   #11
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ok, so I looked at Lowes (hardware) and Michael's. I found plenty of large sheet metal that could be possibly used (maybe a bit too heavy though!) but the only metal TAPE I found was about 4 inches wide at best.

are there other places I could look?
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Unread 02-17-2003, 06:07 PM   #12
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hmmmm... this thread may help me! i just watched angel sanctuary and my new like dream cosplay is now setsuna mudo (in the alexiel form)! so im gonna try making the wings and the seven-bladed sword of the holy spirit. thatd be cool, ha? hey does any1 hav pics of some1 who has cosplayed this b4? well, thats my babble ^_^;;
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Unread 02-17-2003, 06:22 PM   #13
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One warning about metal tape, it acts a little like aluminum foil, that is if you hit it against something, the mark will show, and if you slip it in a scabbard it will probably wrinkle/rip.

As for Alexiel's sword, it's not metallic, it's clear (think of a glass sword).
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Unread 02-17-2003, 06:42 PM   #14
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aimee: Try your local hobby shop (like where they sell model planes).
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Unread 02-17-2003, 08:17 PM   #15
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Yuo could try to make the wooden blade then cover it in aluminum, and then cover it with car body filler, Well I'm trying to make a keyblade like this and when I'm done I'll post pics.
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