Tonight I'm going to continue my daily prop tutorials with some basic sword and dagger making.
What do we need:
-Cardboard (thick one, around 3mm-4mm)
-Black fake leather (half meter)
-Some paper balls which you get from a crafts store
-Normal paper glue and hot glue
-One wooden stick (1cmx1cmx1m)
-Dremel or similar machine
-Cotton wool fabric
-Citadel paints, black, golden and silver.
And a few hours of free time!
Our mission is to make these two props, a sword and a dagger!
(right on the photo) Google Lamento - Rai if you wanna know more about the original.
We will start with drawing the patterns on a paper or straight on the cardboard sheet:
Then we can continue with cutting 'em out:
And after that comes a tricky part:
We have to cut all the edges oblique, so when we glue them together it will look like a sharp sword edge. Got it? And also, we have to make one line in the center of the sword. Cut a 5mm wide straight line in both of the pieces. Carve it out in triangle shape, V-shaped. That photo will help a lot. It's a bit hard to explain.
After that, glue the stick in the middle (hot glue).
And also glue both parts of the sword together.
Then! We take out our fake leather and cut it half. Paper glue mixed with 20% of water.
Brush glue everywhere and attach the fake leathers in the sword. Let it dry overnight.
Shoud look like this:
Next day we cut out the left-overs:
Cool black sword, eh?
Now, the next part requires some balls... White balls:
I dunno what these are called. Made some funny things out of 'em when I was younger.
Anyway the point is to cut few of them in half and construct the base shape of a handle.
Use glue and stuff to attach.
Then we stretch some fake leather on it. Put glue everywhere on your balls and strech the leather.
Use thread to make it stay put.
Some cotton wool fabric. To make the handle feel nice in your palm. Soft and nice...
Use hot glue and attach nice amount of fake leather of different shapes in the handle:
Sword guard is an easy one. Just cut out a good guard shape and glue it to the sword. Cover with fake leather. Also, use your dremel and shape those small pointy objects out of the wooden stick for the guard part.
Next thing is to use these same methods and make a dagger! :
Then, paint the sword. I used miniature paints by Citadel.
Small brush and three different paints: Gold, black and silver.
Paint the dagger also:
Look pretty and gay in your tight leather pants:
Btw, any questions?
Just ask me! ^^ And don't take prop making too seriously. <3