NOTE: This is no longer how the sword looks! I have made modifications to it over the year and it is now complete and can be seen here [link] . I'll be leaving this photo of the sword up though so you can see the differences and I'm leaving the info on how I made it here.
Ahah, finally! It's finished! *cheers in joy*
So glad I was able to get this completed before college started for me. It's one less thing I'll have to worry about xD
So, this is the first major prop I've made, as such, quite proud of it (though there are already some changes I'd make to it...). The blade and handle of the sword are made from hard wood, and all the engine parts are made from balsa wood, insulator foam, and florist foam. With no metal being allowed for props at AN (I think...better safe than sorry, at least), I made sure to make it all from other materials. Plus it also really helps to keep the weight down. The entire thing is 52 inches in length.
Once all the parts were glued on, I spray-painted it all silver, and when that was dry, painted all the black sections...well, black. At this stage, I got quite dizzy from the paint fumes x.x wood paint is not nice to breathe in for an extended period of time... And though it can't be seen in this shot, there are parts on the back as well, to make it feel more complete and that the engine parts have more depth.
Though it's probably not the greatest one out there, as I've said, this was the first major prop I've made (and a rather complicated one at that o.o). It was my first time doing a lot of these things (like sawing the wood, and building up the engine parts), so it was a fun experience for me. I really can't wait to see what it looks like with my Noct cosplay xD though I'll have to wait a bit for the black to dry some more before I do that.
One cosplay prop out of the way...now to start planning Ichigo's Bankai sword and Byakuya's Zanpakutou... The fun never stops.
(Everything was crafted by me, with help from my dad to cut the handle with the table saw. Time to complete: two months (did not rush it).)
While I do hope to some day make more to sell, that will not be happening any time soon. Price-wise, I'd probably sell them for $50 to cover cost of materials and time spent making it (though that is in no way a final price; I forget how much the materials were, and I don't know how long it would take to complete it now that I know what to do properly). Though I am tentative about shipping the sword to people that would want to buy it. It's rather large and heavy, and some of the pieces can break off rather easily if not treated with care (heck, it broke a few times when I was making it).
If you do attempt to make your own instead, I would be more than happy to explain how I went through mine in detail to help, and answer any specific questions you may have. This was my first time making a prop like this, so I'm sure you'd be able to make something fine too Just need to take your time, and not give up. It may look silly/not like much while it's in the process of being made, but in the end, it is soooo worth it.
I wouldn't mind with what your final price would be, as I would just save up money and order it. Since your pretty awesome at making it!! :3 I tried looking online to buy the sword, I found only one and that one didn't even look like his Noctis sword.
Yeah true, the shipping would probably cost a lot, especially for a huge sword >.<! Yeah true, since it's hand made and very delicate. Yeah, I saw how you wrote, that your sword broke a few times! >_<!
That's why I am scared, cause I dunno what to do to not make it break. Let alone to put together the pieces and which pieces to buy, to create the sword and etc.
Like for example, I dunno where to buy the material XD! As well as, I dunno how to cut wood xD! Would using a hand saw, be too difficult to cut the wood??
Can you make a video tutorial?? on how to create the sword?? >__< Since I am very confused with what to do and where to start.
And how much money did you have to spend on all the equipment and material?? So I know, so I save up to buy it. To try it out, to make the sword somehow.
True XD! I usually tend to give up, when something gets too difficult. Yeah true! But I will try my best, I guess nothing hurts to try and make it. If it doesn't work out, then I will try again. Then if it fails, giving up and wait for you to make swords, so I buy one from you. XD
Don't let the fear of it breaking it stop you xD If something does happen while you're working on it, it's quite easy to fix with some wood glue or adhesive.
I bought the majority of my materials at a hardware store (the hardwood, the insulator (pink) foam, wood paint and spray paints), with the balsa wood and florist's foam being purchased at an arts and crafts store.
To cut out the blade, I used a hacksaw since it cuts finer than a hand saw (which is useful for the curve of the blade). And cutting the type of wood I used (poplar), it was easier than I expected to cut. To cut the handle and the slit in the handle, I did get my dad to help with that by using our table saw to make sure the cuts were as straight as possible.
Most of the equipment I already have lying around (like the saws), but the foam cutter I got was the most expensive thing I got purposely for this (I think it had to be at least $30+? at the arts and crafts store I got it at). Materials...um... I really forget the cost of each piece since I got the stuff over a year ago o.0 It does add up though, all the pieces, so just check the prices at hardware stores, since I'm sure it varies from place to place. The cost of the paint adds up too...
And I'm afraid I don't have the means to make a video tutorial, at least at the moment Dx Afraid all I have are the photos I took of the process and posted. For starting off though, make sure to have reference images you want (I looked at official images of him, the trailers, and a few other really nice swords people made on here for my reference), the measurements (since I specifically tried to make this sword scaled to my height), and time, since it can take a bit to make. Then start from the core of the sword (the hardwood), build up that lovely engine hilt with whatever materials you decide to use (I've seen some people use real engine parts), make sure you like how everything looks, attach them, then put on the coats of paint.
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