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).)