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Thank you so much for this tutorial. Just to make sure:
Is spackling paste used to protect it from the chemicals in wood paint? I was thinking about just using the wood paint and plastidip to harden the foam.
the foam is not always smooth and sometimes you find these little black pellets inside that once you take out it leaves a little hole, so i just use to fill them up
the wood pain does nothing to the foam though
Thank you very much!
you dont really need it for color, it just so happened to come in red haha but for stability it helps
This'll be my first time making a prop though, have any advice?
honestly just take your time^^ its better to not rush and do it right the first time than having to keep remaking it
and don't make your expectations so high its your first time, theres bound to be mistakes! you just gotta learn from it!
so far no one who's gotten a sword from me or have used my method has said anything about having problems getting the sword into a con (its so lightweight most people are astonished and definitely not concerned about it being a hazard)
plus i've seen plenty of other scissor blades at cons that are made from far more sturdy and "hazardous" stuff than my own like plastic and wood
wood glue is more durable and thicker than gesso and mod podge so it will feel a lot stronger and have a hard outer shell
if you ask any person from a general hardware store they should know what it is since its use in installing walls
cheap cheap cheap
I use a table saw but you can also use things like a hot wire or just a knife really
material wise I buy everything in bulk and that's around $30-50 and makes around 5-6 swords, 1 sword i think probably costs me like $10 in materials and the most expensive thing is probably the plastidip that comes at $3-4 a can
Also, what brands did you use for the plastidip and gloss paint??
i didn't mean like acrylic paint in the tube, it is acrylic spray paint, so its just like a transparent gloss spray paint and it gives the blade a clear coat. I just sprayed 2-3 coats until its an even glossy coat
generally you don't want to sand plasti since its rubber so the grains in the sandpaper will rip the plasti and make it worst than before, sometimes it will even peel off
you want to do the glue and just sand the glue until its the smoothness you want and plasti again. And to help the plasti come out more even and not bumpy, remember to wipe off the sword to get all the glue you sanded off completely off and do really thin layers of plasti in layers to start off, maybe 3-5 layers, then you can get more heavy with the plasti to make sure its smooth