November 2

Work on Mjolnir is almost complete with the pommel now painted and the strap made. Going to glue them together latter when the varnish has finished drying . Final images and build write up to follow in the next few days.

Between sanding/filling and painting the pommel, I began work on the sword for my Solaire costume. Originally I was using a statue for reference which had the Astora Straight Sword. After looking for some images to work from, I found out that Solaire’s sword is actually the Sunlight Straight Sword. Well this one is a lot easier 🙂

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The core of the sword is 5mm balsa wood which I shaped with files and nail files. This is now being covered with worbla to give it a nice hard coating.

 

November update

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Work is continuing on Mjolnir and I have now made it to the painting stage. Rather than brush paint on the head I’m sponging on the paint which is giving a really nice metal effect. The rings on the grip have been painted with some liquid silver paint.

I wasn’t happy with the pommel and re- printed it. It’s now sanded and just needs painting. Before gluing it on I need to create a paper template and cut out some faux leather for the handle.

Finally I’ll use the same leather to make a strap and attach it to the pommel.

When this is done I plan to work on the sword and scabbard for my Solaire costume.

October update 3

I have made quiet a lot of progress on Mjolnir this week; everything is now printed out and the hammer head constructed. There is a little bit of sanding and filling of the head to do, along with attaching the grip rings and finishing off the pommel. Next up – painting.

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October update 2

Work continues on my two projects; my costume and Thor’s hammer/s.

One of my chainmail chausses has been completed and the second is about 3/4 done. I now just need 6 hundred to complete them so I’ve ordered these last few. I want to give the scabbard a go so this may be next, but I also have to weather the tabbard.

While working on my foam Mjolnir, after consideration, I wasn’t happy with my foam crafting skills so I decided to go back to the plastic hammer (although I might go back to it later and try to tidy it up). I also spent some time working on my 3d modeling skills and though I still can’t do the bevels, I did do the pommel, top cap, grip rings and detailed side panels. I printed one out to see how it looked and was really pleased with it after minimal clean up (5 mins), so rather than cast it I printed the rest. This now a a 3d/foam PVC prop, hopefully using 3D parts should help keep the weight down.. Just need to make the panels into the hammer heads with some additional plastic, attach everything and I should be close to finishing……….

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October update 1 Hammer(s) time

? Not sure what happened to last weeks update….. Any way onto October :-/

First up is some work on my costume and I have finally painted the sun on the front of the tabard. It turned out well and the fabrics paints are really nice and bright. I also finished sewing it all together, so it just needs some rips on the bottom followed by some weathering.

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Secondly, following the completion of my Space Engineers rifle I have begun a new prop weapon following a request: Mjolnir. This is intended to go with a costume and so I gave it some thought on what to make it from – wood, plastic, foam, 3D print or a mix. My 1st thought was printing one: this would be light weight but sturdy. Sadly, despite how easy I thought it looked, I was having some difficulty with modeling parts of it – mainly the bevels on the ends. Mmm need to practice a bit more. While I do that, I decided to give plastic a go. This one is feeling really sturdy and weighty, but would someone want to carry it around? May be not. Perhaps a foam one would be better………………..

May be I’ll end up with three 🙂

September update 3

This week I have begun sewing the tabard for my costume, next is painting the sun on the front.  More rings arrived and I have been preparing them by opening some and closing the others. Had to slow down abit though as my wrists were aching :-/

Finally I have almost finished my  latest prop weapon. Had to seek some advice from fellow members of the Facebook Proptarts about doing some text on it. Just have to choose a method now and finish it off.

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September update 2

This week I went a bit crazy working on one of the chainmail legs of my Solaire costume. I did pretty well and almost had enough, but just ran out of rings and need to wait for more to arrive. I also began planning out the tabard on my mannequin and drawing up the sun design to go on the front. Finally I’m nearing the end of my prop build with just  a few areas I’m not happy with and need a little more sanding/filling. Hopefully next week I can do this and move onto painting 🙂

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