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23 Oct 2013 - 00:41108425
Weapon making assistance? (spear)
Hey guys, this is my first time on here, I need help and ideas for making a spear. The cosplay is nidalee from League of Legends


Currently I have molded a clay spear but its so heavy I feel like even if I use intense glue to the staff it could break or fall off. It's not sharp cause I want to be able to carry it around the con.

Cons to the way it is; how heavy it is. Difficult to toss around. It was the only thing I could think of, and I dont know how to do paper mache.

What do you all recommend?

I need all the help I can get, this is the first cosplay I've ever hand made. >_<

23 Oct 2013 - 03:46108427
Personally, what I would try would be making the spear head from this stuff. Despite how it looks, it's actually a solid block as opposed to a sponge-like material.

It can be cut/sanded to just about any shape you want - so the curved, fang-like additions to the main diamond-shaped point wouldn't be too much of an issue and it's so light that even a large sheet approximately a metre long/70cm wide/7.5cm thick can be lifted with one hand.

However, I would choose the paints and glues you use to make it look metallic and secure it to the shaft of Nidalee's spear carefully.

Where possible, buy small quantities and test them on scrap pieces of foam. That way, you'll be able to work out which ones you should steer clear from when the time comes to put the spear together for real.

Up to now, my experience only covers using paper mache - newspaper and PVA glue (the white glue often given to children in schools) being a popular method to use - to create a barrier between the foam and paint, but it might be worth asking around for other options you could use.

As for the body of Nidalee's spear, it looks like little more than a thick piece of dowel cut to the required length before being decorated accordingly.

Hardware/timber supply stores could help with this. If they have pieces out on the shelves to look at, even better. Try to find a piece around the same diameter/thickness as an average broom handle. That way, it would be naturally ergonomic and staff-like when you're posing with it in your hands.

Not sure how much this'll help, as my own prop-making experience is pretty limited, but that picture you linked certainly helped me think up ideas. Good luck!

23 Oct 2013 - 07:18108428
Yep, as Origin says, Polystyrene is a good choice. Coat it with a layer of PVA and you have a good surface to paint on too.

There's also insulation board which is sort of like polystyrene (you get it in sheets at places like Wickes and B&Q)

Upholstery foam is also an option, but then you'd want to coat it with latex to paint (you can buy stuff designed to coat the handles of tools, or you can splash out on liquid latex and mix it with paint)

23 Oct 2013 - 21:41108448
Water down the pva when you apply it, you'll have to do more coats but it soaks in better

05 Nov 2013 - 16:51108895
The costume was finished and turned out well thanks a bunch!

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