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10 Nov 2009 - 15:1722312
Help: Way to Dawn ,Riku's keyblade
I've been trying to make this and was thinking aobut it last night...and realised,I have no idea where to start!

I was debating using wood, then looked at the structure and kind of...got scared,lol.

especially the hilt of the sword- maybe I could form the angel wing with feathers...?

I was also considering maybe foamboard, as it only needs to last for 1 con and then it'll probably be relegated to my cupboard.

any suggestions are welcome at all guys, this is just conjecture.


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Last edited by tattikat (11 Nov 2009 - 11:30)
10 Nov 2009 - 15:3522313
You could try using plywood and making it in sections instead of cutting it out all at once

I think that's how this guy made his

http://anti-roxas-99.deviantart.com/art/Way-To-Dawn-Keyblade-83423695


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Last edited by Kannacchi (10 Nov 2009 - 15:36)
14 Nov 2009 - 21:3022560
Haha I had the exact same fear when I wanted to make the Way to the Dawn. The best bet does seem to be to make it in bits. Also, I would think foamboard would be a strong enough base myself but it's up to you.


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Last edited by Amata (14 Nov 2009 - 21:31)
14 Nov 2009 - 21:4622563
It depends on where you are taking the weapon to.. as some conventions are strict on what they are made out of and how high there are...

Expo doesnt really matter as they aren't as bothered, I would use foam if you are going anywhere that isn't expo ...

hope this helps

limegreenjelly x


17 Nov 2009 - 19:2422692
Hi,

LimeGreen is right wood weapons are not allowed at expo's especially on the floor, i recently had that pointed out as i started the work on my genesis sword.

You best bet is to follow this: http://home.clara.net/arianrhod/Aldebaran/DoItYourself/
guideline and adapt the process to make the weapon into you own desired shape, anymore questions on the process PM me.


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21 Nov 2009 - 08:3422852
Don't use plywood or mdf! I can't stress this enough. It's too heavy, it'll be a struggle to get it into conventions, and plywood is horrible to work with on curves like the ones on the Way to the Dawn. I know this, because I tried to make my first one out of it!

I would use mounting foam for the base. Available from any art/craft shop and sometimes places like Rymans as it is popular with students for mounting artwork. It's thin, very very light, but easy to work with and strong, and usually comes in any size from A5 to bigger than A1.

However, I'd only use that for the basic shape. I'd cut out the entire shape with a craft knife, and make the details in sections from foamboard and other bits and bobs, and stick them onto the mounting foam which will hold it all together.

Although, a warning: don't use superglue on it, it has a tendancy to melt slightly when you do.

Hope that helps!


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21 Nov 2009 - 12:3922859
Quote thedevilwearswhite:
Don't use plywood or mdf! I can't stress this enough. It's too heavy, it'll be a struggle to get it into conventions, and plywood is horrible to work with on curves like the ones on the Way to the Dawn. I know this, because I tried to make my first one out of it!

I would use mounting foam for the base. Available from any art/craft shop and sometimes places like Rymans as it is popular with students for mounting artwork. It's thin, very very light, but easy to work with and strong, and usually comes in any size from A5 to bigger than A1.

However, I'd only use that for the basic shape. I'd cut out the entire shape with a craft knife, and make the details in sections from foamboard and other bits and bobs, and stick them onto the mounting foam which will hold it all together.

Although, a warning: don't use superglue on it, it has a tendancy to melt slightly when you do.

Hope that helps!


why on earth use mountboard? plastazote is leagues ahead of mountboard.


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22 Nov 2009 - 22:3922916
Quote xaerael:
Quote thedevilwearswhite:
Don't use plywood or mdf! I can't stress this enough. It's too heavy, it'll be a struggle to get it into conventions, and plywood is horrible to work with on curves like the ones on the Way to the Dawn. I know this, because I tried to make my first one out of it!

I would use mounting foam for the base. Available from any art/craft shop and sometimes places like Rymans as it is popular with students for mounting artwork. It's thin, very very light, but easy to work with and strong, and usually comes in any size from A5 to bigger than A1.

However, I'd only use that for the basic shape. I'd cut out the entire shape with a craft knife, and make the details in sections from foamboard and other bits and bobs, and stick them onto the mounting foam which will hold it all together.

Although, a warning: don't use superglue on it, it has a tendancy to melt slightly when you do.

Hope that helps!


why on earth use mountboard? plastazote is leagues ahead of mountboard.


Sorry, I'm just suggesting how I would do it. What's the problem?


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23 Nov 2009 - 01:5022930
Quote thedevilwearswhite:
Quote xaerael:
Quote thedevilwearswhite:
Don't use plywood or mdf! I can't stress this enough. It's too heavy, it'll be a struggle to get it into conventions, and plywood is horrible to work with on curves like the ones on the Way to the Dawn. I know this, because I tried to make my first one out of it!

I would use mounting foam for the base. Available from any art/craft shop and sometimes places like Rymans as it is popular with students for mounting artwork. It's thin, very very light, but easy to work with and strong, and usually comes in any size from A5 to bigger than A1.

However, I'd only use that for the basic shape. I'd cut out the entire shape with a craft knife, and make the details in sections from foamboard and other bits and bobs, and stick them onto the mounting foam which will hold it all together.

Although, a warning: don't use superglue on it, it has a tendancy to melt slightly when you do.

Hope that helps!


why on earth use mountboard? plastazote is leagues ahead of mountboard.


Sorry, I'm just suggesting how I would do it. What's the problem?


mountboard is fragile and prone to buckling/tearing, plastazote is soft and will return to shape if bent.

in enviroments like expos and conventions props like a keyblade which has very fine thin parts need to be made from durable materials or they will be reduced to a crumpled mess within moments.

there's also a safety issue which is brought up all the time about general safety of a prop. while mountboard will crumple, if someone is caught in the eye with it the mountboard will win. soft foams won't cause much more than temporary discomfort. remember, a "cool looking" prop isn't so cool if you end up in court on a damages claim. common sense is paramount when making something to be used in crowded areas where overexcited individuals are.


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