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18 Nov 2010 - 14:2645302
Keyblade issues
Hey, one of my friends is making the keyblades of Aqua Terra and Ventus. However, he's stuck on how to make Aqua's and Ventus'.





His plan for his own (as Terra) is to have a pole running through the entire keyblade, then to build around it. However, he cannot do this technique for Aqua's or Ventus'

Issue with Ventus;
It CANNOT be heavy, the person using it has a disbility and a heavy keyblade would really hurt her.

Issue with Aqua's:
The fact there's a hole a both ends; how can he keep the keyblade strong??? What can he use for it? heavier materials are okay for this one, but still needs to be light enough to lug around.

Issue with tools:
He does not have a jigsaw or any wood cutting equipment.

Any help will be appreciated. So far my only suggestion has been the upholstery foam you can get.


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18 Nov 2010 - 22:0845348
There are sizes/cuts of balsa wood that can be cut with craft blades. Up to 10mm thick can be cut with a blade, but it'll have to be quite sharp.

You can then layer up these like one of those homer simpson heads that's made up in layers; effectiveley printing in 3D.

Its really easy to sand down too, as all you need is some fine grade sandpaper and a sanding block (can be anything solid and flat, like a nokia 3210)

Once its built in balsa, use a PVA/Water glue mix to give it some outer strength and to really meld it all together. Using a sheet of acrylic (3-5mm) for the central layer would give it strength and flexibility boost.

That's one method.

Paper maché is another. However you will get a more textured finish without a smooth surface that you are able to sand.

And if you truly want lightness, get a sheet of flexible plastic, roughly 1mm in thickness. Cut out a "net" for the key and build it like a giant box or some kind of packaging. May have to be done in parts with much practise, but once its done it'll weigh virtually nothing. Its the same principle with making a net for any 3D shape; cube, pyramid, etc.


18 Nov 2010 - 22:4745354
Quote JaeXD:
There are sizes/cuts of balsa wood that can be cut with craft blades. Up to 10mm thick can be cut with a blade, but it'll have to be quite sharp.

You can then layer up these like one of those homer simpson heads that's made up in layers; effectiveley printing in 3D.

Its really easy to sand down too, as all you need is some fine grade sandpaper and a sanding block (can be anything solid and flat, like a nokia 3210)

Once its built in balsa, use a PVA/Water glue mix to give it some outer strength and to really meld it all together. Using a sheet of acrylic (3-5mm) for the central layer would give it strength and flexibility boost.

That's one method.

Paper maché is another. However you will get a more textured finish without a smooth surface that you are able to sand.

And if you truly want lightness, get a sheet of flexible plastic, roughly 1mm in thickness. Cut out a "net" for the key and build it like a giant box or some kind of packaging. May have to be done in parts with much practise, but once its done it'll weigh virtually nothing. Its the same principle with making a net for any 3D shape; cube, pyramid, etc.


Ah thankies, I'll give this to him :3


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19 Nov 2010 - 00:0145375
mounting board is the way forward, me and my friend make most of our weapons using mounting board, though a little pricy, its effective and easy to work with, its durable and relativly light, my ventus armour (chest was made with mounting board), buster sword too and some of my x-blade, so i suggest that if they want more info drop em an email and can run them through techniques id go through for making them


19 Nov 2010 - 00:0445376
or also ask gainax as he made a 3 metre masamune with the stuff and has made terras keyblade


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