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22 Oct 2012 - 16:0792929
Wood carving
I shall be making this item at some point, it's all wood, but I just need advice on the best tools and wood to do this with. It doesn't matter what colour the wood is, as I can just paint with wood paint.

I'll also need to drill a hole through the side of that peg piece, as I will need to make it into a necklace. (the character I will be cosplaying wears it as a necklace, it is a 'walkie talkie'

I'm obviously going to be using a pretty thick piece of wood, about 8cm thick, but more than that as I'll need more to work with when carving. It will also need to be about 15cm long to work with and carve down.




23 Oct 2012 - 06:2792967
My first question would be: does it *need* to be wood?

I only ask as I once worked with white oak, admittedly a hardwood, but it was the most dull and frustrating thing I've ever done. I was only trying to make a dagger hilt as well!

I would put forward Fimo as an easier modelling option; it won't hold up to being dropped, but the tools needed will be much cheaper.


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23 Oct 2012 - 07:0892968
Well yes, because I want it to be realistic.


23 Oct 2012 - 07:3892971
If you choose a soft wood you're better off carving it by hand with chisels and sandpaper. This would be my least preferred option.

If you choose a harder wood you could carve it using the small sanding belts on a dremel or similar tool, this is much faster and probably more satisfying for you.

My suggestion would be to go to your library and get out some books on model making and woodworking.


23 Oct 2012 - 11:1192986
Have you thought about using balsa wood? It's very light, soft and easy to carve with a craft knife. It comes in various size blocks and sheets and can be picked up from art/craft/DIY stores cheaply.

As an example a quick google for balsa carving tutorials turned up this: http://www.drawingboard.org/viewtopic.php?t=73407

So you can see it's possible to make a figure like the one you want (ignore how they go on to surface it and cast replicas from it).

Alternatively, as mentioned before, if you're a good artist you could make it from anything and paint the wood effect on to finish.


23 Oct 2012 - 13:0492993
Quote Mahiro Fuwa:
Well yes, because I want it to be realistic.


Just to say, you don't need to use wood to make something look wooden. It's aaaaaaaaall in the texturisation and paint job


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23 Oct 2012 - 19:5293029
Quote Amy-Lou:
Have you thought about using balsa wood? It's very light, soft and easy to carve with a craft knife. It comes in various size blocks and sheets and can be picked up from art/craft/DIY stores cheaply.

As an example a quick google for balsa carving tutorials turned up this: http://www.drawingboard.org/viewtopic.php?t=73407

So you can see it's possible to make a figure like the one you want (ignore how they go on to surface it and cast replicas from it).

Alternatively, as mentioned before, if you're a good artist you could make it from anything and paint the wood effect on to finish.


This looks pretty good wood Thanks ^^ I'll have to look out for some


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