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18 Feb 2013 - 23:5597450
Large Prop Weapon: What's The Best Material?
As I'm new to this whole cosplaying malarkey, I thought I'd do the prudent thing and ask around while I'm still in the planning phase and hopefully avoid the risk of shooting myself in the foot by making something that turns out to be far from convention-friendly!

For my first project, I'm hoping to cosplay Aeon from Castlevania Judgement. While Castlevania's answer to Doctor Who (he travels through time fixing stuff, after all) has quite the elaborate suit, the main obstacle that I can see - and the thing I'm looking for help with - is the "clock sword" he's leaning on.

While I could probably get away with making things such as the clock bezel/face/etc. out of a lightweight wood, I'm a little hesitant to use it to make the whole thing, due to both convention rules and the fact that I last worked with wood in high school the best part of a decade ago!

With my estimates putting the clock sword at the best part of a metre long (if not more), I've been looking into trying to find alternatives. Products that seem to keep cropping up are things such as EVA foam and Worbla's Finest Art.

As you lot are far more experienced than I am at this sort of thing, I'm opening the proverbial floor to you. If you were in my shoes, but gifted with your own hindsight, what would you use to make the blade and pommel of Aeon's "clock sword"?

Apologies for the long-winded post and there's imaginary internet cookies in it for anyone who helps out!

- Origin


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19 Feb 2013 - 16:2897473
I don't really have any experience in this... But I would get foam and cardboard. Thick cardboard in the insides to make it sturdy and foam to make it soft around the outside. Lots of layers of foam. Lots.


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19 Feb 2013 - 16:5097475
I've recently had the same problem with my very first prop sword.

Looking at the picture in the link I can say if you used cardboard, you would be needing a lot of reinforcement to stop it from breaking/bending, and it might be difficult to get the curves right. So I would suggest using something like mountboard as it has more strength to it and then using plain card to create the edges.

As for taking it to cons, this is basically the same advice that I was given, but check the rules of the con that you wish to attend as they might specify the size of props that they allow at the con.

Hope this helps


19 Feb 2013 - 16:5897476
Something of that size will need reeforcing I should think. Maybe a wooden core with card or foam built upon it. Many cons might not allow something of that size as a floor prop but you may be able use it for masquerades or photoshoots.


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19 Feb 2013 - 18:2397481
Quote gxgirl-93:
I've recently had the same problem with my very first prop sword.

Looking at the picture in the link I can say if you used cardboard, you would be needing a lot of reinforcement to stop it from breaking/bending, and it might be difficult to get the curves right. So I would suggest using something like mountboard as it has more strength to it and then using plain card to create the edges.

As for taking it to cons, this is basically the same advice that I was given, but check the rules of the con that you wish to attend as they might specify the size of props that they allow at the con.

Hope this helps


I'll certainly give this mountboard a look. It sounds like a combination of sturdiness and absence of weight. And I just gave the weapon/prop rules another look. The maximum length is 150cm (which'll give me more than enough size to work with) and, provided the pointy bits are padded or rounded off, I should be okay.

It says that heavier-material props (stuff made from wood, for instance) need to be secured to the cosplayer's person. Seeing as the Clock Sword is chained to Aeon's waist - via his jailer-style keyring - by default, I've even got this bit covered.

But yes. It certainly does help and, as promised, you all get cookies. They're in the box over there.


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19 Feb 2013 - 19:4497484
Quote Origin:
Quote gxgirl-93:
I've recently had the same problem with my very first prop sword.

Looking at the picture in the link I can say if you used cardboard, you would be needing a lot of reinforcement to stop it from breaking/bending, and it might be difficult to get the curves right. So I would suggest using something like mountboard as it has more strength to it and then using plain card to create the edges.

As for taking it to cons, this is basically the same advice that I was given, but check the rules of the con that you wish to attend as they might specify the size of props that they allow at the con.

Hope this helps


I'll certainly give this mountboard a look. It sounds like a combination of sturdiness and absence of weight. And I just gave the weapon/prop rules another look. The maximum length is 150cm (which'll give me more than enough size to work with) and, provided the pointy bits are padded or rounded off, I should be okay.

It says that heavier-material props (stuff made from wood, for instance) need to be secured to the cosplayer's person. Seeing as the Clock Sword is chained to Aeon's waist - via his jailer-style keyring - by default, I've even got this bit covered.

But yes. It certainly does help and, as promised, you all get cookies. They're in the box over there.


I'm glad that I was able to help


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