Cosplaying as a sword-wielding character but don’t have the wallet-fruit for a proper sword? Not to worry – one ingenious cosplayer has come up with a practical and affordable solution.
Fukuoka, Japan based cosplayer Maxi posted the instructions to his Twitter page and, because we’re the sort of nice people who like sharing that sort of thing with people who might find it useful or even just cool, we’re going to share his instructions with you now. So let’s dive in.
Firstly, you’ll need some floor transitions. You can pick them up pretty cheap from places like Home Depot, and you should be able to get something as long as, say, six feet (or 1.82 meters, as Maxi mentions in his tweet). Maxi recommends using PVC – it’s easier to cut, which is exactly what you’ll be doing. They also come in a variety of shapes – as you can see from the images above, Maxi went with a transition with a slight angle. You’ll also need a metal sliding-door track, which you’ll use to hold two of the transitions together.
You then cut the sword edge at the top, creating a curve like the tip of a blade, and use epoxy putty to smooth the seam between the sliding-door track and the transitions. Then it’s simply a case of wrapping the whole thing in aluminum tape to give it a nice shine. Maxi also sanded a wibbly-wobbly line along the faux-sword’s edge, simulating the hamon – a mark showing the variable hardness of Japanese blades. Nice little detail, there.
It’s a pretty simple process, and one we reckon you can recreate yourself with a trip to your local hardware store. Just don’t forget to get the thing peacebonded before you head into the con. Happy blade-building!
(via Rocket News 24)