This is specifically how I made Sif’s sword from Thor 2 but the same ideas will work for a basic sword.
This is a beginners guide on how to make a sword. This is great for anyone just starting to make swords and can be adapted to many different kinds of weapons.
Here is what I used:
- 1 or 2 sheets of 12x18 Craft foam
- Hot glue and glue gun
- Sharpie/ Marker
- Acrylic Paint- I used Brown, Silver, Black and Gold
- Puffy paint
- Rags/ scrap fabric
- Red Cord
So first I created my pattern out of construction paper and then traced it on to the craft foam.
Then I got some cardboard and made sure it was going to smaller than my piece.
I traced my purple template on to my cardboard and then create a dotted line about 1/3 of an inch in all the way around the inside of the tracing.
Just for a reference this is what it looks like compared to the purple template.
Alright! Now trace two the purple template twice on your foam, like this:
Cut the pieces out and then place the cardboard in the middle.
Now it is time to hot glue everything together. I glued the cardboard on both sides and then sealed up the edges so it could be as flat as I could make it.
Now it’s time to paint. Sif’s sword is darker in the middle than on the edges so I used some left over brown paint to just do the detailing in the middle. Also to create the blade effect I dry brushed outside the middle starting from the center and going outward.
Everything is painted and the sides are dry burshed.
So next is my handle. I used a cardboard tube. Make sure it fits your hand the way you want it to. to prevent it from squishing when you grip the handle I put in scrap pieces of fabric and glued the tops and bottoms so it would stay in place. Keep room at the top (and inch or so) for the next step.
Also I added some poster paper or you can use thick paper or bendable cardboard at the bottom to make the pommel (end bit of the sword so your hands don’t slide off.)
**Not pictured per say.**
Okay so now with that top part of the hilt/ guard. I pinched the top inch of the hilt and hot glue it together.
Then as picture below I placed the handle of the sword to the actual blade.
Now for stability for the sword I cut out some card board and hot glued it to each side. I wanted my sword to be a bit raised here. If you don’t want this to be like this the you can used wires or put cardboard on the inside of the hilt to sword to make it stronger.
Once that is glued on both sides of the blade I used puffy paint and started detailing one side at a time.
Here is one side done with detalis.
Now it is time to paint. I use three coats of silver paint you may want to use more or less depending on what you make.
Now it’s time to dry brush with black so the details and raised parts are more prominent.
Now I used red cord to make the hilt look nicer. I used a thin layer of hot glue to keep it on.
And then you sould be done. Here is mine all done and wonderful!