Basic Sword Tutorial!

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 
  • Cardboard 
  • Hot glue and glue gun
  • Sharpie/ Marker
  • Pencil
  • Acrylic Paint- I used Brown, Silver, Black and Gold
  • Puffy paint


  • Rags/ scrap fabric
  • Red Cord

Lets go!

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!


Lady Sif’s Armour Cosplay Refs and Help.

As pepakura files do not exist for this as far as I know I can only give you generic tutorials for her armour. It’s important to note that I believe the tunic/whatever it is, under the armour is red/burgundy leather and beneath that a chainmail one the same length. I can give you chain mail links too as that covers the armour part of it. D: I’m sorry I can’t be of more help.

Sif Armour Questions: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7.

Breastplate/Chest Armour Tutorials: 12, 3, 4, 5, 6.

Shoulder Armour Tutorials: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7.

Bracer/Arm Armour Tutorials: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9.

Knee/Upper Thigh Armour Tutorials: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

For these you can either have them attached to her boots or have them as seperate pieces.

Chainmail Tutorials/Ideas: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11.

Some of these are tutorials, others are fabric options which will be less time consuming. 

Other things to add to this would be her sword and shield. But as this was just armour I assume you have those covered!

I hope this helps in some way!


I can not believe these incredible cosplay photos taken by the amazing Kayou Photography!

Sif from Journey into Mystery. 

Journey into Mystery was my first ever comic and Sif was my first superhero love and the character that got me into Marvel comics! She’s such a strong, smart and sassy woman and totally inspires me! I loved being able to bring her to life (and on the Boston commons which was fun because I was essentially a tourist attraction) 

evilpippa  asked:

have you ever thought to cosplay Sif? this idea just explode my mind about 2 sec ago while looking at your fotos. i mean, your Loki one is just brilliant. no one have got to reach your level in this yet, but you being a woman and having almost the same features as Jaimie Alexander's Sif...i meean IT WOULD BE AWESOME!

I tried once with the hair…but….dunno….


Had an extremely awesome day at Frankfurt Book Fair with the lovely Awkward-on-Midgard-Crew! (There are more serious and better looking pics in existance, I swear! And yes, this owl was fucking soft) I also met the wonderful and talented Fahrlight  who is such a nice person because she actually didn’t cut my hair ;) 

So a huge thanks to everyone who made this day as fabulous as it was!