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Posted 11/23/14
Soooooooo excited. Anybody have any tips for a DIY sword or boots? Thanks!!!
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Posted 11/23/14

HeartfiliaX wrote:

Soooooooo excited. Anybody have any tips for a DIY sword or boots? Thanks!!!


I always find boots / shoes to be the hardest thing.. personally, I cheat by buying a cheap pair of shoes, then building covers on top of that, usually with pleather or other materials that look pretty good. That gives you a good sole for walking around on, and most of what others see is whatever you want it to look like

For the sword.. I've got lots of ideas! What kinds of materials can you work with, and how much money are you hoping to spend on this? I'm also working on her sword, in fact, and just solved my problem with the guard the other day.
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Well, money-wise, over $80 is a bit too much. Materials are limited to Michael's, I'm afraid, but I am a crafty person, so anything usually goes. I've seen videos of people using foam and mod-podge to create armour. I was hoping to try that out, but was just wondering if there was an easier more cost-effective way of doing it. Thank you for the idea for the boots, I'll be sure to see what I can do with it. ^-^
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HeartfiliaX wrote:

Well, money-wise, over $80 is a bit too much. Materials are limited to Michael's, I'm afraid, but I am a crafty person, so anything usually goes. I've seen videos of people using foam and mod-podge to create armour. I was hoping to try that out, but was just wondering if there was an easier more cost-effective way of doing it. Thank you for the idea for the boots, I'll be sure to see what I can do with it. ^-^


Ahh, gotcha. Insulation foam (it's usually pink or blue, available at Home Depot or Lowe's) is a great base, easy to carve into shapes for the sword. You can buy a can of fiberglass resin at various stores to coat the foam for strength as well, though I'd still worry about transport for those. Lots of videos to show how that can be done as well, though! And it should be pretty cheap - a 4'x8'x.5" sheet of the foam is about $10, and a can of fiberglass resin should be about the same. Don't even need fiberglass cloth for something like this, the resin will smooth things out and give you a good sanding/painting surface.

If you have access to woodworking tools like a jigsaw, bandsaw, powersander, etc, MDF would be excellent to make the sword. It's strong, lightweight, and pretty cheap - a 2'x4'x.5" sheet is $10, and far stronger than the foam. Sanded down and painted, it can easily look like metal.

I've often used Craft Foam from Michael's with fiberglass to make armor, and it's plenty strong, but Craft Foam on its own should also work plenty well for Asuna.
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U can buy a hand held sander as well. Mine didn't cost too much. U could coat the foam using plasti-dip. U can get a can of it pretty cheap too if you look around.
How is it turning out for you soon far? I have been cosplaying as Asuna since 2 years ago.
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I actually saved up some money from early christmas gifts (thanks relatives ^-^) and ordered a sword. I have yet to find a white pair of boots. But all of this is helpful because I am making femme-thor armour, which will require some skill. And also, I plasti-dip seems like a really good idea as well because (from what le youtubez have shown) it works really well to add a matte shiny finish. Thanks guys!
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as for armor, its the paint that will make or brake it. a cheap air brush from Harbor Freight will go a long way. and poster board from the dollar tree store is a great meduim for making things. the paper peels off real easy, and its easly worked with a knife and sandpaper.
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