I wanted to
create a Sword Of Omens so I started with a design from thingiverse.com
the Life-Sized Sword of
by Cyclone. There were certain stylistic choices I was unhappy
with, like there not being enough detail in the hilt. I downloaded the
models, imported them into Blender
and either remade them or simply modified them. I then printed the
parts on my Makerbot.
Here's the center part
Each part, including the cat's head, was printed separately. They were
then glued together. I didn't like the amount of texture around the cat's
head, so I covered it over with a small amount of white glue, which
smoothed it out.
Here's the hilt, and you can see I've added a lot of detail from the
original at thingiverse. They were printed in two stacks, and glued
Then the top and bottom part of the blade. I made the triangle thing out
of clay, as I'm sure you realize.
After this, the real trouble begins. I assembled the whole thing, and went
to paint and sand it to see how it looked. Seems fine, right?
Not so fast. I used spraypaint first, which was fine, but I ran out of it.
So I used a different kind of paint after sanding it down a bit. This
caused the paint to go all funny and peel and just look terrible. So tip
number one is to not use two different kinds of paint on one object. EVER.
So I did a bunch more sanding to try and fix that mistake, and got it
looking okay. Then it was time to build the box.
Seems straightforward enough, right? Now, the guide I was using to make
the mold said to use clay to make the bottom and seal it off. Fine, I can
do that, I had just enough clay.
Ah yes, I made this sort of weird design to try and minimize the amount of
silicon molding material I would have to use. Turns out I still made it
too big. So tip number two is put the edges of the box quite close to the
object, that silicone stuff is pricy! Plus it isn't exactly halfway, as
you can clearly see on the hilt. Anyway, fool- I mean full speed ahead.
Yeah. As I was pouring I I realized my mistake of it still being too big
and tried to make it even smaller on the fly. It sort of worked. Let's let
Then pull out the clay from the back and start in on the other side.
Oh, and to make the gems look nice, I got some little plastic jobbers and
glued them on.
That seemed to work okay. Here's a closeup of the hilt.
What I wasn't counting on was the nature of the material I would use to
make the copy. Basically it was not meant for things like sword blades.
Set it on a table and in an hour you have a very droopy blade. I tried
some wood dowels, but they stuck up through the blade. I have since cut
them down (I tried twice) and maybe I can sell them as mini versions?
Also, I was trying to mold it laying down, which wasn't working. Basically
only half the model came out properly. So I decided to change my plan and
just have it as a display piece, hung on a wall, so the back didn't
matter. I really need to stand it up, which would mean two very large
pieces of wood and a lot of clamps. I suppose it could work?
So I made two good copies, and set them aside to bring to my father's
house to see about adding something onto the back to make them less
fragile. Well, my cat stepped one one and broke it in two places. I tried
gluing it,but even the glue and the backing it still snapped off in my
hands while I was painting it. Also no matter how much I painted and
sanded, it still looked broken. Pity too, the blade on the other one
didn't look as nice. I needed to buy some air dry clay and reshape part of
But finally it was as good as I could make it, and this was the final
result. See at the top, it still seems messed up. It didn't look that bad
in real life. Sigh.
I suppose if I had to do it again, I might mold the hilt separately. Then
make two copies of a blade split down the middle. Put the rod in there and
glue them together, then slide that whole thing into the hilt.
There are probably a variety of ways I could have done it better.
Learn from my mistakes!