the second crafting entry.
again something for my assassin cross cosplay
but these times my favourite cosplay accessories: weapons
the reference picture from the assassin cross has chakram equipped. but I wanted a cooler weapon, I chose this one "boody roar" based on looks ( I would not recommend this katar ingame!! I personally prefer the elemental katars )
I made it out of styrodur, but if I could turn back time I would have made it out of wood.
why? because I like wooden weapons and because it would be still alive. styrodur is pretty unstable an breaks easily, before I arived at the convention the first broke, then after the con the second followed.
but then why you made it out of styrodur?
because my both hands where damaged at that time, I couldn't have sawn, carved and this properly. and the sanding. and because I had never worked with styrodur before, I really wanted to try that. and I had no time for wood. wood is pretty time-consuming, especially the sanding (absolutely necessary, don't skip it !!)
at this step it is important to resize the weapon to your body-size, don't make it too big or too small, you may try posing with the weapon-draft, it helps me a lot :)
I do own one because I already made a bunch of wooden weapons, and sewing by hand sucks! my first weapon was so awfully sawn, that I threw it away without even sand it properly. I got mine (old and used) from ebay for like 40 € and that money was a good investment.
but it is no problem to cut this with a normal carpet cutter or an exactoknife but be careful not to cut your fingers!!!
but when you are ironing it you have to put a baking sheet between the iron and the styrodur, otherwise you may throw away your iron and the piece you have been working on.
if you have a really detailed work carving might be the better alternative, because it is some kind of difficult to work on small details with the bakingsheet, the project and your hot iron in your hands. but then top it with papier maché to increase its stability.
the golden ornaments are made of foam rubber. I used white foam rubber and painted it with golden acrylic paint
they are superlight but supereasilybreakable as you can see here one "arm" has been ripped of, when I tried to put it into the car...
hope you enjoyed this entry :)
thanks for reading and have a nice day