Final Fantasy X has provided a haven of fond memories for me. Summer nights spent shouting at the TV with my brother or pouring over walk-through guides -- these are some of the most enjoyable moments that I'm fortunate enough to have experienced. It was usually my brother who held the PS2 controller, capturing monster after monster and defeating Sin after Sin, but I always tried to be the supportive player two who cheered him on and helped him solve puzzles.
I've been wanting to recreate Auron's celestial weapon, Masamune, using wire and sketched out a rough design for how I'd go about doing that. Eventually, it escaped my mind and didn't come back until I saw the game.life 4 contest. My desire to see this project through roared back to life, and quite a few pictures (and frustrated mumbles) later, here's a tutorial for the world to see.
Step 1: Materials
- thick and thin wire (I used 20 and 26 gauge black-colored copper wire.)
- thin red string (I just used sewing thread)
- black sharpie
Step 2: Sketching and shaping the frame
First, sketch out a picture of Masamune. Make sure that it's not too small; the smaller it is, the harder this process will be. My final version turned out to be 6 inches, so plan accordingly.
Then grab your thicker wire and bend it to fit the shape of Masamune. This will be your frame for weaving. Do NOT cut the wire yet; it will make things easier.
Step 3: Weaving: arms
Start weaving at the "arms"; the bigger ones closer to the hilt, to be exact. Wrap one end of your thinner wire (working with the whole spool) around the tip of one arm and begin weaving. See the MS Paint image for how to weave the wire.