I couldn't resist. Season 9 of Supernatural came on and Dean got another cool as Hell (see what I did there??) weapon to kill demons with. As it would happen, I wanted to make this blade and made two of them. If you are planning on your own Dean cosplay, demon hunting or just want a cool wall item, here's how:
**Disclaimer: Do not pretend to stab anyone with this, the teeth are sharp and will hurt**
Step 1: Supplies!
-Deer bones, specifically two short leg bones (for the handles) and two lower jaw bones (for the blade)
-Hotglue to adhere the leather strips to the handle bone
-Mod Podge to seal and shine the finished blade
-Clay to make teeth to replace any that were lost in the jaw bone
**Another disclaimer: The deer bones were from a doe that had been hit by a car and dragged off the road several months ago by my work, yes I'm creepy like that and will wait for road kill to decompose, I did not kill the deer**
Step 2: Clean the Bones and Replace Teeth
Always clean the bones. It makes it easier to paint.
If your jaw is missing teeth, like mine was missing the tip teeth, take clay and make replacement teeth.
I have no guide on how to make teeth other than make a teardrop shaped piece of clay, press in onto the top of one of the real deer teeth (to get the impression grooves) then attach it to the tip of the jaw. I made 4 replacement teeth and used clay to reshape the tip of the jaw and hold the teeth in place. Allow to dry.
Step 3: Check Stability of Teeth
"Stability" meaning stable or connected, do not get this confused with "stab-ability", as before, do not use as an actual weapon.
If loose, add more clay.
Step 4: Break Off Part of the Jaw Bone
The blade in Supernatural does not have the high, connecting part of the jaw present on it handle (the guard section of a normal blade). To keep with the no-guard look of the blade, I snapped off that extra bit with my bare hands. It's not hard, but make a big "CRACK!!" sound in my apartment.
Step 5: Painting the Bones
I was not satisfied with having overly dark jawbone on one side and bleached white on the other. So I busted out my trusty acrylic paints and mixed white, cream, brown, terra cotta, mustard and golden yellow to come up with;
-Light peanut butter
-Medium peanut butter
I painted the jaw bones (except for the real teeth) and the handle bones the white, then applied the ashy brown to nooks and cranny areas. The Cain Blade from Supernatural has a golden color to it, so I made the two peanut butter colors to mimic the aged blade.
Step 6: Assemble the Bones to Make a Blade
Take one jaw bone and one leg bone and connect the two at the base of the jawbone.
Either hot glue them together or just start wrapping the leather around to bind them to each other. Keep wrapping leather or, once the leather is on the handle securely, take some leather cord and tie the jaw bone and handle together. Tie very tightly so the blade doesn't move when swung.
Step 7: Make the Blade Shine
The Supernatural Cain Blade has a nice, well used, shine to it. To get this effect and seal your paint down, add a layer of Matte Mod Podge to your blade. This will also darken the color of your paint and give it an extra aged look. Let dry.
Step 8: Detail Work
Take a long, thin brush and paint on the tribalesque details that are present on the Cain Blade. Also use the ashy brown color to do some more darkening of nooks and crannies. Let dry then do another layer of Mod Podge.
Step 9: Admire Your Work
Voila! You are now ready to go forth and slay demons or display on your wall! And by "slaying demons", I mean the stuffed animals on your bed.
**This prop item may or may not be allowed into conventions because of the teeth. Be responsible and respectful of convention rules. **
Other than that, grab your cosplay and camera and go! You go, you awesome prop maker, you!