Picture of Prince Caspian's Sword
Make a realistic looking sword that's great fun to play with, won't hurt anyone, looks brilliant and is made in a way that is not entirely dissimilar to the way a real sword is made. There seems to be a lot of steps, but in reality there are only one or two crucial ones, the rest are obvious once you know how.

You will need:
  • A couple of old toothbrushes (buy some new ones if you don't have any spare)
  • Some thick baking foil
  • A wire coat hanger
  • A very short piece of garden hose pipe or something similar
  • About 3 metres (3 yards) of electrical home lighting ring main cable (optional)
  • A cupboard door knob
  • A hot melt glue gun (with at least 3 long sticks of hot melt glue)
  • Some strong cardboard
  • You will benefit from being able to use an oven (on a very low heat)

It looks like a long list, but really you'll probably have all this stuff lying around. If you like this project, then you might like some of my other instructables or some of the hundred or so others on dadcando.

Step 1: Bend a coat hanger into shape

Picture of Bend a coat hanger into shape
You are going to be casting your sword in hot melt glue with a foil skin. But so that it will be springy like a real blade, it needs a stiff core. I used a bent wire coat hanger for my core, and that seemed to work fine. If you have other similar wire then you could use that instead, but make sure that there are no sharp ends near the tip of the blade, because they might poke through the plastic outer skin and hurt someone by accident.

Pull down the bottom bar of the coat hanger and push the sides in. Straighten out the hanger as much as possible, taking care to make sure that it is not twisted or bent. This is not as easy as it sounds, because the coat hanger wire is quite springy. We need this property for later to make the blade have a spring to it, but at this stage it makes it hard to work with.

Bend the coat hanger hook round so that it is a narrow loop but centred and in a straight line with the rest of the hanger. This will\mean bending it back slightly so that the centre of the loop is centred on the axis of the straightened out hanger.
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Roran5164 months ago

I recently made something very similar for my Halloween costume. I was Eragon so I needed a Bristingre (for those who get the reference). I won't post a picture because it wasn't very good, but thank you for the great inspiration and I hope to see more cool instructables soon.

richi5272 years ago
The step with the toothbrushes was brilliant!
orvis3 years ago
I feel like this is exactly the kind of creation that instructables was created for - creating something new and custom with creative use of existing, easy-to-come-by materials. You are at once inspiring and sharing creativity in the best maker sense.

KaptinScarlet (author)  orvis3 years ago
Thanks, I really appreciate your kind words
nerd123 years ago
this is a very good idea but how is it any thing like real sword making. this technique is called 'casting' and would make a very weak sword. it would break easily. this still is a very good idea for a toy prop
sclocher4 years ago
kudos, my friend, kudos. That seems like a BIT more work than i would reall want (especially due to my "can't slow down" nature lol), But a VERY unique take for something i was just looking for a template for cardboard, lol. Nice find, GREAT job, bud!
marshon4 years ago
Cleverly thought out and well executed. Good work my friend.
Andrewf945 years ago
Well, I'd think that if you were not to heat up the hanger, it would set the glue faster. Remember, the hanger's heat helps to keep the glue hot, which in turn keeps the glue from setting before you can execute this step...
tudgeanator7 years ago
Really good idea to use hot glue for the blade,but how many glue sticks did it use?
KaptinScarlet (author)  tudgeanator7 years ago
I think two long ones, maybe three. I made the blade nice and thin and narrow. I guess it's quite a lot, but it was the only thing that I had to hand that I thought would a)set quickly and b) wouldn't hurt (too much) if you got whacked with it, by mistake of course.
im having trouble wit the blade i cant find god cardboard
Oh,it's not too many then,my mum is an artist so I have an endless supple of hot glue.
LinuxH4x0r7 years ago
Wow, looks really good for a fake
KaptinScarlet (author)  LinuxH4x0r7 years ago
thx, you can't really give a real sword to a 9 year old... but it was real enough to him!
Why can't you give a real sword to a nine year old? that's when I bought my first sword...Wait...No...I think I was 10...Of course if I knew about this instuctable I would never had wasted 50$!
i was 8 wen i got my 1st real sword but of course my dad would not let me hold it witout super vision
from an my dad
i'm ten and i think i can handle that sword, it cool though.
My first impression was that it is real
This whole project is a genius idea!
I was just wondering if its absolutely necessary to heat up the coat hanger first/
lmuli36 years ago
good design well done i never thought of using hot glue to make the blade
hey you could put the template from dadcando
That's how he makes some money though. ;D
KaptinScarlet (author)  mg0930mg6 years ago
thx, it's how I try and pay for the upkeep of dadcando, which is quite expensive to run.
phapboy6 years ago
Excellent Instructables! I never thought of making a sword out of hot glue... very cool.
stAzer6 years ago
If I ever get around to making one, I might try to use break levers off of bicycle handles for the cross guard. Thanks for the great instuctable(s)!
mweston6 years ago
Haha, I like the toothbrush idea. Very well done!
The Jamalam6 years ago
I just saw this instructable and thought wow, a door knob for the pommel, ingenius! And all I could think of for my sword instructable was a ping pong ball...
volquete6 years ago
crap that looks REAL!
KaptinScarlet (author)  volquete6 years ago
thx yeah, that's what I thought... as my kids was swinging it about at the cinema when we went to see Prince Caspian. Luckily we don't have much sword crime where i live so we didn't get done for taking it out to the cinema...
Black Cat6 years ago
haha well done ay...
KaptinScarlet (author)  Black Cat6 years ago
This is even better thatn the harry potter wands. Too bad I can't take them to school to sell. :( But it's a great 'ible anyways! 5/5 stars!:)
This is an exalent instructible. very informative and very cool. well done!
KaptinScarlet (author)  me3ga-scientist7 years ago
thx, my boy took it to the cinema, which wasn't a problem where we live, but on reflection could have been an issue, because it looks really realistic. Glad you like it.
biggles7 years ago
This is yet another amazing instructable from you. could this design be adapted into a roman short sword?
KaptinScarlet (author)  biggles7 years ago
Thx you are too kind. but yes I think later I will adapt it in to a Subtle Knife!
I am not too kind your instructables are tuely amazing.But the design would be strong enough to make into a wider type of sword then?
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