Step 4: Laminate the Crossguard+Grip

Now we move on to lamination. Line up two of the grip pieces onto the blade+grip pieces, and glue them together. Do the same for the other side.

The crossguard is a little more complicated. First, glue three crossguard pieces together, and then glue them to one side of the blade+grip piece, butted up against the grip pieces that were just glued to the main body. Next, you need to cut two of the crossguard pieces to fit around the blade+grip pieces. I eyeballed this at first, and then sanded down the interior edges until everything was flush. Finally, laminate three more crossguard pieces on the other side of the blade+grip assembly.
This is brilliant!!!<br>question: the cardboard you use is it like...box cardboard? Or a sort of harder one? Bit like wood? If thesecond how can you cut it that well and, can it be done by using box cardboard pieces put together? Or will they be too soft....i cannot tell from the pics very well and english is not my native so ....ok thanks!
It definitely wasn't box cardboard (corrugated cardboard). It was more dense, sort of like poster board. As for cutting it that well, I made a lot of mistakes, but what helped was taking my time and being as careful as possible. I don't think box cardboard will work as well, since it's basically full of air, and would get crushed after working with it.<br><br>Good luck!
<p>Yes yes I figured!! Eventually! I bought the MDF...size 3 I do't thik it needs more so far it is good. Problem is I dot' have that iron thing.....a nd I cannot carve the letters. Do you have any idea if I can do it some other way? Thankj you so so so much for answerig and I hope I am not tiring you. thanks!</p>
<p>If you don't have a soldering iron, I think the only other way would be to carve the letters out carefully. But that'll be tough, since MDF tends to flake away when you carve it.<br><br>You can get really cheap soldering irons for around $20 at most stores that sell them, and since you wouldn't be using it to ACTUALLY solder anything, it doesn't need to be a nice one at all, it just needs to get hot. You also might try a wood-burning kit that you can get at most craft stores, I think for a comparable price.</p><p>I hope that helps! Good luck!</p>
<p>This is VERY impressive. I love seeing how it is done.</p>
<p>would plywood work instead of the MDF?</p>
<p>oh and how thick is he MDF?</p>
<p>This is one of the best sting replica's I've seen, certainly one of the better one on this site ;) I've found some glow in the dark blue paint that goes on clear, which I reckon would make an awesome feature when I get round to making one :)</p>
<p>Blue glow in the dark paint could work. If it does, you should definitely post it up here, it'd make a great addition.</p>
<p>Wow, quality job on the sword.</p>
Excellent Sting! I bought a scroll saw recent to start getting into making stuff out of MDF and I'd have to say I'm probably going to attempt at making my own in the future :D
Cornbread and ascots!!!
This is awesome!
First off, this is AMAZING! <br> <br>I've been having some trouble with it, though; I've tried using a boxcutter to cut the MDF, but it hardly makes a scratch in it. Is there a specific way to cut it, or should I try using something else? Would a Stanley knife work? <br> <br>(Sorry, I'm really new to prop-making!)
Never apologize for showing enthusiasm in a new hobby! :) Your boxcutter might be dull, they tend to wear out pretty quickly. Something that works a little better is a coping saw, but it's a little harder to control. Your best option would be a scroll saw, if you have access to one. <br> <br>If you want to explore more of the prop-making world, I would suggest checking out therpf.com. The stuff people make over there blow my puny attempts out of the water, they're really amazing.
This is AWESOME!
That looks really good! I'm doing the same thing but it's with gandalfs sword.
i hope someone makes it out of metal and takes a pic becasue that would be amazing
If you're willing to fork over the cash, you can find them online. Just seach &quot;sting replica,&quot; there will be tons of links.
Weta makes them but it's really expensive.
this is sweet! I love lotr and the hobbit.
Very nice! I like how it looks. <br>Do you think there is an easy way to add a blue glow?
Hi, <br> <br>Did you freehand the elvish writing on the blade? The printout for the elvish writing ist to scale, obviously, and I'm not sure i could accurately free hand it, and make it all the same size. Is there a printout I'm missing? <br> <br>Thanks
Very Very good. I tried making a sting sword out of balsa wood. It didn't turn out nearly as good as yours.
is this cosplay or LARRP safe ?
It should be cosplay safe, as long as you don't actaully hit stuff with it. <br> <br>Anything made out of solid materials is NOT larp safe. Weapons have to be made out of foam to be allowed in LARP.
MDF is pretty flimsy, I don't think it would stand up to any kind of actual use.
great! but i don't know how to this step (_ _!)
Hi! I was wondering how big the sword/pdf is. I tried printing the PDFs at 100%, but turned out a little small..
The longest part (the blade+grip piece) is 26.5in (67.3cm). Keep in mind that it is supposed to be pretty small. It is hobbit sized, after all. :)
awwww. was kinda hopeing it was a forged one... o well =p great job!
Same here
Amazing reproduction, I shall definitely try it out (although I don't really trust myself writing with an iron or cutting the hilt design). It would be cool to make 2 and paint the blade of one of them bright green so if one were to shoot a fan-made film one could use chroma key to make it glow blue.
Very good! I am a huge LOTR fan and looks like an authentic movie reproduction! I just know that MDF gives off particles that are bad for you and i was wondering if there was another material you could make it from.
Thanks for the comment! You definitely don't have to use MDF. You could use 1/8'' boards instead, and the process is essentially the same. The only difference would be the amount of time to shape the material, since 1/8'' boards are much much harder than MDF.
Great! I try it out! :)
Very nice. Something I am adding to my list of things I want to make <br>
Absolutely amazing. 5/5!
Thanks! I really enjoy your work, too! Perhaps you could make a lord of the rings themed pendant?
I totally thought this was real until i read the Ible' . Great job. Can't wait to see more.
Thank you!
That looks awesome! Just like the real one! Well done!
this is pretty cool bro
Wow! That is so cool! So thought it was made of metal before I read the instructable.
Very well done. You did a great job. At first glance I thought it was a real sword.

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