Introduction: Weapons From Nail and Scrap Metal

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I have intention to make a diorama of a weapon shop (like some in role playing games) so these are my first weapons made from nail, scrap metal and wood, I may also do some leather working... Hope you enjoy it.

Material required: wood, nail, brass, scrap metal...

Tools: files, riffler files, jeweler's saw, drill press, sand-paper... You can see all at the end of my post.

For "How-to-make" : i will update some general ways how to make them all by video or pictures, I can not repeat the same process for every item that I made.

This project will take a long time to complete, please follow my post with patience. Comments and questions are always welcomed. Thank you !

Step 1: Iron Sword Level 1

Picture of Iron Sword Level 1

How to make it :

- Heat the nail up then hammer it to 2.5 mm thickness.

- Use files to shape it to form of a sword's blade. You can also use some riffler files to make the fuller.

- Polish the blade with 1000 grit sand-paper

- The cross guard is made from brass by drilling 2 holes (2 mm diameters) then cut the excess with jeweler's saw as show to fit to the blade.

- The grip was made by rolling some black threads and fix them with super glue.

Step 2: Double Bit Axe - Lv 1

Picture of Double Bit Axe - Lv 1

English is not my language so please forgive my error in use of the words and feel free to ask if you need more information.

For this item, all you need is... a piece of metal :). I used some scraps about 4mm thickness and 3 cm length.

- Drill 3 holes (2mm diameters), use jeweler's saw to cut the excess to make the axe-eye.

- Cut sand-paper to strip to smooth the inside (as picture 5)

- Use ball-peen hammer to flatten the piece and file it to an axe head shape.

- Heat treat the axe head and deep it in oil to have a black patina outside. Use 1000 grit sand-paper to shine the bit.

- Make the wooden handle, use bee-wax to protect and give it a shiny look.

Step 3: Small Hand-protected Shield for Thief

Picture of Small Hand-protected Shield for Thief

Step 4: Bronze Shield

Picture of Bronze Shield

Step 5: Throwing Knives for Assassin - Level 1 (from Bicycle Spoke)

Picture of Throwing Knives for Assassin - Level 1 (from Bicycle Spoke)

Material: - Bicycle spoke, Leather, brass string.

Step 6: Great Sword

Picture of Great Sword

Step 7: Viking's Shield

Picture of Viking's Shield

Step 8: Mage's Staff

Picture of Mage's Staff

Step 9: Some More Made With Nail, Brass and Wood

Picture of Some More Made With Nail, Brass and Wood

With the same process, you can make another weapons (hammer - nail with a small block of wood, great sword, and katana...) depend on your imagination.

Wooden hammer: As you can see in the picture, I have some brass sheets, I cut 2 strips 2mm width and roll them around the wooden block. You need to fix the end of each strip first with 1mm diameter nail (cut a half), use tiny hammer to force these strips fix to the block's shape. Use hand drill to make some 1mm diameter holes in these strip for the nails go through.

The end of the hammer is made by adding a brass pipe, soldering it to the nail and file it to a round shape.

Hope you enjoy it and have a nice day !

Step 10: Hand Tools That I Use for This Project.

Picture of Hand Tools That I Use for This Project.

1. Scriber: use to trace line in metal.

2. Calipers: to mesure the thickness.

3. Tin cutters: to cut metal sheet.

4. rail anvil.

5. Dividers: to trace parallel line, to mesure, to draw and more...

6. Sand-paper: from 400 to 1000 grit.

7. Drill: pump drill, small hand drill, drill press is an advance.

8. Vise

9. Files

10. Hammer: ball-peen hammer is the best :D

11. Jeweler's saw.

12. Torch.


ScienceDiscoverer made it! (author)2017-03-31

Took me waaaay to long to make this... Was figuring out everything mostly by myself... Minimum tools. Guard made of same nail (cos no soft metals nearby). Was a real pain to make it without tools! Used only hummer, powered (screwdriver) drill, glasspaper and round + flat files (had to buy it).

So how is it, for my first mini-sword?

Not bad


DIYWEAPONS (author)2017-03-26

THIS IS AMAZING. Seriously i really admire your work, really beautiful miniatures.

Maybe you could try a crossbow?

seadraggin (author)2016-10-10

These are amazing. Great instructable!

octive100 (author)2016-09-28

any tips for someone who is just starting off in the miniature metal working field?

I have done miniatures before, just not "blacksmithing." I have worked with almost everything but metal.

muadibe (author)2016-09-21

I love the Viking shield. Yet again, your skill has more than impressed me. Well done, an excellent piece of craftsmanship.

muadibe (author)2016-09-08

You are a very talented person and have inspired me. My friend loves everything connected to vikings. I am hoping to make a viking battle axe.

Thanks for the Instructable.

Tuan_Hoang (author)muadibe2016-09-08

you will have a full step about making a viking's wooden shield later :) Thank you for your comment.

muadibe (author)Tuan_Hoang2016-09-09

I look forward to seeing that. Again, thank you.

Tuan_Hoang (author)muadibe2016-09-19

I made a viking's shield, please take a look.

darrenah (author)2016-09-19

These are really awesome and gorgeous. The detail is exquisite in every sense of the word. I hope to do something at least half this good someday.

Tuan_Hoang (author)darrenah2016-09-19

Thank you ! Just take your time and enjoy your work, one day you will find that you can do these things easily.

kcisis (author)2016-09-13

All waay too gorgeous! I've loved miniatures for eons and love history/fantasy role-play as well. In addition, my 10 y/o grandson LOVES swords, but of course we only let him play with wooden ones--he'd go absolutely crazy over a REAL miniature one. I'm thinking maybe making an oven baked clay faux stone base to hold it, "removably", a la King Arthur. Thank you for sharing, I'd have never thought to take my jewelry making skills in this direction, but it's a start & I've got all the tools.

Tuan_Hoang (author)kcisis2016-09-13

I love jewelry making and I'm self-taught guy from youtube and books, these miniatures are my first steps in this speciality. Thank you for your comment.

boodah (author)2016-09-13

Love this idea, but not really an instructable. There needs to be more description. Some of the terminology used, may not be in a novice's vocabulary, and a video would help to get your head around certain steps.

Tuan_Hoang (author)boodah2016-09-13

This post is still updating, i'm writing some tutorials to make thing clear. Thank you for your comment.

eric squat (author)2016-09-12

Awesome! That is a real talent. Nice work.

watchmeflyy (author)2016-09-12

These look incredible!

Jfieldcap made it! (author)2016-09-12

Thanks for this great idea! I had a free Saturday afternoon with nothing to do, so I decided to give it a go. It didn't turn out straight like I originally intended, but for a few hours of work I think it was well worth the effort. I originally tried to make a wood hilt guard, but the pieces I had kept breaking, so metal it was.

Tuan_Hoang (author)Jfieldcap2016-09-12

It's very cool for the first try ! You can use some sandpaper to smooth the edge.

Jfieldcap (author)Tuan_Hoang2016-09-12

Thanks! I did use some sandpaper, which helped a lot, but I think I wasn't careful enough with the file/hand cranked grinder I used to have a smooth surface without a lot more sanding. Perhaps next time it'll turn out better.

Tuan_Hoang (author)Jfieldcap2016-09-12

Hope you have a good time :)

PhyllisR12 (author)2016-09-11

OMG this is amazing

MarcosN17 (author)2016-09-09

I will made it! is wonderful!

neblin7 (author)2016-09-09

may I ask where you got that mini anvil?

Tuan_Hoang (author)neblin72016-09-09

It's a handmade jeweler's anvil, dated 18 december 1959. I bought it from a garage sales.

Srijal97 (author)2016-09-08

Wow! these are so cool! You could make a pair of witcher swords(like these:, along with scabbards and they would make excellent keychains. I'm thinking of making it with wood or something as the tools required for metal work are out of my reach right now. :)

Tuan_Hoang (author)Srijal972016-09-08

wow, I must be at least lv 90 in blacksmithing to make these two swords :)

Srijal97 (author)Tuan_Hoang2016-09-08

Oh I'm sure you're higher than that, but do you have the elven tools? :p

Tuan_Hoang (author)Srijal972016-09-08

elven tools or elves' weapons ?

neblin7 (author)Tuan_Hoang2016-09-09

elves' weapons. ;)

Srijal97 (author)Tuan_Hoang2016-09-08

Tools for a master blacksmith!

Tuan_Hoang (author)Srijal972016-09-08

Oh ! I guess I have to make some for myself :) Thank you for suggestion.

jimofoz (author)2016-09-09

Very nice work. If it wasn't for your hand in the pictures, I would've thought they were full size. I'm impressed.

WynneL (author)2016-09-08

Oh, so I asked how hot - and I saw farther down to "cherry red"...good enough for me. I wondered at the heating element and saw that there are a multiple of options. I guess whatever works, eh? These are incredible. May I say adorable? I don't want to make you feel unmanly! :-D

Tuan_Hoang (author)WynneL2016-09-09

Please don't worry, I'm making weapons, that's a manly work.

ArticAkita (author)2016-09-08

OMG!!! I love This! these are so Awesome! your structure is so informative, lots of good pictures to figure it out regardless how little English you know. you did a great job!

Tuan_Hoang (author)ArticAkita2016-09-09

Thank you :)

WuLongTi (author)2016-09-08

This is some amazing work! I love it :D

Tuan_Hoang (author)WuLongTi2016-09-09

Thank you.

cjs6765 (author)2016-09-08

You have an AMAZING TALENT my friend! Your attention to detail is just incredible!! WELL DONE!!!

Tuan_Hoang (author)cjs67652016-09-09

thank you.

cavalier19 (author)2016-09-08

WOW !! You Sir, are an artist. Classic workmanship.

Tuan_Hoang (author)cavalier192016-09-08

thank you.

John T MacF Mood (author)2016-09-08

Your work shows great patience and deliberate thoughtfulness. I give you 5 Stars out of 5! Brilliant! It would be an excellent way to learn blacksmithing on a scale that will not bankrupt you. If you ruin a workpiece, oops. No majopr expense in getting another nail or scrap!

I do love blacksmithing but I'm living in a small apartment so I think this is the best way I can keep my love alive. Thank you for your compliment and your stars :)

HazyShades (author)2016-09-08

Beautiful work. The sword belongs in a museum. Your dragon and jeweler's hammer are excellent examples of workmanship. You Sir are a craftsman and artist. You are Blessed with great patience, perseverance, attention to detail and a wonderful talent.

Tuan_Hoang (author)HazyShades2016-09-08

I'm so thankful for your compliment.

medvedms (author)2016-09-08

Excellent, amazing job!!!! Can you explain me, please, how have you done both ends of hammer´s handle? And metal parts on hammer (on wooden part): is it strip of metal and nails? I´m not an expert and my English is not excellent, too, so sorry for maybe not correct part´s names. :)

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