Wooden Spear for the Dispatching of Vampires.

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Introduction: Wooden Spear for the Dispatching of Vampires.

About: I am a British Graphic Designer and Photographer, when I am not working, I spend my time making an array of projects. I used to make a lot of props, but now I spend most my time building crazy cameras and shoo…

Yeah, thats right Edward, I am looking at you.

I decided that I wanted to produce a nice short spear prop, I was talking about making it from cheap wood and painting silver (similar to a lot of cosplay and larp props), when KentsOkay suggested I just make the spear tip from wood itself.

Why wood? because a stake in the heart is the surest way to take out a vampire.

So here is the result of that project.

The spear tip is made from a piece of scrap wood I had laying around, I draw out the rough shape I fancied (partly inspired from hellboy 2). Once I had cut out the spear shape, I then took to sculpting it with my power sander. You could sand it by hand, but it was a lot quicker that way.

The core of the spear is a metal tube, the metal tube fits onto the spear head with a metal pole, I drilled a hole into the tip the same diameter as the pole.

The tube was then covered in sheet tyre rubber, with a little sculpting using scrap wood at the end of the handle.

To finish I used a mix of a leather grip with a wire trim, and a thread based grip that is made by winding white cotton around the handle, then staining it in the same colour I used on the spear tip. I used PVA to seal the thread grip. Most of the leather was attached using hot glue gun.

Sorry this is not a full instructable, but I was just having too much fun making it to stop and take pictures. Combined with not wanting my expensive DSLR in the same room as all that sanding, and I decided a slideshow would suite best.

Slideshows are an under appreciated format, which is a shame, because it suits this kind of unique one off projects very well.

- gmjhowe

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    underground carpenter
    underground carpenter

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    gmjhowe said "sheet tyre rubber." My guess is he meant to type "tire." In which case, go to your local bike shop and ask them for a junked inflatable tire tube off a flat tire that someone brought in. They may not have any lying around, but they may give you a call the next time they replace one. Or just buy a replacement tube - think they run about $5-6.

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    jonyman123
    jonyman123

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    In the UK it is spelt 'tyre' instead of 'tire' in the US

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    gmjhowe
    gmjhowe

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    The sheet rubber is actually recycled tires, normally found on the bottom of pallets for traction.

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    gmjhowe
    gmjhowe

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    I have not tried it, the main shaft being metal would probably make it fly pretty well. Not sure if it would survive any impact though!

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    Ward_Nox
    Ward_Nox

    9 years ago on Introduction

    might want to work some silver dust into the wood grain 1 it will look cool and 2 I will improve it's effect

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    SWV1787
    SWV1787

    9 years ago on Introduction

    looks nice, it looks a lot like the spear the bad guy carries in the Hell Boy and the Golden Army movie

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    Ward_Nox
    Ward_Nox

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    actually i was thinking kind of a combo of that and a Kunai

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    gmjhowe
    gmjhowe

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks, to quote my description

    'I draw out the rough shape I fancied (partly inspired from hellboy 2).'

    I liked the idea and the shape, but wanted something unique.

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    Dr. Pepper
    Dr. Pepper

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    Yeah but I'm pretty sure I'd want to be on that guy's side. No offence Gmjhowe if your reading this.

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    Berkin
    Berkin

    9 years ago on Introduction

    Nice work. A video would be awesome.

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    gmjhowe
    gmjhowe

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    I might do a video later and add it in!

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    neo-sky
    neo-sky

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    vampires must die and if you know how to do it then FANG CHECK! * lifts up upper cheek and reveals no fangs*

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    laurent123
    laurent123

    9 years ago on Introduction

    very nice i must say greatly reseamples the heart spear that the elvish prince twin carries in helboy 2

    If I ever become a vampire, I shall live underground for eternity, cause just the thought of someone pointing that scary sharp thing at me (let alone trying to jab my heart with it), is a scary thought.

    Nice work, and now I have to sleep in a nice and dark room, fearing the wrath of gmjhowe. *gulp*