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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    25 Comments

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    underground carpenter
    underground carpenter

    Reply 10 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 7 years ago on Introduction

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

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    gmjhowe
    gmjhowe

    Reply 9 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 10 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

    10 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

    10 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 10 years ago on Introduction

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

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    gmjhowe
    gmjhowe

    Reply 10 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 10 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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    laurent123
    laurent123

    10 years ago on Introduction

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

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    thermoelectric

    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*

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    eulaliaaaa!
    eulaliaaaa!

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    DON"T SAY THE NAAAAME!!! HE WILL COME AND GET ME TOO!!