Hello all, new maker here admiring the site, the dedication to do it yourself and, especially the recent duct tape contest. So much so that it has inspired me to create many things out of duct tape that were previously unavailable. First on my list is a sword sheath for the weapons that are lying around.
this is my first instructable. Any comments about my improper use of direction or comments on how to better make use of duct tape will be appreciated.
Sword (to be sheathed)
A clean surface to practice on
Step 1: The Fabric of the Universe
First and foremost you will need to know how to make basic Duct Tape fabric. this is done by measuring duct tape, pulling off a strip, then marking the center of that strip. This can be done with folding the tape, marking the center with a pen, or anything you can imagine really.
The reason this is important is it is a guide towards our next piece of Duct Tape. The following piece will be placed face down on top of the previous piece (sticky side to sticky side) with both pieces of tape.
After this step is completed flip the duct tape over and tape a new piece to the other side. trying to get the top of the tape at just about where the other piece of tape ends.
Using this method the width of your duct tape increases like a ladder.
Step 2: Sheath Your Blade
Lets begin with the sheath first.
You're going to want to get the entirety of the length with one piece, and have an even number of duct tape pieces attached. This will allow a circular connection around the blade.
In my case I used four pieces of duct tape. If you are using a smaller sword, or any fencing sword you may want to use half strips cut length wise.
Excess is recommended as it allows the duct tape to create a more durable sheath.
After the sides of the sheath are complete put extra on the bottom of the sheath as a precaution.
Step 3: Ring Around the Rosie
Now the problem becomes what to do with your sheath now that we have it, and the answer is of course to string it onto a belt. There are a slew of ways to make a Duct Tape belt, but I have chosen the method of taking a belt buckle from a previous leather belt and applying it to the superior duct tape belt.
In order to accomplish this task take the measurements of your waist. Don't be shy. In fact give a little excess. You don't want your belt to be extremely constricting.
take two pieces of duct tape of equal length to your decided measurement. Repeat the fabric of step 1, except afterwords fold the two remaining sticky sections into the center. decide on a size for your belt and cut the remainder.
After this is done stamp out as many holes as you want for adjusting the size of your belt.
Step 4: The Belt Returns
Now that you have a large amount of duct tape that can fit around your waist it is time to attach a belt buckle to the side that doesn't have holes in it. This can be accomplished by cutting out a H shape in the duct tape.
Using the longer part of the H wrap around the belt buckle, using the wider sections to hold onto the rest of the belt.
Since this section is going to be under a lot of strain from the blade multiple layers are recommended.
Step 5: Time to Get Punchy
At this point it is important to decide where you want the blade to be held. left side, right side, back, front. And punch holes in the appropriate section of the belt.
In addition holes should be punched in the sheath of the blade at a spot roughly an inch and a half below the top at both the right and left of the sheath. With distance from the right or left of the sheath of about half an inch.
Make sure at this point to have two holes in your belt where you want the sheath to be located. Make the holes at least as many inches apart from one another as the sheaths width.
Step 6: Coax the Great Bonder of Duct Tape.
Now take the coax cable from the materials. Cut the tops off to make them fit within the holes of the duct tape. For some punchers this may be too large and the cables will need to be cut shorter of the holes punched larger.
Funnel the wire through the back of the sheath. If you have your sword in the sheath at this point you may have some space issues with the cord.
After the cord is through bring the coax cable through the recently created holes in your belt. Making sure to give the cables lots of slack for knots to tie up above the belt.
Step 7: Draw Steel
You're finished. Perhaps you, like me, finally have a stylish sheath to protect your blade. Perhaps you have managed to make a creative part of a Halloween costume. In any case, congratulations.