Make Cosplay foam swords with these items
this is Alana from Kamui Cosplay and today I’m going to show you how to turn simple and affordable EBA foam into some realistic looking and shiny swords so shiny so sharp. Okay, this is actually just full it’s a soft and lightweight it’s not the interest at all you cannot harm anybody with it or can you these are TakI’s mini katanas from Soul Calibur or better called Kodachi but of course you can apply the technique I’m going to show you in the video for any other source as well. In addition, I’m also going to show you how to create these handy sword scabbards as well, and if all of this information is still not enough for you you can also get this handy prop making book which tells you everything you need to know.
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Hello enough with advertising now let’s do some crap right icing lets go. Obviously my references for Taki end game from Soul Calibur 6. Luckily Benny found the original 3d files online and use this to create a blueprint. Once they were printed out I started tracing all shapes onto 5 mm high-density EBA foam. Then I grabbed my box cutter and cut them all out and these were all parts for both the daggers as well as discovered all 5 mm foam.
To give the plates extra stability I decided to add an aluminIum rod to the middle. so I Dremeled a little groove inside both pieces, put some contact cement onto the foam and the metal rods and connect it left and right this should do the job. Next, I had to make the blade nice and sharp as you can see I used my Dremel to create the pointy edge I work with the standard sanding drum and did fast and long movements. Please don’t forget to wear your respirator here.
To clean up my rough sanding work even-more I also hand-sanded over the edge again with a 200 grit sandpaper. Yes, looked good enough. Now I only had to round out the grip with surprise, even more dremeling. Well and after that, I finally heat sealed everything with my heat gun. This step melts all the leftover foam lands and smooths out the surface. With the blades pretty much done I moved on to the scabbard.
First I had to prepare some parts with my Dremel and then began stacking layer over layer. As you can see I also cut out some space for the blade. Here the middle part got attached to the bottom and then to the top, looked good. Following this,
I had to smooth out the edge and make the shape a little bit rounder. I’m done with the base for the details.
I mainly worked with two mm EBA foam. For the end here I built a little foam cap but most other parts were just simple stripes. I used regular contact cement for all glueing steps here by the way. Adding in all the details took quite a while but I was really happy with the result, now to the other scabbard.
I used my blueprint to trace some finer elements. By cutting the drawing into smaller parts I was able to stay pretty close to the reference. Wonder what’s the black stuff? That’s actually foam clay, pretty amazing for easy sculpting work like this. Just keep it wet and you’re able to turn it into anything you want.
Well and so far for scabbard number two done as well. These were all the finished Foam parts, as you can see the blade fits perfectly.
Next up was priming and painting, first though it was Benny’s turn to smooth out all the little foam imperfections for this used a product called quickseal. He added some onto his finger and spread it over my glue seams, then he’s smoothed it out with water and once dry gave it another pass. afterwards he brushed on three thick layers of Flex bond to prime the foam. Doing this by hand took some time but the result was very nice and super shiny. All that was missing now was a convincing metal paint job for this he grabbed his airbrush and covered the blade in a glossy black first, then to create a shiny and reflective plate he applied a coloUr called all-clad chrome.
Benny actually made a full video about his paint which you can watch by clicking on the little info icon after this.
He stuck on some masking tape that he cut in a wavy shape and spread over it with a darker silver colour. The result looked just like a freshly sharpened sword, pretty cool right? Since it was a little bit too reflective for him though he finally added another layer of Alclad aluminium on top of everything, and yeah, that made it look much more real.
Last but not least, a layer of protective spray varnish. The rest of the grip was done with some simple hand painting so far so good for the pointy things, now to the scabbard.
Here Benny also applied a base layer of black first and then added some more colour with a brush and acrylics then he added some red highlights with his airbrush. The golden parts were just roughly dabbed on with a sock so don’t throw away your old socks they’re useful. He used simple acrylic colours here by the way. The finished paint job was done also sealed with satin spray varnish almost done now only a few final details very missing.
First Benny had to add some traditional bindings around the grips. This step took quite a bit of time and even more YouTube tutorials to figure out, but the result looked really great. Then Benny drew on the signs for his weird magic paper seal and then filled them carefully with black paint. Once done he attached it with superglue, he also used superglue for the golden rope at the very end. Well and this is how we made Taki swords, pretty easy right?