Shigure, progress 3

I am close to finishing Tashigi’s sword! I’m working on the last bits of progress on the sword’s handle. In the mean time, I wanted to dedicate an entry to how I made the hilt for the sword.

I started by making a template in Photoshop, printing it out, and tracing and cutting it out on craft foam. I used 6mm thick for the base.


Then I cut out the border and one triangle from the template and used them to cut out the details. For those, I used 2mm thick craft foam. They’re just hot glued in place to the base. (The same pattern is on both sides.)


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Shigure, progress 2

Since last entry, I’ve finished the sheathe! My previous entry already covered the sword wrap part of the sheathe. Now I’ll show what I did for the rest of it.


I moved onto the butt of the sheathe, and the references for the design on it were kind of inconsistent. It didn’t even seem consistent between pre-timeskip and post-timeskip, even though it’s the same sword. This is what I ended up with as a base:


The lines are done with craft foam, and the circles are balls of hot glue. After putting the base down, I covered it with Worbla. It’s actually 3 pieces of Worbla stuck together – one to cover the bottom of the sheathe and then one on each side.


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Shigure, progress 1

I’ve been working on Tashigi’s sword lately! I showed a bit of it in my previous entry, but I’m going to start from the beginning and show what I’ve done so far.

As a reminder, this is the prop sword I started with:


The sheathe was black, had a texture on it, and also a cross body strap. The first thing I did was cut off the strap, and then I covered the sheathe with 3-4 layers of Gesso. When that dried, I sanded it smooth and spray painted it white.


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