Jun 11, 2010

Shining Tears Cosplay Weapon tutorial-Elwyn's wand

In our last post , we have talked about the Elmina Rhoderia' Cosplay wand tutorial , today we will continue to talk about another wand tutorial - Elwyn's wand from Shining Tears Cosplay.

It is clearly different from the process of Elmina's wand. Elwyn’s wand is eminent in the geometric mouldmaking which can be found in most of the Japanese manga works. So the process of Elwyn's wand and Elmina's wand is different.

The following is the original photo of Elwyn's wand.

I prefer to look at the pictures of the hand-made model when I make the prop.As the picture of the hand-made model looks more stereoscopic.The original picture is two-dimensional which is designed by the author at random without considering whether the model is three-dimensional or not. But it is a disaster to the maker of prop .

Main materials: 3 MM thick PVC foam board,5 MM thick EVA board,15 MM diameter stainless steel pipe with 120 CM length,20 MM diameter PVC water pipe,25 MM diameter PVC water pipe,one metal circle,white sheet iron,super glue,melt adhesive,AB glue,putty.

Make the body at first. Begin with wings.

Cut five pairs of PVC foam wings.

Glue five wings at each side by super glue. Each wing is bigger than another.

Each side has five PVC foam wings which makes a pair of symmetrical wings.

Cut EVA board into 15 mm wide strips(cut as you like), which can be seen below. Two EVA strips are needed.

Glue each wing to each EVA strip with melt adhesive.

The part glueing EVA strips and wings which looks stiff needs embellishment.Putty it, and grind it after solidification.Then the segment looks smooth.

In order that the wings look smooth,you can decorate the wings as above.

The next step is to make the top of the wand.

Fasten the metal circle to the screw with slim iron wire which makes it convenient to insert the metal circle in the water pipe.

I like to choose metal as the accessory.It depends on what you like.It is also a good choice to use the lightweight plastic ones.

I plan to insert the metal circle in the top PVC water pipe.But I choose the stainless steel pipe in order that the top handle is in shape and stable.

Now is to fix the metal circle on the stainless steel pipe.

Then fill the two openings of stainless steel pipe with AB glue reinforcing the top metal circle.

It is necessary to choose the suitable glue.

It depends.

Several kinds of glue are used when we make the prop.

For example it is convenient to use super glue to stick the small accessory and board.

It is ideal to use the hot melt adhesive for affusion. As the melt adhesive is not flowing but cooling quickly.

It is not convenient to use AB glue. But it is effective and stiff which is suitable to strengthen the unstable places.

Drill holes at the two sides of the stainless steel pipe, insert a metal bar and reinforce the metal bar with AB glue.The metal bar is to fix the wings which needs to be slim and not obvious. Thus it is better to choose the metal accessory bearing the weight.

The helix are made of two white sheet iron strips which have the same width as EVA strip.It is not wise to have wide white sheet iron strips. Be careful when you cut the white sheet iron.

It is better to stick the white sheet iron strips inside the EVA by AB glue. This makes it possible that white sheet iron strips are glued on EVA strips even the sheet iron strips are bent.

Drill holes at the side of wings.

Insert the metal bars in the wings and stick with AB glue.

Brush the handle and wings.(This can be done after the wand is finished.But it is a little troublesome.)

Do not spray the two EVA strips. If the EVA strips are sprayed right now, they may discolor when they are bent.

Twist the two EVA strips accroding to the picture,after the glue on the white sheet iron strips are solidified.

Although it is not easy to reshape EVA strips,the white sheet iron strips help to be in shape after delicate adjustment. It takes much time to adjust the shape of EVA strips. As the white sheet iron strips are also flexible which are not easy to control.

Do not cover the hole stainless steel pipe when you twist EVA strips around the steel pipe.

Leave the steel pipe at least 30 CM long without the helix in order that the top stainless steel pipe fits the below PVC water pipe later.

It is time to process the below handle.

Cut a 25 MM diameter, 10 CM long PVC water pipe.

Wrap a 0.33 MM thick plastic strip at each opening of the water pipe which makes the water pipe look nice.

Prepare a long 20 MM diameter PVC water pipe which is the main part of the wand.

How long is the water pipe?

It depends on what you like.

Fix the 25 MM diameter PVC water pipe in the long 20 MM diameter water pipe.

Melt adhesive can be used to fasten the two PVC water pipes.

The last but most important is to fix the top handle and the below handle.

Spray the left stainless steel pipe with hot melt adhesive and insert it in the PVC water pipe quickly.

Otherwise the melt adhesive will cool. And it is impossible to push the steel pipe in the water pipe.

In order not to meet such a problem, you can use AB glue. But it is troublesome.

Do not forget to spray the helix with propylene at last.

Now Elwyn’s wand in Shining Tears is finished.

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