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costuming takes strange turns... [Apr. 18th, 2011|11:16 pm]
Verminius Rex
Today I picked up the blade of one wooden sword, the Spartan sword from the movie 300. The handle had broken off when it fell down some stairs, which was fine considering I was going to make a 4-5' staff and make a naginata polearm out of it. But after removing the remains of the guard, it occurred to me that when holding the slim part of the blade before it flares out, it looks like a giant bowie knife.

So not only has this changed my plans, it has made them easier. Trim down the slim part a touch for a more comfortable handle, add guard, butt and grip, and I have a giant bowie knife that would look better with the combat kimono than the planned naginata. And it would be a whole lot easier.

The Chinese broadsword project is going well. I sanded everything down, used some Elmer's glue to tighten the guard and handle, and after a touch of sanding I'll spray some primer on it. We'll see if I have to sand and reprime or not after that.

Not sure what the next costume sewing will be, but I have something in mind using applique.