So time to make some large sword blades.
The easiest way i find to make large sword blades is to make the baldes in 2 parts front & back on a large wall. If you are short on space this is an ideal trick to know lol. First of all i drew out the blade shapes, the outlines anyway on several pages of A4 paper. These i then taped together minus the 'hilt' sections i will explain why not that bit later. Next i used some 1 meter long plastic straws to create a central 'hollow ridge' that runs down the length of each sword. You can see the coloured straws in the picture above, both in the foreground & on the wall.
Next i paper mache stripped over the straws just to hold them in place with just 1 layer of news print strips.
From left to right: The first 2 blades are going to be as they are seen here, just half blades. WHY? Well these are going to be 'disguised' wall mount brackets for a couple of large wall mounted dragon heads (if i ever get them finished that is). There will be NO wood, wire or any other kind of metal strips or supports in these 'half' blades ONLY paper. Because i work to as much a hollow & light weight form as i can. Along with the fact the weight will run 'down' the wall & the half sword blades. The weight of the dragon head WILL be spread out 'down' the wall & the half sword blade(s). That is a project for another time. I am only making these half sword brackets NOW since i am making swords anyway lol.
The next 4 blades are actually only '2' blades in reality - Front & back remember?
Next time i will exlain HOW i intend to create the sword blade shape 'whilst' keeping the whole blade holow & still strong too.