During San Diego Comic Con 2013, I had the amazing opportunity to meet Evangeline Lilly, who is cast as Tauriel in the Hobbit: the Desolation of Smaug. She is lovely in real life and a downright badass in the movie. So, who doesn't love the elves?? With the revival of Tolkien and the Hobbit, it was time to build another prop from the movie. If you haven't seen our Elven Helmet build, check it out!
This build was very similar to our Nordic Dagger project and was built with almost the same materials. The first step was to create a blueprint to scale. This was sketched out rather that drafted on a computer.
Once the blueprint was established, the shape was transferred onto 6 mm sintra and cut out with an exacto knife. This became the dagger base which would be shaped and detailed later.
The edges were sanded down and apoxie sculpt was used to shape out the handle. Apoxie sculpt is ideal for tasks such as this because it functions like clay and can be smoothed with a bit of water, then it hardens overnight and can be sanded to perfection the next day.
The intertwining vine details on the blade were shaped with apoxie as well, using simple sculpting tools that you can see in the photos. The nice thing about apoxie sculpt is that if you aren't satisfied while shaping it, you need't worry because you can sand it down to perfection later!
Once I was satisfied with everything, the dagger received a coat of primer and it was time to mold! The two part mold was made with fast curing Mold Star 16. To make a two part mold, one side must be clayed first, which is a rather annoying process. For more photos on the finer points of molding a dagger, check out the Nordic Dagger write-up.
And then the mold had babies!!
Lots of babies!!
Then paint em up with a few rattle cans and acrylic, and voila!
Thanks for reading, mellon!