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I figured that since I had taken pictures of my keyblade as I was making it I would make a tutorial. This is actually an edited version with different music and an extra picture. Please feel free to ask any questions and give any advice that you may have. Thank you for watching my video!
The keyblade/pole is 3ft. long and about 1 1/4in. wide.
The key part is about 7in. tall and sticks out 4 1/2in. from the pole and is the same width as the pole.
The Hand Guard Measurements are as follows:
The handle is 8 1/2in. tall, with enough space in the opening to hold with two hands depending on the size of your hands, about 4 3/4in.
The top of the handle is 8 1/4in. across and the bottom is 10 1/2in. across.
The blue section just above the hand guard is 2in. tall.
What is the music used in the video?
The music is Simple and Clean by Utada Hikaru.
Are you selling the keyblade?
I am not selling my keyblade, nor am I going to make more of them.
Where can I get the materials that you used?
Wooden Dowel--Hobby Lobby, Michael's, or other craft stores.
Paint--Hobby Lobby, Michael's, or other craft stores.
Foam--Hobby Lobby, Michael's, Lowe's, Home Depot, or other craft stores.
Mickey Chain--Hobby Lobby, Michael's, or other craft stores.
What did you use to cut the foam?
I used either a butter knife or a steak knife and they worked fine for me. You can buy an actual electronic foam cutter from Hobby Lobby, Michael's, other craft stores, or online, but it is a bit pricey.
Can you use wood instead of foam?
Yes, but it will require you to use more specific tools. I recommend having someone who is experienced with woodworking make the keyblade for you if you want to make one out of wood. Please be smart about using sharp tools. If you do not pay attention, you could injure yourself.
What is Paper Mache?
Paper mache is a thick liquid mixture used as a form of glue. Most often, starch is used, but I usually just mix water and flour. The water/flour mixture can get clumpy so you need to make sure that you stir it often. You dip strips of paper into the glue mixture and then lay it onto or wrap it around the surface that you're paper macheing.
Can you use this keyblade as a weapon?
No, this particular version is more for show then for fighting because of the foam. It is not resilient like metal or wood and it will break if you put too much force on it. You have been forewarned.
How much does this cost?
(Below is a comment posted by blueslushy54. Thank you!)
"i paid 60 just now and plan to make two key blades. so $30 a piece roughly [2 bottles of each color paint, 2 dowels, 3 pieces of hard foam, and electrical tape= $60]
paint= $2.50 each color
Foam [1 15/16 x11 7/8 x17 7/8]: like $10
dowels: like $2"
All prices are relative, though, based on where you buy the items, what brand, and how much you purchase.