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Make the Sword of Thranduil - Part 3: Painting


In this part of the tutorial we finish off the sword by painting it.

Painting is really easy but it takes a while because it is a lot of detail work.

Part 1 (the beginning) of this tutorial is here



Let's start by painting the full length of the blade. There are three colors. First paint all the scroll work and long lines silver. Then paint in the areas around the scroll work gray. Finally paint the sharp edge of the blade a mix of gray and silver.



The handle is two colors. Paint all the scroll work black and paint the lines at the pommel and the guard black. Then paint all the rest of the handle silver.



Note about the painting and the colors. Predominantly the sword is a beautiful silver color with some black detail work. But you can always go ahead and paint it any color you want and any color scheme you like.

And you have other painting options too. For example, paint pens work really well for this project because you can get a lot of good detail and clean lines with it.




Seal it

To finish it off you can seal it with a spray sealant. But, be careful if you used an enamel paint. Some spray sealants can smudge it.








Congratulations! You have made the Sword of Thranduil!

The completed sword



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United Cutlery UC2926 Staff of Wizard Gandalf

Gandalf's staff appears to be a natural piece of wood, but the crown of the shaft holds something supernatural. Within the crown, the wood has grown around a hollow, white lattice-shaped bulb. The lattice is vaguely Elven in design, and holds a great power. At Gandalf's command, he can cause the crown to illuminate and light his way at night, or to spark a blue flame to ignite fire. The staff is also imbued with a great strength, allowing Gandalf to shatter stone with one strike. This authentically detailed replica is a reproduction casting of the actual filming prop built by the production Art Department in New Zealand and used in the motion picture, THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY.


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