Creating a sword sheath
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Creating a sword sheath

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Anyone have any good tips and tricks on how you to create your own sheaths for swords on your figures?

Posted by HopefaKtory
on Saturday, January 19, 2013
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JankyCustoms -
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
way to think outside the box! that looks fantastic!
Cosmic Fantasy Customs -
Friday, March 15, 2013
absolutely fantastic, love the tutorial.
Automatauntaun -
Sunday, February 10, 2013
Awesome work, I use this too! Thanks for putting it up for everyone!
HopefaKtory -
Monday, January 28, 2013
Awesome! So simple and still looks so good!
barefootabe -
Friday, January 25, 2013
the texture looks great though..the tape gives it that leather look
HappyDayCustoms -
Friday, January 25, 2013
I have not. That is just the texture of the tape. Sunds like an amazing idea though.
barefootabe -
Friday, January 25, 2013
pretty cool! I gotta try that now.

do you coat the outside in anything but paint to make it rigid? I bet giving it a coat of white glue or modge podge would work well
HappyDayCustoms -
Friday, January 25, 2013
Hey guys, had some time last night to work on this tutorial. I have not finished painting it yet but you can get an idea. Below are about a third of the steps and pics but wanted to give you an idea so you did not think that I was making it up and just saying I bought this. Wanted to prove it was possible. Let me know if you need one of these. I could maybe put one together for you if you have a sword in mind. Might need you to mail the sword to me because they are custom made to the specific sword. Enjoy!






Ole Jade Jaw -
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Experiment with heat shrink tube. It comes in many sizes and you will find tons of uses for it.
HappyDayCustoms -
Thursday, January 24, 2013
I have also make knife and gun holsters like this. I did make a gun holster once by wrapping paper from a post it around the gun. I then dipped it in rubber dip. When it dried it was an awesome rubberized looking holster. Love that stuff. There are some great tutorials out there for making ripped masks that use the stuff.
HappyDayCustoms -
Thursday, January 24, 2013
I will start working on a tutorial for this. It was a tone of fun to put togther. It was really funny because that one that is pictured was my first attemt to do it. I then failed several times after that. You can use electrical tape as well, but for a leather look I like the texture of painters tape. After it was painted I put a clear coat on it to seal because the whole point of painters tape is that paint don't stick.
sanmiguel -
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
nice...will definitely try these
crea-torX -
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
DUDE! if you can should us a step by step in how PAINTERS TAPE can make an awesome sheath like that....oh please do! I think others here would benefit from it if you do! When you have something that looks so professionally done, it's hard to think THAT came from painters tape! That's talent my friend! Sheer TALENT!
HopefaKtory -
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Thanks happyday! That one looks awesome!
MadHarley -
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
That's pretty awesome, has anyone made a leg sheath for a knife? I need one for a Black widow custom
sanmiguel -
Monday, January 21, 2013
nice...what kind of tape to use??? been longing to do a nice custom like these
HappyDayCustoms -
Monday, January 21, 2013
Here is a sheath that I made for a custom Hawkman fig. I started with blue painters tape. Ended up adding strips of blue tape wrapped around the sword, and then paint. I make custom swords out of letter openers and they work really well.



HopefaKtory -
Monday, January 21, 2013
Thanks Patraw! Those are definitely some creative ideas to get my mind rolling! Ill try some of those out and see what I can come up with. Thanks again for your help! Have a good one!
Patraw -
Monday, January 21, 2013
Any type of thin material should work for a sheath; I use newsprint, but then, I use newsprint for everything.

I believe I recall some people saying that they used tape. I'd say wrap the tape around the blade to form the sheath, obviously sticky side out so that the blade doesn't' stick to the interior, and then put a second layer of tape over that first one, sticky side down, so you have a finished, non-sticky surface to detail/paint.

Another approach you could take is to cut out too sheath shapes, and then glue the edges together. Or you could combine that technique with the first one, by wrapping the two sheath halves together with tape--you wouldn't have to worry about interior stickiness then, because the two sheath halves would be in contact with the sword instead of the tape.

There are doubtlessly other methods, but those are the only two that come to mind at the moment.
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