Unfortunately I never took progress photos for this.
These were also the first props I ever made. So they're not perfect, nor very good. I'll explain what I would've done differently as we go along.
For this I used thick foam poster board and Styrofoam posts.
I traced and cut out the shape onto the poster boards to create the blades -use a reference photo to figure out the shape.
I wouldn't say poster boards were a bad choice. They worked out fine. Of course, worbla or expanding foam may work better and offer more dimension. I could have also used craft foam or carved the detailing on the blades.
If I were to go back and redo the handle I would've used PVC pipes.
But, for the handle, I used a Styrofoam post I found at the local craft store. It wasn't typical Styrofoam though. This wasn't full of many pores (at least on the outer layer/surface) -so it allowed for an even (but rough) look once painted.
If I were to go back I would've have primed it before painting. If using the Styrofoam and not PVC, I would've paper-mached it for a more smoother texture and too fill any holes.
I did attempt to give it more dimension by creating slight indents around the handles where the rings of color were (the silver rings).
After that I simply painted it all using a paintbrush and acrylic paint.
To finish it off I used only white fabric I had laying around then wrapped and glued that around the handles. I also glued the blade and handle together. I believe I used super/crazy glue for this (do not use hot glue on Styrofoam).
If I were to go back and redo this I would've used better fabric (the one I used was fleece/felt like) and would've shaded and highlighted the weapon to finish it off.
This prop did not last long. It only lasted a few days worth of use. I wore this costume for Halloween a few years back and it lasted that night and had to be touched up before shooting this cosplay.
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