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Flying Dragon Katana by Solvash Flying Dragon Katana by Solvash
Hey look! ANOTHER KATANA! 8D

Hahaha...yeah... Anyways, this is a katana I made for a independent study school project. I was working with a mentor on how to make props and this katana was what we decided to focus around. Unlike most of my other props, this isn't made mainly from wood. The blade and handle is aspen, but all the other little pieces are things I made in wood, molded in silicone, then cast in resin.

Since, I wanted this to be the most detailed thing I had created so far, I designed it to revolve around a theme. The theme was "A Dragon Flying Through The Sky." So, I designed the habaki, the collar piece closest to the blade, to be like a dragon head. The tsuba, the handguard, is the sky with clouds swirling around. The seppa, or spacers, were designed to add to the tsuba design by also being clouds. The Fuchi and Kashira, the two caps on the handle have a scale designed etched onto them to represent the body of the dragon. The menuki, the handle charm, is designed as a pair of wings on the body of the dragon. The wave design on the blade, with it's jagged edges, was also to represent teeth or flame.

Woo! That was long! Anyway, enjoy.

Edit: I uploaded the original sketches and plans I made for this katana here.
And I also uploaded a picture of the separate fittings before paint here.
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:icontwiligthvampire89:
twiligthvampire89 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013
Amazing work
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FalconClarinet Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Omg this is awesome. :iconlainloveplz:
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Solvash Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Lol, you're kind of late to the party aren't you. XD
But thank you for the compliment and favorite. C:
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FalconClarinet Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes. Yes I am. :D
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homerII Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
oh goodness this is beautiful. I love the habaki and the fuchi designs. is that basket ball textured paper under your ito cord?
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Solvash Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks for the compliments! (The habaki is my favorite part. ;))
And yes, it is! It's painted red and cut to shape.
However, I've found lately that I don't like it as much to simulate Same. The pattern is too even and not as random as real Same would be... I've learned from :iconpiratecaptain:'s videos about another textured paper called "pebble" that looks more promising.

In anycase, thanks for the comment. ;)
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fixinman Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Fantastic work. You might find this tool useful. It is for cutting a no-hi and works very well. [link]
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Solvash Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I remember seeing this a while back! I never got around to making one however...I really should try it out, thank you. :)
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fixinman Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Frankly I was really surprised that it actually worked.
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xXIrishNinjaXx Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
what kind of resin did you use and where did you get it? is it super expensive? 0.o
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Solvash Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I used smooth-cast 300 from the smooth-on brand. I got it as part of a kit that came with silicone rubber and some other stuff. It cost about $60.

This is their website: [link]
Although, I got my stuff at an art supply store.
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xXIrishNinjaXx Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome, thanks. Does the resin takes paint well?
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Solvash Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Eh...More or less. I'd be sure to scratch the surface of whatever you make from the resin with some fine sand paper to give it a little tooth and make sure you let the paint dry fully.
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xXIrishNinjaXx Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm gonna cast the hand guard for Kenpachi Zaraki's sword with resin. It's too difficult for me to try to carve or make otherwise and have it look as good as I want it to
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xXIrishNinjaXx Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooooh, pretty
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Solvash Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you. =)
I was trying to make it very elegant. I also appreciate the favorite. =D
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xXIrishNinjaXx Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
How did you do the two toned blade? just two different colors of silver?
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Solvash Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yes, it's actually quite simple. :iconfixinman: has a tutorial detailing on how to do it. [link]

The only thing I would add to his tutorial is that I recommend painting the darker tone first as a base coat. Then using the tape method and spraypainting on the lighter color coat.
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xXIrishNinjaXx Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome, thanks alot.
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RoseGroheimer Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
that is bad *ss! :D
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YukiSasukeHitsugaya Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Awesome theme, awesome katana, awesome job!^^
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Solvash Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks, thanks~
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