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Oathkeeper WIP by Solvash Oathkeeper WIP by Solvash
Hello, deviants! As a come back, I wanted to show everyone something that I've been working on for awhile. The famous Oathkeeper keyblade from the game series Kingdom Hearts!

I was commissioned quite awhile back to make the famous keyblade by a friend. However it was my first time making a keyblade and agreeing to make such a detailed one for a first may have been a bit too ambitious. ^^; Which was the main reason it took so long to make this. I've learned a lot working on it though. I plan to make more keyblades in the future, so hopefully the experience will pay off.

To start with, the wood I chose, 1/2 in birch plywood was a pain to carve. I chose birch because it was really light for how sturdy it was. But I only learned later when I had already cut the darn thing out and started carving that the rings in the wood are actually much, much harder than the rest of the wood. So it just made it much harder to carve everything out evenly. I'm definitely not going to use birch next time.
The second biggest problem was detail. There are a lot of small crevices to get into and carve, what with the feathers and fleur-de-lis like points. And the usual sanding drum I use on my dremel just couldn't do the job right. So I had to search high and low for a smaller bit. e - e And even then, carving was a pain.

But anyway, I'm pretty happy with how it turned out in the end. The basic carving is all finished so all that remains is to clean up all the rough spots (which are many, believe me) and on to paint!

Kingdom Hearts and Keyblades belong to Square Enix
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shishikokoroyuki Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Student Artisan Crafter
this definitely beats my old oathkeeper!
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Solvash Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Awww, well, at least yours is actually finished! This Oathkeeper has been sitting around unpainted for quite awhile.
I really need to get back to it!
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shishikokoroyuki Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Student Artisan Crafter
I recommend putting on some kingdom hearts music whilst painting, it will put you in the mood to paint it fully!
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wildwildcat9 Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Hobbyist
After your comment on my plush Skull Noise, I came to view your profile, and I've got to say, your props are amazing!
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Rasoire Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Student Digital Artist
If your friend no longer wants it, I wanna buy it OuO
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Solvash Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hahaha! XD
Sorry, he's already paid for it and he's been very patient. <:
Besides, I'm sure you'll do great on your own Oathkeeper!
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Rasoire Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Ohh :man I hope so haha. Oh!! by the way I've been meaning to ask; what's the sanding drum you searched "high and low" for? :)
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Solvash Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It was this: [link]
A 1/4" sanding drum. The standard dremel package usually comes with only a 1/2" drum. I looked at both Home Depot and Lowes. And while Lowes said they had it, every time I went to check they didn't. I ended up finding one at a Ace Hardware. I could have just ordered it online but I didn't really want to for just one little bit...
In any case, the smaller drum makes it much easier to carve in tighter spaces, like between the feathers and inside curves.
I also used one of these (I can't tell which immeadiately...): [link] [link]
The kit should come with one. I hope this all helpful and not too overwhelming. Hahaha...
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Rasoire Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Ah thanks very much :} This is all new knowledge that I'm eager to learn bauahaha... I've narrowed down my choices to two Dremels: [link] and [link]

I'm thinking of just buying the cheaper one (2/30) but the 6/50 has 20 more accessories for only 30$ more. But then again, I'm not sure if I'm even going to use all of the accessories. Maybe I'm getting too eager. haha.. u__u; Anyway, I just wanted to ask for your opinion since you're more experienced with this sort of stuff and you're kind enough to help me n__n; I'm sorry for all the trouble D:
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Solvash Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yeah, a Dremel 4000 is great! <:
Personally, I'd go for the 6/50 since it comes with a good variety of carving/engraving bits, the exchangeable grip, and the flex-shaft. Especially since the flex-shaft is usually $30-40 on it's own and can really help with carving.
And it's no problem! I love answering questions. = w =
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