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