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SKYRIM: Silver Sword by Fraxuur SKYRIM: Silver Sword by Fraxuur
My brother asked me to make him a weapon from Skyrim for Christmas.

Of all the beautiful, interesting designs in the whole game..

..despite my constant hints towards Daedric weapons..

..he chose a boring silver sword.

Ah well, it was still a fun project :P

I still need to touch up the paintwork and add strapping to the handle, but it's pretty much finished.

~1 Metre in length.
Made mainly from Chemiwood.
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RagingModernGhost Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014
Well, daedric weapons would be impractical in a real life fight anyway, so I'd say your brother chose well.
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TheSourpatch Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
all your weapons are AMAZING!! where did you learn to create such things?!  how do you make them?! if you don't mind id REALLY like to know!! ;)
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Fraxuur Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
Thank you :) I'm still a way fair off from the skill level I'm aiming for though :P

I'm currently studying 'Model Design and Effects' (also called Modelmaking) at University, which is where I developed most of my skills. It covers a range of skills for various types of models (architectural, vehicle concepts, film props, explanatory models, etc.) and isn't actually focused towards weaponry, but we're encouraged to narrow down our skills to a particular area. My area of interest is making props, specifically weapons and armour, for film and television, which is why I mainly choose weapons for my projects.

As for how I made them, there's 2 main methods that I use:
The first is simply cutting the form out of a material called Chemiwood (also known as 'modelling foam'). It comes in blocks of varying density, depending on what you plan to do with it. I mainly use Purple Chemiwood (the most dense kind) because it allows much cleaner edges. Due to its density it's also very hard to sand, but it's possible to get an incredible finish with patience. MDF would probably be a good alternative, although you may need to stick several boards together to get a desired depth. To get the shape I use various equipment in the Uni Workshop, such as bandsaws, disk sanders, bobbing sanders..etc. which I unfortunately don't have available at home.

For pieces that are more detailed I use a technique that I'll call 'layering'. In this design for my throwing knives, each tone of grey is a different 'layer': fraxuur.deviantart.com/art/Pho…. You start with the largest and gradually work up to the smallest to build up the detail. A laser-cutter makes this technique far easier because you can trust that the lines will be neat, but it's possible to sculpt each layer by hand (I did this for the Daedric Dagger). Depending on what you're making, the layer depth will vary, but I usually go for 2-5mm per layer.


Hope this helps :)
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TheSourpatch Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
it really does, thank you! now i really want to learn. you've got great talent, keep it up ;)
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Wasteland-Omelet Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
this is one of my favorite swords in the game, gives me the feel of being a vampire hunter or something, good craftsmen-ship
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OniVrask Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Good looking sword, reminds me how fun the Silver Hand were to maul.
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Fraxuur Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
Thanks!

Great fun being a Werewolf :D
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OniVrask Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome, it's also fun to go Werewolf and attack any Vigiliant of Stendar you see. Hearing them freak out tells me how easy it must of been for the Vampires to slaughter them.
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kubuk13 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I personally like Ebony, but this sword turn up real nice !!!
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Fraxuur Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
I love the style of Ebony gear too :)
Looks so organic yet beautifully crafted.

Not sure how well I'd be able to pull off Ebony though :P
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