I am a huge fan of the Elder Scrolls series, and surprisingly, I’ve never built anything from it. So I decided to make myself a dragon priest dagger! These things look really cool and are not very common in the game, so I wanted to take a stab at making one ( pun intended). I also have kits of the Dagger available if you’d like your own!
I started by making my pattern on inkscape, which you can find here. I printed that out and glued it to some card stock, and now I’m ready to fabricate!
I decided to make the dagger in 4 parts. The blade, the hilt, the handle, and the pommel. This way I could make the molds work better for cold casting. After I figured out my thickness of the blade, I glued together layers of pvc foam plastic sheets using a 2 part epoxy adhesive. I put a thin layer of bright green plastic in the center. That way I can make sure I always know where the center is when shaping it.
Using my favorite tool in the shop, the bench sander, I slowly sanded away at the plastic to give the piece a blade shape. Now, this dagger has many layers of details on it, and I didn’t want to make it really thick by adding more layers to it, so I used the same green plastic that I used in the center. The plastic is super thin and easy to cut with an x-acto knife. I also used two different colors so I could differentiate between layers ( these were the only two colors that the store had.
Once I had that I moved on to the handle. For the handle I cut my shape from a piece of scrap wood. I marked my groove and bevel lines and used a file and dremel to get my shape.
I used a band saw to get my initial groove lines cut. That way I knew that they would line up perfectly on the other side. Once that part was done I moved on to the pommel! For the pommel I used a similar method to the blade. I figure out my max thickness and layered the plastic together. Starting with the overall shape and adding to it piece by piece.
I used a round dremel bit and used a stippling motion to add the beaten metal look to it, this way it would look pitted and aged also giving it a nice texture when painted up. I used this same process on the rest of the dagger. Lastly I made the hilt using the exact same method as I did for the pommel. I also made male and female ends for the 4 parts so that they could be easily assembled after I cast them.
I used filler primer and did some wet sanding until I had the desired finish and then it was ready to cast. For this dagger I went with simple box molds. First I built little boxes for the pieces and clayed the up. Then I used some hot glue to make sure that I had no potential areas for the silicone to leak once I poured it. I added some sprues to the pommel and hilt pieces, this way I could avoid getting bubbles.
The molds came out wonderful! I did a couple of pulls to figure out my measurements for resin. Once I had that figured out I cold cast up a piece, assembled it, and gave it a quick polish.
This build was a lot of fun, I really enjoyed getting to do something with a cool texture and more organic feel.
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