Thor's Hammer MJOLNIR
I am a huge fan of Walt Simonson's work as writer/artist on Marvel Comics THOR (late 1980's). Also being of Norse descent, I always wanted my own copy of Thor's hammer Mjolnir (pronounced myol-neer).
I recently removed a stake from a new tree and thought that this might make a good handle for my hammer.
I cut sheets of 3/4" MDF to laminate into a 9" x 4" x 6" hammer head. I drilled holes through the centers of all sheets although in hindsight, I guess I didn't need to.
The bevels of the hammer were cut by tilting the table saw blade 45 degrees.
The porous edges of the MDF were coated in Bondo spot filler and sanded smooth. I then gave it several coats of automotive sandable primer.
The "cap" was cut from a piece of plywood and given a bevel. The whole thing was sprayed with more primer coats and then finally a Krylon Aluminum.
I had trouble finding leather strapping in the right thickness or width but found a tan vinyl that I could cut myself. The grip was wrapped with four 60" straps in a tight overlapping pattern.
The butt was covered with a circular piece of vinyl, glued over the edges and then wrapped with more vinyl strapping.
The straps looked a bit flat and vinyl-y so I gave the wrapping an acrylic wash of darker browns to weather it.
The loop was formed by laminating the vinyl back-to-back.
The loop was attached with a wood screw with a plastic snap-top cover (painted silver)
The hammer is purposely huge, nearly 24" long (not counting the loop), and quite heavy.
Purists, no doubt, will see "inaccurate" details. Seeing how the hammer changes from artist to artist, I felt I could build it to my liking.