Tenchi Muyo!: Tenchi's sword
I was commissioned to create the hilt of Tenchi sword from the anime series Tenchi Muyo! This weapon creates a lightsaber-like blade (which I will not be building!)
After sizing my template to fit the wielder's hand, I cut it out of 3/4" MDF.
With a combination of exacto blade and Dremel, I carved the pattern into the MDF.
I didn't have any reference for the back so I extrapolated the front pattern to wrap around the other side.
Once it was cleaned up I painted my base colors with acrylic paint.
The wood grain on the butt was hand-painted to preserve an organic look.
I then took the base color and dusted back the lines.
I added 11mm ruby acrylic gems to each side and applied a wash to bring out the details of the carving.
The final front view
The final back view.
The prop in action!