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26 July 2004 @ 05:55 pm
Act I: *I get home and take a look at my sword* There are wrinkles on the business end of the sword blade. They're small, but they're there, and they're pissing me off because the resin is dry and I don't know how I'm supposed to get them out. Oh, and did I mention that a section of cloth got caught underneath and wrinkled there, and that there are some rubber doots from the mat stuck to the cloth and underside of the blade? FUCK. Of course, the one person I know who can help me isn't on AIM...

(Intermission time!)

Act II: We locate the phone and, with the last energy remaining in its drained battery, manage to call Josh and tell him to get online. (Rando left the phone downstairs yesterday and forgot about it until earlier tonight. We really ought to get a second phone. A second phone with a cord. But anyway...) So he did, and it turns out that all I need to do is sand down the wrinkles (and Bondo them later on) and cut/file/sand the lumpy crap on that one edge into submission. He says that accidents of this nature happened in their lab, and they managed to get the resulting projects into good enough shape to be able to fly. I just want a prop sword that looks reasonably professional. Thus, I am a happier camper now. As far as the doots go, it was a snap to dissolve them with acetone-based nail polish remover dabbed on with cotton balls. Acetone is great for this sort of task because it doesn't harm the wood, fiberglass cloth, or dried resin.
Current Mood: annoyed earlier...better now
mesia on July 26th, 2004 10:53 pm (UTC)
Woooo!! Thank goodness, I was getting really worried. I want pictures when this is all done!
The Heavy Metal Matador: frylockrydain on July 27th, 2004 05:39 am (UTC)
This is what I get for commenting before I wake up. The one I posted underneath is supposed to be a response to yours. Oopsie!
The Heavy Metal Matador: feliciarydain on July 27th, 2004 05:39 am (UTC)
I'll start taking pictures after I finish glassing the blade. (I ultimately want to make an article out of this process...but who needs the Donny Don't illustration that is the sword right now? =P) I'll take more at each step (getting the blade ready to paint, painting the blade, attaching a handle and guard, finishing them off nicely, etc.), and when this thing is done, you'd better believe I'm going to spam photos of it. ~_^ Well, not terribly, but I'll put the picture(s) in every relevant spot I can think of. Apart from the wrinkles (which are actually quite minor and hard to spot, but they annoy me because they're a blip in the wonderfully flat, smooth surface of the other 95% of the piece), the glassed side of the sword looks quite good so far. Glassing the other side will seal the wood within the cloth (think of running something through a lamination machine - that's what we're going for), and then we trim and sand the glass down very close to the edge all around. Any gaps will probably be Bondo'ed. Josh was easily persuaded to come over later this week to help me with the process some more. Hooray for the lure of Metroid Prime... ^_^