My Mjolnir

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  1. smidgemcduff

    smidgemcduff New Member

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    A friend is going to the Boston Comic Con as Thor and wanted some help with his costume. Being that he is a bartender, it took him the span of an evening to convince me to build a Mjolnir.

    Here is the result:

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    I started with some MDF from an old desk from Staples. I measured out the head to be quite big (20 cm x 15 cm x 15 cm). Eveything got epoxied into place and screwed. I realized that these materials would result in a fairly heavy hammer, but I wanted it to have some serious heft.

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    The end caps of the head were two layers of MDF. These were also epoxied and screwed. They were cut slightly smaller than the head and beveled. At this point, I want to mention that all of the cutting for this project was done with a coping saw. I don't exactly have a workshop, so the work was done on the balcony (we call it the SkyLounge).

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    The handle is a dowel from Lowe's. I cut a notch in the top and two in the head. I wanted to make sure it wasn't going to spin. I also pounded it into place and put a couple of nails through the handle inside the head. It would be embarrassing if the head flew off whilst defending Asgard from the Frost Giants.

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    Bondo...sand...bondo...sand...PRIME...sand...

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    The cap on top was a thinner sheet of MDF. The fancy scroll work on the end caps and the inscription were engraved with the dremel. I cut stencils and spray painted the designs on.

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    The whole head got a coat of Krylon aluminum. After some clear coat, I filled the engraved spots with black acrylic and dirtied up the rest of it.

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    I am not a fan of how the handle looks in the Thor movie. Instead, I wrapped the whole thing in vinyl and then added two more strips of vinyl in a weave-ish kind of pattern. The ends got another vinyl strip with staples covered in small leather "stitches."

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    The strap was a couple more layers of vinyl. Every bit of vinyl is epoxied and stapled. The handle got some acrylic paint to give it some depth. Then I harnessed the power of a dying sun...AND DONE!

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  2. smidgemcduff

    smidgemcduff New Member

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  3. Laranorac

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    freakin sweet dood. A true inspiration to us who don't have all the fancy tools. Keep it up! and great build!
     
  4. MooCriket

    MooCriket Master Member

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    Outstanding. It really came out well. Be sure to share some pics of your bartender friend with it.
     
  5. chinbeard

    chinbeard Active Member

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    Bravo, clone. =)
     
  6. Funky

    Funky Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    That looks great! Isn't the handle a little long?
     
  7. Volpin

    Volpin Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    A coping saw? You must have insane levels of patience...

    Excellent result
     
  8. Pobbrett

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    its amazing how we can improvise without a large amount of tools and still achieve what we want, great job
     
  9. Xosmi

    Xosmi New Member

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    This is a great job for the limited tools you used, i also like the way you did the handle, have to agree with you on it looking a bit tacky in the movie :)
     
  10. Eaglewood

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    way cool--like the ingenuity.
     
  11. MooCriket

    MooCriket Master Member

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    My wife has yet to complain.
     
  12. Kroenen77

    Kroenen77 Sr Member

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    Wow...awesome work..looks really cool.:love
     
  13. smidgemcduff

    smidgemcduff New Member

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    Here is the aforementioned bartender. The handle is a bit long. But this thing is big enough for me to use as a two-hander.
     
  14. kalissuperman

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    great work. really like the notch idea to keep it from spinning. i agree that the handle is too long, but so what? if anybody gives you any lip about it, call down the lightning on their butt, lol.
     
  15. chinbeard

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    He is a middle school teacher, after all. Hit patience is legendary. =)
     
  16. mattaiello92

    mattaiello92 New Member

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    Beautiful build man, you make your ancestors proud. You wouldn't happen to have that stencil for the details on the angled edges would you? I'd love to take a crack at this myself. :)
     

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