Deviation Actions

EuTytoAlba's avatar

Ends of the Earth Papercraft Build

Since DeviantArt seems to be screwing around with the link url, TRY HERE if the above doesn't work. Look down the right side of the screen for a a small link in bold blue text that says "Download File"

I LOVE THIS THING!!! :iconyayzplz:

I've been working on this slowly over the past few weeks----beginning the day I finished my template and posted it here on DA. :phew:

If you're curious about the details I added, take a look here for the little tour. In short----originally, the small details were faked, present only in the flat texture of the 3D model, so I gave them tangible dimension.

Just for the heck of it, I'll film the resining process tomorrow, and the foam injection process sometime in the days following.... EDIT: I've decided to finish building some more new papercrarfts first. I shan't say what they are 'cause the expectation just puts way too much pressure on me. ^^;
Image details
Image size
2975x4664px 8.41 MB
Canon PowerShot S5 IS
Shutter Speed
1/13 second
Focal Length
6 mm
ISO Speed
Date Taken
Mar 6, 2013, 6:15:33 PM
Sensor Size
© 2013 - 2021 EuTytoAlba
Join the community to add your comment. Already a deviant? Log In
4Fours's avatar
Uaagh, maan!! This papercraft model is so accurate!!!

I bought a foam Ends of The Earth from a local anime store, but it's just flat, no dimension to it, not exactly accurate, and a lot of the others I've seen in a google image search aren't exactly on-model either. I just wanted it when I saw it because I'm a fan of Terra and was super surprised and impressed they had the keyblade at all, but it kind of got me excited to see what a really perfect irl version would look like! Yours is AMAZING!!!!

I've never really done papercraft or anything, but if I had this, man, I'd love to display it proudly on a wall or something.
EuTytoAlba's avatar
Wow, your comment means a lot to me. I've had a very unproductive and depressive two years regarding my papercrafts. I put so much emphasis on high-defenition accuracy the stress and time commitment is ridiculous..... Great to know it's appreciated, especially by someone who's been shopping around for the same thing from other sources and can compare them. Thanks! :D

This keyblade in particular made me sad, because it took me so long to get as far as in these pictures, and then an experiment I did on it went awry, and I was so disappointed I left the darn thing out in the rain for almost a year..... ^^; ....Someday I'd love to build another one, and do a better job of applying hardening materials to it. I just have been reserving my time for other projects like new templates, because I'm tryin'a go pro and sell my new templates like ebooks.

Papercrafting can be even tougher than it looks quite a lot of the time, but it's definitely as rewarding as it looks. ;)
Just printed off the template, how exactly do I go about putting it together? I wanted to use it for my Halloween costume, and I've never done any papercraft or anything like that before.
EuTytoAlba's avatar
Agh, this project takes even an intermediate level artist over a week to build. No way imo you can finish this before least, not by yourself. Get two or maybe three friends to help you, and you stand a chance. :P

Here's a quick tutorial of the basics that I just pulled up on YouTube:
Though, he mistakenly calls a "mountain fold", his first example, a "valley fold". The second time he identifies a "valley fold" is correct. It just means whether you fold the glue tab towards ("valley") or away from ("mountain") you.
I have access to a 3D Printer and could print it in pieces, but I have no way to convert it to a .stl or a .obj file. Could you do so for me and post a link? Sorry for the trouble, I just REEEEEALLY want to cosplay as Terra tomorrow... ;-;
EuTytoAlba's avatar
Shoot, I didn't see this until now. I'm sorry! :(

If you still want, I'll release a .stl, but you may have to break the model up into pieces to 3D print it full-size. Shall I do that?
TonithePirate's avatar
If you would still be willing to release a .stl, I would love to be able to 3-D print this!
Ended up hand-making a cardboard version for Halloween, and haven't checked back here 'til I saw this page on my Firefox launch, but I would like an .stl for future events. This would be something I'd hang on to for life.
AnkhsNScythesCoslpay's avatar
So as someone who has never tried to make a papercraft weapon I am curious do you have any advice for someone who is trying to build this monster?
EuTytoAlba's avatar
Well, that's all somewhat advanced, though. ^^;

For a beginner, perhaps I would recommend getting a "snap knife" as your cuttuing tool and a "self-healing" cutting mat. Those tools are much quicker than using scissors imo. I personally don't like "craft knives" aka "Exacto knives" because they're uncomfortable to hold, even the expensive ones with fancy silicon grips, and the blades always come unscrewed while I'm working. :shakefist:

Common white glue works fine, though many paprcrafters use all kinds of fancy stuff. I just buy white glue by the refill-gallon since mixing it with water is also better for paper-mache than flour+water. Some people paper-mache their papercrafts when they're finished, but this particular weapon, with all those tiny crevices, would be rather difficult.

That's about all I can think of, I guess.... :P
EuTytoAlba's avatar
Sorry for the late replay. (I guess you may even be long done with this project by now?) I kind of put all the advice I had in text on this picture.

In addition now, though, be warned that if you choose to inject it with spray-foam, check on it every 20 minutes regularly for about 18+ hours. The foam constantly needs to be massaged back into place, or it will bloat your project in slow motion and then harden irreversibly by the time you discover it the next day. :| This happened to my Ends of the Earth; it's not ruined, but it's obviously lumpy. So, when I injected foam into my Master Keeper next, I went so far as to slice deeply into it with a razor blade along its valley and mountain folds in order to let extra gas out of the foam to keep it under control.
ChuuninJ's avatar
Hey I was wondering what exactly is the foam injection process? I cant find anything about it n.n :)
EuTytoAlba's avatar
I tend to invent processes as I go, so I'm not really surprised. ^^;

I recorded myself injecting Ends of the Earth here, but it came out pretty rough. So, the video tutorial I've been promising forever will have to feature the next keyblade I inject, Starlight.

In short, it's where one takes a papercraft and very carefully injects it with polyurethane spray-foam. (Which squirts out of the can having a consistency like hot marshmallows.) The problem I ran into is that the foam keeps expanding for 12-24 hours while it hardens, and must be "stabbed" with a long razor blade for gas pockets every 20 minutes, or else it could "explode" the papercraft in extreme slow-motion. ....Other than that, I think it's self-explanatory. The can comes with a long straw that attaches to its nozzle, so you just stick that in the papercraft like acupuncture. :shrug:
ChuuninJ's avatar
ah i see thanks for the explenation  it really helps XD  exploding papercraft sounds really silly doesnt it?
bachi96's avatar
whoaaaaaaa~ what kind of paper/cardboard material did you use to make this?
EuTytoAlba's avatar
Usually just whatever is available. In this case, 110lb weight cardstock. (plus all those cardboard tp rolls for internal support)
dkray4's avatar
Red ranger <--- can you make this into a PDF. or have a link to make PDO into PDF.
EuTytoAlba's avatar
Sorry for not replying sooner....

I use CutePDF to convert things to PDF. It's a freeware that installs like a printer / to use it, you install it then go to: File > Print > select printer name "CutePDF Writer" > Ok, then it will prompt you for a file name and folder to save it in.
hachi24's avatar
Oh wow this is amazing! nice work :)
joker434's avatar
I was wondering if i could get a model made for Pepakura Designer so i can scale it for my son who plays Kingdom Hearts for his birthday
EuTytoAlba's avatar
This is one that I prefer to keep locked. How big do you want the finished keyblade?
joker434's avatar
Its ok but can you make it for a 4ft 8in size please and thank you
Znegil's avatar
Welll... helllooo.
That is one very cool papercraft!
EuTytoAlba's avatar
Thanks. :)

Yours are awesome too!
Join the community to add your comment. Already a deviant? Log In