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Ichigo's Zanpakutou Tutorial by Pisaracosplay Ichigo's Zanpakutou Tutorial by Pisaracosplay
I decided to make a little tutorial of how I made my zanpakutou for Ichigo cosplay. I made it all using foamboards, cardboards(from boxes laying around my house), pvc pipes, and masking tape. I didn't use wood because I have no space to work with wood, and foamboards are way easier to work with. And you can make it look and feel like wood if done right.(and it's not heavy!) Also, if the convention you're going to doesn't have a strict prop size limit like the one I went to(4 ft limit! *why you be so cruel*), you can skip making it into two parts.(I had to use my little brain to figure out how to connect the darn thing. I would have finished my props way faster if I didn't have to do that. XD)

So yeah, hope this helps people who are new to making cosplay props. This process can be used to make a lot of other props too. I used the same method for my Denmark's axe. ^^

Sorry for broken English btw. :3
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CrystalCaveinCamelot Featured By Owner May 9, 2018
This tutorial is so simple, I'm going to use it for making Ichigo's zanpakuto for the upcoming comic-con in my country, thanks :). Very simple and the results look great! :D
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IchigoisBadass Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2016
This is the best tutorial of making ichigo's zanpakuto because it is a lot simpler to do it
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bradford-chan Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is a really useful tutorial ^^ thanks for making it.

I was wondering about the weight of the the sword,and how long did it take you to make,please?
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MaverickDeCero Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013
I love how most bleach fans can only manage to make cardboard when they cosplay as people far out of their age when both sides look stupid, the cosplayer and the cosplayee.

Actually, Bleach is like cardboard to the metal family as to anime. It has no place being classified as a metal in anyway and anyone who pretends it is has terrible taste and should kill themselves.
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Pisaracosplay Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013
Not sure what point you're trying to make here. It's a tutorial for a cosplay prop, not a forum post for you to discuss your distaste in a certain anime. And obviously you don't know about cosplay, because if you do then you would know nobody in their right mind makes a sword out of metal or any material similar to that because you're not allowed to take that to most conventions(it's against the prop rules). Oh and "cosplayee" is not a real word, so I advise you not to use it, otherwise you're only making yourself sound stupid.
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MaverickDeCero Featured By Owner May 5, 2013
Lol, defend your chinese cartoons, nerd.
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JessieKage Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013  Student General Artist
.... I'ts actually japanese :facepalm: and nowadays being a nerd (as you put it) is cool and very, VERY creative ;) But I guess you find it more "normal" for teenagers and people in their twentieths to drink their minds into oblivion, where they are too drunk to even know what's up and what's down, or puking their guts out wherever is the most convenient place. Then be my guest. :facepalm:

Over to a more happier note; Nice tutorial! :D It's really easy to follow! How is the durability if I might ask? :3 Planing on making a huge broadsword and haven't completely decided on material yet. Link to the sword; images.wikia.com/dothack/image…
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Aesmer Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014
Just think. Someday, if he's still alive and anime continues to climb in popularity like it has been, he'll be surrounded by us so called "nerds".
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MizutheMage Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist
Wonderful tutorial! If you don't mind me asking, how big is your Denmark's axe? Also could you use one PVC pipe for the prop, or is it better to use two pipes?
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Pisaracosplay Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012
Thank you! Ohh hmm I took apart my axe a long time ago...but it was about 2/3 of my height, I think(I'm about 173 cm).

You could use one pipe if you don't need to take it apart. I used 2 pipes for Ichigo's sword because the convention I cosplayed at had a rule for props, that I had to make it smaller in parts.
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MizutheMage Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist
You're welcome! 2/3 your height? Alright, I'll try to see what I can do in that case. Excuse my ignorance and for asking another question, but where do you buy pvc pipes?

Ah, I understand. I believe the con I'll be attending doesn't have a rule for that, so I guess I could go either way. Thank you for your help!
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Pisaracosplay Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012
you're welcome! You can buy pvc pipes and pipes connectors at Home Depot.
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MizutheMage Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Hobbyist
Thanks! I got my pvc pipe now and I'm just about to ready to get started. Sorry for bothering you once again, but I was wondering how thick the foam board you used for your axe was? Is it also 0.5 cm, like for the sword, or did you use a thicker piece?
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Pisaracosplay Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012
Sorry for late reply. Yes, I used the same type of foamboard for the axe as the sword.
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MizutheMage Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Hobbyist
That's okay! Thanks for all your help and sorry for all the qesutions!
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HerrLudwig Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
For denmark's axe, you used foamboards for the blade right? You don't need foam on the handle, so you just painted over the pvc just like that or did you do something else?

And the little ball on top/bottom of the blade, how did you make that?
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Pisaracosplay Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012
That is correct for the blade part. I used cardboard to wrap around the handle and used masking tape to secure it and paint it brown. It's been so long, I can't remember well how I made the ball at the top, but I think I used some small piece of foam as a base and cut it down to that shape and used masking tape to cover it. After that ofcourse, you put gesso on everything, sand it smooth, and paint.
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Asezuna Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, it's good. :D Lol, I'm around 5'11" (according to Bleach wiki about as tall as he is in the current arc O.o ) and my Zangetsu will be about the same height as yours. xD It's taller than my mother and sister, not talking about the rest of the female relatives! :D But I've made it from wood... Bad, bad idea. It's hard to lift in a proper way, as it is a bit heavy. O.o Or I'm just not used to it. Who knows... (But how am I gonna put it onto my back? No way that I'm carrying it all day... Or.. There is? xD )
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Pisaracosplay Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012
Haha i think if you made it from really like wood like balsa, it won't be that heavy to carry around. I wanna re-make my sword from wood too actually.
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Asezuna Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
As clever girl as I am, I made it from pine... Not the heaviest, but not the lightest either. xD My dad is actually happy about it. He can actually make me push ups with using Zangetsu as a reason... LOL.
Well, at least it'll feel like I'm actually holding something in my hands... And the wind won't be able to blow it away that easely. :D
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SneakyMuffins Featured By Owner May 15, 2012
Thank you for this! I have never made a weapon before, and I was thinking about making one for my Spain cosplaying friend. The steps are simple and easy to follow, thanks! C:
Oh, btw, your axe looks awesome! How heavy is it?
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Pisaracosplay Featured By Owner May 18, 2012
Glad it was helpful. :) My axe was pretty light since the only part that have real weight to it was the pvc pipe.
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bsstsc Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the tutorial it really helped me out!
if you want to see the result... [link]
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Pisaracosplay Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012
Looks great! ^^
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bsstsc Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks XD
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BlackMageDark Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks for the tutorial!! I haven't made weapons before, and I'll be making Ragna's Blood Scythe (BlazBlue) for next year, and I was looking in other materials aside from wood due to its size. I'll definitely check out the foamboards though, I always got cardboard lying around!

For the center of the blade that's sandwiched by the foam boards, is that also another huge piece of foamboard but thicker?? I couldn't tell in the pics =X
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Pisaracosplay Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011
Good luck! ^^ Foamboard is so much easier to work with to make props for me.

For that part, it's just a pvc pipe in the middle.(to give it some steadiness and to be able to connect with the handle part with pvc pipe connector)
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BlackMageDark Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Professional General Artist
Ahh I see, thanks ^^! That makes more sense now lol. I never thought of foamboards XD I've seen wood, foam, etc, but I had worked with foamboard in the past and I forgot to back it with something like pvc, and it broke ^^; (this was for class, not for cosplay. No one noticed anyway yay!). I feel a lot less scared with making the sword now though after seeing your tutorial. Thanks again!
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BlackMageDark Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Professional General Artist
oh okay, I see the pipe, nevermind!
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TheRootOfAllEvil Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011  Student General Artist
Wow, this is really helpful! I'll need to make Squall's Gunblade from FF8 for my boyfriend's cosplay, and I think I'd be able to doctor this to fit that kind of sword :D
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Pisaracosplay Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2011
I'm glad this is helpful to you! Good luck on your prop. ^^
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michio2012 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2011
Great tutorial! Any tips on making a bankai version?
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Pisaracosplay Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2011
*chioky has some great tutorials and guide for making a sword like the bankai.
Here's another tutorial I made that might be helpful: [link]
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michio2012 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011
Thanks.
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l337m4s73r Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010
very nice
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Pisaracosplay Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010
thank you. ^^
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Country15 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2010
That is awesome. I must try this sometime! xD
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Pisaracosplay Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2010
thanks! Good luck!
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Crown-of-Laurel Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010
Ah, (kind of a late post, but oh well.) just wondering, how tall is the axe you made?
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Pisaracosplay Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010
the axe is about 4 ft. I'm making a new one that is alot longer though. ^^
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Crown-of-Laurel Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2010
Ah,okay thanks~
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HeavenSealed Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010
Hey Sonteen~ Just wondering, what did you do differently on the Denmark axe, since I notice it's thinner and the blade is on both sides? Yes, I'm still trying to figure out how tf I'm going to make mine. OTL
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Pisaracosplay Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010
Ahh for the blades on both side, you can cut two pieces of foamboard and attach them on both sides of the pvc pipe, like so:
[link]
I sanded down the side of the blades that's supposed to be sharp, so that they appear(how you say)beveled(?) and more realistic.

I used hot glue and then apply alot of masking tape for more secure-ness. If you try to make it smooth when attatching the tapes, you'll have less problem when you do the gesso part.
[link]
For the part of the handle at the end, I used a piece of cardboard(cut from random cardboard box)and wrap around the pipe and secure it with masking tape all over. XD

And when you put gesso on it, use a nice large painting brush.
[link]
After that you can sand it smooth, I didn't have to sand the axe as much as the Ichigo's sword.

Hope that was helpful!
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HeavenSealed Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010
Ah, alright. Thank you, that helps a lot~ ^^
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pa-chi-chi-chi Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
amazingly helpful. I'm going to use this to aid me in making my Denmark axe.
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Pisaracosplay Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2010
Awesome! ^^ Good luck to you!
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pa-chi-chi-chi Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
8D Thanks~
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Oliwollyoctosaurus Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2009   General Artist
A few years ago I made one out of wood, not the best idea I ever had, but it was pretty awesome. I keep it behind my door for then when hollows attack!
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Pisaracosplay Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2009
haha that's a pretty awesome idea. Luckily, I don't have any hollow attacking me yet. 8)
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otaku-drea Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
xD...
i see sorbet. FROM COSTCO?? :O

ah.. you mentioned the foamboards on aim, is it just insulation foam you would get at lowes?
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