I was commissioned to make the “Artemis Rod” weapon from the anime series Vampire Knight.

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To make the long shaft, I lathed it in 2′ sections out of 1-1/4″ poplar dowel. A longer piece on the lathe just wiggled too much in the center to work.

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Here all the sections have been laid out to show how they fit together.

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My plan to connect them to each other was to run a threaded rod through the sections and string them like beads. I clamped my drill to a shelf and attached a long 1/4″ bit. I then carefully lowered each section onto the spinning bit, stopping occasionally to make sure it was still centered.

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A quick test fit of the threaded rod. The end pieces leftover from lathing still have to be trimmed off.

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Two major sections of shaft glued together.

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I used Bondo to make the diamond pattern around each raised section of the shaft.

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The blade was sculpted out of two sheets of blue insulation foam.

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I cut a piece of thick plastic to sandwich between the foam blade halves. This will reinforce the foam as well as act as a solid connection point for the shaft. A small section was lathed and then slotted to fit around the plastic. It was then epoxied and bolted in place.

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The foam sides glued together around the plastic. For glue, I used a small amount of Styro Spray, the foam hard coating resin that would cover the sculpted blade.

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To sculpt the blade I used a small rasp and sanding sponges to smooth the surface.

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The final sculpted blade. I few coats of Styro Spray and some putty work at the shaft and it would be ready for painting!

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The final painted scythe. Although you can’t see it in the photos, I used hammered finish silver paint to enhance the weapon’s organic qualities.

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Detail of the finished blade. Assembled, the Artemis Rod is over 7′ tall.

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