I used posterboard cutouts, shaped to the scabbard, painted them gold (Delta Ceramcoat Metallic 24k Gold), glued them down with Tacky Glue, then put a bunch of the same paint into a Colorpoint applicator bottle and squeezed it onto the scabbard in the designs. It took a looooong time, mostly because the bottle kept jamming (the tip is very thin and easy to jam), but there you go. Yes, I know that the ornamental pieces and the design are supposed to go all the way around, but frankly, this is a costume piece. Because the paints are water soluble, I don't want them anywhere NEAR my nice moleskin dress. Even though I'm going to seal the painted bits when dry, I don't trust them.
This is the same method I used to apply the sleeve designs to my Arwen chase dress, just without the posterboard bits.
I'm just ecstatic with the end result. Hopefully it doesn't get ruined by some accident. Murphy, stay away from my project! I took time away from studying for my final exam for this! (Mostly because the inspirational creative bug bit me hard, and I couldn't stop thinking about it.)
Hello I am looking at creating a very simple timber outline of this sword for my girlfriends fancy dress Arwen (chase scene) costume this new year. Would it be possible to get the basic outline, dimensions of the actual sword from you? This would make my life a lot easier? Your sword and scabbard looks amazing by the way, I am very impressed!
And thank you. I'm very, very happy. The paint sunk in a little bit overnight, so it's not as puffy, but I can live with that. I didn't have to prime anything, which was nice since I was on a time limit. Only took three quick coats of paint over 15 minutes. Now I just have to seal it against inclement weather, and I'll be done.