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New guide for making glowing lightsaber blades!   Leave a comment

It’s a little different than the heavy boffer focus we normally have here at foamsmithing.com, but this should be of interest to anyone seeking a Star Wars game or cosplay. Also suitable for magical glowing blades for fantasy, steampunk, and other settings! How to make a glowing larp lightsaber [v1.1]

Posted October 11, 2016 by Arminius in Guides, News

New page on Stab Tips now up!   Leave a comment

Today we posted a guide on creating Stab Tips! You can also find it through the menu at the top of each page. The guide details how to use Yoga Mat foam to create a stab tip for flat bladed boffer weapons. This method results in durable, safe, and attractive stab tips, with minimal material […]

Posted September 1, 2013 by Arminius in Guides

Latex/EL Wicked Axe by Pieter   Leave a comment

Making plans A friend of mine asked me if I could help him with an axe he wanted to build. Dimensions: 110 cm  (3 feet 7 inch) and double bladed. The Inspiration Construction A rough design: In the drawing you can see that the internals are drawn as well. It is better to plan ahead! […]

Posted July 28, 2013 by Andor in Guides

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Wear and Tear: Swords   Leave a comment

We play a rough and tumble game, so no boffer weapon can stay pristine forever. Knowing how to repair a weapon is a useful talent, which will prolong the life of your equipment and keep your wallet happy. Lets run down some common problems you’ll see, and how to repair them.

Posted March 8, 2013 by Arminius in Editorials, Guides

New page up on Fiberglass Cores   Leave a comment

Solid fiberglass rods are the go-to core technology for boffer swords.  They are affordable, easy to use, and durable.  We heartily recommend them, and detail their usage in our latest component guide.

Posted January 9, 2013 by Arminius in Guides, Materials

Hi-Tech Sword Building for New People   Leave a comment

Solusar of Belegarth has a great gallery/tutorial on his blue sword build, with good details like tip-foam teeth, a tip-biscuit, and a non-mushroom-cap stabbing tip. Lots of interesting commentary. We recommend it highly: Solusar’s Hi-Tech Sword Building for New People

Posted August 12, 2012 by Andor in Guides, Materials, News

How to make Hilt Guards-Two Basic Guides Posted!   Leave a comment

A basic guard can turn a good sword into a masterpiece.  There are two (similar) methods we use to make guards.  You can embellish the basic process to create tsubas, crossguards, or even a basket hilt (with the Stack Method).  Both methods are durable and easy to construct.  The Box Sandwich method is slightly less […]

Posted June 15, 2012 by Arminius in Guides

Two more tutorials online   Leave a comment

We’ve put up two more tutorials this week: How to make a round (wrap) pommel How to make a rope grip Both are basic skills that every foamsmith should know.  You can find them through the component menu item, or through specific weapons guides.  For example, the article on pommels is linked in the guide […]

Posted May 30, 2012 by Arminius in Guides

New tutorials on Handle Shaping and Bar Stock Counterweighting   Leave a comment

We’ve got a string of new tutorials coming down the pipe.  There are some good tutorials on blade construction out there, but not enough for hilts and other details.  We’ve taken it upon our selves to detail multiple ways to construct a hilt.  Pick and choose which methods work for you, and create a personalized […]

Posted May 29, 2012 by Arminius in Guides

Why Low Profile Weapons   Leave a comment

Why low profile? In foamsmithing, the phrase low profile when refers to boffer weapons that make use of more compact and lower volume designs. While a sword can certainly be low profile, the term more typically refers to thrusting weapons, as stabbing tips are traditionally bulky components. Advantages of low profile designs: They’re lighter The […]

Posted April 18, 2012 by Andor in Editorials, Guides, News