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Warhammer of Zillyhoo Prop Tutorial by SolarSavant Warhammer of Zillyhoo Prop Tutorial by SolarSavant
This has already circulated the internet for awhile, but posting it here is the first time I've uploaded it somewhere reliable. Last year I crafted this Warhammer of Zillyhoo, and assembled all the WIP photos into a decent tutorial. I've since encountered others who've used this as a guide to making a impressively large, fairly lightweight, and sturdy Warhammer. If you have any further questions, or want additional help or construction photos, feel free to ask in the comments.
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ArtemisTheJackalope Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2017
I'm kinda glad I came across this tutorial so early! I'm meeting up with a few of my friends at the beach this year and we are all cosplaying!
Seriously, this is a wonderful tutorial.
Thank you for sharing this!
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gallantCreator Featured By Owner May 25, 2016  Professional Writer
I got so disappointed I couldn't find the proper joint, then I saw in the picture you did what I did! (2 inch to 1-1/2, 1-1/2 to 1 inch), so I'm safe, haha!

Also, LOVING this guide so far. Everything has been relatively easy to find (Plaster was a bit of a beast but now that I know where to get it, should be easier to restock in the future), but I kinda had a chuckle the other night assembling the hilt of the hammer.

"You might want to try epoxy to make sure it doesn't wobble!"

"*Me, trying futilely to pull the pieces apart* I...don't know if I'll need that"

But, as they say, anything that CAN go wrong...it might be better to epoxy it so that it doesn't come loose at the worst possible time.
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LaFreakALeShow Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I am TOTALLY using your tutorial for Connooga next year! THANK YOU FOR MAKING THIS AWESOME TUTORIAL!!!!!
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pichulovah Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're going to Connooga?? Me too!! : O
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LaFreakALeShow Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool! Are you going to cosplay???? Maybe if we see each other, I can say hi!
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pichulovah Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes, definitely cosplaying!

I'm going as a HS character, but I can't decide who 
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LaFreakALeShow Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome!

Who do you think you could pull off? (I thought about my height, personality, and lack of funding, and eventually came up with John :3)
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pichulovah Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Mmmmm... I guess John lol, since he's the cosplay I'm currently working on.

But I also have my Vriska and Karkat cosplays ready, so I'll have to think for a bit lol


(Actually might start on a Jake or Dirk cosplay owo)
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LaFreakALeShow Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice!
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goopdra Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
would you take prop commissions?
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I am making this its Litteraly almost the same size as me i am 4.8 XD THIS IS GONNA BE GREAT
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SolarSavant Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015
Glad to help! I'd love to see a photo of how the cosplay turns out.
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XxYowlingWolfStormxX Featured By Owner Edited Feb 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Are styrofoam blocks okay to use instead of floral foam?
Also, for the tape stripes around the handles, is there a certain length they should be?
(great tutorial, this will really help me!)
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SolarSavant Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015
Sorry for the delayed reply! I don't check DA much anymore. Styrofoam is essentially the exact same thing, some craft stores just call it floral foam when it's sold in large blocks like that. I didn't actually measure the tape stripes, but they were the length of the copy paper box top plus a couple inches, so about 3 feet. You can always put two back to back if it's too short.
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XxYowlingWolfStormxX Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much ;o;
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syrasyarah Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
How did you attach the handle? I've made my own hammer (besides the tail) and I'm not sure how to attach the handle(Or the tail for that matter)
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JohnEgbertIsgod Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2016  Student
Magical tool of hot glue
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SolarSavant Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014
For the handle, I carved a 2" or so slot using a knife, and then used lots of liquid epoxy and hot glue. Once the handle was inserted, I poured liquid epoxy all around the sides to seal it in nicely, and used a bit of hot glue around the top to make sure it would stay in place while it dried. The tail was attached much the same way, epoxy and hot glue and holding them together.
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syrasyarah Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! It's been giving me a lot of trouble.
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ClaxyBeast Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014
I can not for the life of me find the foam blocks I have been to every store around me for miles. 3'x1'x4'? Is that a typo? Lol
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SolarSavant Featured By Owner Edited Aug 5, 2014
It's not a typo, it's 3'x'1'x4", as in 3 feet x 1 foot x 4 inches. Check near the floral supplies. Michaels sells slightly smaller blocks online (up to 1.5' x 1' x 1") that could work just as well for very cheap, though you'd have to layer more of them to get the proper thickness. Here's a link! www.michaels.com/M10102529.htm…
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ClaxyBeast Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014
Sorry I was on my iphone and it morphed  the ". But how durable is it? I was gonna dance to "stop hammer time."
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SolarSavant Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014
Moderately durable! Certainly durable enough to wave around and dance with, but not suitable for actual contact fighting or swinging at full force. The main thing to worry about it making sure the PVC handle is well attached to the foam, and inserted deep enough into the center foam block.
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PolarizedPenmanship Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for the awesome tutorial! I will certainly follow it when I make my hammer!
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amazinglyHeroic Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
hi there! i was a little curious about the end of the grip of the hammer. maybe i was silly and didn't really notice, and i'm sorry if that's the case, but what did you put at the bottom of the larger pipe to close it off?
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SolarSavant Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013
I just realized I forgot to mention that in the tutorial! It's just a simple 2" PVC pipe cap, sold at any hardware store just like the rest of the handle materials.
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Mikanally Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'd buy it if you could make another ;-;
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SolarSavant Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013
Thanks a lot for the offer, but unfortunately as much work as this project was, I'm not sure I'm up to building another hammer for a commission, regardless of what price I would charge.
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quasarRealta Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013
two quick questions, how much did the foam fun you if you don't mind telling and where'd you get it? also what brand of epoxy are you usign?
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SolarSavant Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013
Let's see if I can remember. All the supplies were purchased from AC Moore and Ace Hardware, for the most part. AC Moore sells all the required sized foam blocks, usually near their floral section. I made several trips using 50% off coupons, so it wasn't terribly expensive. I think in total I spent about $30 on the foam, the most expensive piece is the large 4" thick block. In total I spent about $60 in supplies on this project. I forget which brand of epoxy I used, but it was just a syringe of 5-minute epoxy that you can pick up for $5 or less at any craft or hardware store, a very useful tool for forming incredibly durable bonds.
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TheUsedKilljoy Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
omg thank you so much!! This tutorial is great!
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Undisclose--Desires Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
How much time did it took to you to kake it? c:
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SolarSavant Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012
A fair bit of time. Cutting the foam and PVC took a few hours, then at least 5-6 hours to plaster everything. Painting was the most tedious part, especially the rainbow stripes. Factor in all the details and assembly and all together I'd guess about 25 hours of construction time over two weeks. A lot of stages require time to dry/set before moving on, so you can't do everything in one night.
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Undisclose--Desires Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much!!
It was really helpful c:
you're so kind ^-^
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Callmesnake Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012
I have a question, actually! How did you cut the long shape that comes off of the "Z" Square of the hammer? Is it circular, or a square like the rest of it?
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SolarSavant Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012
It's square like the rest of it, but the stripes and plaster make it look rounded. I simply traced a curved arc onto a large foam block as illustrated in the fifth picture, and cut it out with the knife/saw.
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Callmesnake Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012
Okay, cool! Thankyou! One more question! Do you, by chance, know the sizes of the squares you cut?
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SolarSavant Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012
All the dimensions of the pieces are listed in the tutorial I believe. The large red square was 8" x 8" and the smaller green square was 6" x 6"
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quixoticVagary Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is great, im surprised nobody has commented yet.
Can't wait to use this when I make my Zillyhoo
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SolarSavant Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012
Thanks! Always glad to help other people make awesome cosplays.
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