Toughening a Papercraft
Someone asked me how I made my FF7 SOLDIER swords---constructed from a papercraft template---strong enough for use as cosplay weapons. So, I divulged my favorite techniques. This can work for all kinds of swords and armor, of course, not just Final Fantasy. Even original designs! Though always beginning with a shell contrived from polygons (papercraft templates) is recommended.
To make my SOLDIER swords, I flattened out several breakfast cereal boxes and traced each of the template pieces onto the brown side. (Because the waxed side is just too hard to write on, or see amongst the cartoons.) After I cut the cardboard out, first I assembled the sword in two major parts: the blade above where it will connect to the hand guard; and then the hand guard, handle, & pommel. Then I took a lightweight hollow steel rod (could use wood or any other strong light material) just slightly less in diameter than the handle, and about 2.5ft long, and inserted it into the handle through two round holes I
The Secret of the LabyrinthA "Labyrinth" (film) fanfic one-shot.
Title: The Secret of the Labyrinth
Synopsis: A kingdom without a king is no kingdom at all. Literally.
Characters: Jareth and his father
Note: For best effect, read immediately after watching the movie.
A rush of wings and cloth, and away the Goblin King flew. How happy she was. He couldn't stand it! He'd be forever on the outside looking in. He couldn't understand it. He'd never had human friends. He couldn't communicate the way that they do. Jareth was as goblin as they come, through and through.
And yet not a goblin at all, but human by blood.
"How can this be?" he asked his father, long ago, when at last they spoke of the greater ebb and flow of life and power. "I have never been to the human world," young Jareth cried.
His father was harsh, but honest.
"I snatched you away from your crib while your real parents slept when you were just a baby," the king said without so much as a twitch in his expression. His voice w