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« on: February 24, 2010 08:45:20 AM »

I am in the 50 projects 2010, and one of my goals for this year was to make a new toy for my business.  Since I sell toys at the Renaissance faire, I thought it would be appropriate to add a battle axe to my toy list for the faire.

The handle is 18 inches long.  The head is two layers of stiff leather, with the handle sandwiched in between.  I also added a couple of decorative nails, just for fun.

Here's my prototype.



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« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2010 08:55:30 AM »

ooh, i want one! every time my hubby and i go through the toy section, we always mock-fight with the nerf swords, but those would be so much better!
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« Reply #2 on: February 24, 2010 09:03:35 AM »

Yeah, they are stiff enough so that you know you've been tapped, but soft enough that you can't actually get hurt.

Thanks for the comment.
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« Reply #3 on: February 24, 2010 09:35:52 AM »

My little cousin's would LOVE this. These are going to be a huge hit at the faire!

How did you connect the two leather pieces? Did you sew it or glue it?? I've never worked with stiff leather but it seems like it would be a cuss-inducing process.

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« Reply #4 on: February 24, 2010 10:12:10 AM »

It's just glued, but the tricky part is that it's glued with contact cement.  That means that you only get one chance to get it right.  If you stick it down, it's down.

And it's not that hard to do.  I line them up, one on top of the other, with toothpicks in between.  When I've got it lined up, I pull out the toothpicks, and it's stuck.  It doesn't stick to the toothpick, because I don't put glue on the toothpick, and apparently it only sticks to itself.  You have about 15 minutes to glue the whole thing together.

I hope the kiddies like them.  I made swords and shields for the last few years, and have sold out every year.  Last year I took 50 sets, and they were gone by Sunday morning, so I'm hoping this is at least half as popular.
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« Reply #5 on: February 24, 2010 10:26:27 AM »

Oh, what a great idea..  I'm just starting to get into leather work now and I love it.  Great axe!
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« Reply #6 on: February 24, 2010 10:28:24 AM »

Thanks.  I've dabbled in leatherwork for about forty years, never anything serious.  I always in awe of anybody who really works at it.
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« Reply #7 on: February 24, 2010 11:26:46 AM »

That looks really good - I know my boys would love it, and it's pretty original, so I'm sure you'll sell everything you make.
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« Reply #8 on: February 24, 2010 12:14:00 PM »

I know those would sell like hotcakes at the RenFest here! heck, paint 'em silver and LARP groups would probably buy them too. Awesome!
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« Reply #9 on: February 24, 2010 12:18:18 PM »

Thanks for the confidence.

What's a LARP group?
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