April 9, 2011
So Mjolnir is finished! This prop was made for my friend Josh who is a big fan of Thor!
Making the Prop:
- Green Foam
- Wood Filler
- Wooden Dowel
- Acrylic Paint
I based the hammer off of this reference image, it has a bit of a stone look to it which Josh and I agreed looked pretty nice.
The head was made with green foam, two pieces I glued together.I then sketched out the hammer and made some lines so I knew where to cut. I used an exactoknife to carve off the foam and sanded it smoothe. I also cut out a hole for the dowel in the underside of the foam.
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To strengthen the foam and give a good stone texture I covered the piece in Wood Filler. I don’t have an electric sander (yet) and wood filler is a strong alternative to bondo that goes on easy, dries hard and can be hand-sanded. You could also look into wall spackle for an easier sand, or bondo and fiberglass for a very strong piece. After doing several layers I sanded down the edges so it had a cut-rock appearance.
Cut the dowel to size and make sure it fits properly in the hole.
After painting I made some light pencil lines and wrote out the text for the hammer. I used an exactoknife to carve into the head. I used a small paintbrush to dust out the holes. I filled the writing with a darker paint and then did a couple more layers of the greys to hide the pencil lines.
I then cut strips of pleather and glued them to the wooden dowel, just past the entrance into the hammer’s head. For the strap at the bottom I sewed together two pieces of pleather and attached them to the dowel with a screw. The screw was painted to match the brown. I then glued the dowel into the hammer and let dry so that it would be secure. (Not Shown)
Josh enjoying his new prop: