I have tried a method ive been eyeing up for a while with this prop. I've followed what Kamui has done with her props, as you can see in her blog:
i like how its looking so far, although its taken a LOT of time and effort. im not sure about the weight of the sword yet either, cardboard is a lot lighter haha.
All i have done is the expanding foam, paper maché and i have started the paperclay layer. then comes sanding, priming and painting D: jesus.