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I am actually super ecstatic to see so many of you messaging me about my True Master Sword from Skyward Sword lately. I attribute this probably to the release of Hyrule Warriors, but better late than never, I suppose! LOL. As one of my all-time favorite builds and items from any media outlet, it excites me to no end that people want to have a piece of my work. But I'm somewhat at an impasse with it, quite unfortunately.

Before I begin in earnest, I want to define some terms for you guys. A "commission" refers to you paying me to build you a prop from scratch. Regardless of whether or not the final item ends up being a resin casting, or a one-off unique item, a commission starts with a pile of raw materials. A "casting" or "kit" refers to a copy of an item I've already made. If I ever sell any kits, I only ever sell them as unpainted, raw castings straight out of the mold.

While I've wanted to make it since I first played Skyward Sword, I hadn't gotten around to it until I was commissioned to make it by a fan of my work. I thought it best to have the final piece be a solid resin casting, and in the process of getting there, I'd have a mold by which I could cast up one for myself. But that's not anything special - everyone does that. What I didn't really expect was for the casting to be so heavy. If the casting was solid resin, it'd definitely be lighter, but because the sword is so big, the massive amount of resin shrinks in uneven ways, and the blade curled on several trial runs (for your reference - pretty much any resin will shrink every so slightly while curing, and this is normal). To combat the curling, the only solution at the time was to insert a 3/8" diameter threaded steel rod into the resin as it cured. The threading provides a mechanical connection with the resin and doesn't allow it to go anywhere. Curling solved. But a 3/8" diameter steel rod has some weight to it. As such, the casting was pretty heavy. It's an appropriate weight for a "real" broad sword, but cosplayers and prop aficionados typically don't want heavy props, and I certainly don't want to churn them out.

For this particular item, with all the prep work involved, along with the steel rod logistics, it's a very cumbersome and time consuming process. I'm talking like a few hours of work per single casting. And that's just for one casting, and it might not even work right. It's unlike my other two Zelda swords that turn out just fine. I think I crossed some threshold with the resin capabilities in trying to cast something as large as the Master Sword, and that's throwing my casting game off. I just can't slap the mold halves together, toss in some resin, and crank them out. Plus, if the rod isn't perfectly centered, the blade WILL curl, and that's a very expensive mistake. And I haven't even mentioned shipping them yet. Shipping the original client's sword was a special case since I was shipping a painted, finished piece and shipping was built into the price. But due to the size of this prop, shipping out castings of this prop would be almost a project on its own. It requires a lot of foam and a big box, and with the weight of the prop combined with the size of the box, shipping is expensive.

So, due to the weight of the prop and the horrible shipping logistics, I'm not exactly inclined to sell copies of it at the moment. I'd like to fix this, though, albeit for a selfish cause - I don't have one of my own yet, but I'd like the one I own to be lighter than the one I made. The benefit to figuring that out is that I might be able to produce more for you guys. On the other hand, the process of making it lighter may involve way more processes and additional costly materials and could possibly push the cost of a casting into a price range that even the hardcore collectors would fine offensive. I don't want my stuff to be expensive for you, so I'm going to hold off any kit sales until I figure out if it will be financially feasible on the front end. I don't have a time frame for any of this right now, as I'm tied up with other projects at the moment, so that's all I can really say on the matter at this time. :-/
With no major conventions on my schedule for 2015, I've decided to take on some commissions. I'm not going to overload myself, but I have a few slots open. My schedule is already filled through March, so my availability is currently April-December of 2015.

If you would like to commission me to build you something, please approach me several months before you'd like it delivered. Larger, more complex props will take a lot of time to make. I do work a full-time job, so my prop work is all done in my hobby/personal time. Often times "real life" can get in the way, so I like to allot myself at least 2 months per build. It may not take 2 months, but I like to have a little breathing room.

Also, please be aware that you would be commissioning a high-quality art piece. While I try my best to price low, my costs are fair for what I put into it. I do not have any sort of standard pricing bracket, though - costs are determined item-by-item and many variables factor into my pricing. For general info on prop builders' fees, I invite you to give this a read. It's short and quite informative. Check it out!

mattmunson.blogspot.com/2013/0…

With that said, please take a look through my gallery and see what I've done so far! If you're interested, please contact me via PRIVATE NOTE here (no requests made in public comments, please), or email me at 2storyprops@gmail.com
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I am actually super ecstatic to see so many of you messaging me about my True Master Sword from Skyward Sword lately. I attribute this probably to the release of Hyrule Warriors, but better late than never, I suppose! LOL. As one of my all-time favorite builds and items from any media outlet, it excites me to no end that people want to have a piece of my work. But I'm somewhat at an impasse with it, quite unfortunately.

Before I begin in earnest, I want to define some terms for you guys. A "commission" refers to you paying me to build you a prop from scratch. Regardless of whether or not the final item ends up being a resin casting, or a one-off unique item, a commission starts with a pile of raw materials. A "casting" or "kit" refers to a copy of an item I've already made. If I ever sell any kits, I only ever sell them as unpainted, raw castings straight out of the mold.

While I've wanted to make it since I first played Skyward Sword, I hadn't gotten around to it until I was commissioned to make it by a fan of my work. I thought it best to have the final piece be a solid resin casting, and in the process of getting there, I'd have a mold by which I could cast up one for myself. But that's not anything special - everyone does that. What I didn't really expect was for the casting to be so heavy. If the casting was solid resin, it'd definitely be lighter, but because the sword is so big, the massive amount of resin shrinks in uneven ways, and the blade curled on several trial runs (for your reference - pretty much any resin will shrink every so slightly while curing, and this is normal). To combat the curling, the only solution at the time was to insert a 3/8" diameter threaded steel rod into the resin as it cured. The threading provides a mechanical connection with the resin and doesn't allow it to go anywhere. Curling solved. But a 3/8" diameter steel rod has some weight to it. As such, the casting was pretty heavy. It's an appropriate weight for a "real" broad sword, but cosplayers and prop aficionados typically don't want heavy props, and I certainly don't want to churn them out.

For this particular item, with all the prep work involved, along with the steel rod logistics, it's a very cumbersome and time consuming process. I'm talking like a few hours of work per single casting. And that's just for one casting, and it might not even work right. It's unlike my other two Zelda swords that turn out just fine. I think I crossed some threshold with the resin capabilities in trying to cast something as large as the Master Sword, and that's throwing my casting game off. I just can't slap the mold halves together, toss in some resin, and crank them out. Plus, if the rod isn't perfectly centered, the blade WILL curl, and that's a very expensive mistake. And I haven't even mentioned shipping them yet. Shipping the original client's sword was a special case since I was shipping a painted, finished piece and shipping was built into the price. But due to the size of this prop, shipping out castings of this prop would be almost a project on its own. It requires a lot of foam and a big box, and with the weight of the prop combined with the size of the box, shipping is expensive.

So, due to the weight of the prop and the horrible shipping logistics, I'm not exactly inclined to sell copies of it at the moment. I'd like to fix this, though, albeit for a selfish cause - I don't have one of my own yet, but I'd like the one I own to be lighter than the one I made. The benefit to figuring that out is that I might be able to produce more for you guys. On the other hand, the process of making it lighter may involve way more processes and additional costly materials and could possibly push the cost of a casting into a price range that even the hardcore collectors would fine offensive. I don't want my stuff to be expensive for you, so I'm going to hold off any kit sales until I figure out if it will be financially feasible on the front end. I don't have a time frame for any of this right now, as I'm tied up with other projects at the moment, so that's all I can really say on the matter at this time. :-/

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David Reimer
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My history of participating in the costuming and prop building community began in the 501st Legion. I picked up skills where I could, and after a few years of trooping, I decided to leave the organization and set out on my own. I am deeply interested in the skills required and processes involved in building costumes and props, and I make an effort to learn something new in those regards with each new project. My interests are wide and varied, and as a result, my portfolio jumps around a bit.

While this dA profile showcases my personal work, these projects are also part of 2StoryProps - a prop building collaborative started by me and a friend (who, at the time we met, was my downstairs neighbor). A lot of 2StoryProps' projects require work from both of us as we each have unique skill sets. Though most of the projects you see here will be 2StoryProps projects, they will only be the ones that I've worked on exclusively or the ones I'm considered "project leader" on.
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Shiron-the-Windragon Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have a question for you. Have you ever considered making the Sealed Master Sword from Skyward Sword? I know it's basically the True Master Sword, only without the glowing blade and the handles out, but it'd be an interesting challenge for someone of your skill level.
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torsoboyprops Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I've considered just modifying a casting of my current True Master Sword to turn it into the Master Sword, but the work involved in doing so would generate something not unique enough to suit my needs as a builder. I would, however, like to build the original Goddess Sword, so that I have a fair representation of each of the main generations of the sword. However, at the time I finished the True Master Sword, I had gone through several Zelda props in a row, so I've stopped working on Zelda props for the time being to focus on other interests. There will be more Zelda, though, but likely from Zelda U.
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Shiron-the-Windragon Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah, okay. I understand. I do love your swords, though, and your other props, too. They're all really great. Too bad I can't buy any of them, or commission you for some. It's mainly because I live with my mom. I'm sure I don't have to explain why that means I can't do much of anything when it comes to stuff like this.
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mtomsky Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Professional Artist
Thanks for the watch!
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Pyramid-HeadApproves Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I found you using the 'Random Deviant' Button. Enjoy the llama! :iconkermityayplz:
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torsoboyprops Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I hope you enjoyed my work! More coming soon!
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PaulV3Design Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014   Digital Artist
Thanks for the FAV!
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9thKnight Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014
Thanks for the fav!
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ashegiles Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Ugghhh... I NEED that paralyzer pistol for my Samus cosplay! T_T
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shushuwafflez Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Super impressed!
I enjoyed going through your gallery
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