Elspeth, Sun’s Champion Godsend Spear Tutorial
For one of my first official cosplay costumes, I made an Elspeth, Sun’s Champion outfit, complete with light-up Godsend spear prop. For those who don’t know, Elspeth is a planeswalker from Magic the Gathering. I actually ended up taking first place in a local con cosplay contest. It was a pretty cool experience. Lots of frustration but very rewarding. I wanted to go back and share how I made her spear, Godsend.
I used progressively finer sandpaper until the blade section was smooth. To ensure it wouldn’t get too fragile, I did leave the blade edge a little thicker than I would have normally liked.
I then cut circle holes so that my push button closet lights would fit into the base. To add shape and detail, I then wrapped the base in worbla.
For the handle of the spear, I picked up a broom handle from a local hardware store. I then used friendly plastic to create a thread for the handle to fit into the base of my foam insulation piece. Unfortunately I don’t have good photos of this step, but you can see the opaque white piece in the bottom left photo.
To make the piece, I primed the metal threads on the broom handle with petroleum jelly, I then wrapped and squished the heated & moldable friendly plastic around the threads until it cooled. At that point it was a perfect fit and I could easily screw and unscrew the broom handle for easy storage and transportation.
I filled in any blemishes in the base with scrap worbla, then added a single sheet cover to clean it all up and to secure the lights in place. I rolled heated worbla scraps into snake-like pieces and used them to add additional details the face.
Below you see the lights I used. I used sandpaper on the light face to scratch the surface. This helps diffuse the light and make it glow, rather than look like 3 little LED lights.
Before painting the blade, I sealed it with a couple coats of watered-down wood glue using a sponge paint brush. This not only sealed the foam, but also made an even smoother surface. I then spray painted the blade with silver spray paint and hand painted the worbla-covered base with gold acrylic paint. Finally I used a little black paint to weather the base a bit.
I painted the broom handle with black acrylic. I used friendly plastic to create the decorative piece at the bottom of the broom handle and used the gold acrylic paint on that.