Hi y'all! I finally finished my Insane Blade Claw! (what a silly name for a sword.) Anyways, just to recap (you can find part 1 of this tutorial/progress HERE): I used spray foam to make the structure of my sword, and then I carved it.
The masking tape process was definitely necessary, considering that the spray foam formed a ton of holes on the sword. (I forgot to take a picture Q_Q)
I also paper mached my sword with newspaper to make the entire thing smoother and less fragile. I just went to Home Depot and bought a tub of wallpaper paste and dipped strips of newspaper into it. Then, instead of using paper pulp mache (which I bought...and needs to be returned >.>), I just mod podged the entire sword three times.
Then I used "Delight" paperclay and made a hilt for the sword. I really didn't think this clay was good enough for the hilt at first because 1). it was super expensive for a 3oz package, and 2). it had a sponge-y feel to it that made me think it was not sturdy enough. However, after letting it dry for a couple of days, the light and squishy feeling actually made the hilt very comfortable to hold. You can sand this type of clay, but it doesn't sand nearly as well as stoneclay.
That's all for now~