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How to make Sode No Shirayuki by chioky How to make Sode No Shirayuki by chioky
Tutorial: Making Rukia's Sode No Shirayuki from Bleach

So I got alot of requests asking me if I could make a tutorial on how to make rukia's sode no shirayuki. Now it indeed is a beautifull sword and desrves to be made at that same beauty and elegance. So since I dont have the original sode no shirayuki anymore, nor can I make the sword again I was stuck in a problem. I cant use 3D programs so istead I just doodled all the steps that are required to make the sword sufficiently. Measurments will not be supplied or your sode no shirayuki will turn out exactly like mine lol. You will have to relay the steps with the discriptions located here to fully understand how to make rukia's Sode No Shirayuki. As always this tutorial is a but hard to understand sometimes so please feel free to answer any questions.

Step 1: The first part is drawing out the sword. This is simple if you have done it before please look at this link for more details: [link] However please listen closely, the bottom half of Sode No Shiryuki is wider then 30mm thus if you drew it on a 90mm wide strip pine, it would not have enough space. Do not worry just draw the sword or Tang as normal. Then cut out the sword using a coping saw and follow this tutorial to help you: [link]

Step 2: Then comes the boring part grab a hand file and start sharpening the blade. Details of sharpening the sword can be found in this tutorial: [link] Remember the blade should be half sharpened along the width and if possible leave a visible line of where it starts sloping.

Step 3: Next you must draw out the tsuba on a piece of MDF with a pencil. Then cut out the tsuba using a coping saw. Then finnaly cut out all the holes in the tsuba using a drill and a coping saw. Details of this information can be found in this tutorial: [link]

Step 4: Then you must create the habaki for the sword. Draw and then cut out using crafting knifes the pieces of balsa for the habaki. Glue them in place onto the sword using woodglue, and when dried use woodfiller to fill the sides and gaps. Details of creating the habaki can be found in this tutorial: [link]

Step 5: Afterwards grab a pencil and draw out the outline of the handles of sode no shirayuki onto strip pine. Then cut them out using a coping saw, remember to round the handles. In this situation just glue the handles into place though I still reccommend screwing. Details of this information can be found in this tutorial: [link] Remember the handles for sode no shirayuki have a round hilt. Also there should be a trench gap along the side of the handle where the pieces of handle you just stuck down, the bottom half is wider then 30mm. leave it for now.

Step 6: Draw out the details of the handles onto balsa wood and then cut them out with a craft knife. Then glue the pieces of balsa wood details on top of the handles in position using wood glue. Details of this can be found in the tutorial here: [link]

Step 7: Now after everything has dried and in place, the trench that I mentioned in step 5 should still be visible. Now grab some wood filler and fill in the sides of the handles and everywhere else with visible marks. Then use sandpaper to smooth the handle to a round finish. There should be no visible marks. Then grab a hook screw and screw it into the bottom of the hilt make sure its small enough to make a knot in it. Information on applying wood filler to the sides of things can be found here: [link]

Step 8: Next when your sword is dust free and mark free, grab some white primer spray paint and spray several coats all over the sword in a well ventilated room. When the sword is entirely covered then use white gloss spray paint and coat the entire sword a maximum of 2 times. Wait for paint to dry and do not inhale the fumes. Details or spraypainting a sword can be found here: [link]

Step 9: Then grab a 2 metre long white ribbon and a lengh of nylon string. Seal the end of one end of the ribbon using nail varnish to stop it fraying. Then on the other end fold the corners of the ribbon until it makes an arrow shape. They should cross over, Then get the bylon string and thread it through the opening in the top. Then with a string and sowing needle, sow both the ribbon and the nylon string in place firmly.

Step 10: To create the center piece for the string of sode no shirayuki grab 2 chess pawn pieces. Cut off the round heads off them and drill a hole right through the center of them with a drill, just larger then the width of the nylon string. Then on one of the chess pawn pieces make a counter sink not a large one. Also remember the paint the chess pawn pieces with white primer then white gloss spray paint. Then make a knot in the nylon string. Slide the chess pawn pieces on either end of the nylon string. The chess pawn piece that has a counter sink will have enough space to engulf the knot. Then the other chess pawn piece can fully encompass the knot and you should be able to now glue the pieces together.

Step 11: Now grab some wooden balls preferable with holes already driller through them. Spray them with white primer and then white gloss spray paint. Then make a knot in the nylon string and this time just push the wooden balls onto the knot. This will keep it in place as long as you dont force it out. Then Sode No Shirayuki's tail should be complete. Tie off the end of the nylon string onto the hook screw on the end of the hilt on sode no shirayuki. Then cut off the excess string or light it to seal it.

Step 12: Finnaly you must do the tsukamaki process to wrap the handles of Sode No Shirayuki. Currently I only have one handle wrap tutorial the one I used for my sode no shirayuki which is this one: [link]
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moonsnowrose Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you. I shall use this!
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rnko26 Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
sweeeeeeet now i can make it better than my old one
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chioky Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
and that is the main idea
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historical-pumpkin Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012
I really really want to thank you for that, because thanks to your tutorial I could make a wonderful Sode No Shirayuki too ^^
And therefore really really thanks
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:iconchioky:
chioky Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
can I see a picture of it?
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historical-pumpkin Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012
sure I have one uploaded an my site
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Ariana112394 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012
I've got to do this someday, thank you for taking the time to draw this out. <3
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chioky Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
and I hope you have fun
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Otaku-bo Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I was going to buy a proper Sode No Shirayuki, but I don't have a weapons license...

I guess making one out of wood will have to do, I love crafting these sorts of things (I made a wakazashi out of a stick using a pocket knife)
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chioky Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
I dont get it does a proper sode no shirayuki have a live blade?
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Otaku-bo Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
yep, live blade made using traditional methods (but modern tools).
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SilfurSouls Featured By Owner May 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I know ive already commented on this but... did ya cut out the details on the tsuba? or just leave it flat? thanks! <3
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chioky Featured By Owner May 29, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
well yeah I kinda had to cut out the spaces in the tsuba
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SilfurSouls Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
haha okay just checking, i want to do this well XD thanks so much!!!
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SilfurSouls Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
im cosplaying Rukia in October so this is really useful - where do you get the woods from (MDF, pine etc), and the woodglue? we have them at school but i doubt theyd let me use them XDD thanks!!
Spider
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chioky Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
Its a hardware store called "wickes" or "homebase" go there to find the wood you need
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SilfurSouls Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:O that'll be easy! i have a wickes near to me so i can just pop down :la: thanks so much!!
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xmomokun90 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2010
Nice, I will make her someday. Thanks for showing this to me. I still dont understand about the Habaki part (4th).
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chioky Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2010  Student Artisan Crafter
thats what keeps the tsuba in place
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xmomokun90 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2010
We place the habaki at side of tsuba? Sorry cuz i don't really understand the Japanese names.
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OmegaWolfess Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2010
This looks really easy to follow

Question! What happened to the original?
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:iconchioky:
chioky Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2010  Student Artisan Crafter
I sold it of course
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OmegaWolfess Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2010
*hits head* silly me.
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KakuzuToshiro Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
hey do you also have a tensa zangetsu? cuz one day im ganna try and make it
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:iconchioky:
chioky Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2009  Student Artisan Crafter
you look for the tutorial in my gallary
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KakuzuToshiro Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
ah ok thanks
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Ragdoll-ish Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2009
I'm planning to make Sode no Shirayuki for my Rukia cosplay, but since I don't have almost any of the tools or skills for woodwork I'm thinking of making it in cardboard and using papier-maché to get a smooth surface =D I have no idea how that will go.
I'm hoping it's possible to spray paint white over news paper without the print showing through. I don't want to use white paper, for the sake of the environment, but I heard spray painting is far superior to the regular method? Since you don't get any brush lines and other uneveness...

If I make it I'll link you the finished result :P
You're trully a great inspiration when it comes to cosplay props. I would've just given up on making a sword to go with my costume if it wasn't for your tutorials showing that even though it might be hard, it's not impossible to make sword replicas.
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chioky Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2009  Student Artisan Crafter
making a sode no shirayuki eh? making it out of cardboard eh? Wait What! O.O meh I shall let you off this time XD, papier-mache and "smooth" does not match well together lol

whats the regular method over painting over news paper though? white paper for the sake of the enviroment O.O Im sure spray cans hurt the enviroment more XD, you can still spraypaint unevenly if your not carefull

I am sure you will link it lol XD lol my tutorials show how to make the most simpliest of swords, there are some swords out there that just take massive amounts of skill to build, but this is just the start ^^
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Ragdoll-ish Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2009
Hmm, you're right. Last time I used papier maché was when I was six or something. I just thought "Paper= smooth =DDD" instead of "Paper+glue=wrinkly =(((". Man that's stupid of me.
I'll have to use something else. Lucky thing it's very much still in the planning stages. It's not like I'm sitting here with a ton of tapestry glue and newspaper already.


Hm, I dunno. I've heard spray paint at least tends to be more even than painting with a brush, even if it can end up uneven, so I thought it would be best to go with that regardless of that it's not exactly good for the environment. However when it comes to paper (although it seems I probably won't be using that) if it's possible to spray paint over newspaper without the print showing through than I have no defendable reason to use a bunch of white paper that's perfectly fine for drawing instead of old newspaper that has served it's purpose once you've read through it and would just end up being thrown away anyway.

Heh, I'm glad Rukia has a somewhat simple sword then. I'm sure it'll be difficult enough for me. Hopefully not too difficult though.

I've just seen so many cosplayers with cardboard zanpakutous with frayed edges and brush lines all over the place. I sort of wanted to find a way around that, so I was just pulling ideas out of my brain.
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chioky Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2009  Student Artisan Crafter
paper mache to be used on swords, should only be for swords of huge length like a buster sword, anything small will just be too weak and uneappling.

White paper is just way to strong, which is a good and bad thing, because you do not have to put on as much layers but is rigid, where as newspaper is soft but you have to put on alot more XD

Rukia is a slightly more difficult sword then normal, but thanks to me I written an entire tutorial on it lol

cardboard zanpakutous with frayed edges and brush lines all over the place

*vomits*

swordmaking is an art, and thats not an art XD but im glad you are trying to work out an alternative ^^
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Ragdoll-ish Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2009
The papier-maché would just be used as a layer around the cardboard to smoothen out the frayed edges, but I reckon papier maché is hard to make smooth since paper tends to wrinkle horribly when you put glue on it? Anyway, the strength/weakness of the sword would have more with the cardboard to do, but maybe that's too weak too?
I know you're maybe not the right person to ask, since you work with wood, but do you have any suggestions what kind of material besides wood I could use?

I just remember woodwork class as a horrible, horrible experience. I have crooked shelves and boxes with nails sticking out of them to prove that I should not be let near wood with a saw =/ Which is a sad fact.
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chioky Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2009  Student Artisan Crafter
your right, you are asking the wrong person XD, im a swordmaker and what you need is a propmaker, however if your going to work with card then ask this person for help:

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Ragdoll-ish Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2009
Well, at least you were able to point me in the right direction ;P Thank you.
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AznTranquility Featured By Owner May 10, 2008
i've been watching your stuff for a while =)
very impressive!

I make weapons but never from wood
actually the first/ONE time i ever used wood was BALSA for yuffie's keyblade

im gonna make sode no shirayuki for my rukia cosplay ...i have to finish it by next month!
wig + sword T.T

the tutorial will help IMMENSELY
dunno how im gonna do this on top of midterms!
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chioky Featured By Owner May 11, 2008  Student Artisan Crafter
Well I am glad that my tutorial will help you build a splendid sode no shirayuki ^^ and you shall be the best rukia cosplay becuase you will have the most beautifull sode no shirayuki XD
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samuriboy Featured By Owner May 10, 2008   Traditional Artist
wow thank you for the info *bow*
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chioky Featured By Owner May 10, 2008  Student Artisan Crafter
so gonna make a sode no shirayuki eh?
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samuriboy Featured By Owner May 11, 2008   Traditional Artist
thats my goal
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StrawberrySiren Featured By Owner May 9, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
oh and also, wtf is mdf?
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:iconchioky:
chioky Featured By Owner May 10, 2008  Student Artisan Crafter
MDF stands for Medium Density Fibre wood which is a manmade wood with no grain made from compressed wood dust, usefall for cutting out wierd shapes like tsuba designs ^^
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StrawberrySiren Featured By Owner May 9, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
so, chioky...how much would this project cost? because i'm kind of low on money and my priority is zangetsu, which is apparently going to be somewhere around $30
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chioky Featured By Owner May 10, 2008  Student Artisan Crafter
im expecting you already have the wood before hand lol, but sheets of balsa are dirt cheap just dont go breaking too many. A 2 metre long ribbon is also cheap. The most expensive is the wood, once you have that everything else is cheap XD
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princessaeris Featured By Owner May 7, 2008
WOW AWESOME!!!!!! TUTORIAL
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princessaeris Featured By Owner May 8, 2008
=D
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chioky Featured By Owner May 8, 2008  Student Artisan Crafter
IT WILL MAKE YOU A SODE NO SHIRAYUKI HAXX O.O
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ybloc Featured By Owner May 7, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
nice drawings lol sweet!
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:iconchioky:
chioky Featured By Owner May 8, 2008  Student Artisan Crafter
Becuase nothing beats doing doodles XD
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11th-division Featured By Owner May 6, 2008
Excellent tutorial. Well written and detialed. :D
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chioky Featured By Owner May 7, 2008  Student Artisan Crafter
Why thankyou very much I hope someone benifits by this XD
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BlackShinobi Featured By Owner May 4, 2008
add protection is added int here a bit too late, no?
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