Instructions for the Guardian Dagger
Content of Kit
Make sure you have the items shown in the photos below before you proceed with your sword build. Please email us if you are missing any items. Your kit will also include paint which is not shown in the photos.
Tools and Materials
All tools and materials needed for this build are available from your local arts and craft store or online retailer. Use the scrap paper when applying and spreading out glue during the build. This will help keep your workspace clean.
Download this handy checklist to help you gather all the required tools and materials for this build.
Most of your efforts will be spent on building the blade of the dagger. Once you completed the dagger, DO NOT start using it, instead, let the glue and paint dry, at least, overnight or 12-hours. If you take big swing with the dagger while the glue and paint is wet, you run the risk of damaging the blade. The last step of the build is to coat with the decoupage glue. This will help seal and make all the assemblies water-resistant. However if you do not let it dry completed before inserting the dagger into the scabbard or the scabbard into the belt attachment, you will end up gluing these assemblies together. The decoupage glue also help harden the paper surface and improve the blade’s toughness, but don’t expect miracles. It is made from paper after all. The blade is 11″ (28 cm) long with a tapered diamond cross section.
Tip #1: DO NOT insert the dagger into the scabbard while the paint is wet.
Tip #2: Dry the dagger, scabbard and belt loop while they are separated. DO NOT dry with the dagger inserted into the scabbard or the scabbard inserted into the belt attachment.
Tip #3: Do a dry run of the construction step BEFORE you commit to gluing the cutout pieces together. This helps you mentally note the details of that step.
Step 4: Form the Blade (3:20)
Step 6: Finish the Handguard (3:43)
The main function of the scabbard is to protect the blade. It is also a blank canvas that you can add your own creativity. Stay tuned to Crafteeo updates as we add free projects to decorate your dagger and scabbard. Depending on the quality of construction, the dagger should sit slightly snug to slightly loose in the scabbard. If you find that the dagger sits too tightly or too loosely in the scabbard, there may be errors in the constructions of the scabbard or dagger.
Tip #4: DO NOT use the scabbard before letting the glue and paint try of at least 12 hours.
Tip #5: Keep several damp, NOT dripping wet, paper towels nearby to wipe off excess glue. This will help you maintain a clean build and a clean work area.
Belt Attachment Build
The belt attachment holds the scabbard and allows you to wear the dagger on a belt. It fits any belt that is a maximum of 1.5″ wide. We recommend that you determine how you want to draw out your dagger from the scabbard before starting the belt attachment build. This will help you properly orient the belt attachment.
Tip #6: DO NOT use the belt attachment before letting the glue and paint try of at least 12 hours.
All paint and the decoupage coating is included in the kit. PLEASE NOTE, the decoupage coating may take a couple of days to fully cure. While it is curing, it may feel tacky and I recommend letting the dagger, scabbard and belt attachment cure separately otherwise you may inadvertently glue these assemblies together. Once the decoupage coating hardens, you can sand the surface smooth with fine (400 grit or greater) sandpaper.