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Make the Throne from Game of Thrones


This is a fun and interesting little project from the Game of Thrones. It is an iconic object in the books and in the show.

It is a two step thing also because we have to first forge out all the miniature swords. Then we bend and shape them into the throne.

I also have a video tutorial on how to make this project. It is at the bottom of the page.


The Throne


I started out with a whole lot of duplex nails. And, originally I used one size (16D) But as I was building the throne I realized that it would help a lot if I had a variety of sword sizes. So I got a smaller size of duplex nails and forged a variety of sword sizes. I even used some regular nails. They looked pretty good too, particularly for the pommels of the swords.


Duplex Nails

Two of these nails are duplex nails. They are called that because of the double head on them. Makes them easy to remove from wood.


It is really just a matter of heating the nail and then hammering it flat. I did notice a few things though. Using a different weight hammer made a big difference in how it is manipulated. A one pound hammer is good for detail but the nail cools awfully fast! So, the three pound hammer is great for getting it quickly into shape. Hammer the heads of the nail too. That forms the pommel and the guard of the sword.


Forging a nail

Forging a nail

Nail swords

Ok, we end up with lots of swords. These are all the same size but I have plenty of smaller ones too.


The basic shape

Ok, the first thing we do is try to get a handle on the actual size of the throne with a few swords. I cut a block of foam then put a few swords on it. Notice three of the four legs you can see. This establishes our size.

We can get a good idea of the size of the throne and from this we can also create the pedestal that goes underneath.


The pedestal

Now that we have the size of the throne we can figure out the size of the base. I cut it from foamular. The white paper part will be an air hardening clay.


So, we have the base. Let's continue on with the throne.

Bend the swords

The nails (swords) generally bend pretty good with a couple of beefy pliers. If you have difficulty you can always put them in a vise or even grind them down with a belt sander making them thinner.


NextLet's continue with the tutorial or watch the video tutorial directly below ↓



Iron throne

Can you make the Iron Throne? You sure can! Here is one made by Alexander. It came out spectacular and I really love the stone look of the base. My thanks go to him for sharing this with us.



Ice sword

Wow that's a big sword. But easy to make out of foam board or cardboard. I show you how to interlock a big sword and how to put a blood groove in it! Make Ice from Game of Thrones


Game of Thrones game

A Game of Thrones: The Board Game Second Edition

King Robert Baratheon is dead, and the lands of Westeros brace for battle. Can you claim the Iron Throne? Designed for ages 14 and up, A Game of Thrones: The Board Game Second Edition is a classic game of warfare, diplomacy, and intrigue for three to six players. Taking control of the well-known characters from George R.R. Martin's beloved fantasy series, players must fight for dominance of the realm. Will you take power through force, coerce your way onto the throne with persuasive speeches, or rally the townsfolk to your side? With opportunities for strategic planning, masterful diplomacy, and clever card play, this game gives you a host of ways to spread your influence over Westeros.

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