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Make a Medieval Mace (A Morningstar)

In this tutorial we make a medieval mace for show and for fun. And we make it pretty safe. The ball on the end is foam and the spikes are sponge. This way nobody actually gets hurt.

You just need a few materials for this project and I show you various alternatives if you don't have the materials that I use.

This project also comes with a video. It is at the bottom of the page.

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This is the mace that we make in this tutorial.

A medieval mace

 

I also show you some alternate techniques to making a mace using other supplies like newspapers and masking tape. Here are the three maces I make. The top one is this tutorial. And the second two show some variations including using masking tape and newspaper to make the ball of the mace.

Note that typically a mace like this has just a spherical head for percussion against enemies armor. When we add spikes to it we call it a "morningstar" mace. Those spikes could also penetrate armor.

 

Three Maces

 

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Materials and Tools:

  • 1 Styrofoam Ball (5" diameter)
  • 2- foot length of 1" diameter wooden dowel
  • A piece of leather or vinyl for the handle (optional)
  • 1" thick upholstery foam for the spikes
  • Paints: Black, Silver and Gold
  • Optional. You can use masking tape and newspaper to make the head of the mace rather than buy a styrofoam ball
  • Hot glue gun and glue (Or some other type of general purpose glue)

 

Parts of the mace

 

One Inch Dowel

The handle of the mace is one inch wide wooden dowel. I bought it at a home improvement store for about a dollar. You will need a twenty inch length.

 

 

 

 

 

Styrofoam BallI bought the styrofoam ball in an arts and crafts store. It is five inches in diameter and this is the exact one and exact brand that I bought. Floracraft styrofoam ball 5"

They are available in a lot of different sizes and for the very big mace that I made it is a ten inch styrofoam ball.

 

 

High Density Foam

The foam I used to make the spikes is high density faom. It is the kind of stuff that is inside a couch or a chair. I like it because it is firm enough for spike making but soft enough for safety. No need to worry if you don't have this. Just cut open your couch and take a piece. LOL! I am just kidding. Don't do that. You can improvise something else. You can even make cardboard spikes if you need to.

 

 

 

Alternate Materials

Some alternative building materials you can use are a piece of pvc pipe for the handle or newspaper and masking tape for the ball head of the mace.

 

 

 

 

 

NextOkay, Let's make the mace (continue)

Or watch the video tutorial here



 

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