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How to Make a Medieval Mace

Maces, unlike flails, did not have chains.
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Things You'll Need:

  • 4-inch-diameter wooden sphere
  • Electric hand drill
  • 1-inch boring bit
  • Wood glue
  • 1-inch-diameter dowel rod
  • Brown spray paint
  • Aluminum tape
  • Cardstock
  • Mathematical compass
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue
  • Silver spray paint

During the Medieval period, handheld firearms were very rare and extremely unreliable. Knights and warriors, therefore, relied mostly on close-range weapons like maces.

Contrary to popular belief, a mace is not the same thing as a flail. Unlike flails, maces consist of a long polearm with a spiked ball seated firmly on top. Flails feature a chain connecting the ball to the handle.

Whether you love weaponry or need a final touch for your Renaissance faire costume, a mace won’t go amiss. You can even make your own version at home.

Drill a 2-inch hole down into the 4-inch diameter wooden ball. Smear the inside of the hole with wood glue and slip a 1-inch diameter dowel rod into the hole for a handle. Allow the glue to dry overnight.

Spray paint the handle of the mace brown. Allow the paint to dry for at least an hour. Wrap the top and bottom of the handle in aluminum tape to make it look like metal embellishments.

Draw up to 10 1-inch-diameter circles on cardstock with a mathematical compass. Cut out all of the circles and fold them exactly in half, so you have 10 little half-moons.

Grip each half-moon by the corners with the flat side facing up. Overlap the corners across each other, forming a cone. Secure each cone with aluminum tape. Hot glue the bases of the cones to the wooden sphere at the top of the mace. Let the hot glue dry for 10 minutes.

Cover any cracks or seams between the mace points and the sphere with aluminum tape. Spray paint the rest of the mace head with silver spray paint. Let the paint dry overnight.

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