Mjolnir or otherwise known as "Thor's Hammer" was created for a school project. During the project we were aloud to do whatever we would like. My Grandpa has wanted to teach me how to weld for a while and I thought it was a perfect opportunity. Being a comic nerd the first thing out of metal I thought of what Mjolnir. Throughout the project I have been getting more and more excited! Still needs some finishing touches but in the end it will be amazing!
Mjolnir is a mystical hammer, that comes from Norse Mythology, grants its master the ability to control the base elements of a storm such as rain, wind, and the favorite lightning. My version simply smashes things like a normal hammer but it is bigger than your typical hammer.
I started off by making a paper template and labeling on the pieces how many I needed of each piece. It was fun to create a hammer out of paper then out of metal after. Since this was my first time welding we really hoped for the best and adapted as we went through. This did not go as planned because it was my first experience with metal working som of the pieces were the wrong measurements or uneven. My Grandpa helped me fix this by showing me how you can fill in gaps with weld and grind it down later. Originally the Hammer was gonna have a wooden dowel as a handle but we changed this to a pipe to add weight and give access to the inside of the head to add weight later.
I have brought it to school already to show my teacher my progress so far. Students and other teachers were amazed and everyone wanted to see if they were "Worthy" as a reference to the enchantment put on the hammer in the movies and comics. ("Whoever holds this hammer if they be worthy, shall possess the power of THOR.")
Overall, I have had a really fun time with this project and I am exhausted from it as well. I have spent late nights working on this and I am almost done with it just need to do a final sand, paint, and add the final details.
I started off by making a paper template and labeling on the pieces how many I needed of each piece. Then I got a sheet of rusty scrap metal and traced the templates as many times as the said. Once they were drawn on I cut them out using a grinder. When they were all cut out I grinded of all the rusty and dirty metal with the grinder and sandpaper. Then my grandpa took two pieces and began to show me how to weld. After he showed me I took control and welded the hammer head together. On the bottom plate we cut out a hole so we could stick a floor flange out so it could be welded on the inside where it can't be seen and the port on the outside to connect the handle later. Once the Hammer was all welded I had to grind it as smooth as a could then added bondo to any low spot and smooth it to where the hammer is all flat and smooth. Once all of it is flat and smooth I will paint it and detail it all to look nice. For the handle we got a 1" pipe that fit into the floor flange and wrapped it in leather vinyl, made sure to leave room so it could still screw into place. Finally the end piece was a close off piece that screwed onto the pipe. I welded on some detail and simply screwed it into place.