This is a mini super hero weapon build I have been asked to make a lot, a miniature Thors hammer. AKA mini Mjolnir…
How to make a miniature Thors hammer
The first and biggest problem I had making mini Mjolnir was to find a cheap and easy to find source of steel for the head of Mjolnir. Of course I could have bought some steel bar or billet from eBay, but I found that a 16mm or 5/8″ bolt with the threads ground off worked perfect. Initially I was concerned that the steel used in bolts may be too hard to work with, but as it turned out even hand tools will cut and file it just fine with a bit of patience. Of course bigger bolts would equal a bigger mini Thor hammer if required. The finished size for the head is 17.5mm x 9.5mm, then I ground in the bevels and drilled a 3mm hole right in the centre.
The handle and pommel are dealt with by two nails. The handle is a 50mm x 3mm round wire nail, cut down to about 35mm in length. The pommel is made from a 5mm nail and its final length was just about 5.5mm. This had a 3mm hole in it for the handle and a 2mm hole in it for the leather strap.
Building Thors mini hammer
In the video you see me use JB Weld to fit the handle to the head and it worked fine, but this was my second build and I wanted to make it as easy as possible. For my prototype I actually brazed the handle to the hammer head which obviously made it extremely strong, it does however mean working with heat, you need more tools, and the steel needs cleaning up afterwards from burnt on flux – which is a bit of a pain. So unless you plan on giving it serious abuse stick with JB Weld.
The handle details were made by cutting brown heatshrink into roughly 2.5mm lengths, and then shrinking it onto the handle using a lighter and the blue part of the flame. Another way of doing this would have been to remove some brown insulation from mains grade home wiring and using that. A cheap alternative if you have it, not cheap if you don’t.
The handle strap I made from a roll of fake leather I bought from Amazon, and is the same stuff I used in my metal Thor hammer build, and the fiberglass version, but heatshrink or brown insulation would have also worked.
Finally the pommel was superglued into place along with the handle strap, any movement of the heatshrink handle grips can be removed with a final coat of varnish which will stop rust and lock everything into place.
Are you worthy
The pile of rocks was made using epoxy putty and buy putting in an optional neodymium magnet, which I think is a nice touch. Not only does it give the mini Thor’s hammer a home it can lock into, it makes a fantastic fridge magnet like my mini meat cleaver build. If you enjoyed this miniature Thors hammer build, why not tell me what to build next in the comments section of my YouTube page or on my facebook page 🙂
The above project is aimed at adults for education and entertainment purposes only, not to replicate. Anyone doing so takes full responsibility for their own actions.