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I am looking to separate the body of the sword into two faces, so that I can easily make the top half black and the bottom silver.

Simply adding an edge in the middle did not separate the blade into two.

I created the edge by directly connecting the vertex at the tip with the vertex near the handle, shown in the picture.

Any tips appreciated!

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I'm guessing you created the edge with F? Try using the Connect Path tool instead (J):

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You have to assign two different materials just having separate faces alone will not do the trick

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  • $\begingroup$ Thx for the answer, wouldn't the first step be to create 2 faces before changing them into different materials however? $\endgroup$ – Albus Jul 29 '19 at 16:32
  • $\begingroup$ Yes that is the first step then in edit mode select a face and go to your materials tab and click the plus sign to create a new material and then click assign and go into the nodes and create your material $\endgroup$ – Mtnmike89 Jul 29 '19 at 16:34
  • $\begingroup$ How did you create the edge? If you chose the two verticies and pressed F then this would only create a separate edge. Select the two verticies and press J instead. $\endgroup$ – barkest Jul 29 '19 at 18:15

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