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Schu
04-22-2003, 12:50 AM
Here's my deal... I want to make Link's shield to match the sword and accessories I've got almost done... and I'd like to make it from wood... but, as you prolly realize, it's curved...

Has anyone any experience that could help? If I can't use wood, I'd like something sturdy and good looking. I've asked around, and no one seems to really know?

Michi
04-22-2003, 12:58 AM
http://images.cosplay.com/showphoto.php?photo=31900

Ask PikminLink. ^_^;

Sarcasm-hime
04-22-2003, 01:22 AM
Well, if you don't want to go the metal route, you could try papier-maché. Yeah, I know, a lot of people think it's crappy, but you can get really good effects depending on how it's done. I used papier-maché for my Neoranga shield (http://sarcasm.fanfic.org/armory.html). I cut out concentric shapes of thick foamcore, glued them together and carved them into the right curves, then covered them with papier-maché. To make a really smooth, metallic surface you could cover the foamcore with Paperclay or Claycrete (which are basically fine-grained papier-maché) and sand it smooth.

If you want to use wood, it'll be pretty heavy. Pine is easy to carve, but you might have to look around a bit to find a piece big enough to carve that curved shape out of. My favourite tool for carving wood is a pushknife, available from Lee Valley Tools. (it's basically a blade with handles on both ends) To hollow out the back of the shield, you'd probably have to use carver's chisels or gouges.

Amethyst Angel
04-22-2003, 01:25 AM
Here's a place that sells curved wooden shield blanks to Renaissance combat reenactors:

http://shielddivision.tripod.com/raccoondance/id7.html

Maybe they could custom-make a certain shape for you if you ask them to...

Schu
04-26-2003, 12:54 AM
Ah thanks. This weekend a friend of mine wants to try some technique he heard about (he won't tell me ~_~) so I'm going to give that a chance. If not, I think my next bet will be to order from the link Amethyst Angel posted. In the meantime (for when I plan to wear Link next) I'll just make a papermache/flat shield. =/ wah.