After using our own “Reinforcement” and “Projection” magecraft to create the bow, we decided to put this tutorial together so anyone who feels like giving this a go might be able to do so fairly quickly.
This tutorial will take approximately 90 minutes to complete.
Stuff you’ll need:
1. A short length of PVC pipe of reasonable thickness.
2. Some shoe horns from Daiso
3. A square of PP (polypropylene) board
4. 6 binding screws
5. Two rolls of blue EVA foam
6. Some craft foam for detailing
7. Some black elastic thread
You’ll also need a soldering iron, scissors, contact glue, hot glue and other basic craft tools.
Measure and cut out a length of pvc pipe about a foot long. This piece of pipe will be used as the basis of your grip and handle for the bow.
The thickness of the pipe should conform nicely to the fattest part of the shoe horn.
Draw out the base for two handles on PP board and cut it out. Don’t forget to mark out two spots (on either end of the handle) where you will be attaching the boards to your length of pipe with binding screws.
Now that we have all the basic shapes out of the way, it’s time to start creating the entire structure.
First of all, use a pencil to mark out the various areas you’ll be soldering through for the binding screws.
Punch holes through the places you marked on the pipe, the shoe horn, and the PP board with a soldering iron.
Connect the pieces together first by using binding screws to join the shoe horns to your pipe, then the pp board handles you cut out. It’s a pretty easy and intuitive process.
Sometimes, your binding screw might be a tad loose, so use hot glue to secure the wobbly bits in place.
Wrap the base structure with blue EVA foam pieces cut to shape, and create the details by layering on craft foam where necessary. Paste them on with contact glue.
Once you’ve primed and painted the prop, snip off a length of black elastic thread, and tie it on to simulate the bow string.
And that’s it. How’s that for a little more than an hour’s work? XD