BotW Link Cosplay: The Quiver

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Guys! This is the last part of my Link cosplay making-of series! I’ll have some final photos to share, but the costume is done. This one took awhile. But before I get ahead of myself, here’s how I made the quiver:

False Starts

The quiver was the last thing I did, mostly because I didn’t decide to make it until a month before my deadline and I wasn’t sure how to do it. Initially, I was going to sew a fabric quiver using thick canvas and interfacing. However, that wasn’t working for me. The fabric kept buckling and I didn’t think it would match the rest of the costume, so I ultimately scrapped the plan.

Then I bought PVC pipe, but I didn’t like how round, long and thick it was. I didn’t get far with that plan.

Finally, I decided to use the scraps of Worbla I had left to craft a plastic tube and cover it in leather.

The Actual Quiver

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I didn’t have enough Worbla for the sandwich method, so I just cut the outer facing and wrapped it around my foam halves.

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Then I pressed the Worbla together at the seams. The pattern is basically three parts: the front, back and bottom.

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While the Worbla was warm, I shaped it into an oval cylinder. Once cool, I used bookbinding glue to attach the leather.

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This method was quick to execute. I didn’t have to cover the Worbla in wood glue or sand it because I wasn’t painting – I just covered the whole thing. In all, the Worbla quiver only took me a couple of hours if you include dry times.

Finishing Touches

I needed a way to attach my quiver to my belt, so I used some darker faux leather to make straps, which I also attached with glue. I did sew the straps together to make loops, though.

Finally, I felt like the quiver was a little too simple, so I made fake rivets out of googly eyes. I simply painted them black, let them dry, then painted a thin coat of silver. I attached those to the straps with hot glue.

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You can see one of the “rivets” fell off. I don’t know at what point it happened, but I’ll have to go back and fix that before I wear this costume again.

The final product definitely works and matches the rest of my costume. It’s not the best craftsmanship, but it was good for now. If I ever get good at actual leatherworking, I might revisit this piece.

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