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February 19
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Fb Bow by Riddle1 Fb Bow by Riddle1
Earlier this year I did Ashe from League of Legends (I’m still a newb player!), here is a small write up specifically how I did the bow! Been trying to be better about taking progress pictures.

Because Ashe is a frost archer I wanted her bow to have a icy feel, then I thought it would be cool to insert lights in it as well, but I wanted it to only be activated by me. So the battery pack is in my gauntlet, the wires feed through my archer glove to leads on my fingers, and when the leads on my fingers touch the leads on the bow it lights up! Sadly the batteries do not last long at all so I can only keep it lit up for a short amount of time.


- Used ingame Model to determine scale of Bow based on my size, then  printed it out.

- Used Dow board to cut out the shape of the bow.

- Then used a carpet cutter to widdle the shape of the bow match the  ice effect. Then use Smooth on “Air” 2pt clay to cover the bow so it would be sandable and  moldable.

- Create a Matrix Mold for the bow, using SMOOTH-ON Pourable silicone because I didn’t  want to have to use mold release to avoid the orange peel effect.

- Heated an acrylic tube, then placed it in the mold and cast the bow in Smooth-On 325.  

Bow (Electronics):

- Threaded a 5M LED strip stuck back to back through the acrylic tube

- Connections were Soldered and leads were attached to the handle.    

Gauntlets (Electronics):

- Created a pouch in the gauntlet to house the battery pack, soldered the  connections which go through the archery glove and attach to the leads on the tips of my fingers so when they touch the bow, it causes it the light up.  

Thanks to Chris for
- Helping me with the Molding and casting of the bow due to weight of the mold
- Taught me how to solder and worked together to engineer the electronics in the bow. First time I have soldered anything
- Modified a Case so I could transport my Bow in one piece.
- Helping me Lube up the lights and thread them through the bow

Thanks to iObject Cosplay and Law for explaining the process to get power the bow as well as what LEDs and batteries to use! Invaluable advice!

I will be selling this bow in the upcoming months but as just a solid piece you can paint (no electronics). If you are interested email
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snowflower-princess Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
how much will it cost if you sell it?
Riddle1 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014
depends on the materials at the time, couple hundred at least even for the a basic cast, more for the clear tinted one.
Efnek Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2014
Banjo29 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014
Very impressive, I was planning something similar for my lightning spear when I saw the Heroes episode, so that was good timing. 

Did you run the acrylic tube and LED strips the full length of the bow?
Did you have the tube somehow suspended in the mold so the resin flowed all the way around it? Or just laid it in there?
Did you use blue LED strips or is it just the tint of the resin making it look blue?
kalstrai Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014
Ok, I'm pretty darn impressed. Touch sensitive light activation? Yeah, tip of the hat to you.

hmpstarlight Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I am interested in the buying the bow! :) loved your costume!
JimbleIsLove Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Student General Artist
I really enjoy this bow, but I am wondering can I use these to try to replica the bow? 
Riddle1 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014
I will be selling a non lit up one (just the tinted resin) if you are interested.
JimbleIsLove Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Student General Artist
If mine doesn't get done on time, I was wondering how much is just the tinted vers?
Riddle1 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014
Need to figure out cost, if you want to email Chris and I at we can get you a price quote.
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