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05 Feb 2013 - 20:3296941
Bow and Arrow help?
So I want to cosplay as Lara Croft in the new rebooted game, but I really want to make my own bow, and maybe at a push an arrow, but probably just the bow. Does anyone have any good advice regarding materials, technique, paints or just general experience tips or tutorial links? Any help will be most appreciated, thanks guys! Here's a shot just to give you an idea!

07 Feb 2013 - 12:3597025
My boyfriend suggests acrylic sheeting.

You heat it up to shape it with a hot air gun on low. It should stay in shape. Paint it and it should look convincing. You could even put it under (very) light tension to help it keep it's bent shape.


Arrows are easy, use dowels and use feathers / fletchings easily purchasable from ebay / online stores. The tip you could use foam, or even that bouncy plaster cine stuff to make it con safe.

Last edited by Jenivix (07 Feb 2013 - 12:38)
07 Feb 2013 - 14:3497034
I'm sure you're already aware of this, but if you are going to take the prop to a cosplay event, its worth checking out the event's weapons and prop rules (if any).

There might be restrictions of materials, or even a blanket ban on certain types of item, that need to be factored in to your construction plans.

07 Feb 2013 - 15:1597036
I've made my own bow and arrows for my Hawkeye costume. Its very easy and I did it quite quickly.

You can see how I did make mine through my costume profile Hawkeye costume . Sadly, the photos aren't the best quality but I do give instructions.

Yes, do check the weapons guidelines of any event you are planning to take it to.

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