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    May 14, 2013, 4:48 AM - Skyrim: Black Dwarven Bow of Fate #1

    Hi guys

    Ok, so one of my new projects will be the black dwarven bow of fate as seen in TES: Skyrim.
    I'll post pictures of the progress now and then.
    Will work with polypropylene sheets and Worbla, a material made of wood splints and glue. Google it, it's a nice thing to work with.

    As I've no tools for woodwork, I'll just sculpt the whole thing with Worbla(I've a sheet left).

    Here's the ingame graphic:



    see ya,
    Folkenstal
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    May 25, 2013, 2:55 PM - Re: Skyrim: Black Dwarven Bow of Fate #2

    Here’s the making of the Skyrim Black Dwarven Bow of Fate.
    I used a material called Worbla to construct the bow.

    First of all, I printed a picture of the bow with the best resolution I could find.
    Figured out the right size of it. Unfortunately, my bow is way too small. It’s about 100 cm in length. The bow ingame is kinda 150 cm.
    My bad, but I just went on with the project.



    I cut out the prints transfered them on sheets of polypropylene and cut them out, too.
    This was my base I worked with.



    Glued then all sheets of polypropylene together to get the final form of the bow.
    Checked the form with the print out and the bow was ready to be sculpted on.


    „Sculpted“ you ask?
    Well, I had a lot of scraps of Worbla left, so I just thought I might use them.
    Turned out, I had better used fresh Worbla sheets, because working with scraps is crap. It‘s a mess and the sculpt doesn‘t get as smooth as with whole sheets.
    Anyway, I went on with it.


    Ok, looks better when adding whole sheets of Worbla. So I covered lots of parts with them.


    The form of the bow is visible, though.


    Then after a lot of hopeless smoothing, I just decided to use polypropylene sheets to cover the rest. Straight, clean sheets that‘s how I like it



    Drawing raw patterns here and there as a reminder.


    Tried out a new technique with wood glue. Says it would smooth out the structure.
    Well, it worked partially…


    Adding more sheets of plastic to cover the ugly areas.


    Then sculpting the other parts of the bow.




    Looks much better now. Phew.




    And here‘s a spray paint test with black an gold.
    Will add a few layers of gold, then black and then slowly sanding the black coat away, until I get a hint of gold.
    Like it the ingame picture.
    I ordered a bow string for that one, but I don‘t think it could fire arrow even if I wanted to. This bow‘s made only for cosplay purposes.


    final pictures coming soon…
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    May 25, 2013, 3:59 PM - Re: Skyrim: Black Dwarven Bow of Fate #3

    Looks real good man. Never heard of Worbla, looks like an interesting material
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    May 25, 2013, 4:46 PM - Re: Skyrim: Black Dwarven Bow of Fate #4

    I've never heard of Worbla either. It kinda looks like brown sugar strips stuck together when it's in scrap form. Lol The bow looks awesome so far, though! It's refreshing to see a totally different type of weapon prop between all of the guns people make.
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    May 25, 2013, 4:52 PM - Re: Skyrim: Black Dwarven Bow of Fate #5

    Nice, came out really well

    I'm about to start a summer long project to make all the bows from Skyrim, was contemplating a few ways of doing them. You've just added another possible method to my thoughts, cheers.
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    May 25, 2013, 5:40 PM - Re: Skyrim: Black Dwarven Bow of Fate #6

    Zeddloger said: View Post
    Looks real good man. Never heard of Worbla, looks like an interesting material
    Thanks. Yeah, Worbla is nice to work with.

    deathbywataru said: View Post
    I've never heard of Worbla either. It kinda looks like brown sugar strips stuck together when it's in scrap form. Lol The bow looks awesome so far, though! It's refreshing to see a totally different type of weapon prop between all of the guns people make.
    It smells like honey when heated. I like working with it
    Thanks. I'm not much into guns, more into daggers and other fantasy props.

    CynderBloc said: View Post
    Nice, came out really well
    I'm about to start a summer long project to make all the bows from Skyrim, was contemplating a few ways of doing them. You've just added another possible method to my thoughts, cheers.
    Thanks. Yeah, why not trying a few things with Worbla.
    I made my armor with it and many other props like here:



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    May 25, 2013, 7:15 PM - Re: Skyrim: Black Dwarven Bow of Fate #7

    I work with leather and metal for the most part, you have opened my imagination a lot! Thank you!
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    May 26, 2013, 3:24 AM - Re: Skyrim: Black Dwarven Bow of Fate #8

    leatherman said: View Post
    I work with leather and metal for the most part, you have opened my imagination a lot! Thank you!
    You're welcome
    Didn't know Worbla was unknown to you guys here. It's a great material, I highly recommend it.
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    May 26, 2013, 6:44 AM - Re: Skyrim: Black Dwarven Bow of Fate #9

    waaaaaw you're so talented! I want to have a skyrim costume so bad haha
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    May 26, 2013, 7:57 AM - Re: Skyrim: Black Dwarven Bow of Fate #10

    Unbelievable work. After clicking on the link to your site my very first thought was "oh no! My money!"

    I have been looking for a place where I can buy finished skyrim props for awhile. I will do my best to purchase some of your amazing work ASAP.
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    May 26, 2013, 10:01 AM - Re: Skyrim: Black Dwarven Bow of Fate #11

    Folkenstal said: View Post
    You're welcome
    Didn't know Worbla was unknown to you guys here. It's a great material, I highly recommend it.
    I just looked the stuff up this morning and its a fascinating material! Not inexpensive, but worth the price for what it can do.

    Thank you again for introducing me to this wonderful material.
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    May 26, 2013, 11:23 AM - Re: Skyrim: Black Dwarven Bow of Fate #12

    Cracking work man! I really love the armor though! Looks so authentic
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    May 27, 2013, 2:07 AM - Re: Skyrim: Black Dwarven Bow of Fate #13

    leatherman said: View Post
    I just looked the stuff up this morning and its a fascinating material! Not inexpensive, but worth the price for what it can do.
    Thank you again for introducing me to this wonderful material.
    It is expensive, but it's worth the money. All of my armor I made with this.
    You're welcome again.


    Thank you, guys!
    I'm glad my stuff looks authentic enough.
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    May 27, 2013, 8:01 PM - Re: Skyrim: Black Dwarven Bow of Fate #14

    I think the organic texture of that stuff works nicely for Skyrim replicas. Love the painting as well.
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    Jun 8, 2013, 3:43 PM - Re: Skyrim: Black Dwarven Bow of Fate #15

    And here's the bow done and painted!
    The bow string I ordered was too long… so there is no string at this moment.
    It turned out quite nice, but the size is a bit off. 97cm length

    see ya,
    Folkenstal



    Close-ups:

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    Jun 8, 2013, 4:53 PM - Re: Skyrim: Black Dwarven Bow of Fate #16

    Astonishing <3
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    May 4, 2014, 10:05 AM - Re: Skyrim: Black Dwarven Bow of Fate #17

    Beautiful craftsmanship! I work with wood, but will look into worbla, thanks for your posts.
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    May 5, 2014, 9:52 AM - Re: Skyrim: Black Dwarven Bow of Fate #18

    Where do you buy it? its kind of pricey...

    Folkenstal said: View Post
    Thanks. Yeah, Worbla is nice to work with.



    It smells like honey when heated. I like working with it
    Thanks. I'm not much into guns, more into daggers and other fantasy props.



    Thanks. Yeah, why not trying a few things with Worbla.
    I made my armor with it and many other props like here:

    http://fc05.deviantart.net/fs71/i/20...al-d60oe92.jpg

    http://fc00.deviantart.net/fs71/f/20...al-d5v6s0o.jpg

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