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Here's the Hylian Shield tutorial which I promised to a few people, I hope you find it helpful!
I probably wouldnt have gotten round to making this and uploading it if it weren't for a friend asking XD

Please be aware though that this shield was made with a lot of experiment on mine and my fathers part, so we wont be willing to part with all our methods as we worked hard for them and it's for this reason that the tutorial is quite basic.
There's still more than enough information there for you though, but if you absolutely cannot figure something out them note me and I'll be happy to help, just don't ask in the comments! :)

If you use this please let me know, I'd love to see what you make & I'd be happy to show your shield in this description!
& don't forget, just because I made a TP Hylian Shield doesn't mean you have to!
You can apply the same method to almost any type of shield.

If you'd like your silver details to be raised, you can use modelling clay instead of foam like shown in the tutorial.
This is something I intend to go back and change as I only recently learnt of modelling clay and really want the shield details to be 3D!


See my shield in action:
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:iconsoie-yoie:
soie-yoie Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014
thanks a lot i can't want to try it out
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:iconkostmessi:
kostmessi Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013
average cost?
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:iconlinkylex:
LinkyLex Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I think mine worked out between 100-150? It's entirely dependant on where you get your materials from and what you use though.

It didn't seem so much at the time though, as I gradually bought things as I needed them
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ThePhantomWolf Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Student General Artist
AWESOME! I think my brain exploded, if I get the materials I'm making this! The ones at our conventions are way more than I can afford but this looks perfect!
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LinkyLex Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I wish you luck with your shield then! & thank you :)
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:iconthephantomwolf:
ThePhantomWolf Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Student General Artist
np!
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Fyre-Dragon Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist
Thank you very much for this tutorial! It helped me a lot :) :hug:
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:iconlinkylex:
LinkyLex Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm glad to hear that!
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DawnBlossom Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
So awesome! I made mine!
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:iconlinkylex:
LinkyLex Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oo, that's cool!
How'd it go?
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:icondawnblossom:
DawnBlossom Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
It was kind of difficult, but the tutorial was very descriptive. Can't wait to use it for my Link costume in Halloween!
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LinkyLex Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Great ^^
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NeoCyberElf Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012
So awesome! And thank you for sharing how you made this too! I'm so tempted to try and make one now, 'cause I always wanted to have a Hylian Shield, just to have one. lol xD
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:iconlinkylex:
LinkyLex Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You should give it a shot! :D
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:iconchimiter:
Chimiter Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
man wish i could do this. just can't get most materials :XD: anyway gunna add to my favs!
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:iconlinkylex:
LinkyLex Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awh, I'm sure you'd be able to get hold of them!
Or at least substitute them for other materials ^^
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Chimiter Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:)thanx!
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DigRat Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
Great tutorial. I made myself one too but I did the old water trick to curve it a little.

I have a question, you say that those holes you drill will be for where the screws go later, but the bottom picture clearly shows those holes to be empty.

wtf? XD
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LinkyLex Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooo sweet ^^

& yes, that's because I haven't managed to get my hand on any suitable screws yet XD
They will be added in the future though, along with a few alterations :)
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DigRat Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
XD okay I was just confoozed.
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plastilinero Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012
wow! esta genial el escudo de link! xDD
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:iconlinkylex:
LinkyLex Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Gracias!
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:iconjacky-the-nerd:
Jacky-the-Nerd Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I am definately going to keep this in mind when I make my new shield.
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:iconlinkylex:
LinkyLex Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Great, I hope it helps ^^
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:iconophiuchimuku:
ophiuchimuku Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
because that is just amazing, wow.
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:iconlinkylex:
LinkyLex Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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ondaerick Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey this sound very interesting and helpful i actually making with cardboard, a Hylian SHield but the Design form SKyward Sword, i close, but if this y can make, but well let se
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LinkyLex Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That's great ^^
You should easily be able to make the Skyward Sword design just by changing your template :)
They're very similar shields. Good luck with it!
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ondaerick Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks and thanks to you for the guide too
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jcdarklink Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012   General Artist
Great job, I'll make one soon :D, thanks you <3
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:iconlinkylex:
LinkyLex Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Great! Good luck with it!
I'd love to see yours when you make it ^^
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jcdarklink Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012   General Artist
Thank you <3, oh and I love your Saria cosplay!
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LinkyLex Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh thank you! ^^
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jcdarklink Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012   General Artist
You're welcome, ^^ and a watcher too~
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:iconlinkylex:
LinkyLex Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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:iconjcdarklink:
jcdarklink Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012   General Artist
No worries ^^e
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katieleesa Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love you.
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LinkyLex Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Heheh thanks <3
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CitrineG Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012  Student Digital Artist
As I scrolled down to look at the comments on a fanart, I noticed this on the tumbs and clicked on it....and thank you! the last time I made my Hylian SHiled...th best word ofr it was FAIL. I made the Triforce too big, then painted the wrong side of one of the silver pieces...I was a mess. thanks for this. and as to what ~Sylabus said, I did that as well, and it had a very nice ffect. that would be my one edit ot this tut.
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LinkyLex Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I hope it's useful to you!
If you make sure your templates are right and in proportion to each other before you begin then you shouldn't have the problem with anything being too big or small (just don't lose your templates like I did!)
You can always ask a friend for a second opinion on your templates before you begin ^^
Sometimes it takes a second pair of eyes to spot something amiss.
Luckily I had my dad's keen eye helping me there!

& yes, I hope to weather this in the future, but it's something I've never done before, so I'd like to practice it on something different first XD
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CitrineG Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Student Digital Artist
indeed. I shall take pics of the templates and post 'em online. my dad had no Zelda experiance whatsoever, other than living with me, even if he's a good woodworker.
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LinkyLex Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Good idea :)
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scoureroflostsouls Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012  Student
Oh wow, well deserved DD!!
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LinkyLex Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much!
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Sylabus Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012
thanks for sharing this. I bought my Hyllian shield from a webste because I was too lazy/cheap to look for instructions on how to make mine. Maybe if it breaks again, I'll use your tutorial...probably be cheaper since I can paint it how I want from the get go instead of re-painting what it came as XD

Also, if I may throw out there for people reading: When I painted mine I gave it a cool kinda worn/weathered look. I used a "hammered silver" for the silver parts and the red and yellow I put a base coat of a paint, then a basic red/yellow nailpolish, then covered them with red/yellow 'crackle'. It is more pricey but the end result is pretty cool. Just throwing it out there if anyone wants to be crazy like me!

Thanks for the tutorial again! If I won't use it I know a few friends who might!
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LinkyLex Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I almost bought one too, but we didn't have any in the UK so I had to make it.
Kinda glad I did too! I rather liked making it :)

That sounds quite interesting ^^
I like the idea of weathering it, but I'd like to practice on something else first, I don't wanna mess this up after all the work that's gone into it! hehe
There are a few changes I hope to make in the future to it though, so hopefully that will be one of them :)

& no problem! I hope it proves useful ^^
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Sylabus Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012
Indeed. Making stuff is so much more satisfying. Mine came from a site that actually imported them from China. As such it was rickety before I took all the brackets off the backand re-set them. Yours looks very sturdy...like it could be used for crowd control at a large convention :)

Heheh, I hear you on the practice part. I paint with nailpolish on a semi-rugular basis and it can be a harsh mistress on paper, much less on something heavier that has angles and curves in three dimensions. if you do try it, practice on a piece of scrap wood, foam, cardboared, etc (whatever you have lying around really). Those tiny brushes are a pain to work into corners! >.< Glad to hear I'm not the only one that thinks it's a spiffy idea. If you do go try it out, I hope we can get pics! Good luck on the changes! ^_^

(also, it will be VERY useful in the future!) Catch ya later!
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LinkyLex Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It certainly is!
It's a lot of fun to make things, and compliments are always so much better when you know you're the one who made it :P

That doesn't sound like a brilliant shield! D:
Mine is fairly sturdy, my only worry is if the weight of the shield becomes too much for the handles, but I'm very careful with my props and don't use them all that often, so it should be fine for some time XD


I'll certainly give it a try, thanks for the tips!
Byeee <3
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PrincessYoshi Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012
very nice tutorial on how to make a shield.
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LinkyLex Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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