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Animefest 2012: Skyward Sword by Malindachan Animefest 2012: Skyward Sword by Malindachan
Been itching to share how my Skyward Sword Link cosplay turned out~ :D
We didn't have very much time at the con to get photos, but we were able to squeeze in a quicky shoot thanks to Rory and Mike.

Photo was taken by :iconboikem:

Groose cosplay made by :iconex-shadow: and :iconmalindachan: and worn by :iconex-shadow:
Elder Impa Cosplay made and worn by :iconkaia-of-the-wind:
Link cosplay is made and worn by :iconmalindachan:

Since this is my first SS Link cosplay post, here's my wall of construction notes:

I was following images of the Link Figma figure as my main reference. Though, The chainmail is brass because I originally started on it ages ago for a TP Link cosplay (which I hope to start working on soon).

I made the chainmail from scratch, using brass wire that I hand-coiled around a metal dowel, and cut each ring individually with side-cutters (rings are about 1/2 inch diameter out of 16 Gauge brass wire). The weaving part wasn't so bad; I'd say the hardest part was cutting the rings (sometimes my hands would feel so sore that I'd have to force myself to stop working on it until they healed). I started on the chainmail about 2 years ago, but about half of the work was crammed into this past summer. Every time I cut about 100 rings, I added the number to a tally I recorded in a notebook. Final ring count was 7608, and it weights nearly 10 pounds (though it could have been a lot worse if I made my rings smaller or out of a thicker wire lol).

Leggings are made out of a Ponte Roma knit, using McCall's Pattern 6173.

I made the boot covers, straps, belt, pouches and gloves out of a brown vinyl I got on clearance at JoAnn's ages ago. I draped fabric scraps around my boots base to make the pattern for the covers. I used Butterick 5370 for the gloves, and the bracers are craft foam with blue suede-cloth covers. You can't see the belt's pouches in this photo, but I made them starting with a foam board base to hold the shape, and then made vinyl covers for them.

The belt buckle is made out of Popsicle sticks, plastic from a "Garage Sale" Sign, and Super Sculpey

The Tunic and hat are made out of a green suiting fabric and lined with a green bottomweight I had on-hand. I did some draping to make the pattern for each. The top of my tunic is being wonky in most photos though; it kept getting caught on a certain part of my strap. XD

The undershirt was made out of a knit. I can't quite remember what pattern I used (I made the shirt 2 years ago because it was when I was planning for TP Link XD), but it was from modifying a turtleneck pattern. It still has a cord criss-crossing at the top like the TP design, but I didn't care to make another one since I didn't have a whole lot of time or money for more materials.

The wig is a Ferrari in Ginger Blonde from, and I styled it myself with Got2b hairspray and fabric glue.

The shield started with a foam board base, and I covered the front with sheet plastic (you can get this stuff from and did all the details in sheet plastic as well. The border section was cut from huge EVA foam sheets (the kind you can find in the automotive sections of stores like Sears!). In the back is a vinyl strap, more Eva Foam, and a handle made out of a PVC pipe. I painted everything with metallics and model spray paints. The foam parts were first sealed with mod podge so it wouldn't look spongy when painted.

The sword and scabbard both started with a foam board base, and they're covered with more sheet plastic. I used craft foam for the details on the scabbard, and all the fancy handle details on the sword are made from the plastic sheet stuff. The handle itself is a piece of PCV pipe with ribbon wrapped around it. I used metallic and model spray paints for these props as well.

I wanna give a big shoutout to one of my best friends :iconkmrsworld734: for saving my butt. Once I got the costume for Link done,I only had a week left to make all of my props, and I originally wanted to make parts of them out of wood. I chose to switch to plastic at the last minute because I'm not very confident with electric cutting tools, but our hometown's hardware stores didn't have any plastic sheets larger than a garage sale sign. My friend happened to have a bunch on-hand and let me use a big sheet of it so I wouldn't be a defenseless Link. I wouldn't have been able to pull all this off for the con without her. <3

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is (c) Nintendo
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hyenacub Featured By Owner May 23, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
CYou all look great, but Impa, I think, looks fantastic!  I just want to hug her.  XD
terryman007 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2015
shadethenighthunter Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Hobbyist
Ermergerd! Loz skyward sword is REAL!!  0O0 
shadowzabimaru Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Student General Artist
Very cool!
GabiHorseArt98 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Student General Artist
RoneCrystallize Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013
KH-LoZ-er Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
how are you binding your breast?
Korah15 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013
WOW that sounds like you put a lot of work into this!!!!!! You do a GREAT LINK!!!!!!!!!!!
OrangeHuskie Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013
VickyViolet Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OMG it's Granny!! :XD: You guys are beyond amazing!
Gilko Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Student Digital Artist
love it!! I'm planning to cosplay as Link, what did you do for the pants?

and what materials did you use for the tunic?
iDreaminColor14 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The outfits are amazing!
Lifx3 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
wow I don't know what to say *-* these zelda cosplays are great <3
Lightstar98 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
that awesomeness O.O
NxBailey Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Student General Artist
Ehrmagawd...that Groose...
artfromnike Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
You guys were really dedicated, and it paid off. Nice work! I'm really happy someone cosplayed "Grannie." She's so wonderful :heart: And the three together are just priceless. Would have made my day, had I seen you all in person ^^ Well, made my day anyway just seeing a photo, lol.
The-Marker-Killer Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
Your costume is so perfect o:
kbbunny4 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
narutogirlfan Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Holy ass this is just...yes :D
nokki Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
OH MY GLOB! It's so perfect!!! <3 <3
LoveIsJapan Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
niceeee! love it!!!
LordCelticGuardian Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Link was better than I expected! :D
Raysfirebird17 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Link fan girl, OMG that's epic, its so well made and accurate, fabulous job Malinda-chan
dtrreu Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love your wig as always ^^

I hope someday we can take a photo together with my Ghirahim cosplay *_*
Linkshiro Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Student General Artist
I absolutely love your Skyward Sword costume because the colors look so much like the real thing! Since there was less detail in SS than TP, you're costume looks SOOOOOOO much like it!!! Thank you so much from doing Link!!!
Rora-at-Dawn Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012
I'm having to redo my sword hilt and having significant difficulties with it. Would you mind going into a bit more detail into how you did it?

and I know your chainmail pain. I actually did mine out of plastic rings and had to glue the ends together on every single one. how I got that done in 2 months Ill never know....

I did my shield out of fiberglass, but I'm thinking of redoing it with a vacuum form method. Then it's all one piece and I don't have to worry about inconsiderate people walking into it either accidentally or on purpose.
Malindachan Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The hilt is made of many pieces of sheet plastic glued together. I made samples out of normal paper before cutting them out of plastic. Some of the wing-like pieces are creased so I didn't have to cut out so many different parts.
Rora-at-Dawn Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012
that's what I did initially but it turned out really wonky. Guess I just gotta be more careful lol.
NeosForce4727 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Student General Artist
Nakuuu Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012
theichigo123 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012
your lick is looking great butter every time
nate-hbp Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
HandxPalm Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Student General Artist
oh goodness, you have so much patience making this costume! especially that chainmail! how long did it take to completely finish that?
Malindachan Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I was working on it off and on since Fall 2010. But I did about half the work in about 2-3 months ths past summer working on it almost nonstop.
littlecurvy Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012
Amazing omg so friggin amazing!
kmrsworld734 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012
I'm so happy that I was able to get you that plastic and you could make it into something awesome! Everyone in this photo is awesome in their own right!
auress Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
that looks amazing!
Makenzoo Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
and this is why you two are my cosplay idols :)
LadyTaurus95 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Epic everyone especially groose
MadamMayh3m Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesomely epic!
Zeldacrazy123 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Hobbyist
Amazing Cosplays! :'O
TangolaDude Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Celyddon Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Popsicle sticks?! Why didn't I think of that? That's brilliant.

The boot covers are AWESOME. Wish I could get mine to look as crisp and smooth as those.
nekokawai Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Cutest link!!!
Sakura-chan4100 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my gosh, this costume is even better than your Skyloft one! =D You make an amazing Link!
Moon41083 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012
This is beautifully done! Keep it up! :)
namine07 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012
You are the most amazing Link I've ever seen!!!!!!! I wanna hug you!!!!!!! :icondeathhugplz:
...Whooopsy! :D
The-Berry Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012
I thoroughly enjoy the sword and shield
Diamond--InTheRough Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
One of the best cosplays I've ever seen. :iconbravoplz: That Groose is BOSS!
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