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Zelda Goddess Lyre : tutorial part 1

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Zelda Godess Lyre
Zelda Skyward Sword

Part 2 here : [link]
Part 3 here : [link]


- step 1 = draw and cut the pattern
- step 2 = cut out it in the foam (hard insulation foam)
- step 3 = carve it in the shape of the lyre and sanding it for smooth the foam
- step 4 = cover the lyre with paper mache and paper glue
because the foam only is fragile !

I did two sides lyre, so you can see just one side there !

There, my pattern/template :

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ArtisticRose's avatar
ArtisticRoseHobbyist General Artist
What do you think about Expanding foam as a substitute for the hard insulation foam?
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NarayuHobbyist Artisan Crafter
I think it's a good idea too but be careful to fill all the bubble holes.
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ArtisticRoseHobbyist General Artist
Is your lyre light ?
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NarayuHobbyist Artisan Crafter
yes it's very lightweight ! 
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ArtisticRoseHobbyist General Artist
I think I'll just use the foam you use. I found some that won't brake the bank.XD

Thank you.
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Linklove300Student Traditional Artist
Where do we buy the material from step 2?
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NarayuHobbyist Artisan Crafter
hi, sorry for late reply.
it's a har foam that you can find in buildings materials (isolation foam)

I'm sorry that I can help you more that but I live in Europe.
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Linklove300Student Traditional Artist
it's okay :)
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MizanamiStudent General Artist
Hi, Thanks for this tutorial, It's very good.I want  to know: how do you pass of the step 2 at the step 3 ?, I'm very confused  . Thanks :D  
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NarayuHobbyist Artisan Crafter
thanks ! :)

for to step 2 at step 3 I just carved the foam. begin to cut boorishly the shape then refine in continue to carve.
If my explanations are too confuse, please tell me :)
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MizanamiStudent General Artist
Thanks for this information.So,I  carved the foam  but it has a smooth form like the step 2 ,but I don't know how to do the form of the step 3...Your explanations are very good but I'm a novice. D: 
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NarayuHobbyist Artisan Crafter
all I can say that it's a sculpture work.
You need to practice a little bit before have a nice result ;)
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MizanamiStudent General Artist
I was blocked and I didn't know how to do, but with your information , I could  carve it  , thanks for your time :D <3
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NarayuHobbyist Artisan Crafter
no problem ^^
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firecloakHobbyist Artisan Crafter
When you say cover with paper mache and paper glue, does not mean you add glue to the water/flour mixture? Can you elaborate?
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NarayuHobbyist Artisan Crafter
I made my paper mache with old newspaper and wallpaper glue mixed to the water, I dipped small strips of paper in and put on the shape of the lyre.
the white glue is applied after the paper mache layers dried completely.
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firecloakHobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! And how many layers of paper mache did you use?
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NarayuHobbyist Artisan Crafter
about 3 to 4 layers, it depends to your paper mache.
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bonita105Hobbyist Artist
How thick is the foam?
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NarayuHobbyist Artisan Crafter
about 10 or 15 cm.
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bonita105Hobbyist Artist
thank you :)
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NarayuHobbyist Artisan Crafter
no problem :)
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Great tutorial, I'm going to make this cosplay and this information is going to help me a lot!!
Thanks for posting this. I hope my harp turns out so beautiful as yours!!
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NarayuHobbyist Artisan Crafter
ah, I'm glad that my tutorial helped you, really ! =)
I'm sure you can make a very nice prop of your own.
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