Step 1: Supplies
- Metal-cutting scissors
- UHU glue: use this to glue pretty much everything together
- Craft knife (Xacto knife)
- Fine felt tip pens
- Pencils and eraser
- Fine black permanent marker
- Gold paint marker
- Different colors of Sharpie
- White poster paint and paintbrush
- Small scissors (I used the scissors from a mini Swiss army knife)
- Needle-nose pliers
- Champagne cork
- Aluminium tape
- Metal sheet: I used some steel from a can. it doesn't matter too much what it is, as long as it's no thicker than about 0.5mm and magnetic
- Cardboard and card
- Various colors of sticker paper
- Old scraps of light green and brown fabric: I used white, because I didn't have any green, and then dyed it with a Sharpie
- Some blonde fur or other material that can be used for hair
- Another piece of cork
- Wire (must be magnetic and stiff enough to poke through a cork)
Step 2: Face
Somehow I found this the most difficult step in making Link, because I tried to get the distinctive Japanese look that Link has. I think it didn't turn out too bad (except for the eyebrows - they should really be a lighter brown).
Start with the outline of the eyes, as shown in the first photo above. Then add the whites, and finally the pupils. Make sure that you leave a small part of the pupil white, for that manga style eye reflection. I used a fine black permanent marker for the black parts and white poster paint for the white.
Step 3: Hair and Ears
Use a craft knife to cut two pieces of cork shaped like Hylian ears. Cut the sides of the ears where you'll attach them at an angle, so they don't stick out too much.
Step 4: Cap
To make the cap, cut out a semi circle or a third of a circle of green fabric, then overlap the two edges of the semi circle, as you would to make a cone. Make sure that it's the right size for the cork. If it's too flat or loose, add some stuffing.
Step 5: Pants, Tunic and Belt
For the belts, cut two narrow strips of light brown fabric or leather, glue one around the cork slightly below the middle of the cork, and one diagonally across as the shoulder strap.
Step 6: Master Sword
Step 7: Hylian Shield
Draw the Hylian pattern on a piece of paper as I did above, cut it out, and glue it onto the shield.
Step 8: Magnets
Step 9: Scabbard
To add the details, I used gold sticker paper. You could also use a fine gold pen.
Then, bend a piece of wire as shown, and use it to fasten the scabbard. To make it look neater, I covered it with a strip of brown fabric. Now the sword fits nicely into the scabbard and the shield can be stuck on top of it.
Step 10: Finishing It Off
What video game character should I make next? Let me know in the comments below.