Paint by Number Zelda Shield





Introduction: Paint by Number Zelda Shield

About: Hi, my name is Britt Michelsen, I'm a Chemical Engineer especially interested in Computational Fluid Dynamics. To balance all the theoretical work I like to make stuff in my free time.

My 11 year old cousin is one of the biggest Zelda fans I know. So when he heard that I was planning on making a Hylian Shield for myself he begged my to make one for him, too. I was really motivated and sat down with my Dremel trying to make the ornaments. Even after a whole day I was not able to get the symmetry I was aiming for. So I set the project aside.
A few weeks before Christmas I stumbled over the pieces and decided to give it another shot. By then I was the proud owner of a 3D printer, which allowed me to simply print all the ornaments for the shield.
Instead of painting the shield myself I decided to let him do it and as you can see in the second picture he did a really good job.

Step 1: Stuff You Need

  • Grey primer
  • Wood glue
  • Door handle
  • 7 mm plywood (2 pieces with 60x45 cm each)
  • Wood filler
  • Screws
  • Leather belt (or a bicycle tube)
  • Filament
  • Strong glue

  • Jigsaw
  • 3D printer
  • Ruler
  • Marker
  • Drill
  • Sander

Step 2: Print the Files

Start by downloading all the files. You will have to print each attached file once, except for file "Circle.stl" which has to be printed three times.
My printer bed is to small to print the whole Triforce in one go, so I decided to separate it into two pieces. After all the pieces are printed use a plastic primer, to ensure that the paint later sticks to them properly.

Step 3: Sawing

In order to print the stencil, download the pdf file attached to this step and print it as shown in the first picture. I used wood glue to hold it in place. If your fretsaw is strong enough you can simply clamp the two pieces together and saw along the line on the outside at the same time. After you've finished the line on the outside, unclamp the pieces and saw along the line on the inside of one of the pieces. Your pieces should now look like the ones shown in the third picture.
Now all left to do is to glue them together.

Step 4: Attach the Handle

Drill a small hole through the front of the shield. Widen it, so that the screw head is flush with the wood and fill the hole with wood filler, as shown in the pictures. The handle I bought was to short, so I had to extend it by 3D printing two small tubes.

Step 5: Glue the Ornaments in Place

Start by marking the middle of the shield and use a strong two component glue to attach all the ornaments (except for the triangles of the triforce). Prime the whole shield with a grey primer. I used multiple thick layers to get a nice and smooth result.

In order to being able to properly hold the shield you will have to attach either a rubber or leather band. I simply used an old bicycle tube and attached it with wooden rectangles. As you can see in the third picture I accidentally attached it to high and had to use extra screws to properly hold it in place. Make sure that everything fits before you screw it in.

It is easier to attach the triangles after painting the shield, therefore I spray painted them golden, but didn't glue them in place.

Print the Hylian Crest. Use a pencil to paint the back of the paper and trace the lines onto the shied with a ballpoint pen. I used a small marker to prevent the lines from rubbing off. Afterwards I marked the parts with numbers, according to the colour they have to be painted.



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    18 Discussions

    Very Cool! I remember the first Zelda! a golden cartridge for my Nintendo... oh so many years ago.... Voted!

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    Thank you!
    I gave my NES to my brother last week (now he has every Nintendo console (except for the Color TV Game) and nearly every handheld). I don't have much time to play any more, but it is still a lot of fun.

    I saw this on Thingiverse last month and think I actually laughed out loud with excitement. This is a fantastic project!

    The only reason I haven't printed one yet is because my printer's bed is a tad small, but I'll be visiting a Fab Lab with nice big printers soon. I'll post pics as soon as I can.

    when i try to look at the file things it just shows me a hand

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    4 years ago

    Love it legend of Zelda is awesome

    I'm looking to buy a 3D printer, which one do you have? It seems to do a great job.

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    Thank you! Yes it was (especially after I haven't had to build all the ornaments with an Dremel any more).