Triforce Oak Shelf (Amibo Shelf)

A few months ago a friend of mine made a comment about his Amibo collection and not knowing what to do with all of his Amibos. He wanted to have them on display but was not a fan of the standard shelf you find in the big box store. I had recently finished a previous project and mentioned that I would be interested in trying to craft a custom shelf for his Amibo collection. We settled on the idea of a shelf based on the idea of the Triforce from the Legend of Zelda series and I got to work that night. Till this point, most of my experience as a woodworker had been straight cuts and right angles. I quickly realized that I was going to go way outside of my normal routine to build this shelf. I began by doing some miniature test builds to test my measurements and cuts.

My first test piece was more or less perfect.

With a test piece out of the way, I went ahead and gathered my parts for the build. In order to save time, I purchased a few pieces of oak board from my local Lowes (This isn’t a plug for Lowes, though I do love their 10% Military Veteran discount program). This wood is already prepped and ready for sanding. I transferred my test measurements to the larger pieces of wood, cut it to size on my miter saw, and after a few passes with the orbital sander, I was ready to glue my primary structure together.

The shelf is beginning to take shape

I considered using cabinet screws to attach all of the pieces originally but decided against this approach for two reasons. Considering the load that this shelf was expected to hold I already was thinking that screwing the wood together would be a bit overkill. The second consideration was my lack of a counter-sink to hide the screws once installed. Basically, I lacked the required tools and skills to improvise, so glue it was.

I glued and clamped the primary structure, then I repeated the whole process on a smaller, secondary structure that was to be placed inside of the primary structure.

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You can see some clamps were used to help seat the secondary structure while the wood-glue dried.

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My Guardian Amibo provided me with a helping claw…

I let the shelf set overnight and did a strength test on it the next day. Satisfied that my Guardian Amibo was no match for the shelf, I went ahead and cut the back panel out of 1/8th inch plywood. At this point, I realized that I probably should have applied my Amber Shellac before attaching the back panel but I could still use a brush to work in the edges so I let it be.

In the light, the Amber Shellac gives more of a “golden” appearance to the wood. This follows the theme of the “Golden Triforce” from the Legend of Zelda series.

After a couple of coats of the Amber Shellac, I began crafting the foam inserts. This part of the process is my favorite part because this is the moment that the project really comes to life. I began by taking exact measurements of the interior of each triangle (I do each section to account for any small differences that may exist). I then transfer those measurements to regular foam crafting board (the kind you put your 5th-grade science fair project on). I subtract about 1\16th of an inch from all sides and then I cut out the foam pieces using an Exacto knife. With this complete, I turn my attention to the fabric backing.

I found some lovely, inexpensive black and gold pleather at my local Joanns Fabrics store to use for my interior inserts. I outline my foam inserts on the back of the fabric, then I add roughly 3 inches to the measurement on all sides of the outline. This allows the fabric to wrap behind the foam insert. This extra lip behind the insert is where I apply hot glue to attach the fabric to the foam. All of this is hidden away from view once the insert is set inside of the shelf. This is also the reason why I removed 1\16th of an inch from the foam cutout earlier, to account for the space that the fabric would take up. Once inserted you are left with a clean backdrop with which you may present your Amibo collection

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A nearly complete shelf.

After finishing up a few small details like adding protective feet and wall mounts, I am left with a great looking shelf!

I don’t recall the exact measurements of this shelf, though I think it was 40x40x40

If you made it this far then I thank you for your time.

(Shameless Plug) If you are interested in possibly owning a shelf like this one, feel free to check out my Etsy store where I offer custom built shelves just like this one in a variety of sizes. Feel free to ask for a different custom build as well, I’m always up for a new project.

Best of luck to you, reader.

-Beal

Majora’s Mask-Watercolor

Majora’s Mask is one of the most iconic symbols in video game history. Everything about the mask from its color scheme to its multiple horns and oversized eyes leaves a haunting impression on the viewer that is impossible to forget. As an artist, one of my favorite things about drawing or painting Majora’s Mask, something I have done quite a few times, is that you can change a lot of the small details while retaining the fundamental shape of the mask and still end up with a highly recognizable piece of art.

It is one of my favorite projects to experiment with. For semi-beginning artists, I like to suggest they draw Majoras Mask due to its ability to hide errors in your line work. As you will see below, that is exactly what I had to do with this piece. Regardless of my alterations, it is easy to see just from the first lines of the sketch what is being created.

Rough Sketch
Rough Sketch- Working Out Symmetry
Line Work. You can see here where I already messed up the symmetry.
Line Work- First Details
Line Work- You can really see the symmetry issues here.
Now I am adding thick lines to hide my mistake. Still looks like the mask we all know.
Red Watercolor
Yellow Watercolor
Purple and Blue Watercolors
Watercolor Details – I personally feel I rushed some of the details, but still happy overall with the results.
I allowed the watercolor to run off the canvas naturally to give the horns their final look.

Zoro Roronoa – Three Sword Style – One Piece

I know how fandoms work. People grow to love certain characters and their worlds, taking offense to anything that is not “canon”. That being said, I confess to you now that this work was not my idea. A good friend of mine came up with the crossover idea of using swords from the Legend of Zelda series in place of the usual katanas Zoro Roronoa uses in One Piece. Again with the full disclosure, when I was approached with this idea my first response was… “What is One Piece?”

Before I began this project, I decided it was proper of me to at least watch the show so I can get to know the subject a bit. After 10 episodes I can say with honesty that I’m not a superfan, but I see the appeal of this character. Regardless of my ability to fully grasp the appeal of the show, I crafted the peice and present it for your viewing pleasure below.

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Typically I have a story I like to share about the artwork I create. This piece, however, has no story. I felt the creative itch once again after a long dry spell and this was one of the first ideas I had for a new painting. It took me roughly 4 hours to complete. Below you will find photos I took of the whole process. Please feel free to leave any creative feedback or suggestions for other works in the comments.

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Thanks for your time!

Zelda Folder Art (1999)

Well, it’s almost time. Breath of The Wild will be launching soon and the hype train is moving full steam ahead (Possibly missing a Spirit Tracks pun here). In honor of the new release I dug up some more of my shitty Zelda art brought to you by the younger version of myself. (Possibly missing an Ocarina of Time pun here).

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Front Cover

You may notice the giant stamp in the top right corner of the front cover. If you can imagine this, I was considered a problem kid because I would draw pictures in class quite often. After a few warnings, my teacher decided she would stamp my art with a signature stamp so I “wouldn’t forget” to pay attention in class… I don’t even remember what she taught.

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Back Cover

Epona hasn’t been running for a few years…

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Inside Flap

 

Deku Link

 

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Deku Link- 2002

I finally came around to picking up the 3DS version of both Majora’s Mask  and Ocarina of Time. After spending a few nights in the lands of Termina and Hyrule for the first time in fifteen years or so, I was inspired to dig up a few more of my Legend of Zelda drawings from days past. This drawing of Deku link does not have a unique story behind its creation so far as I can remember. It is nothing more than a love letter from the young me to the adult me that says do not fret, it will get better.

Drawing of Link-1999

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Winter 1999

Here you see another of my early works concerning the main protagonist from The Legend of Zelda series. My skill as an artist left much to be desired at the time. The image looks very disjointed because I drew the character of Link as he looks inside of the game’s manual that came with Ocarina of Time (see below). I free handed the background around his already set pose in an attempt to bring life to the image. Looking at the image today I only have one thought…

Who the hell puts the door hinge on the outside of the door? Jackass.

 

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