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Topic: Link from Zelda - first stenciled shirt NOW WITH STENCIL  (Read 4301 times)
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« on: January 04, 2005 11:31:29 PM »

My boyfriend loves video games and one of his absolute favorite characters is Link from the Zelda games. I love making things. Soooo... I made him a stenciled t-shirt with Link on it as an anniversary/Christmas present.

Images are being resized somewhat so if you want to see it a little less pixel-ly and warped, go here:


I am so proud of myself because it turned out WAY better than I thought it would, especially after several mishaps.

My sister's in town and she helped me cut Link out (I was getting a cramp in my neck from looking down at it) and also helped me make sure the picture was centered. The paint matches the navy-ish blue on the shirt sleeves and that's totally my sister's doing because she can mix colors far better than I can.

I tried using hairspray to keep the stencil down but it was actually some kind of "hold spritz" or something (I don't know even know why it's in my bathroom closet) and it didn't work at all. Luckily, I happened to have some spray adhesive and that worked great.

A little bit of paint ran on the bottom of his tunic but I was able to cover it up with some detail work using a small brush.

I made the stencil from a picture I found through google, I think. Printed it onto cardstock, cut it, and painted with a sponge brush. It's kind of been heat set with a hair dryer because I was trying to make it dry faster, and I'm planning on probably ironing to set it again.

The boyfriend loves it.  Grin He just stared and laughed over and over and keeps asking me how I did it. He's talking about wearing it to MagFest and how his gamer friends will say "Dude, that's a cool shirt, where'd you get it?" He'll reply "Oh, my girlfriend made it." Hehe.

And due to popular demand, the stencil: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v243/wooleyduck/crafty/linkstencil.jpg

I'm not sure if I made any last minute adjustments to it before I printed it so you may want to make double check and make sure it will work before you use it.
« Last Edit: January 07, 2005 11:13:21 AM by quack » THIS ROCKS   Logged

« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2005 02:41:00 PM »

whoa. amazing, i just love it! i'm a big link and zelda fan. would you by any chance post the stencil? i'd love to use it!

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« Reply #2 on: January 05, 2005 11:34:47 PM »

That is super cute!!!!!  Grin I'm jealous. I dunno if I would have the patience to do something like that.

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« Reply #3 on: January 06, 2005 10:01:18 PM »

EEEEK! It's so cute. You used Wind Waker Link! It came out really great. My brother just bought that game and me and him have been playing well into the night. A lot of old school Link fans where not thrilled with the way Link looked in that game, but I think he's adorable. Could you maybe put up the stencil or picture you used?

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« Reply #4 on: January 07, 2005 11:19:57 AM »

My boyfriend actually didn't like the new Link style when he first saw it, thought it was too cartoony, but then he played the game (I think he preordered it about 6 months before the release despite the design) and ended up really, really liking it. I think that's been the case with a lot of people, actually.

I found that since it's more stylized it really works better for the stenciling stuff, and it's a lot easier to find good poses for stencils from the newer games.

The stencil address has been added to the first post, hopefully I didn't change anything before I printed because if I did it wasn't saved.  Undecided

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« Reply #5 on: January 07, 2005 06:47:18 PM »

Awesome! The Zelda games are the best!  Cheesy
« Reply #6 on: January 10, 2005 09:22:30 PM »

OH MY GOD! that rocks! i'm a huge gamer girl and i love the entire zelda series.  thats just amazing, mad props! thanks for the stencil too! when i make one i'll post it and see what you guys think but that is just soo cooool! you're an awesome girlfriend!
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« Reply #7 on: January 10, 2005 10:34:10 PM »

My sons LOVES LINK!  He has never played the game though, he has only watched the cartoon.  (Birthday present from his uncle Cheesy )    I want to try this!  THANK YOU!   

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