Faerieworlds is fast approaching and I have been at a loss as to how to create a decent quiver for the little arrows that go with the bow I bought last year at Canterbury Ren Faire. I’ll have to post pics of that project, too, I think. It was a cheap $15 bow & arrow set, not really viable for anything more than cosplay.
Fast forward to this year’s Canterbury Ren Faire and the boots in the photo above. I think I got the boots at Goodwill & they fit well enough, but I needed something shorter for the hundred-degree weater we were expecting, so I cut the top half of the Naugahyde boots off. It worked really well – EXCEPT we were on such uneven ground that the heels did me in and I ended up going barefoot most of the first day & I switched to sandals the second day. I’ll keep the booties for a different time/place/cosplay event.
But there’s the top half left over. I thought I could make a quiver out of the Naugahyde, so I pulled one calf section apart.
In all that is insane, the boots are lined with a thin leather!! Yes, real leather. The tan part there. Seriously? That is SO MUCH BETTER than Naugahyde.
I got out the scissors, the wood burning tool, and the permanent markers. Wish I had taken a photo of the process, but I didn’t. I drew a dragon onto the leather, used the wood burning tool to add detail, and the permanent markers to dye the leather.
I pulled out the rivet “gun” tonight. I use it so rarely that I always have to read the instructions, again. It’s super simple to use. It comes with its own hole-punch, and simplified instructions on the back of the package.
But while I was reviewing those instructions, my husband interjected his own advice. Remember what I said about loving that the “male voice” was not present when I was playing with my Dremel tool last week? Yeah. He was all over this project.
I’d say “UGH”, but I quietly hauled it all upstairs and proceeded to punch holes into the leather with the toll (not with a hole punch as my husband suggested – because “leather is too thick and hard for a rivet tool…”). I tested it in front of him and it worked fine, but – you know – I don’t read instructions and I need his advice, so…
I think it worked pretty darn good. I miscalculated how many holes, but that error allows me to tie the three cheap “arrows” into place.
It still needs a strap to attach it to me, but I am really happy with the outcome. I did use a paper towel cardboard tube to give it body.
I’m pretty happy with the results. Cheap, looks cheap, but entirely effective for the costume and character I wish to create for this year’s Faerieworlds.