The making of Ashe’s ice bow

Tegan asked me last year how hard it would be to make Ashe’s ice bow. I thought it would be a little hard but something that would be fun to do. So I said I would help. Well it was hard and time-consuming but worth it. Kim, Tegan, and I had a blast making this beast.

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For the people that do not know: Ashe is from League of Legends. This was one of five bows we used as a reference.

This was my first time and Tegan’s first time making anything like this. It wasn’t until later, at a panel on molding and casting, we learned that it is better to start small. We laughed so hard about it and said that would have been a good idea. So mistakes were made and we did not have time to polish the bow to a smooth finish. By PAX East 2014, we did have a rocking bow. This is how it was made.


Tegan made spec to scale.


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We then carved it out of wood on a belt sander with 60-120 sanding belts.


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The finished carving.


We then made the tow part mold.

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The first and second half worked, but we did need to cut the mold given that the releasing agent did not work.

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We then wrapped up the mold and poured in the resin…and hoped it worked…PLEASE PLEASE WORK!

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Opening up the mold was nerve-racking. If you do not open it, you can just keep thinking it worked 🙂


Well it worked!


Yes we put the first half in this case so we could not break it. A little overkill, but we did not have time to make more.

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So we then made the other half. (Skipping this part because it is the same as the first half.)

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We then added a metal handle and wrapped it with biking handle bar tape.

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The finished bow!

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Look at Tegan rocking that thing!  See all the Photos >>

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