Creating a device shield for the Crown Tourney heraldry trees

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Materials needed

  • two 2" metal binder rings (I usually has extra at the event if you can't find any. Or use loops of leather. Or a bit of chain. You get the picture.)
  • a piece of 1/4" hardwood plywood, no more than 15.5" x 11"
  • wood stain (optional)
  • your choice of paint (acrylics recommended)
  • clear topcoat spray (optional but recommended)

Tools needed

  • jigsaw or coping saw (something you can cut a curve in the plywood with)
  • drill with a 1/4" bit
  • paintbrush

Directions

  1. Cut the piece of plywood down to a shield shape, no bigger than 11" wide and 15.5" tall.Image:ShieldTreeBlank.png‎
  2. Drill 2 holes at the top of the shield, .5" from the top, and 1.75" from the edge. Holes must be big enough for the metal binder rings.Image:ShieldTreeBlank_Top.png‎
  3. At this point, the shield can be left it’s natural color, stained or painted.
  4. After the stain or paint is completely dry (usually a day or two), your device can be painted onto the front, and your name clearly onto the back.
  5. Once the device is dry, apply the clear top coat to both sides and edges, then attach the metal binder rings through the holes.
  6. In this case, there is a rule #6 - Have fun with it!


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Photo by Jason Taylor

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