Category Archives: Zelda

The Ladder, for those hard to reach places!

You are now ready to use the raft to get to the next dungeon, called the Snake. Hear you will find a unique item to all the other Zelda games, the ladder. The ladder can be use to cross small rivers and other terrain.

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I went with four rungs on the ladder exactly like the 8 bit image.

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The Raft, made from real Deku tree

At this point in the game you are ready for the third dungeon, the Manji. Inside the dungeon you will find the raft, a item that will enable you to cross water and reach new areas. The raft is found in a few other Zelda games but there does not seem to be a connection between rafts from different ages. Making them unique items to their time period. I used the image from game manual and the 8 bit image as inspiration for the 3D version of the raft.

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Now I leave you with a video on the top 10 Zelda Bosses.


The Water of Life (Red), with bottle!

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They are called the Water of Life in the original game, but from now on I’ll just refer to them as potions. After the second dungeon, you are going to want to pick up something to help you through more difficult situations. There are several potion shops in the game scattered throughout the map. Purchase the red potion as it has two uses , and turns into the blue potion when used once. There are many types of potions spread across the Zelda timeline, however, in this age, only two potion recipes remain.

The red potion was quite a challenge to create. First, the liquid of the potion was 3D printed in full color sandstone. I tried 3D printing the bottle out of translucent material but was displeased with the result. Then I gave myself a challenge: create a way to form a clear bottle around the liquid by only using a 3D printer and other DIY equipment and products. The bottle is made out of a clear silicone rubber. I really like the way it came out.


On my next post I will be discussing the method by which the bottle was made. This is a new technique that can be used to generate cheap 3D printed reusable two part molds. Here is what the 3D printed mold looked liked after casting the bottle. It will be used again shortly to create the blue potion.

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Magical Boomerang, now with twice the magic for twice the distance!

Now your ready for the second dungeon known as the moon and ready to retrieve the item within. The Magical Boomerang can be thrown all the way to the edge of the game screen!!   As mentioned before, the Boomerang is found in almost all the Zelda games and there does not seem to be much design similarity between boomerangs from different ages. Making them unique items to their time period. I used the image from game manual as inspiration for the 3D version of the Magical Boomerang.





Today’s featured Zelda Fan Art is a full length movie made by fans. It’s called The Hero of Time and follows the story from Ocarina of Time. Enjoy, i know I did!




The Orange Rupee, a rupee saved is a rupee earned.

Rupee’s are always changing in the Zelda Timeline from age to age. By the time of The Original Legend of Zelda all but two types of rupees remain. The orange rupee in other timelines is worth 100, but at this time it’s worth a buck. Which begs me to ask the question who cuts the rupees and determines their value? Sounds like that would be a great side plot to explore for future games. The proportions from the 8 bit and game manual image was use to design the orange rupee. Don’t spend it all in one place.

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If you still have not watched Legend of Zelda the Complete Story. Check it out!

Boomerang, the non-magical variety

At this point in the game you are still in the first dungeon the Eagle. A Zelda dungeon that contains two items is very rare and the Bow and the Boomerang can be found in this one.  The Boomerang is found in almost all the Zelda games and there does not seem to be much design similarity between boomerangs from different ages. Making them unique items to their time period. I used the image from game manual as inspiration for the 3D version of the Boomerang.



Now it’s time for Triforce of Wisdom Trivia!


The Compass, which way to the next piece of Triforce?

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You might think that the compass appears in all the Zelda games. Nope, in fact, five games have no sign of the compass and use other means to include its function. In the original Legend of Zelda, the compass shows where in the dungeon a piece of the Triforce of Wisdom is located. In later games the compass takes on other functions. I designed this compass to closely resemble the 8 bit game image from the original legend of Zelda.

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Today I leave you with a video of some recent Zelda Fan Art enjoy!

Where is that last Dungeon Key?

While in the first dungeon you will obviously be using keys to open locked doors, in later dungeons the use of them can be critical and sometime that last key is tough to find.  Keys appear in every Zelda game. Though their appearance changes throughout the timeline.

I designed the dungeon key to look exactly like a 3D version of the 8 bit game image. It came out really great!!!



The Bow, you’ll shoot your eye out!

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After gathering various items in the the game, your are finally ready to go to the first dungeon.  Yes, we could have gotten a potion at this point. But, it’s the first dungeon, come on, you can do it! An update on the potions – I have almost completed a unique casting technique to make the bottles. I am just waiting on a special material to arrive to make casting it even easier.

Back to the dungeon – it’s called the Eagle and is located in what seems to be a dead Deku tree.


In its depths you will find one of the most iconic items of the Zelda series, the bow. It appears in almost all the Zelda games. In this timeline it appears in A Link to the Past and Link’s Awakening. However, the bow in Link’s Awakening exists in a magical world which is the dream of the Wind Fish, whereas the bow from A Link to the Past looks very much like the game manual image of the bow from the original Legend of Zelda. Is it the same bow?

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It appears to be. I designed the bow based on this linked history.

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Stringing the bow is very easy to accomplish. See directions here.

If your still lost on the Zelda Timeline make sure you watch Zelda The Complete Story!

Blue Ring, was 250 rupees now just $10

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It’s time to go get the blue ring. It will cut all damage you take in half. The shop for the blue ring is hidden under an armos.



The blue ring’s origin can be traced back to the games Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons. (Read my post about these two games) When Link returned to Hyrule after his adventures in Holodrum and Labrynna, he must have brought the blue ring with him. Before he set off on his ship in Link’s Awakening, he must have left the ring in Hyrule. It was lost in time until it ended up being found in the original Legend of Zelda. Inspiration for the miniature came from both the 8 bit image and the game manual.

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In one picture the band is blue while in the other gold, so I combined them. The game manual image has two colors in the gem, so I swirled them together to visualize the power of the blue ring.