A Way To Honor The Memory Of A Fellow Archer

Lounge By shel35 Updated 25 Jul 2009 , 10:30pm by Auryn

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shel35 Posted 22 Jul 2009 , 2:33pm
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I feel strange posting this on here but since it's the lounge-I'll go ahead. My DH shoots competition 3D archery. A couple days ago a young female archer died unexpectedly leaving a husband and 2 small children. Next month is the world archery tournament. The shooters from the local bow shop want a way to honor her memory at the worlds by wearing a ribbon or armband etc. My hubby and the other shooters are a close knit group. My DH volunteered me to come up with something. I am drawing a blank. If it was a cake- no problem! She liked butterflies-she has a tattoo of one and a few painted on her bow. I would somehow like to incorporate butterflies. I know how creative everyone here is and if anyone can help me out I would appreciate it. Thank you in advance. Please keep this family in your prayers.

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mommapaul3 Posted 22 Jul 2009 , 6:13pm
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What color was the riser on her bow? Maybe you could make a band or ribbon with that color and put a small butterfly on it, maybe a copy of one of the butterflies from her bow or her tattoo if you can get it. If it's not a very interesting color, maybe you could just use her favorite color.

Are there any dress codes with competition 3D? DH shoots FITA and I know they do have certain things you are and aren't allowed to wear in competition. If that's the case, maybe you could come up with something they could attach to their quivers. HTH

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Auryn Posted 22 Jul 2009 , 6:52pm
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I like mommapaul3's idea.
I shoot recurve recreationally and I really like the idea of a band with butterflies on it.

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7yyrt Posted 22 Jul 2009 , 8:13pm
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Here's a large picture of the Mourning Cloak Butterfly. Seems perfect for a female archer who loved butterflies. Could be painted on, or worked into, leather.
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shel35 Posted 23 Jul 2009 , 11:16pm
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thanks for the ideas, those are good ones. My mind was coming up completely blank. No there is no dress code, like FITA. Is FITA like the olympic shooting? My DH shoots a recurve also. Do you shoot in any competitions or go to the World IBO shoots? MY DH has won the National Triple Crown, Southern Triple Crown, several state shoots, indoor shoots, and 4 time World Champ in his class(RU). It's a small world- that Iwould post this here and 2 people who know about shooting respond. Once again- Thanks for the idea.

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Auryn Posted 24 Jul 2009 , 3:33pm
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Wow, your husband is very accomplished.
I wish I got to practice more.

Do you have any leather working/tooling skill??

i was just thinking about you the other day and I was thinking that maybe some leather arm bracers with butterflies tooled on them would be wonderful albeit time consuming.

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shel35 Posted 24 Jul 2009 , 7:28pm
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Gosh, I wish I had leather working skills. I love that idea!

Thanks, my hubby practices everyday in our backyard and goes to the bow shop once or twice a week. It's a pretty cool hobby he has. I'm very proud of him and what he has accomplished.

I keep thinking of your idea and can't get it out of my head...

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mommapaul3 Posted 25 Jul 2009 , 8:14pm
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Originally Posted by shel35

Is FITA like the olympic shooting?

FITA is the international archery federation that governs certain types of matches (I think mostly or only recurve). I think they recently changed the Olympic format to make it shorter and more viewer friendly, but it used to be a standard FITA match. At least that's how I understand it. DH understands all of that much better than I do.

He's shot a lot of competitions in the past and was very good, but unfortunately he doesn't shoot much lately - not much time or opportunity. I have my own equipment but don't shoot very often and have never competed.

I like the idea of tooled leather arm guards. Probably impractical and expensive at this point, which is too bad because they would be very classy.

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7yyrt Posted 25 Jul 2009 , 8:50pm
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Does anyone in your group do any woodburning? You can burn leather, as well. It might be faster than tooling.
Some instructions. http://www.alleycatscratch.com/lotr/Leather/LeatherEtch.htm
Burning should be done ONLY on vegetable tanned leather and any conditioner or oil should only be done AFTER you have burned. Burning is only done on raw wood and leather. Coloring, stain, etc is done when all burning is finished.

Also, a hint, burning on leather use a cooler pen and be sure you clean your tips frequently.

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Auryn Posted 25 Jul 2009 , 10:30pm
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burning is a great idea
that or having it laser engraved (thats what I do for a living) and i've done quite a few leather pieces for myself, it looks awesome and you can do it on already dyed leather even.

The bracers you can make super quick and easy w already stained or dyed leather, pm me if you want and I can give you the instructions of how I make mine. You can seriously make a dozen in an afternoon.

I forgot to add, if the leather is already stained or dyed, you can always paint the butterflies on with acrylic paint

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