My wife is attending a Con in August and we need to make a recurve bow safe for use, but still look like a recurve bow.
This is my wife's first attempt at a cosplay at the urging of her friend and she's quite excited, but her costume includes a bow (this one to be precise
) and in order to comply with the rules of the con, any weapon must be inoperable.
The problem here is that an unstrung recurve bow doesn't look like a recurve bow, it needs to be under tension, so that means it needs to be strung. So how can we string the bow but make it inoperable?
My thoughts were to string it through something like vinyl tubing so that it can't be pulled properly or anything nocked on the string, but I'm not sure that would be sufficient. Pulling it through something rigid would be better, but I'm not sure I can find something solid enough but hollow so that it wouldn't look ridiculous. I could string it with wire but I'm not sure that would either satisfy the con rules, or be safe given that a snapped wire would be downright dangerous.
Outside of those ideas I'm a bit stumped. The con rules are listed here
but vague about this sort of thing. You can't bring a firing ping-pong ball gun for instance but 'non-functioning' is open to the security teams say, and you don't have their decision until you show up. We've emailed them our ideas and the only response is that it is up to the security team.
Any other suggestions?