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« on: October 11, 2007 05:35:36 PM »

A few years ago when Episode 3 came out, my friends and I decided to make our very own lightsaber hilts. Of course, being girly, I had to make mine pink. With rhinestones.

After a trip to the hardware store and some PVC pipe, I came up with...


My cat just had to be in the picture!


Apparently people even have businesses customizing these things!
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« Reply #1 on: October 11, 2007 05:47:32 PM »

That's wonderful! Would you mind sharing in a little more detail went into it? I have a friend that would love one.
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« Reply #2 on: October 11, 2007 11:01:34 PM »

You have no idea...People LOVE their lightsabers.
I'm running programming for a sci-fi convention, and we're having a Saber Idol...
It's like AmericanIdol, but they duel with the pimped-out saberhilts with electroluminescent tubing as the 'light' part.
It's actually really neat to watch...but it never fails to amaze me how much they spend on those sabers!

Anyways, if you want a good lil tutorial-- we've used this in my Star Wars fan group to make hilts, and it's worked well.

Here:
http://www.instructables.com/id/Lightsaber-for-%2433-in-33-minutes/

Also, if you're really interested in going the full saber route, check out the costuming and prop boards on TheForce.net:
http://boards.theforce.net/Costuming_and_Props/b10019/
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« Reply #3 on: October 13, 2007 09:15:28 AM »

Great links, April. Thanks for posting! I knew people were into it, but I really didn't know poeple had full-on businesses for it until I started Googling stuff while posting this thread. Saber Idol sounds fun Smiley

Treegirl, here is how I made mine, but of course since it's custom, you can make it however you want (which I think is really cool).  Wink

I didn't have a lot of money to spend on mine, so I used:

1 pre-cut metal pipe
PVC pipe
1 "washer" to serve as the emitter (sp?)
Duct Tape
1 Metal cap for bottom of pipe
1 dowel rod
(basically found everything at hardware store)

My MIL helped me cut the spray-painted PVC pipe into the three sections, then of course the top - This was the hardest part - had to use extreme caution! I made the top of mine slightly slanted a little more than the guys because I wanted it to look like the top of lipstick.

I put the dowel rod inside the metal pipe for weight purposes. I used the duct tape to hold the PVC in place. I also painted the washer and the top of the broomstick with silver nail polish. I just super-glued the rhinestones into place.

My friend is a mechanic and he used lots of leftover car parts for his.
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« Reply #4 on: October 18, 2007 11:03:12 AM »

Thanks so much! That's awesome.
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