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« on: July 06, 2010 02:56:04 PM »

"Who looks at a screwdriver and thinks, 'Ooh, this could be a little more sonic'?"

What Doctor Who costume can be complete without a sonic screwdriver?

First, here are the reference photographs I used:
http://www.shillpages.com/dw/story/d4/st--4b08.jpg
http://www.shillpages.com/dw/story/d4/st--4d22.jpg

Both are sonic screwdrivers of the Fourth Doctor (played by Tom Baker), but they differ slightly- the ring of one is red, while the other is silver for example. Mine is a bit of a compromise between the two. It's thinner like the second (although the proportions differ), but I did a red wash over the ring so it's neither silver nor red.






It's far from perfect, but not bad considering the materials I used- a pen, an automatic pencil, a grommet I saved from an old shower curtain, and a button.



The cone at the top was the pen tip (or whatever you call that piece). The ring was the grommet. The piece below that was the inside cylinder from the automatic pencil, and next is the top of the pen (you can see where I had broken off the pen clip), and the rest is the body of the pen. I stuffed the inside of that piece with aluminum foil so it would weigh a bit more, and at the very bottom, I glued an actual button. I had to sand it all before painting it so that the paint would stick, and even so, it was still difficult.

I'm lucky that the Fourth Doctor's sonic screwdriver didn't have a light because I was looking for something around that I could use (before I looked at reference photos), and while I managed to salvage an LED with wires and batteries, in the process, I broke it. Electronics and I do not work together.
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« Reply #1 on: July 06, 2010 04:39:44 PM »

MUST MAKE MY OWN! thanks for the awesome idea
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« Reply #2 on: July 06, 2010 04:43:17 PM »

Ingenious!!!! I know of a few group buys for replicas but they're like $90 and this is much more my price range. Two thumbs WAY up!
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« Reply #3 on: July 06, 2010 08:31:54 PM »

Thanks!

It actually didn't cost me anything to make as the stuff was already about- superglue, acrylic paints, clear nail polish (as a finish), pens (the pen was a freebee too), etc., but I'm sure the real cost would be under ten dollars if not less- definitely less than ninety All the same, those props with blacklights and special pens are pretty awesome. *Sigh*
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« Reply #4 on: July 08, 2010 09:45:55 AM »

This is outstanding! I really love it! (I'm in the process of making a female Doctor costume based on the David Tennant doctor... now I may have to try making one of these!)
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« Reply #5 on: July 11, 2010 03:45:05 PM »

This is outstanding! I really love it! (I'm in the process of making a female Doctor costume based on the David Tennant doctor... now I may have to try making one of these!)

Well, that Doctor's sonic screwdriver is more complicated, but I'm sure using parts of pens and such is still possible. This forum should be helpful. Good luck!
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