My Custom Lightsabers on the cheap…

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savmagoett

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Hi there everyone…
I've been following TRPF for a while and though I'd share my own stuff to have your feed back :$
I've always wanted to build lightsabers of my own design and for that I've been collecting many bits & pieces, either junk, secondhand trade or yard sale stuff and stored them by shape or eventual use.
When a Star Wars Flashmob was being organized in my city for the release of the phantom menace in 3D I thought it was the time to make some for my friends to have something in their hands for the occasion.
Considering the short time I had, the goal was not to make illuminated blades, but rather PVC tubes with fluorescent paint. That being said I added an effect with photoshop for the photos of the painted sabers, because, let's face it, it's so cool! :cool Also they look battle damage because I didn't have the time take the photos before the flashmob :rolleyes

At first I wanted to create a good looking lightsaber easily assembled from a very few, easy to find & affordable parts. The goal was to put together a tutorial that the average handyman could follow. So I went to the local hardware store and selected two main parts that fitted well together: a plastic bulb socket and a water pipe bend. When added a couple junk parts it looks like an Obi-Wan Ep4 lightsaber for less than 10$. I named it "E-27 Flex":
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After that I couldn't resist doing more, so from the same bend pipe I created a more "Sith" saber with parts from a champagne bottle stopper (that I've long planned to use for that) assembled by two knurled screw nut to a smaller (E14) metal bulb socket for the emitter, a brass lock for the switch and a internal part from a bicycle pedal-board for the end (I liked the fact that it's shape suggest an other blade could rise form there for a sneaky Sith thrust:angry). I named it "Monopol":
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Finally during my quest for parts I found some other interesting ones. A brass plumbing connector at the hardware store, witch, along with a salvaged art-deco furniture handle, made a very cool emitter. At a secondhand shop an old plastic electrical torch for the hilt and a little zinc pitcher placed between the two. I named it "Torzin":
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Tell me what you think :)
 
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strengthof10men

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I cant belive how few parts there are to this. It looks so complicated when its all together. great job, keep it up. the force is strong with you.
 

ComedicHistory

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These are great! I agree with Strength, it's crazy how few parts went into these. Definitely keep going, they'll only get better!
 

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Canobi

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These are awesome! :thumbsup I always wanted to make my own style sabres for my kids myself. I've been collecting bits and pieces over time for just that reason. I havn't got enough to make them yet, and things to use for the emitters seem to be evading me at present, but I'll get there. I've never made sabres before, so a tutorial would be most welcome from you good sir. Very inspirational stuff.

What do you use to bond the pieces together by the way?
 

thd9791

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Hey, these are great! I too can't believe how little parts there are to these, the first one is my favorite. That flex pipe is a little hard to find in my area, but man I have to hand it to you. Keep up the creativity!
 

Jerome

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Ingenious! To the average onlooker I bet they looked no different from the crafted metal hilt ones. You even added some nice touches, like the covertec knob.
 

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savmagoett

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Many THX guys :cool
What do you use to bond the pieces together by the way?
To bond the pieces together I used portions of a salvaged tube (from an iron broom stick) that happend to fit nicely around the PVC tube. I could simply have use longer PVC tubes instead, but wanted to be able to pull of or replace the blades anytime…
 

drmoreau

Active Member
i like these types of patchwork jobs better than many of the super-accurate screen replicas. of course I'm typically more interested in props for use at conventions and such as part of costuming than I am in having a collection of screen-perfect replicas.

good job, the cheap projects are the really fun ones!
 

Etewaf

Active Member
Holy crap. These actually look very nice. A lot of people make really ugly hardware sabers, sticking random bits and pieces together, but you seem to have found a lot of parts that look like they really -belong- together on a saber. Very nice. Welcome to the forum.
 

Jack T Chance

Sr Member
Great work with the found parts you had! Some of the best looking hardware sabers I've seen, especially your Sith one. Reminds me of some of the saber designs for the Knights of the Old Republic era! :cool
 

savmagoett

Active Member
Thanks everyone :)
Holy crap. These actually look very nice. A lot of people make really ugly hardware sabers, sticking random bits and pieces together, but you seem to have found a lot of parts that look like they really -belong- together on a saber. Very nice. Welcome to the forum.
That's exactly what I love to do, to choose the pieces so wisely that it looks like they belong together.
This idea of creating something out of found objects is as old as humanity, but with my reading making of books of Star Wars I discovered there was a way to do wonders with that concept, like for instance the original trilogy lightsabers, I'm simply following the same principle. But I've been doing this since a long time so I guess I developed an eye for this:p
 

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Tan Djarka

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That's exactly what I love to do, to choose the pieces so wisely that it looks like they belong together.
Yeah, that's what everybody says, but you've actually managed to do it. Being a master of craptatsic hardware sabers myself :lol, I am mightily impressed. Even where I know exactly what parts you used, it does not detract from the overall design.
 

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YoshiieBear

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These are great, absolutely love your work!
I'd love to see a tutorial of how you made these and work on one of my own. Subbed in hope for much more!
 

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