Building Your Own Lightsaber Prop
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On the Construction of a
Hardware Store Lightsaber
In 20 Minutes.
Your Lightsaber, want to know how to make it Glow?
Three things about Lightsabers before we start.
There are a few things that you need to consider when designing a Lightsaber.
Now, keeping the above in mind, let's have a little history lesson.
For those who know all about the items used to make the prop Lightsabers used in the original Trilogy, skip ahead, as for the rest of you...
Luke Skywalker's first Lightsaber (given to him by Obi-Wan) was built out of an old 1940's Graflex Camera Flash.The middle section clamp holds the flash to the camera. The Emitter is the clamp that holds the flash bulb.
After adding windshield wiper blades for the grips and sliding the bubble display from an old calculator into the clamp the Lightsaber was born. Add a D-ring to the end so you can hang it from a belt and there you go.
The same was the case for Darth Vader's Lightsaber. It was constructed from a Heiland Flash, wiper blades and a few other add-ons. Since then Lightsabers have pretty much been made out of Aluminum, turned on a lathe (Luke's ROTJ saber and most of the EP1 sabers)
So, now that you know what it took to make the original Lightsabers, you can see that it is really easy to make one of your own.
What stuff could I use for a Lightsaber Body:
What stuff could I use for Lightsaber Grips:
How do you design one?
I don't know, that's up to you. A Lightsaber should have the following :
That's really the only things that you would need if you were building a real Lightsaber.
Other things that you could add would be:
Now if you want to be "Authentic" then you need to make sure your saber is the right size and shape to hold a power cell and the Crystal's needed to make the blade. Again, in the Star Wars Universe there seems to be as many sizes and shapes of power cells as there are different types of batteries here in this Universe.
Take a hike to Home Depot, Lowes or your favorite Home Improvement store and wander around the plumbing section.
Or walk around your backyard (or your friend's!) and see what's laying around. You never know what you might find.
Try putting this piece onto that one, What if you used one of those and two of those. See what you can create.
There are numerous Websites out there with terrific instructions on how to build replica's of Luke's ANH and ESB saber as well as good looking replica's of Obi-Wan's EP1 saber from pieces you get at the hardware store. These are commonly referred to as Hardware Store Lightsabers and some look really, really good. Please refer to our Links Page for those sites.
For a look at how I built a Lightsaber in about 20 minutes, click here.