Lightsaber build part two
Lightsaber doc two
In a galaxy not too far from here; a young boy asked his father if they could make a Lightsaber. So they set about building the handles. This took a few hours and both were very happy with their constructions.
The next day the young boy asked if they could make blades for their saber handles. This would prove to be more difficult; but my son had a point. You cannot have the handle if you cannot fight with it.
I put my mind to how we could get a really good looking blade that we could use and Isacc could help with making. Therefore I kept things simple, starting with a cheap light sword Isacc had got for Halloween last year.
We sat together and took the sword apart before we built it into his handle. I had to cut the handle open to fit the parts but Isacc didn’t mind as when it was finished he had a good looking Lightsaber, as you can see from the photos.
Then he wanted to get mine finished off too. So I got hold of some clear plastic tube (not as easy as it sounds to find) some clear metallic plastic, an LED, wire, a fake electric tea light. For the battery holder, and switch and a couple of screws to secure the blade once made.
Firstly I had to seal one end of the plastic tube so I could roll the metallic clear plastic and push it into the blade. The metallic plastic has to be clear to let the light through; but it also needs to be reflective to enhance the light being projected into the tube.
The next job was to cut my handle in two; I did this just a couple of inches from the pommel of the handle. It worked best for my design. You will see why from the pictures. I used the fake electric tea light holder to make the switch (as it was one of those twist on and twist off switchers) good because I only had to cut the handle once. This small holder also gave me a sturdy battery holder that would work when knocked about a bit.
The base of the holder was glued into the pommel of the handle and left to set while I wired up the LED (I choose blue my son favourite colour) to the top part of the holder. I made sure I had enough wire to take the LED right up to the end of the handle so it would be as bright as possible; without putting it into the blade directly. Give a bit of extra wire so you can fit it all together without struggling. (tip)
Ok nearly there now. I then glued the top of the holder into the other end of the handle so they could be screwed together. I left this to set while I fitted the LED to the end of the blade before gluing the blade into place. I let this set before adding the screws to firmly attach the blade.
The last job was to put the batteries in and turn it on. As you can see from the pictures it looks pretty good. Have a go and enjoy...
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