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Champagne Cork Darth Vader

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This legendary Star Wars character has been on my Corky To-Do list since the beginning, but I never had time to make it until now. This 7cm Darth Vader Corky has probably been the most diverse (and possibly most challenging) Corky yet. Here's how I did it.
 
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Step 1: Supplies

Above are some photos of some of the supplies I used. I was planning on gathering everything I used and taking a picture of everything at once when I was done, but there were so many different things I gave up trying to find them all again. Even though I used a lot of different supplies, most of them are simple things that most people will have in their home, so they shouldn't be too hard to find. 

Tools
  • UHU glue
  • Scissors
  • Black, silver, blue, and red permanent markers
  • Craft knife
  • Glossy varnish
  • Soldering iron and solder
  • Third hand
  • Pliers
  • Hot glue
  • Wood glue
  • Super glue
  • Clamps             
  • Dough roller
  • File
  • Sandpaper
Materials:
  • Champagne cork
  • 3mm red LED
  • Mini slide switch
  • Insulated wire
  • Button cells (I got them from a 12V battery, but you can buy them separately as well)
  • Small battery spring
  • Transparent plastic stirring rod
  • Thick aluminium foil (I got it from a disposable aluminium food tray)
  • Black sculpey
  • Pieces of black fabric
  • Cardboard
  • Black rubber (from bicycle tubing)
  • Black foam rubber
  • Grey card
  • Aluminium tape
  • Small pins
  • Paper

What do you call these? I have been wondering what they are called.

Oh, and by the way IT IS SO AUSOME.

Could you use a hot glue stick for the saber blade?
sjroth (author)  Darren Krieger2 months ago
The champagne corks? I call them Corkies.
I think hot glue would work, but it might be hard to get the sticks to the right shape because they're so soft.
J-Five4 months ago
Use the "cork" Luke!!!
dremmettbrown5 months ago
Come to the dark side... We have champagne!
danilo.bar111 months ago
Really well done! I love it!
The only flaw is given by the fingerprints left on the modeling clay.
I recommend the use of oil (also simple cooking oil) to smooth surfaces, when you are modeling the pieces.
sjroth (author)  danilo.bar111 months ago
Alright, thanks for the tip. I'll keep that in mind the next time I use Sculpey.
poofrabbit sjroth7 months ago
I was going to suggest the same thing, I did that to my Mr. Spock and several other sculpey things I've made. It will work with any oven bake clay. Baby oil also works well. :)
g00dhum0r11 months ago
This is awesome and creative. Would make a great present for a star wars fan. Shows you put in time and effort ;)
thetrendynail11 months ago
Funniest thing ever!! So Creative, LOVE IT!!
PeckLauros11 months ago
Perfect!
AmyCat5911 months ago
I feel a very small disturbance in the Force... it sounds a little like giggling... :-)
lbrewer4211 months ago
"Impressive, most impressive."
sjroth (author)  lbrewer4211 months ago
Hahaha, thanks
Joyceline11 months ago
Awesome!! Loooove it!!! BUT...Can you change the batteries???
sjroth (author)  Joyceline11 months ago
Yeah, of course. The cardboard and cork lid (step 5) is only pressed in -- it isn't attached. You can easily remove it with a screwdriver or something. The spring inside also allows the batteries to be removed and replaced easily.
seamster11 months ago
ha ha! This is great. Well done. I love Darth Vader-themed instructables.
suttonabc11 months ago
This is SO cute! I'd love to see ANY more little characters you make. :) (Especially a little Yoda, I would.) :)
canida11 months ago
This is SO CUTE. The glowing lightsaber is perfect.

Maybe use a no-bake alternative to sculpey for corks? Sugru cures overnight and keeps a nice elasticity.
sjroth (author)  canida11 months ago
Thanks, I'm glad you like it.

That would probably have been a better option. I should order some Sugru for future projects.
Producracy11 months ago
Looks great and would be a good DIY project for others.
How long did it take to make?
Thanks, -Andrew, producracy.com
sjroth (author)  Producracy11 months ago
Around five hours, with all the trial and error. If I remade it, it would probably take me around three.
ben779811 months ago
awesome job! you should make yoda next
sjroth (author)  ben779811 months ago
Thinking about that too, I was.
Mr. tony stark11 months ago
yes! it's finally here!
Misac-kun11 months ago
Amazing!
Honestly to me it looks more like when Stewie was playing Darth Vader lol.
jessyratfink11 months ago
eeeeeeeeee! Look at his little lightsaber! This is absolutely adorable.
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