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Picture of Champagne Cork Luke Skywalker
This is my third Corky with a lightsaber and my fourth Star Wars corky, Luke Skywalker, the protagonist of the original Star Wars trilogy.
 
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Step 1: Supplies

Picture of Supplies
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  • Champagne cork
  • Heat shrink tubing
  • Solder
  • Soldering iron
  • Lighter or heat gun
  • UHU glue
  • Scissors
  • Craft knife
  • Clamp
  • Needle nosed pliers
  • Pencil
  • Black and red permanent markers
  • Thin insulated wire
  • Wood glue
  • Thin steel wire
  • Battery contacts
  • Blue 3mm LED
  • Mini slide switch
  • 2-3 button cells, depending on the LED
  • Dark brown, beige, and white fabric
  • Light brown fur or hair
  • Metal foil (from food container)
Not pictured:
  • Sand paper (50-300 grit)
  • Hotglue

Step 2: Lightsaber

I used the same process for this lightsaber as I did for Yoda's and Vader's lightsabers.
Find a transparent plastic stirrer (most bars and restaurants should have them) and start to sand it down to a round rod with some sandpaper. Try to get it to a diameter of about 3-4mm. It doesn't matter if you can't get it back to its original transparency -- translucent or slightly opaque rods work best. Round off one end of the rod, and use a Dremel rotary tool (or something similar) to cut off about 5cm of the stirrer. I used a Dremel sanding disc because it gave me a nice smooth surface that was almost transparent (this is due to the fact that the Dremel actually melted the plastic, rather than just cutting it). The cut end should be as transparent as possible so that lots of light can pass through.
This will be the blade of the lightsaber.

For the hilt I used some metal foil that I got from a food container. Cut out a small piece in the shape as shown above, and glue the top portion of it around the bottom of the blade, allowing there to be enough space inside the foil for the LED.

To add some detail, use a fine black permanent marker to add some stripes to the bottom of the hilt, and glue on a small bead as a button, as shown above.
Archer25001 month ago

Chell from portal 2!!

nico1344 months ago
Cool
LED forrest8 months ago
I wish storm troopers had light sabers
sjroth (author)  LED forrest8 months ago

You're in luck. The Cuis Clones had lightsabers.

do think you could do a thing on the storm trooper armer

PS:you are the best

(its not weird am 12

O MY GOD

storm troopers with light sabers

im in heven

I made a Spider-Man 'corkie'!
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sjroth (author)  thewellingtonian8 months ago

Awesome! I was thinking about making a few more superhero Corkies as well.

J-Five8 months ago

Let the "CORK" be with you!!!

AngryRedhead8 months ago

So adorable and awesome!!! I'm really enjoying your series. :D

Good work & Instructable ! But now Darth Vader has to say "Luke I am your POP ! " hehehe...

ned1038 months ago

Just curious. You said to use a plastic stirrer, do you think that the plastic from the clear plastic sprue of a kit model will work just as good. Such as were you would separate the windshield of a car model, Or is that a harder, more brittle plastic?

ned103 ned1038 months ago

Here's an example of what I'm talking about just incase you or anyone else isn't sure what I'm talking about.

http://www.scalemodelguide.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/Clear_parts_sprue_1.jpg

sjroth (author)  ned1038 months ago

I think that should work. The hardness and transparency should be pretty similar, so I don't see why it wouldn't. You might need to use a different method to cut the sprues, though.

mehlani8 months ago
Finally I have some use for all this Yorkshire Terrier fur I have lying around the house.
mehlani8 months ago
Darth Maul! Darth Maul!!
Make a Jawa with glowing eyes! Or a Tuskan Raider!
Simon Yang8 months ago
nice!!!
walle games8 months ago
I love this so much