Making Yoda was much more dificult than making Darth Vader, because I had to make him much smaller than Vader (he's still proportionally too big), and the head required much more fine sculpting. But, as Yoda said it, "Patience you must have, my young padawan".
Step 1: Supplies
- Craft knife
- Black permanent marker
- Brown permanent marker
- Black colored pencil
- Soldering iron
- Acrylic/poster paints
- UHU Universal glue
- Krazy glue/ superglue
- Needle-nosed pliers
- Wire cutters
- Wood glue
- Third hand
- Glossy varnish
- Champagne cork
- Green and brown sculpey (or Sugru)
- Scraps of brown and beige fabric
- Small nail
- Thin insulated wire
- Thin wire
- Aluminium tape
- Heat-shrink tubing
- White artificial fur
- Positive battery contact
- Green 3mm LED
- Small button cells (not the ones in the photo)
- Small slide switch
- Small female connectors (I salvaged them from an old PCB)
Step 2: LED Wiring
I'm sorry that I don't have very many photos of the soldering process. I forgot to take them.
Solder all of the components together as shown in the diagram and glue them all in place in the cork with hot glue.
Use wood glue to stick the two sides together again. For me, the bottom half of the cork didn't have enough space for glue because of all the components, so I wrapped a piece of wire around it.
To make the lid, cut a disc of plastic or sturdy card, punch a hole through the side and attach the disc to the bottom of the cork with a nail. Like this, you can easily remove batteries by turning around the disc.
Step 3: Sculpting the Head
I would rather have done it with Sugru, which would have saved me all the trouble, but I didn't have time to order any. And Sculpey also has its advantages.
If you're using Sculpey, the color doesn't matter that much, as you can easily paint over it later. Anyways, I mixed light green, beige, and dark brown to get a greenish khaki color.
Again, I didn't take enough pictures of the process, sorry.
I tried to make him look similar to the animated Clone Wars version of Yoda, so I made his wrinkles more defined and his eyes a bit larger.
Step 4: Fixing Up the Colors
With some poster paints I brushed up the colors a bit, darkening the creases and lightening some areas. I also used the paint to fill in the cracks in the Sculpey.When everything was dry I used a black pencil to make the folds and creases even darker.
I also used the paint to fill in the cracks in the Sculpey.
For even more realism, varnish the eyes to make them glossy.
Step 5: Hair
Step 6: Clothes
Step 7: Walking Stick
I based the walking stick on the Clone Wars version. After glueing it to the wire for the sockets, color it dark brown with a permanent marker or a felt tip pen to make it look like old wood.
Step 8: Lightsaber
Step 9: Done
What other characters from other movies would you like to see?
Post your suggestions, questions or other comments below. If you get a chance to make your own Yoda (or another Corky), I'd love to see it.