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Though it was always on my to-make list, I probably would never have made this if it weren't for all the people asking for it after I published the Darth Vader Corky Instructable.
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".
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Step 1: Supplies

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The supplies you will need, these are. Hmmm.
  • Craft knife
  • Pencil
  • Black permanent marker
  • Brown permanent marker
  • Black colored pencil
  • Soldering iron
  • Solder
  • Paintbrush
  • Acrylic/poster paints
  • Ruler
  • UHU Universal glue
  • Krazy glue/ superglue
  • Lighter
  • Scissors
  • Needle-nosed pliers
  • Wire cutters
  • Sandpaper
  • File
  • 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
  • Twig
  • 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)
Also: Hotglue

May the cork be with you
*sits in dark room thinking up more bad puns regarding instructables*
Archer25001 year ago
I've tried to look for those kinds, but eventully I settled with cyllinders made out of sculpey for those corkys like darth vader and those with masks or something.
but the ones with exposed faces,... I have no idea how.
sjroth (author)  Archer25001 year ago
Try asking for them at a restaurant or hotel or cafe. They usually have plenty. I get mines from recycling centers, where they often have a cork section.
Archer25001 year ago
How thick and how tall do the corks need to be? I got some corks but it turned out they were about as big as my thumbtip :(
sjroth (author)  Archer25001 year ago
Try to get a relatively small champagne cork, but one that's still big enough to carve out for the batteries and switch.
Rightio - I've got a 5mm one with LI of around 60000mcd 'cos I'm making a big one (just a lightsaber). Did you experiment much with sandpaper grit to get the desired effect? What was your sandpaper grit number? cheers
sjroth (author)  russiansteel1 year ago
I think it was 150 or 200. First I tried sanding with a Dremel, but the friction melted the plastic. I guess you'll just have to experiment to find out what works best with your material.
hi there - do you have the specs for the led you used, other than 3mm dia.? not all 3mm dia. led would have the correct voltage and sufficient luminous intensity value for the application, I'm guessing. Cheers.
sjroth (author)  russiansteel1 year ago
The specs don't really matter for this. The brighter the better. As far as I know it was a standard 2 or 3V, 200mA LED. These should work well:
jules425931 year ago
Wow!! That must have taken forever!! So cool!!!
sjroth (author)  jules425931 year ago
It took me a bit longer than Darth Vader. I'd say it was about five or six hours at least.
BrittLiv1 year ago
I love the eyes! Awesome, that you made it smaller than Vader! I vote Chewie.
sjroth (author)  BrittLiv1 year ago
Alright, Chewie it is.
Chewie, emperor and storm trooper
cortes961 year ago
Chew baca
Perfect. My son would Love that. I will try to so One...
how about indiana jones?
amonj021 year ago
Cool. I would try it if I had the stuff
glokwerk1 year ago
This is awesome
ngarcia161 year ago
Absolutely amazing such detailed texture
hertzgamma1 year ago
Absolutely amazing! Such detailed texture and finish. Just love how it looks like.
That head has amazing detail!