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DIY Death Star Ornament

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"That's no Moon!" The annual ornament pressure is on...this year the Things wanted a Death Star ornament.

I went for interior LED highlighting again this year, a) because I wanted the Death Star look inhabited, and b) because sometimes I just don't know when to stop.

Somewhere on the ornament I always write Thing name, a short message, and year of manufacture. I do it at the end, after all pics are taken so they can be added to their collection of one-of-a-kind ornaments. They are also named so there is no bickering over whose is whose or which is which, because boys will be boys and we like to keep the peace.


Ingredients:
  • 100mm Clear Acrylic ornaments (sourced from http://factorydirectcraft.com/catalog/products/1302_1039-10569-100mm_clear_acrylic_fillable_ball_ornament.html) They are a nice heavy grade, and come in two halves that snap together which would also create the perfect Equator on the Death Star. They were $1.99 each.
  • Drill press with hole cutter bit (there are probably more refined options out there, but go with what you have available)
  • 400 grit wet/dry sandpaper
  • Rubbing Alcohol (to clean surfaces prior to painting)
  • Epoxy putty (the other mans-best-friend)
  • Lumps of clay (to keep the globes from rolling about during construction)
  • Painters masking tape
  • Xacto knife
  • Straight Edge ruler
  • Spray paint (I used Testors flat aircraft light and dark gray for models from Michaels), plus some darker flat gray primer I already had lying around)
  • LED tealights/small flashlights to take apart repurpose.
  • Old phone cable (for harvesting thin black wire)
  • Soldering iron, solder
  • Additional supplies from Radioshack: White LEDs, small grommets, small electronics board with straight through holes, etc. Just don't get distracted by all the other shiny in there :)

Let's get started...
 
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OldElvis7 months ago
Looks great, did you ever consider using a tree light to provide the lighting instead of an LED?

I thought the same thing. I'm sure you could secure a light bulb from the strand into the back of the globe. Out of sight. Of course it wouldn't be able to spin. Oh, what about fiber optic filaments? Over the top! Alright, i'll shut up now.

craftycounterpart (author)  OldElvis7 months ago
Thanks...I did think about it, but our tree lights have pretty thick wires and twisted etc - plus they are yellow and I wanted white. It's definitely doable, but I do like that the thin black phone wire kind of fades into the background.
ianmcmill7 months ago
This is so cool. If I only had seen it some days ago, our christmas tree would have broken under the weight of thousands of Death Stars.
SallyGirl7 months ago
Amazeballs!
Captain4437 months ago
WTG Great Job....
patricksurry7 months ago
Cool! As a shortcut, I wonder if you could recycle some of the two piece lego star wars planets or death-star globes that are out there (about 3-4" dia IIRC)? Might have to give this a try!
craftycounterpart (author)  patricksurry7 months ago
Thanks, I bet you could although I haven't seen them. Post a pic when you do!
Great looking non-moon!
What about using fluorescent strings to simulate the firing action, using the combined beam as the hanging method for the ball?
Thanks! I did think about somehow doing this but didn't investigate further (is there mini EL wire or somesuch?) because it would hang with the super laser dish right at the top instead of the traditional placing just above the equator/main trench. Thought it would look odd. Now it could be a separate feature...but the strings/wire would have to be stiff and self supported...
Diamonddogs7 months ago
Great stuff, thanks for posting, I'm off to make one.
craftycounterpart (author)  Diamonddogs7 months ago
Thanks - please post a pic of yours and any improvements...
modfrugal7 months ago
Killing it my dear! Our Things are getting very spoiled.. :)
craftycounterpart (author)  modfrugal7 months ago
Thanks darling!
grunthos7 months ago
Nice job!!  Absolutely gorgeous.

Perhaps the tealight battery pack would make a good body for a Millenium Falcon :-)
craftycounterpart (author)  grunthos7 months ago
Thanks - great idea! gets me thinking...
Hecate7 months ago
Really Great!!!
Hecate7 months ago
So Cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
cowcrusher7 months ago
btw...very cool project.
cowcrusher7 months ago
As a NY Mets fan we and BoSox fans refer to the Death Star as the New Fake Yankee Stadium and vice versa :)
mikecz7 months ago
This is really cool! Who needs a store bought "collectible" Enterprise ornament when you can have a DEATH STAR hanging on your tree! Great!
Tazmjm697 months ago
Very cool, turned out great!
This is perfect for any Star Wars fan! Very cool.
dufus25067 months ago
You're always preparing... just bond!
fish_dude7 months ago
thats cool nice job
Jaxton Maez7 months ago
I was surprised. It looks really good. Good job
gcanders7 months ago
10x better than any moon! Awesome.
seamster7 months ago
This is excellent!
Honus7 months ago
Awesome!