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How to make your very own lightsaber! (for fighting)

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What you will need:

soldering iron
soldering gun
44" clear 1/2" PVC pipe
Two 1 Meter LED lights (cheap at HobbyKing)
A battery (I got a Zippy Flightmax 1000mAh 2S1P 15C also from HobbyKing)
Positive/Negative wires
Male/Female plugs
Gorilla Glue
Duct Tape
Bubble wrap
 
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Step 1: Soldering

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Solder the positive and negative wires to the lights, and then the lights to the male plug. Solder the female plug to the battery.

Step 2: Stringing and Gluing

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The LED lights come with glue on them, so remove the strips of paper and glue them to each other back to back.

String the lights through the pipe so the tip of the male plug is just out the the bottom of the pipe. I glued the plug as much as possible to keep it secure. You'll have to let it sit for several hours if you want it to dry completely.

I measured an 11" handle to make room for the battery which you do NOT want to grasp while fighting.

Once the glue is dried on the bottom, pull the lights at the top and turn it, so it twists inside the blade like a candy cane. This part is tricky because you have to simultaneously hold the lights while gluing them. The glue sets fairly quickly, so after gluing the lights at the top of the blade, you only need to hold onto them for a minute or two. Obviously the more you glue, the more secure they will be.

Step 3: Glitz

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Decorate the handle however you see fit. For the red lightsaber, I added these medal things (I don't know what they're called) and the weight was nice compared to the blue one. I attached the battery to the bottom of the handle with Velcro, and then taped it.

Step 4: An elegant weapon for a more civilized age

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Add the bubble wrap. I did not measure how long each strip was, but whatever you think works. I clear taped the whole blade and then secured it at the top of the handle with more duct tape. After that, you're done! Enjoy!
Galahir9508 months ago
How thick is the bubble wrap saber covering? Is it 2"-4", is it thicker. How does it feel to battle with one of these?
Erik_Nite1 year ago
is this a real working lightsaber I mean does it actually cut things like it does in the movies
Galahir9501 year ago
Where did you buy the pipe from, I can't find one anywhere?
Also, is the 1/2 inch pipe inside or outside diameter?
BarrettW (author)  Galahir9501 year ago
I bought it from http://www.usplastic.com/catalog/item.aspx?itemid=24353

The measurement is listed with the pipe, but it's 1/2" across.
georion1 year ago
Clear (pvc) or whatever tube ?? Where did you buy the pipe from, I can't find one anywhere?
BarrettW (author)  georion1 year ago
I bought it from http://www.usplastic.com/catalog/item.aspx?itemid=24353

The measurement is listed with the pipe, but it's 1/2" across.
scoochmaroo2 years ago
Fun! You should consider entering this in the Father's Day Challenge!
BarrettW (author)  scoochmaroo2 years ago
I went to the Father's Day page, but I didn't find where to enter into the contest. Where should I look?
You leave a link to the project in the comments section
hear hear!
Thrasym2 years ago
I could totally take on an intruder with one of these bad boys. I'm gonna have to make a set.