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Lightsabers! Use the Force and become a Jedi .... or a Sith!

This project comes from Parts and Crafts, developed from 2008 - 2011. Parts and Crafts is a creative community & summer camp for children to learn in an environment in which they are freely able to choose what they are doing. Parts and Crafts grew out of a camp I started in 2006 called Camp Kaleidoscope, which I directed through 2008.

The lightsaber kit was conceived of at Camp Kaleidoscope in 2008, and has since gone through several revisions by Parts and Crafts. We've tried it out in several public workshops, where children as young as 6 or 7, as well as parents and adults, have tried and generally loved the project. The project serves as both a reasonable introduction to electronics -- as it requires no prior knowledge -- as well as a fun way to explore making electronic props for costumes (especially for Halloween!)

We now have a kit available containing all the necessary parts at http://www.lightsaberkit.com

And for those interested, here's a blog post from 2008 when I was running Camp Kaleidoscope, telling a few stories I saw around kids making lightsabers and what I saw them learning in the process.
 
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mmmd8 months ago
hi brother you have an awesome project.can you pls tellme what kind of battery do you use?

I wonder if you could use the force?

http://batteries.factoryoutletstore.com/category/f...

jermainem made it!19 days ago

hello guys and girls can y4ou all give me some good and awsome tips on buliding a light sabour

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indywave1 year ago
So awesome!!!
wui26151 year ago
Do you need to use resistors for this?
wui26151 year ago
when you were making the LEDs did you uses a resistor? and if you did what resister did you use?
devinda5 years ago
where can we buy clear polycarbonite tubes, exept for the site http//:polyzone.com
I'm frm sri lanka. And my parents really don not like internet shopping for some reason. I did make a light saber and it did turn out really good. I got this transparent tube from a shop called shanti plastics in mountlavania and use sand paper on it.
nagle (author)  devinda4 years ago
hey! my mom is sri lankan! (and thus I'm half sri lankan.) i've been to mount lavinia. how neat! will you send me a picture of you with your lightsaber? i bet my mom would get a kick out of it. mpnagle at gmail dot com if you do want to. thanks!
devinda nagle4 years ago
srry my brother broke it. As i told i took a plastic clear tube,( it was around 2m long so i cut it) from shathi plastics. Check out http://www.shanthiplastic.com/. They i scarped it with sand paper. Then i took a pvc tube, cut it to the lenght i needed and i covered it in blue tape (also frm shanthi plastic) . then did the circuit and stuff and it works
hey , perfect excuse to get that clear tube and cellophane!
try a clear tube, then roll up cellophane until it looks silver then put it in the tube,not glad wrap, that thin sticky stuff, but the thicker stuff that people use to decorate. Use clear or that pearl colored clear I think its called iridescent or opalescent.. Trust me, it beats the Hell out of sandpaper.
Petsmart in the fish section. They are usually tucked in the corner on the shelf with the pumps and hoses. Home Depot in the lighting department, they are used to protect those long florescent lights(not the strongest tubes,but ehh,if ll else fails. And most importantly Ultrasabers.com. You can buy a ready made blade that is just the right width and length and light diffusing properties. They go for about 30 bucks. But consider this. THe gas you will burn going to these different places,plus the items themselves;how much more is 30 bucks really? Now, the lightsabers are expensive as hell, but I think you can get one with no sound for less than 100 bucks and if you pick the right color, they're so bright they look real(as far as real goes concerning lightsabers). They do look good I bought a Bellicose Saber,red blade, flash on clash(it flashes silver when you lock sabers or hit sabers,looks cool) and sound that can be reprogrammed via usb cable plus expedited shipping. All the bells and whistles are extra, when all was said and done it was 300 bucks,but worth it. save up your money, don't burn it experimenting with diy projects that end up looking like a prison shank with Christmas lights, I know, I did it. Became obsessed, gave up said F*** it got online found ultrasabers,saved my money and got one.
www.eplastics.com
Robot Lover3 years ago
If you paint the LEDs black with some spray paint, it will diffuse them and it will distribute the light emitted from the LEDs better.
Black?
If you do not COMPLETELY cover it, but only finely spray them, they will defuse the light better. It came as a surprise for me, too.
I'd have figured white, I'll be damned.
h88642 years ago
i can use this for my melvin and florence lightsaber battles!!!!!


GO YGOTAS
nevia2 years ago
NASA studies have shown evidence that specific frequencies of light are responsible for growth in plants. NASA was maximizing the growth while minimizing their electrical use. In fact, many commercial growers are using this fact to save $ on their businesses. We'll go over the specific frequencies, where you can buy ready-made, how to make your own http://www.saberforge.com/
nevia2 years ago
NASA studies have shown evidence that specific frequencies of light are responsible for growth in plants. NASA was maximizing the growth while minimizing their electrical use. In fact, many commercial growers are using this fact to save $ on their businesses. We'll go over the specific frequencies, where you can buy ready-made, how to make your own/
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cjudkins2 years ago
If my knowledge of a teenager is correct, it is possible to build a deadly (sorry, but it is true, is this not about the most famous deadly Star Wars weapon?) Lightsaber. First, in the handle, you need a laser pointer, a series of magnification glasses, then a tube that leads to a pole with copper wire inside and outside for the light to travel to and spreads around the pole.
monty3242 years ago
this would look great with a rgb led strip in it connected to a switch that could pick a color or even, with the help of a microcrontroller, fade through difffrent colours
T-K2 years ago
Picked up a toy lightsaber today at Reverse Garbage, its not a legit branded one or anything, just a rip off. Although, I opened it up and inside the saber blade (which is made of translucent plastic like yours) is some kind of foam tubing shaped like an 'O', possibly foam gap filler rod. It helps diffuse the light a lot and probably protects the LEDs too. Love the motor idea!
i 1+ this.
Runeshai2 years ago
Have you seen these: http://bigyellowbox.tripod.com/
Or this: http://www.slothfurnace.com/sabers/ROTJLuke_01.html

The first got me into making stuff in the first place back in the early 2000s, and that second one I just found the other day. There's a huge Star Wars fanfilm community online (check out TheForce.net/fanfilms). All of it's pretty inspiring.
achannell15 years ago
where can i find polycarbonate tubes?
Any home improvement store, all the big boxers have them.
Ask for florescent light sleeves. They come in 48' Lengths, 1 1/2" diameter. They cost between $3 to $4 each.
A store called, "Tap Plastics" carries them. For about $1.10 a linear foot.
cara ao inves de usar pilhas voce poderia usar uma raquete mata mosquitos a imagen ficol muito ruin eu sei e que usando o cabo da raquete fica muito mais facil porque ja ten o botao de liga e desliga ,baterias e plugi para recarga
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i think that is so cool
(FAIL!) amigo tente em ingles que e uma lingua universal
marcelo-fire_wing said:
dude instead of batteries you could use a bug-killer racket the image stayed too bad i know its that using the racket's grip it becomes a lot easier because there is already the on/off switch batteries and recharge plugin(?) [sic]
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não quis ofender, só é um fato...
Gramjen3 years ago
This looks like a fantastic light saber to build! I have some friends whose kids spend hours making armor and weapons out of cardboard and duct tape. Though the mom may grimace a bit at adding light sabers to her home decor items they really are a great addition for the kids to play with and making them will certainly be educational.
j4lmmfwcl3 years ago
i got some EL wire from crazypc.com for like under 30 bucks (shipping and battery adapter included) and it worked great! (if anyone wants to kno)
stevo19944 years ago
How strong should the led's be?
Is like a 3900 mcd good? or would lower mcd ones work as good also?
Thanks!
weasel9995 years ago
its probably a better idea to use a soldering iron to melt through the PVC
but it would smell really bad!
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