After the popularity and praise the Broken Butterfly brought me I have finally gotten around to the bountiful requests to create an instructable, not merely a slideshow, on how I made the thing. Without further ado, I give you the Quicksilver: Aligned Particle Non-Newtonian Mercury Blade; another, steampunk Aethersaber.

Step 1: Materials

Well I didn't really snap any pictures without the intent of having them for other steps. But here's a basic shopping list of the materials I used, and some of the tools


All these I found in my local hardware store
6 in x 3/4 in cut off riser
1/2 in flex hose adapter
1/2 in riser extension
3/4 in saddle joint
1/8 in plexiglass

I found these in my local electronic supply store
2025 battery holder
22 gauge  solid copper wire
22 gauge quick connectors
10 ohm resistor
7000 mcd white led
push button switch

And these were at a thrift store or laying around
silver wire
silver leaf

Soldering Iron
Coping Saw
Vice (I love the thing don't know how I ever got by without one. My first project using it and LOVE)
needle nose pliers with wire cutter
assorted files and rasps
power hand sander
power drill
x-acto knives
super glue
hot glue gun
<p>If you take apart a small or large flat screen tv it has some kind of material in the screen that guides light through out the whole screen.</p>
<p>I made one like it! I need to make a sheath, then ill have a 'ible up!</p>
what do you suggest for the blade since I cant get my hands on plexiglass?
<p>Ask around! I got some plastic stuff from my tech teacher. maybe sheet metal if you can't find some, then have holes in the blade.</p>
would it work with a torch instead of a hose piece
Hey, ElusiveGreen! Here is my project that was inspired by your 'ible. Thanks for posting! https://www.instructables.com/id/Flintlock-Gun-Blade/
5 stars!!!!!!!!!
You can also get Liquid Electrical tape &amp; seal each connection, helping to prevent shorts.
can you tell when its on durring the day, outside, or when the lights are on?
Needless to say it will work best in the dark. Inside with the lights on you can generally tell along the edges and especially near the tip, some of the etching lights but its faint. If you're somewhere bright, namely outside or sunny rooms you'll be out of luck: the drawback of using a single LED
if you used a few more leds would it be more visible?
It depends on how many you use, how bright each one is, how long the blade is, and how much detailing or etching you put on it. Like several LED's, on a short, plain blade, would be the brightest combination I imagine.
Spatula? Looks like an absinthe spoon to me... very fancy, I like the look.
I just gathered up the materials for my aethersaber. Mine is going to have a hose leading from the base of the 'saber to a backpack boiler thingy to make it look a little more steampunkish. I can't wait to begin! I don't have money for Plexiglass, (all the materials are coming from our junkpile) so I'm using a coathanger and some blue thin transparent plastic (from an old cheap poncho).
The backpack sounds good. If you do want to give plexi a shot, try asking if they have any scrap they can't resell. Because I can't afford plexiglass either XD , and thats how I got mine. I work in a home improvement store and when customers get plexi cut and don't want the scraps they would just get thrown out. You could also use the plastic fusing technique to get a thicker sheet. I've only seen it done with plastic bags, but It might work.
The plastic fusing technique is interesting, I may look into that (I wonder if you can use milkjugs... I may need something hotter than an iron though, maybe some thermite? lol), but the blue raincoat seems perfect, I'll post pics if I ever make it. Meh, nearest hardware store is 10 miles away (and I don't think they cut plexiglass), and the nearest home improvement store is over 40 miles away. I sometimes hate living in the middle nowhere, but at least the scenery is nice and when the apocalypse comes... B)
I'd be torn. Sometimes it'd be nice to get away from it all and have some peace and quiet. If I had a cabin up in the mountains I'd be out hiking all the time, not on the computer lol
Just throwing this out there, but it would be waaay cooler with a red LED.
Well thats the beauty of it. You can use any LED. I chose white because I was going to call it Quicksilver. I plan on making one called Flamberge for my friend once he gets back from basic training, and I'll use red for that one.
That makes sense. This is an awesome instructable. You should be very proud of your work. Keep it up! Sam
or blue
or green
or purple
or any other color that isn't white.
A black light? That would be waaaaay awesome. But do they make LEDs like that?
Yes! they do, I have some and they are BEAST.
Or maybe throw a thin layer of UV reactive paint on the blade that looks clear under normal light, but use UV LEDs.
That would be epic
or Heliotrope, or Chartreuse!
Very cool! This is going on my &quot;to do&quot; list... soon... Question: Why 1/8&quot; plexi? I'd think that would be fragile... I'll probably try it with 1/4&quot; plexi
Some times having material hanging around makes them useful even thou they are not the most recommended. But I agree smacking someone around with 1/8 could be a bit fragile, that what you meant right?? :P
Well I guess thats the trick. I never planned on smacking someone around with this one. Even if you had a thicker piece of plexiglass, such as 1/4, as soon as you elongate the blade it will want to flex. It won't be good for say, a larp weapon, You see the same issue with metals. It has to be treated to be stiff, but that will inherently make it more brittle. The one I'm putting together for my girlfriend is 1/4 inch, and at about two and a half feet in length the blade bows under its own weight. You would need a stabilizer no matter what, unless you have a stiffer piece of plastic. Again I'm getting mine out of the scrap bin at work so it might not be the choice material. Some aspects won't vary terribly much though. I'll upload a picture of that one and add it to the final slide. not finished, but also a little different in design.
Yeah... I'm thinking the 1/8&quot; might snap off easily... My only experience with plexi is 1/4&quot; and it if flimsy at times...
I said 1/8th because its what I had. XD 1/4 might be better but at the same time, it isn't constructed for impact, at least not yet. I am building another with a &quot;full tang&quot; if you will, but the longer the blade is the more it wants to flex.
It really depends on how are you going to handle it? Sure, 1/8'' plexiglass is a bit more fragile than 1/4'', but take my word: thicker piece of plexiglass = hard/slow/annoying to cut (for example, sawing thick pieced usually melts area getting sawed, so you have to go back and forth to get a clean cut).
Some time ago while working with glass fibers we where doing somethings like this and if you hide the source of light, the effect in the sword edges will be a bit more dramatic. at least that is my thought.
a really cool look could be from using LISA its an acrylic sheet. Its edges glow neon looks like its lit. check it out at this link http://acrilex.com/pdfs/fluorescent.pdf Maybe you could get scraps or samples if you contacted them.
How much was the plexiglass at your local hardware store, mine sells 1/8 inch plexiglass for 40 bucks
Something you can do about that. Is keep an eye out for when they're cutting things. I work at a Lowes so its easier, but they will just throw away the scraps because they can't be sold. See if they'll let you grab a couple even if they're discounted its not like you need a whole sheet.
Ok cool thanks
I may have skipped through this stiep, but what creates the foggy look in the blade? The effect is really what makes it look amazing.
Glad you said something I may have skipped that I'll double check. Basically I just very lightly sanded the blade. I had the power hand sander turned upside down, and grazed the face of the blade on the corner a few times. As long as you go slow you can build a lot of small ones without overdoing it. Go too fast and you have too much. To give it a little more I took some silver leaf, just wiped it on the blade. It clung to all the scratches, but wiped clean off the flat parts.
That's really neat. It creates such a unique effect that gives it the steampunk-ish look instead of just having a dull plastic blade.
I did gloss over that part a little. I updated it, thanks for pointing it out.
I really like the scratch detail on the blade, really adds character. Though it reminds me more of cyberpunk rather than steampunk
Ohhh that's awesome... It would be a really cool effect if you etched the plexiglass with some sort of design...
This is awesome and I will definitely use it as the base idea for something awesome I will have to make some day.

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