Easy Light Saber Using Old Bubbles Toy

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About: I am IT professional, living in Bangalore, India. As new gadgets come out everyday, we indulge in spending significant time and money on these gadgets. And our kids are learning from us, they know how to use...

I think there are many who like Star wars because of the Light saber. At least I do.

I always wanted one, but was not available... now it is easily available, but I wanted to make it.....

So in this instructable, I will share how to recycle old toys and make one, with simple parts to get.

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Step 1: What Do We Need ?

Material
- Bubbles toys ( long tube ones )
- 9v battery
- led strip 50cm
- push button switch
- some wires
- paper tape
- GI wire ( hard metal wire )
- acrylic paint

Tools
- Soldering iron
- Wire cutter
- print brush

Step 2: The Battery ?

The biggest challenge I had was the battery SIZE. How to get inside the handle ?

I tried using 2 AA batteries but not enough space. So I fixed it at the buttom where I had just enough space to fit it.


Step 3: Led Strip Connection

I used a 60 SMD per meter led strip.

On a hard metallic wire, I secured led strip using some transparent tape.

The lead strip was now in a rigid and linear structure.

Solder +ve and - ve of the strip to a battery and a switch


Step 4: Handle Assembly


I used a small piece of pcb to solder buttom. This can be then fixed on the handle using a small screw

Place all the components carefully inside the handle and using paper tape cover the handle and battery

Step 5: Painting

There are many designs, based on characters....

I used grey arcylic paying as base color. then tried using a plastic sheet as stencil to make some designs.

The plastic sheet was to thin, the paint did not come out as I wanted.


Happy that my first attempt on stencil was a good learning

Step 6: Play Time !!!!!

I need to fix a way to scatter led light. may be will use butter/tracing paper ...

My kid was happy with this much, so I stopped here....

I took some photos him playing with light saber and setting exposure time as 2 s

Amazing results

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    Amit_Jain

    3 years ago

    thanks for your comments

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    CarlaP3

    3 years ago

    epic...really nice1

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    watchmeflyy

    3 years ago

    Great job! Nice improvement to a classic toy. :)