What I've found is that the best way to build a lightsabre prop
that doesn't look like everyone else's is to go to your local hardware store
, and start looking at parts. Generally plumbing
parts make a good start- I recommend 3/4" or so diameter piping
, in two small sections. Find a nifty doohickey
to connect them together (there are many, many ways to do this). Find an interesting cap to cover up one end- unless you're building a double lightsabre
like Darth Maul
's. My brother-in-law used a button from an air horn. Gold washers make a good decoration, and they come in approximately the correct sizes. Handles can be made of almost anything- cloth, tape, etc. Electrical
tape is already black and shiny, and applies well, but slips a lot. Duct tape
is gray, and offers slightly better grip. Keep in mind that lightsabres are two-handed weapons usually! Then all you need is an interesting orifice. An adapter for going from 3/4" to 1" can work, any of several types of connectors, etc.
I highly recommend using one of the Episode 1
-style attachments, as the original trilogy
's will cause you to continually slap your leg while walking.
In short, go to your local hardware store, and experiment
. Plug things together. Ignore the customer service
people- they probably suspect you of making a pipe-bomb
or something. Don't tell them what you're doing, or you'll get some wierd looks.