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JEDI Robes, Lightsabers, and Costuming Thread

Discussion in 'Cleveland, OH' started by Jade-Walker, Jan 30, 2004.

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  1. Jade-Walker

    Jade-Walker Jedi Padawan star 4

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    In my process of planning for my costume for Celebration III, I realized that I really should make a lightsaber hilt.

    I thought that this might actually be a fun group activity if there are a few of us that want to do it--at least to go and pick out the parts.

    Here are a couple of sites to check out in preparation:

    [link=http://www.padawansguide.com/lightsabers.shtml] Padawan's Guide [/link]

    [link=http://www.thelightsaber.com/history1.htm] Lightsaber Histories [/link]

    I thought that we might meet at the Lowe's in Macedonia, perhaps on a Wednesday. What do you all think?
     
  2. Darthvaderocks06

    Darthvaderocks06 Jedi Padawan star 4

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    this would be a fun project to do, but I can't anytime soon. I'll try to make 1 for C3 for sure. ;)
     
  3. starwarschick14

    starwarschick14 Jedi Master star 4

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    Making lightsabers is an awesome group activity. Last April I made one with Rhode Squadron. Definitely a learning experience!

    I recommend the following page: [link=http://mywebpages.comcast.net/yellowbox/bigyellowbox/index.htm]Big Yellow Box[/link]

    I'll have to find a picture of the lightsabers my group made to show you guys. Mine started to fall apart later, but at least I know what works and what doesn't for the next time I attempt this. :)
     
  4. Krash

    Krash RSA Emeritus star 5 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Count me in! However, my schedule is whacky...so depending on when you want to get together I'll have to see what days/times I work.
     
  5. TheRandomMenace

    TheRandomMenace Jedi Master star 4

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    I'd be willing to help. I've already constructed 2, so I have some experience.
     
  6. REBO1971

    REBO1971 Jedi Youngling star 1

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    I am new to these boards, but this is something I would really enjoy doing. However, I would have to get my supplies from Home Depot (my dad works there so Lowes is a dirty word. Ha! Ha!)
     
  7. skyedancer

    skyedancer Jedi Youngling star 2

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    Kim, back in October I started a thread about a new book being published in November called "Electronic Gadgets for the Evil Genius" by Robert Iannini (ISBN: 0071426094) which is supposed to include instructions for building a lightsaber. Unfortunately, the library where I work has not been able to purchase it yet (due to those infernal budget cuts) :( but maybe it would be worth looking at in a bookstore just to see how helpful it really is.
     
  8. Jade-Walker

    Jade-Walker Jedi Padawan star 4

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    The big yellow box site was interesting. But you need like shop tools. [face_frustrated] Anyone have access to those types of things?
     
  9. starwarschick14

    starwarschick14 Jedi Master star 4

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    My group used it for design ideas more than anything else. We didn't have access to any shop tools. It was fun sawing through the pipes with a hacksaw, haha...you would have needed to be there to appreciate the humor I guess. From the site we discovered all kinds of different parts to buy that we never would have thought of otherwise. It's not incredibly difficult...mildly challenging, yes...to alter those designs for less powerful tools. :)
     
  10. TheRandomMenace

    TheRandomMenace Jedi Master star 4

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    You don't need a dremel, (I don't have one) but after sawing my pipes, I used my dad's drill, which has a sanding bit. This smoothed down the edge. I also used it on my electrum saber, because my brass plates had bumps on their under surface, which would not allow them to lay flat unless I sanded them down. I think all I used on mine to assemble everything was a saw, the sanding drill bit, an actual drilling drill bit, and industrial adhesive.
     
  11. Padawan92

    Padawan92 Jedi Padawan star 4

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    This sounds interesting...but I don't see if it will go with any of my costumes! :D
     
  12. Malo-ha

    Malo-ha Jedi Youngling star 2

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    Sounds like an interesting project however Saturdays are rarely a good day for me to plan anything til after 6pm. I use to work every third Saturday now I have off every third Sat. Sundays are better for me.

    I hesitate to offer til I ask him, but my dad has a machine shop he might let us use. He lives in Willougby.
     
  13. Jade-Walker

    Jade-Walker Jedi Padawan star 4

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    The next several Saturdays aren't good for me either, Mary. ;)

    Sundays have potential, though.
    What do you all think? Perhaps Sunday Feb. 23?

    BTW--Brian showed me this awesome site for working lightsabers! [link=http://www.parksabers.com/index.html] Parks Sabers [/link]

    Now if only I had a small fortune. ;)
     
  14. Malo-ha

    Malo-ha Jedi Youngling star 2

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    Sundays have potential, though.
    What do you all think? Perhaps Sunday Feb. 23?


    Don't you mean Sunday the 22nd? :) I may be going to visit my brother that weekend if Continental will cooperate and offer a bargain fare. I won't know til Tues the 17th when they post the weekend specials.

    I could make it on a Tues, Wed or Fri night but I usually work til 6 so I wouldn't be able to make it til about 7 at least. But its doable. I have Fri the 13th off so time wouldn't be an issue then. I can definately make it any other Sunday after 4. I told Kohl's I could work til 3pm on the rest of the Sundays this month.

    BTW--Brian showed me this awesome site for working lightsabers! Now if only I had a small fortune.

    You just have to win the lottery. ;)
     
  15. Krash

    Krash RSA Emeritus star 5 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Sundays have potential, though.
    What do you all think? Perhaps Sunday Feb. 23

    I gotta work noon-6pm :(
    Sunday 2/15 and 2/29 are open for me!
     
  16. Jade-Walker

    Jade-Walker Jedi Padawan star 4

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    Well, I can make either Sunday if its after 4. :)
     
  17. Jedi_Outcast77

    Jedi_Outcast77 Jedi Padawan star 4

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    There are a lot of different reference sites out there for building a saber hilt.

    If you want to build one based off of an existing movie design, you can go [link=http://www.geocities.com/c-boath/]here[/link] and get blueprint-style measurments to use.

    If you're looking for a saber with it's own EL Blade you can go to Parks or [link=http://www.randomsabers.com/]here[/link] for one ready to go.

    If you want to build your own from scratch you can go to the [link=http://boards.theforce.net/Costuming_and_Props/b10019/14631399/?2]TF.N Costuming & Props boards[/link] and just scroll down to the PROPS section.
     
  18. Jade-Walker

    Jade-Walker Jedi Padawan star 4

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    Thanks for the info, Jedi Outcast.
    I saw the Parks site before *drools* :p But rather pricey.
    And the Random site also has very nice hilts, and quite a variety :)
     
  19. TheRandomMenace

    TheRandomMenace Jedi Master star 4

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    Random is always about nice and variety. ;)
     
  20. Krash

    Krash RSA Emeritus star 5 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    How does Sunday 2/15 sound? Sometime after 4pm.

    Since this seems to be the jedi-related costuming thread, I can tell ya'll Emily found a pair of brown boots (sorta like your's Kim) for a jedi costume...the girl wants to do 3 costumes! I thought Brian was bad. :)

    We also found a pattern for Luke and Leia (ANH) costumes. It is a child's costume pattern, but that should be able to be altered to fit grown up kids (right?) If that doesn't work...we'll need that Simplicity pattern

    WAL-MART is the place for fabric and boots! We found good Leia and jedi robe material for $1 a yard, and boots that fit the TIE pilot costume standards.
     
  21. Malo-ha

    Malo-ha Jedi Youngling star 2

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    I can do Feb 15th after 4pm. Is that ok with anyone else? Do we need to go for the 29th?

    What kind of fabric are you buying? Cotton? Polyester? Are you going for a stain-attracting (at least for me) lighter color or a darker brown. How washable is the fabric?

    I haven't sewn anything since 8th grade. 8-}
     
  22. Jade-Walker

    Jade-Walker Jedi Padawan star 4

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    Bad news. I went to Jo-Ann's and they don't carry the Jedi Robe Simplicity pattern (7438) that the RL site suggests. Neither do they carry the Simplicity pattern for the Leia robes (6673). *sigh*
    :(
     
  23. Talon Squad Leader

    Talon Squad Leader Former Manager star 5

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    I'd be willing to go sometime if schedule permits...
     
  24. Malo-ha

    Malo-ha Jedi Youngling star 2

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    Do you mean that that Jo-Ann store doesn't carry it or that Jo-Ann no longer carries it at all? Is there another pattern that could be modified?

     
  25. Jade-Walker

    Jade-Walker Jedi Padawan star 4

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    Jo-Ann's said that if they didn't have a card for it, then they didn't caryy it and not to bother trying other stores. They wouldn't have it either. :(
     
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