Chrome plumbing -
Those come in different sizes (i.e., lengths and diameters). It
relatively cheap, so feel free to experiment. Additionally, you
try PVC pipe as well since it has the advantages of being even cheaper,
easier to cut, and more amenable to paint. Depending on what
tube you go with for the hilt and the blade, you will require
pipe sections to complete the assembly. See the photos below.
blades - Cut into shorter lengths, these make great grips for
the hilt of the blade, although they are more decorative than
unless what you used is really durable.
You will need something strong to keep the grips from peeling away if
lightsaber is going to be used as a prop (as opposed to a display; it's
up to you).
These may have two uses. Aesthetically, they are terrific for
the chrome hilt. However, they may also be useful for increasing
the diameter of parts that need to be squeezed together (e.g., blade
into the hit).
Tension bands -
These can look pretty neat as well, but I used one specifically to bind
the chrome tubing down on the PVC section that held the blade in place.
tubing - This will become the blade. It can be cut to
and frosted. Can be found at McMasters.
I made the Emperor's 3' in length, but I cut Yoda's just a bit shorter.
Spray-on glass frosting
- This will cover the clear plastic of the blade to diffuse
light and make it appear more like it does in the movies. Without
this coating, the individual strands of the el-wire will be
Speaking of which...
Short for electroluminescent wire. I would recommend going with
of wire. That sounds like a lot, but it is a narrow diameter, so
more it needed to flesh out the blade. Can be found at Elwirecheap.com.
El-wire requires an AC signal to light up, so an inverter must be used
with batteries. Most el-wire kits include an inverter that is
the size of a 9V battery.
9 Volt batteries
- You'll probably want three of these as more voltage/current
will be required to drive the amount of wire you'll need to make a
9 Volt batter connectors
- These will be used to wire the batteries together,
Can be found at Radio
Best investment you'll ever make since you'll use it all the time if
a DIYer. You can use this for cutting the tubing. For
straight cuts, a jig saw (with the appropriate blade for the material,
either metal or plastic) might be a better choice.
Wire cutters and
wire stripper - If you expand upon the basic single 9V set-up
of most el-wire kits (which I recommend you do), you will need to cut
strip some wire before you can connect things.
Soldering iron and
solder - To solder the battery connectors together.
will hold up better than simply twisting them around one another.
Long shoestring -
You can probably use another string, but I happened to have long, soft
nylon laces around from a pair of hi-tops. I used this to pull
el-wire up into the tubing. It is going to be packed in there
tightly, so you keep doubling it over approximately the length of the
tube, then tie the shoelace around one end and pull the whole mess