Post by Del-Nara Lanith on Feb 20, 2019 17:49:19 GMT -5
I'm going to share my progress on building a lightsaber hilt from a sink pipe here. While I appreciate the artistry of professionally built sabers, they're cost prohibited for me at this time. Eventually, I'll consider getting one (with two blades) for my costumes.
Using The Padawan's Guide page "My Custom Hardware Store Lightsaber," I've begun by buying two metal (22 gage) sink pipes (listed as "extension tubes") from the hardware store, measuring 1 1/4" x 12" and slightly over 4" in diameter. I have soft leather scraps that I'll use for grips, for a two-handed option; the Jedi hilt will be wrapped in tan. I'm using Scotch Maximum Strength Adhesive, bought on sale at a supermarket, to glue the leather to the pipe.
So far, I've spent around $12 for materials, except for the leather scraps (which I already had). I am planning to take photos of my progress (via my phone), although I don't (yet) have the cables to transfer them to a computer.
As for the other sink pipe I bought, it'll be wrapped in light gray leather for a Sith Apprentice's saber hilt.
Post by Del-Nara Lanith on Mar 11, 2019 22:15:46 GMT -5
I completed the grips for both hilts. I took the leather scraps and measured/cut them into strips. After ascertaining which end of the pipe would be the base of the hilt, I began to glue (with Scotch Maximum Strength Adhesive) the strips onto the pipe. Each strip overlapped the previous one, with each end slightly overlapping the other. Some of the strips were wrapped clockwise, others counterclockwise. The grip length of the Jedi hilt (tan leather) is just under 6", and the overlapping strips give it a "rustic" look.