These are the final Sburb Beta CDs. 5 sessions with 4 or 5 players per session.
I’ve been burning the designs into them all day.
Hello ladies and gents! Today I will show you how to construct a light up mindfang sword!!! yyyyyaaaaaaaaayyyyyyy. I know there was this tutorial but it’s…horribly complicated….. SO. Here is an easy way to do it. It lights up, is durable, and looks GR8. as you can see in these pictures of me and my cosplay. SO. Let us beign!
- 3 sheets of 2ft x 3ft 1/8th in thick plexiglass
- one 4 1/2 inches around, PVC pipe
- pvc pipe cap to fit the pipe
- Air Dry Modeling clay
- dremel tool
- blue acrylic paint
- blue spray paint to match blue acrylic paint or vice versa
- scotch painting tape (to tape off sections not wanting to be painted so that you don’t get paint on parts you don’t want to.
- LED AA Maglite
- hard posterboard
- C clamps
- epoxy/silicone/superglue (not exactly recommended)
WARNING: DO NOT REMOVE THE SCRATCH SAFETY FILM ON THE PLEXIGLASS.
First, you’re going to want to use your posterboard and draw out the shape of the sword and cut it out. What I did was use my dad’s huge printer, blew up a pic of the sword, pasted it to the posterboard after cutting it out, and cut it out after pasting.to get exact dimensions, but you can also eye it too, doesn’t really matter. You’re also going to want to add a little “tail” to it that will keep it sturdy later. It’ll be something like this:
Next, use ONE sheet of your plexiglass and trace the sword’s shape onto it with a sharpie.and trace it onto one peice of plexiglass. Clamp those together with 2-3 clamps in whatever size.
Then, you take out your handy dandy dremel tool and attach the small saw thingie onto it and position it comfortably and start cutting along your tracing of the sword. MAKE SURE YOU WEAR SAFETY GOGGLES, AND DO NOT BREATHE THE PLASTIC STUFF THAT FLIES EVERYWHERE. Make sure you put the clamps on the three peices. After you cut out the shape, clamp the three peices together as exact as you can, and put a small peice of cardboard or an extra peice of glass under where the clamp touches the glass so it doesn’t scratch the glass. With the gut hook on the sword, you may not be able to cut everything perfect and there will be many chinks and duvets in the of the sword. This is where the wonderful item of sandpaper comes in.
So, you’re going to want to sand out those chinks and duvets and stuff until it’s smooth. You can smooth down the end of the guthook too, to make it skinnier or sharper or whatever but just be careful, since sharp object aren’t usually allowed at cons if you’re using it for these purposes. Sanding takes a lot of time and patience and some strength to do.
After you sand all these chinks out and make them smooth and beautiful it should look a lil somefin like this:
(If it’s hot be sure to drink plenty of water as you can see that I was doing)
Look at that baby stage of the sword. You can see it set up on the clamps after I have sanded it down.
ARIGHT. Here, we get down to the nitty gritty :3
So take apart these piece of plexiglass and remove the safety film from each piece. wash the pieces with soap and water VERY VERY GENTLY SO YOU DO NOT SCRATCH THE PIECES and make sure no soap is left on them, then set them on a towel to dry off. After they dry, take one piece and your blue spray paint and your paint tape stuff and go outside.
First, tape off your sword where you DO NOT WANT THE PAINT TO BE. Here is a diagram of where the tape should be put:
All the blue should be taped off to the BEST of your abilities. You may have to tear different peices of the tape to get that perfect curve. Then, lay it on a flat surface where its ok to get paint on. Then, spray the shit out of that thing. until it looks something like this and is COMPLETELY COVERED like this:
DO NOT TOUCH THE PAINT FOR AT LEAST TWO DAYS IT WILL SMUDGE AND SHIT
After two days, you may remove the tape and it should looks somefin like this:
Now here is where we glue.
Take your two clear and one painted sheets of sword and sandwich them with the painted one in the middle of the two clear. Make sure they are PERFECTLY ALIGNED or else the sword will be bumpy and stuff. Now use something like epoxy or some kind of silicone and glue all the pieces together. ((honestly I used superglue although your SHOULD use epoxy. superglue held for a while, but not after a day of conning and posing))
Next, is where your PVC pipe comes in. You can cut it to whatever length you would like but I cut mine to a length of about 9 inches. Remember, it has to fit the maglite, and the “tail” of the sword.
Now, take your PVC pipe and cut a slit into it about 3/8 of an inch wide and 2-3 inches deep (enough to take in the “tail”, which should slide right into the pipe, and a few inches of the blade itself). Then, slide it into place inside of the pipe.
Next, take your screws and screw into the side of the pvc pipe, through the plexiglass to hold it into place inside of the PVC pipe. Use as many screws as you like on either side though I used three. Make sure to keep your “tail” centered in the PVC pipe. once that’s done, you can see the sword starting to come together!
for this step you will need to bust out your paint and clay. Form the clay around the PVC pipe going over the edge of it a bit to hide the pipe. Form the hilt of it with the stinger-like appendages.
Make sure to use the picture of the sword as a reference. take your cap and for the pincer end of the sword, form the clay on top of the cap so that it looks like the pncer. Let the clay dry for as long as needed. After it’s dried, paint both things.
Now, take your maglite and put it into the PVC pipe. if it doesn’t stay in place, wrap some tape around it on the top and bottom (backwards so the sticky part is outside) and put it inside, lessing the bottom part just barely poke out so you can turn the light on and off as you need but are still able to fit the cap onto it. Make sure you are gentle with the cap since it IS clay and coul break. Turn the light and put the cap on and WAHLA (or whatever) you have your sword. Should look something like this:
There you go, friends! I hope this worked for you!
If you’ve got any questions or confusions, please ask! I’m welcoming to anything!
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