Star Wars Saber Commission
Creating a design and following it through to a completed build is a very rewarding process, especially if the design comes out better than imagined.
This lightsaber began as a bare bones ‘stunt saber’ and was designed from the ground up to be a custom build. Simple thumbnail sketches were used first to gain an idea of size, shaping, and location of components and from there a final design was generated.
Much of the design itself took inspiration from sabers used in many Star Wars films and television shows.
Completing the design meant construction could begin. Components were found through recycled materials and much of the visual modifications such as the new emitter and belt clip were created using PVC piping.
Drawing inspiration from the newer films the colour scheme was a selection of black, silver, and copper, while using the original chrome of the stock finish.
Extensive masking and paint planning meant the final design was clean without runs or imperfections. 4 coats of gloss clear were added to protect the paint, which was followed by a full buffing and polishing.
An addition made to this design was the addition of weathering. This is the art of making a prop look old, warn, and heavily used even thought it is brand new. Techniques such as airbrushing, dry spraying, and heavy dabs of paint helped to give the lightsaber the look of being an old relic.