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LOTR and Star Wars Crossover Lightsaber

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Jan 5 2013, 12:51am

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LOTR and Star Wars Crossover Lightsaber Can't Post

Heya guys,

Figured I'd start off with a bang. I was commissioned by a friend to make a lightsaber (it's sort of what I do) for an engagement present for his fiance. He wanted a special saber to commemorate his proposal, and present this saber as a gift. and when he told us his plan and his ideas for the saber and the proposal, we just had to take it on. With my wife and partner, Deanna being a sucker for romantics, she was a driving force for doing certain things on this saber. They're both rabid Tolkien fans and Star Wars fans, as we are as well. It had to be epic and special, so I took imagery garnered from my near obsession with the art direction the movies took, and melded it with everything I know about making lightsabers Between the two of us, some of the ideas went over and above the original concept, but that's the way art works.

He chose the model Hyperion from our build gallery as a starting point for the design. He liked the purple blade, accents and the flowing curvy brass shrouds. With that as a base, I sketched out a few ideas and quickly settled on one that subtly incorporated the flowing designs of the movie swords, as well as some Tengwar script. The script following the curve of the forward shroud came from my love of the Sting sword and the engraving on the blade. It follows similar lines. Heis also in on our second Starkiller run, and since that is going to be his personal saber, he wanted this one to tie in to it with a crystal chamber. Crystal chambers on sabers can be subtle and inconspicuous, or full on exposed and a center point to a piece. We went with the latter. It was a perfect spot to add some detail work to bring a saber to the next level. Starting with a perfect jewelry quality amethyst crystal point, I built the chamber around it. I made chamber support rods similar to the ones used on the Starkiller and added gold leaf and vine work spiraling them. The forward headpiece of the chamber is comprised of sandwiched engraved acrylic and delrin discs that are lit up using individual accent LEDs.

I didn't want any protrusions on the outside of the hilt, preferring the focal point of the topography to be the heavy brass ring. So there are no control boxes, covertecs or d-rings, or even an external recharge port to take away from the sleek elegance. For switches, Dave requested a purple AV switch and for the aux switch I custom made a recessed brass button with an inset 4mm Mystic Topaz (incorrectly said Alexandrite in the vid, which didn't look as good and was put back in the drawer) that is back lit with a green lighted tactile switch.

For purple hilt accents, I wanted it to be something that would 'fit' with a sword design and instead of powdercoating, I used a heavily patterned deep purple leather for the rear grip. This was stretched and fitted over a contoured grip.

The Ring was a feature from my original concept that I wanted to make sure made it onto the final design. Actually, it's pretty amazing how little was changed from the original sketch. I found some thick brass tubing and bored it to just fit over the brass shrouds. I lathed it into an approximate shape then engraved and polished it. This was then soldered onto the rear shroud to keep it from moving. The rear grip, as shown in the video, unscrews to give access to the SD card and the recharge port. This is why the ring was soldered on (like brass plumbing fittings) so it wouldn't move.

The engraving is probably what took the most time. I had to buy a new tool (oh, the horror :D) and then spend a couple of weeks getting to know it and practice....a lot. During this time Deanna spent some time writing a new Ring poem which is a play on the original Ring poem from the books/movies. We felt that just using the original would be bad luck as it was a really dark binding spell. Deanna wrote a three line poem to coincide with the last three lines of the original but this time with a more positive slant :D She then had to translate it from English, to Sindarin since just writing something in English in the Tengwar script is silly. After that was done I had to spend time learning the script and practicing line after line, after line......after line, until I had a good feel for it. The three lines of the poem read thus: "One Ring to confirm their love. One Ring to unite them. One Ring to bring them both, and in this lifetime bind them."

It was at this time that Dave told us that he was having someone make the stand for this. We then contacted the stand maker and secretly had him change the Tengwar script to match what we were engraving on the saber. The stand, like all of his work so far, is a fantastic and elaborate 7 piece stand. It is layer upon layer of acrylic mastery. The base layer is a black disc with the Tengwar inscription. The next piece is the gold ring, and then the insert with the Sting silhouette bisecting the script. A plain clear layer is laid on top of that and locked in place by the Tower motif stand arms. The arms themselves are also engraved with the symbol of the White Tree, and a plaque spans the width of the arms.

We want to congratulate Dave and Jenna and we wish them a lifetime of happiness together!

Quick Specs:

Custom LOTR inspired hilt
Handcut brass overlays with hand engraved Elvish script
Brass Ring with engraved script
Custom Ring poem, translated to Sindarin
Patterned purple leather over contoured rear grip
Modified purple recessed AV switch
Custom brass aux button with inset faceted Mystic Topaz and back lit with green tactile switch
Detailed crystal chamber with gold leaf and vine work[/color]





(This post was edited by FenderBender on Jan 5 2013, 12:58am)


Jan 5 2013, 10:11am

Post #2 of 8 (450 views)
Now that is....Amazing [In reply to] Can't Post

LotR and Star Wars are both great (more emphasis on the former) but crossing them over like that is just genius.Wink

"These are Gundabad Wargs! They will outrun you!"

"THESE are Rhosgobel Rabbits! I'd like to see them try...."

The Shire

Jan 5 2013, 9:18pm

Post #3 of 8 (403 views)
Awesome! [In reply to] Can't Post

That is amazing!

"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us."

Registered User

Jan 5 2013, 11:49pm

Post #4 of 8 (410 views)
Thanks! [In reply to] Can't Post

Thanks guys!

For some reason I can't get the pics to work right. I was trying to use the thumbnail images so they'd be clicky, but it doesn't seem to work so hot here.Unsure


Jan 7 2013, 3:36pm

Post #5 of 8 (361 views)
Seriously breathtaking . . . [In reply to] Can't Post

The fact that you followed your passions and perfected such a craft is beyond words to describe!

Soon enough I'll have the disposable income to look at your wares more seriously! Wink

Don't be hasty.

Tol Eressea

Jan 12 2013, 5:47pm

Post #6 of 8 (349 views)
LOTRsaber [In reply to] Can't Post

Wheretheheck were you guys when I was 20????

Clearly possessed of ropyal Dwarvish blood. Now that's craftmanship.

Wish the pics would lead to larger ones.

Go outside and play...

Registered User

Jan 15 2013, 12:36am

Post #7 of 8 (354 views)
I don't know about 'dwarvish' [In reply to] Can't Post

Heh, thanks! I don't know about the Dwarvish blood, I'm almost 6' 2"Wink

I tried to put the thumbnail links for the pics (so they'd be clicky to full size versions) but it didn't work. I suppose I could just post bigger picsUnsure

Tol Eressea

Jan 15 2013, 6:55pm

Post #8 of 8 (395 views)
dwarvish... [In reply to] Can't Post

In Reply To
Heh, thanks! I don't know about the Dwarvish blood, I'm almost 6' 2"Wink

Yeah, and so is Richard Armitage, so you're in good company. Keep crafting!

I tried to put the thumbnail links for the pics (so they'd be clicky to full size versions) but it didn't work. I suppose I could just post bigger picsUnsure

Go outside and play...


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