Last week, I ordered a lightsaber hilt from Salt Lake Saber Company on Etsy.
For cosplay and display, these hilts do not have blades or electronics, but they are made out of steel, vinyl and plastic, and come in either a chrome or satin nickel finish. These hilts can be made to order with custom specifications for only $30 each, but Blaire Maynes also sells pre-made hilts (which is what I ordered), which are only $25 each. Blaire sells high quality (and heavy) lightsaber hilts. Blaire even has a couple of blasters available.
There are other companies that sell all the parts needed to make a hilt, either with or without electronics (but you still have to put them together yourself), or you can go online to get a tutorial on how to get all the parts locally and make your own hilt. I tried making my own hilt earlier this year, and it was not a pretty finished sight!
If you have a future Jedi Knight on your Christmas list and you can’t find the right gift for him/her, check out Salt Lake Saber Company’s Etsy shop. You won’t be disappointed. Blaire’s lightsaber hilts look movie set quality.
Last week People Magazine announced that the lovely Chris Hemsworth (photo Credit: Ben Watts), aka Thor, is this year’s Sexiest Man Alive.
In honor of this prestigious award, I thought, for my first post as a contributor to Geek Crafts, I’d share some awesome Thor related tutorials.
Of course, you can’t talk Thor and not talk Mjolnir, his big . . . hammer. :) Here’s a great Instructable on building your own hammer.
If you’re looking for something a little less “cosplay” and a little more “toy“, try this tutorial from Doodlecraft . It’s a bit more kid friendly, and you might even have the materials needed already, since it uses things like a hot glue and an old pillowcase.
Thor Costume Fun
The folks at Cutesy Crafts have this delightful tutorial on making your own superhero masks, including the mighty god of thunder. Supposedly these awesome masks are meant just for kids, but really? I think these would make fabulous accessories for everyday wear.
This tutorial from Life Sprinkled with Glitter has to be my favorite. It’s a baby Thor costume DIY, and Colleen Wickersheim has got step-by-step instructions, with pictures, on creating the costume, helmet, and hammer. I’m thinking this would be perfect for my nephew’s first Halloween next year.
Need a Thor of your very own?
Over at Photobucket you can find this free printable to make your very own 3-D paper Thor created by Jim Bowen (username trogdoriangrey).
You may have seen this one featured on Geek Crafts before, but it’s so worth sharing again. Ravelry creator Jess Newstone has got the cutest little god of thunder amigurumi pattern ever and it’s free! She’s even got Thor’s adopted bad boy brother amigurumi pattern (free to0!).
More links of interest:
Looking for a holiday gift for a four-legged bestie? Be s/he worthy, perhaps Meowlnir is just what you need.
The cool cats over at With Our Powers Combined have put together a tutorial on how to make feline-friendly replica of Mjolnir, Thor’s hammer. It’s so cute, it would make a great stocking stuffer for the less furry on your holiday list as well!
What other geeky pet toys have you crafted up? Share ideas in the comments section below!
Links of Interest:
Each day, Christy Kilgore of eastern Illinois likes to bring a little sunlight in her children’s life by drawing pop culture artwork on the lunch bags they bring to school. She’s been doing this for about a year now and uses regular colored pencils, sharpies, and crayola markers to create her art. Be sure to check out the original posting, check her out on Instagram (linked above from her name), or follow her on Twitter to see more of her work.
I’m jealous…I need someone to pack a lunch for me everyday and draw on my lunch bags!
The Holidays are coming! The Holidays! Currently its early enough that you can still make something, or get gifts to decorate for the holidays. So we are going to start with geeky ornaments. Hallmark is surprisingly good at this, but we have so many options, from making to buying. And its not too late to start making!
For the Geek Crafter/Soon to Be Crafter –
For the Geek Shopper –
I’ve put together a treasury list of a variety of geeky ornaments one can find from a variety of sellers on Etsy. They are a mix of shapes, styles, and fandoms and nearly all the shops cover more than the fandom pictured. So I would say give it a click through and enjoy.
I’m trying to get everything lined up to make Geek Crafts better than ever! If you would like to be a writer, send me a mock post at email@example.com. Find any geek crafty item and write a post about it. Even if you’ve sent one before, feel free to send it again so I can keep this party going!! There’s no pay for this position, but you do get bragging rights!
What this would mean: I would need you to commit to posting at least once a week, have functional knowledge of WordPress including how to upload media, and proof-reading is the ultimate skill I require you to have.
So what are you waiting for? Hit me with your best shot and you may get to join the Geek Crafts team!!
And because who likes text only posts, I give you this:
I spoil you.