May 16

Make Your Own Lightsaber!

DIY lightsaber by Shawn Jolicoeur

Ever wish you had your own Star Wars lightsaber? Now you can, thanks to this video tutorial by Geekbuilder Shawn Jolicoeur!

His video gives a brief overview of the steps he took to build a lightsaber from a metal pipe. Very realistic-looking!

The YouTube video also includes an epic lightsaber battle with his younglings, complete with cosplay!

What sci-fi gadget do you wish you had? Let us know in the comments!

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May 9

Han Solo’s Blaster From “A New Hope”

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This is actually a tutorial I’m following myself: recreating Han Solo’s blaster from Star Wars, Episode 4: A New Hope. I started off with the orange and white costume gun from Amazon. OB1Al wrote this tutorial as someone with an interest in making a variety of movie props.

Lightly sand the blaster with a fine grade sandpaper, remove the lettering on the side this way too. Prime with grey auto-primer and leave for a day or two to dry. If you intend to take this blaster to any cons, you may want to leave the end of the barrel orange so it’s still event-appropriate. You can just cover it with some tape when you hit it with the spray paint.

Add a base coat of silver (just use regular silver, NOT metallic silver as it doesn’t take the top coats very well). Leave to dry again. Add a coat of matte black paint. Once it’s dry. highlight the barrel and sight with a gloss black, to add a bit of depth to the paint-job.

Now, using fine grade sandpaper, CAREFULLY begin the weather the blaster by removing parts of the black paint, exposing the silver color underneath. Try to pick areas which would naturally receive wear and tear from normal use. You can also add some weathering topically (i.e., with a small artist brush in places). Weather the sight with some brass colored paint for greater authenticity.

Now, choose a nice brown wood-colored enamel for the grips. Carefully paint in the two sides of the grip and leave to dry. Once dry, spray a little bit of the matte black onto a saucer and dip your finger in it, wiping off most of the excess. Carefully rub some of the black into the brown grip area, giving some depth to the paint and weathering the area. Finally, use your brass colored paint to paint the ‘screws’ in the middle of the grips.

May 1

Custom TARDIS Inspired Jewelry Box

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pzcreations22 of Texas created this custom jewelry box for her Etsy store. The TARDIS inspired four drawer jewelry box is 7 1/4 inches tall, 6 inches wide, and 3 inches deep, (I wonder if it’s bigger on the inside!) and has a satin finish.

Because it is a custom made box, pzcreations22 said it will take 5-7 days to complete. But the TARDIS isn’t your thing to stash your jewelry away, there are other choices, including Sherlock Holmes, Twilight from “My Little Ponies,” The Golden Girls, and more.

April 4

I Find Your Lack of Coffee Disturbing . . .

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I often tell folks how I’m a coffee-powered robot, so is it any wonder that these caught my attention: They’re Free Star Wars Printables from Jamie at the blog Some of This and That, and they’re hilarious.  From pithy quotes, like “May the froth be with you” and “It’s a frap!”, if you love coffee and Star Wars, you’re going to love these free printables.  According to the blog, they’re sized to print out and fit into an 8″ x 10″ frame.  Go forth and print! And may the coffee be with you.

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March 28

Trekkie Oven Mitt Tutorial

Star Trek Oven Mitts by Sew Can Do

Planning on serving up some stewed gagh or steamed Raktajino? Then you’ll want to have some Star Trek oven mitts on hand. Fortunately, Cheryl at Sew Can Do has put together a tutorial to help you out.

These fully insulated mitts have easy slip-on hand pockets and feature some of the fun Star Trek prints now available, though you could customize with any number of geeky fabrics. Two-1/2 yards of cotton fabric, 1/4 yard Insul-Bright, and 1/4 yard Cotton batting, plus basic sewing tools are all you need to outfit your kitchen in Star Trek/geek style.

How would you deck out your kitchen? Star Trek, or another fandom? Share your fav in the comments below!

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March 26

Bulky X-Wing Fighter Blanket Pattern

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Just in time to use while you watch your Blu Ray version of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, get the hooker in your life to crochet you an X-Wing fighter blanket! Designed by MJ’s Off The Hook Designs, this pattern to work up quick. The body of the blanket uses 2 strands of bulky weight yarn with a Q hook. The pattern is a simple design using basic stitches but requires several color changes throughout. You will also require a 9mm hook for engines and guns. The “spacefighter” is designed to cocoon only around the calves and feet, the rest of the blanket opens up to lay over the body, and the pattern comes in child and adult sizes.

The pattern is available for only $5.99 through MJ’s Ravelry site.