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05 Aug 2012 - 23:0988824
Making a "glowing" Katana prop
I'm going to be cosplaying as Gideon Graves from Scott Pilgram vs. The World and I'm trying to figure out a way how to make his glowing Katana.

Reference pictures:
http://www.comicbookmovie.com/images/users/uploads/10204/2010_scott_pilgrim_vs_the_world_009.jpg

http://www.cosplayisland.com/files/costumes/2535/36299/Gideon_pixel_sword.png

http://images.wikia.com/scottpilgrim/images/1/11/Gideon_pixel_sword.png

I'm not looking for complete accuracy because I imagine that's it nearly impossible to make a something like that. I guess that I'm just looking for a way to make it glow a little or to attach some lights to it so that it looks flashy.

My idea is to buy a katana and use something, like fairy lights or glowsticks, in order to create the glowing effect.



Last edited by ShadowIndustries (05 Aug 2012 - 23:10)
05 Aug 2012 - 23:2288826
You could make a semi-opaque plastic (or whatever) katana and thread EL wire though it. Only issue is the battery pack, you'd have either get one that doesn't last long but is narrow, have it hidden in your sleeve or thicken the katana.


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06 Aug 2012 - 04:1388830
For the blade:
You could buy some clear acrylic plastic sheets and stick them together

For the Handle
You could cast it from clear resin, or vaccum form some more acrylic sheet,

To make it light up
Put a strip of this in the blade facing each way:
http://www.thatscoolwire.com/store/item.asp?Category=188&SubCategoryID=178&GroupID=&SKU=FELP-39STRP-NI

Or you could put fairy lights in, if you frosted the clear acrylic sheets it would diffuse the glow from each light to make it look more like the whole thing is glowing.

To power it
With fair lights you might get away with hiding a small coin cell battery holder (not sure if it would be powerfull enough)
But with the light up strip you'd need to hide the battery pack elsewhere like NixieThePixie said.
You could lead the wires from the katana up your sleeve and have the pack hidden in a pocket.


06 Aug 2012 - 16:1088856
Quote Silantre:
For the blade:
You could buy some clear acrylic plastic sheets and stick them together

For the Handle
You could cast it from clear resin, or vaccum form some more acrylic sheet,

To make it light up
Put a strip of this in the blade facing each way:
http://www.thatscoolwire.com/store/item.asp?Category=188&SubCategoryID=178&GroupID=&SKU=FELP-39STRP-NI

Or you could put fairy lights in, if you frosted the clear acrylic sheets it would diffuse the glow from each light to make it look more like the whole thing is glowing.

To power it
With fair lights you might get away with hiding a small coin cell battery holder (not sure if it would be powerfull enough)
But with the light up strip you'd need to hide the battery pack elsewhere like NixieThePixie said.
You could lead the wires from the katana up your sleeve and have the pack hidden in a pocket.


As a side note, that stuff looks AWESOME! I've wanted some official Light Tape for ages but the only official reseller didn't get back to me.

For the katana, I'd almost suggest dissecting one of those kids' LED-lit swords and tinkering with the innards. They never look very complicated, and I bet there's tons knocking around on eBay. They only take one or two AAs as well.


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08 Aug 2012 - 15:5089012
In terms of batteries, you might find a LiPo stick battery (such as this) works well; it'd fit the shape of the katana handle and would have longer life than standard commercials - just need to check compatibility and potentially remove the tamiya clip / add one to the light strips.


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