Master & Apprentice: Star Wars – Custom Lightsabers | Rooster Teeth


Welcome to master and apprentice today, we’re gonna be making custom lightsabers for Star Wars. This is Marcus report for the last 17 years Marcus has been working in the film industry as a production designer art director and prop Fabricator and this is Adam Ellis a novice cosplayer and a systems administrator for Risha beef production company we work for it We’re gonna show you what it takes to make? Professional level props from your favorite movies and video games and teach you the tricks the pros you that you can do at home this Is master an apprentice I? Think every one of us is fantasized about having their own lightsaber And and maybe even a custom lightsaber at that sure my dad made one of these out of a broom handle and some PVC parts When I was a little kid, so this one’s kind of near and dear to my heart basically we’re gonna take an off-the-shelf lightsaber We’re gonna sort of go into the Star Wars universe We’re gonna borrow some aesthetics that we know that we can apply here And we’re gonna start to kick bash our own pieces that we’ve found This is what’s fun about doing you know cosplay? And prop work is you get to kind of pick and choose the pieces that you want right so this is about personalization We’ve got about half a day to do this. Yeah, this is something at home Hopefully people can can take care of in a similar amount of time Yes, I believe so so when I scale to 1 to 10 this build is about a three This is a really great starting project for anyone who’s never done anything like this. We should be making our own custom lightsaber I’ll be going for a Jedi look and Marcus is gonna be going for like a Knights of Ren sort of look so the first step is gonna be in sketch this thing up obviously we’re gonna need some pins and pencils and a pad of paper for that the Next step is lightsaber prep you’re gonna need a screwdriver to remove the blade and an off-the-shelf lightsaber to work with the next step is gonna be kid bashing you’re gonna need some plastic model kit parts and some super glue or epoxy to attach all these pieces so the Last step here is gonna be painting and weathering you’re gonna need some small paintbrushes for this as well as an airbrush We’re also gonna need some spray paints and some acrylic paints for all the aging Okay, Adam, so let’s figure out what this thing looks like So do you want to start with your design? This is one taken from the force awakens? Art book it looks like a concept design for a night of Rin I don’t know if it’s gonna be in the new movie or not, but I really liked the drawing when I saw it yeah That’s cool. I really like that. It’s black. You don’t see that very often. I’m a little nervous I’m afraid that I don’t have the right creative brain yet. I think you do we can reference this This photograph you know you like the ribbing you. You know you like this this gives us something to go off of Maybe this maybe this is all all the divots in their copper. Okay, you sound like you just went a place in your head That says this is what we’re trying to do trying to get you excited about what we’re making Now that we have a good idea of what we’re both building we can start on kid matching We’re starting with an off-the-shelf a lightsaber, but it doesn’t really look very fancy so instead we’re gonna take a bunch of kit bashed parts and stuff that we have around the house and Start gluing these up, then making these look really cool Whenever you do kit bashing everything needs to kind of have Somewhat of a purpose you don’t want it to be haphazard as you build and put new pieces on it’ll start to develop So I’m going to take this PVC pipe and cut it on the table saw while it’s at a 45 degree angle and cut off the excess and Then all I have to do is fit it on the lightsaber the easiest way to get tubes to fit on a bigger tube Is to do like a split so we can take this to the bandsaw we can make a cut right here You can probably sleeve this around will stretch enough then wherever there’s a gap we’re gonna use another Piece of model parts to kind of hide the fact that there’s a seam So we’ll just stretch it girl we might need to Give up a little bit, yeah, let’s give it some heat with the heat gun Then you should be able to fit that on there pretty good, okay We resume cylindrical details And now I have little bits to clean up so I’m using an exacto to cut away the excess What are we really careful when you’re working the exacto blade? This is probably one of the most dangerous tools in the entire shop it looks super innocent It’s just a wee little knife Anytime you work with this you always want to be pushing this away from your body So if you miss or you break, or you lose your grip then it’s going somewhere, that’s not important So keep bashing is the fun part all you have to do is glue the pieces on wherever you like them This is from a toy gun We cut the nozzle off. You can kind of see where it was this portion. Here is a from a satellite model This is from a y-wing Frustrated man, it’s trying to use these fluted bits I know that you don’t think it looks that great, but it this is really good. Thank you Yeah, just think I’m going to take your lesson from the last time. We kick bashed and Just be okay with changing the design a little bit So marques you’re looking pretty far along here We’re getting close someone you’re probably gonna get rid of be in a way sooner than I am you’re just looking really good actually It doesn’t seem like it right now cuz it’s a bunch of different colors If I think this tip on to make sure no one thinks it’s a real lightsabers That’s so you can take it to comic-con right I think I’m gonna do what we talked about and do some of this in black Leather they gonna keep most of it chrome, and then I’ll have a couple strips of copper. You’re in though You’re in the right neighborhood cool All right, so the big pieces around and we’re ready to paint He’s masking off the parts that I’m going to not want to paint black so let me paint my black first I messed up already I just don’t like the comparisons of like who’s the bigger star wars fan because Everyone has their own sentimental connection to a movie like Star Wars Marcus. That’s his dad built him a lightsaber growing up You know me that was also my bonding experience that my dad’s watching Star Wars over time I’m gonna paint these little bands copper and mask the rest of the thing off I Think there’s copper accents make me real happy. Oh, yeah, all we got left is weather So if you’ve seen this show before you know anytime we’re trying to make an object look like metal when it’s plastic I usually fall Back on this metallic wax paint and right now We’re just gently guiding the side of a brush over all the high spots Where this detail exists and this kind of gives us some almost like a faux airbrush really that is? Awesome in like four or five hours. You have a Knights of Ren awesome custom lightsaber. Yeah, it’s pretty good I’ve got an old wiring harness from some miscellaneous tech. We’ve had laying around I’m gonna cut something off and we’re gonna glue it on okay. I’m gonna a little dirty mine up If you don’t have an airbrush you could easily use the front of a small paintbrush Paint some on wipe it off and leave all the paint in the recesses I just have to do some dry brushing and get this parts over and get some dirt in it get in there Well this turned into a really awesome afternoon project there’s a lot of fun I Was really scared dude like I know you really sweating it I’ve made stuff before but like I haven’t created my own design and like work from that It’s the fact that it shows the light through there is awesome You’ve got copper here in the middle which is really nice detail And you didn’t use it too much all these PVC fluted parts that you got that didn’t fit at first You just kind of cut them split them at the back, and then you hide the seams looks great yours is amazing It’s like it’s just like what you were going for it’s so cool. I think it kinda looks like a jet engine Yeah, it does. Well. You see we got yeah, let’s let’s go battle alright. It’s time time to wield these Are you are you okay, okay? Okay, okay fine? You’re still wanna do this so this we still this masher yes I’m grateful instead of waiting hole levels. Thanks for watching master apprentice We hope you guys decide to make your own lightsabers at home, and if you do please show us And if there’s anything else you want us to make also let us know in the comments. We will see you next time Goodbye

100 Replies to “Master & Apprentice: Star Wars – Custom Lightsabers | Rooster Teeth”

  1. Make your own saber!
    Step 1: Buy a $200 custom saber, but call it "off the wall" to make it sound like a $20 walmart toy.
    Step 2: just be good at anything involving construction.

    Step 3: say its easy, even though its not.

  2. coming back to this video after a year. still a primary concern of mine is wont kitbashing block the screws of the "blade", making it impossible to unscrew it in case you need to make repairs?

  3. I'm not making a custom from scratch, but I am further customizing my Savi's Workshop saber. Lots of repainting, weathering and accessories/attachments. I do have a question. I'm not sure how much you have dabbled in the actual blade making process. If you're not familiar with the blades from Galaxy's Edge, there is a strip of LEDs in the blade and the strip is surrounded in a foam cylinder inside the PVC blade. While I do like the LEDs in the blade so it creates the affect of the blade being turned off and on, I'm not very happy with the very noticeable bands of light along the blade visible from each individual LED.

    So, here's my question finally. Do you have any suggestions on how to diffuse the light so each LED isn't so visible making it appear as one solid color? I've tried a few methods. I know some people have used plastic wrap on their custom sabers. It worked, but the imperfections of the plastic wrap, the folds and creases from it being so crinkly, are clearly visible. It does give a cool Kylo Ren effect, but that's not what I'm going for. I also tried freezer paper, but the same thing happened with the imperfections appeared. Just not as prominently. I also tried painting the foam tube housing the LEDS, but again the imperfections from not getting the coat of paint perfectly even showed through. My last theory is to use 4mm EVA foam and make my own housing tube. It will be more dense than the foam and should hide the bands. My only concern is seeing the seam that will be created when I join the two ends of the foam to make the cylinder.

    Any suggestions? Thanks.

  4. A brilliant build dudes! But (and there always is one) the STUPIDEST (and that’s putting it lightly) and most unsafe use of a table saw, is freehand holding and cutting a narrow workpiece on a fully extended miter cut saw blade (2:59)! Forget the fact that the saw has absolutely no blade guard or a splitter! If anyone in my design studio or shop attempted a cut like this, they’d either be pushing a broom, or be shown the door. Be safe – being able to count to ten on your fingers is a good thing. (I own a custom and bespoke design furniture and fabrication firm, so from one pro to another…)

  5. Why do people with big beards have deep voices like the guy in this video or Braun strowman (wwe), Big show(again wwe)

  6. Anyone have any suggestions for ways to get kit bashable parts? I’m not a model maker personally and I would like to start kit bashing, any ideas?

  7. 7:40 missed the obvious Monty Python reference that could be made.

    Not gonna lie, builds look good, but kinda disappointed you didn't make the "flesh wound" joke.

  8. Thanks for this. I just so happen to own the silver hilt you used as a base and recently wanted one that looks more “Star Warsy.” Never thought to just mod the one I already have.

  9. I was so confused I thought you were doing a cooking video. It looked like you were in a kitchen and you had aprons on.

  10. Wow that end skit there is pretty accurate to what would happen to a person who doesn't know how to wield a lightsaber

  11. I did not have high hopes when you guys first started with the plastic parts n stuff but they turned out extremely well! 😀

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