Now even fiber artists can get in touch with their inner padawan by making a small light saber that actually lights up. I got inspired to create this, appropriately enough, from a light-up key chain shaped like a light bulb. You’ll need just a few other things to make this lovely light source for a more civilized age. Aside from the light-up key chain, you will need: A clear bendable plastic, such as the kind you’ll find used for sheet protectors at office supply stores. Two colors of lightweight yarn or crochet cotton, one for the hilt of your lightsaber and one for the blade. A crochet hook sized appropriately to use with the yarn or cotton. A small amount of craft paint to match the color of your lightsaber blade. A small paint brush. A container for water. A pair of scissors. A pen, or something with which to mark on the plastic. Clear tape. Newspaper to protect the surface on which you’re working. A ruler is optional; I kind of winged it, but if you want your light saber blade to be an exact length, and your lines to be perfectly straight, you’ll want one. First, cut the rings off the side of your sheet protector, and the sealed pocket off the bottom. Fold it out so that you’re working with a single, flat sheet. Roll your key chain up in the plastic so that you have a little more than one complete thickness around it. Mark how far you rolled on the plastic, and how long you want your blade to be. Connect these marks to make a rectangle. Spread out your newspaper, fill your water container, and open your paint. Take your paint brush and fill in that rectangle with your paint. You don’t have to cover it too thickly; in fact, you shouldn’t, if you want your light to shine through. Let the paint dry completely before continuing to the next step. When the paint is dry, cut out the rectangle. Attach it with tape to your key chain, and roll it up. Make sure the painted side is on the inside of...Read More
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