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Author Topic: Custom Blade Plugs - pics & instructions appreciated  (Read 14454 times)
Dauntless Seven
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« on: January 26, 2018, 11:19:21 AM »

Hi everyone.  Have to admit that I am challenged when making blade plugs.  Should be relatively simple but could use more ideas and help.  I have made a few in my time... cutting HG polycarb tubing and using metal and crystals.  No crystal chambers yet.  

I and likely many others would appreciate a sharing of both ideas and knowledge regarding how to make these plugs.  I see that some members even have their own signature plug style that goes well with most saber styles and customizations.

Am starting this topic again as most visuals were lost thanks to PhotoBucket.  Would also appreciate knowing the specifics of the supplies used.  And a reminder that US blade plugs and cut down leftover blade pieces are a good foundational base to use when creating a customized plug.  

Thanks to everyone who participates in any way.  Cheesy
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« Reply #1 on: January 26, 2018, 11:23:08 AM »

Good call, I've been planning to make some blade plugs of my own as well.  This is a good spot to discuss and share ideas!
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« Reply #2 on: January 26, 2018, 12:55:45 PM »

Thanks Master Nero Attoru.  Smiley

I'm going to have to borrow some of the photos from RevanReborn's already posted " Scythe of the Covenant " saber build to get us started.  All I know is that the main plug is the circle one that US produces.  Hopefully Rev will add more details.

For larger ( I edited down the size lol ) and more photos please check out his post.  Wink  Thanks in advance for this Rev.  Cheesy









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« Reply #3 on: January 26, 2018, 02:13:40 PM »

I will have to start taking pics!
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« Reply #4 on: January 26, 2018, 02:19:27 PM »

Please do!
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« Reply #5 on: January 26, 2018, 03:02:50 PM »

Here's a plug that I put together on Halloween of 2016.  Spur of the moment from objects that were in my assorted saber crafting supplies.  Some of you will recognize this but the newer members won't... PB again !  Roll Eyes

Included are a copper connector that I customized, a small crystal skull ( doesn't everyone have at least one of these lol ), a ceiling fan pull cord with sliced off tip to let the light through, and a HG red polycarb tube that I had made prior.

It took way too long to cut down a hole and slot in the copper for the skull to rest in.  I finally gave up as the metal was getting too hot to hold and the tiny shards were getting into my hands and lungs.  Use gloves and a face mask/glasses.

The skull ended up sitting higher then I intended.  The illumination from the exhaust vents is not as bright also.  Now I have the right dremel and bits to make this much easier.  The pieces were placed together with a hot glue gun... which I am horribly not good at using.  The black paint was acrylic and then painted over with a clear finish that had some kind of a sparkle in it that looked like grit.  I wanted the look to appear kind of like an old tombstone.  This was the first time I had ever tried weathering/distressing... I was nervous and the connector went flying a few times.  The plug has been taken apart for version #2 some day.

So here's my #1 of a Kylo Ren blade plug in an Initiate LE v3 with BR blade.  Liked the look with this saber so no further customization required.  Smiley













Here's a bonus pic that I don't think was previously shared.  Grin





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« Reply #6 on: January 26, 2018, 03:15:34 PM »

Very cool D7
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« Reply #7 on: January 26, 2018, 04:43:32 PM »

Thanks LAK.  Wanted to demonstrate that it doesn't take a lot of materials... just a willingness to sometimes think outside of the box.  Grin

I'm not great at remembering to take photos from start to finish.  Not so interesting for me but other members seem to appreciate those step by step details... just as I do for other's sharings.  Also not a good photographer... am blaming it on my travel worn out camera that has not been set correctly.  Hmmm... what if it really is my camera... not so much lol.  Undecided
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« Reply #8 on: January 26, 2018, 05:13:38 PM »

Ok I will slowly add pictures to this instead of spamming this poor thread lol.

I make custom crystal blade plugs for each of my sabers. The materials I use are Quartz Crystals or Optical Calcite, metal and plastic gears, aluminum pulleys, aluminum telescoping optic lens and epoxy.

The first plug is from my saber, Ladies Rage. It's a yellow dyed Quartz Crystal set in epoxy with gears.







The second plug is from my Tri BR Dark War Glaive. It's a red dyed Quartz Crystal set in epoxy with gears.





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« Reply #9 on: January 26, 2018, 06:17:03 PM »

Both great examples D7 and LAK!

LAK, what epoxy do you use and how do you get it molded into a circle without the epoxy sticking to the mold? Or do you shape it afterwards?
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« Reply #10 on: January 26, 2018, 06:28:38 PM »

I use TrueCoat epoxy and I pour it into plastic tubes that I cut off after it cures. After that I shape it to size on a belt sander. It takes 2-5 pours to piece together a plug and on the DWG plug you can see the seams in the epoxy. These are not pretty plugs when they are out of their sabers lol
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« Reply #11 on: January 26, 2018, 07:33:32 PM »

Wow, it has been a while since I have seen that blade plug D7, that is back from my early days here.

Those are some sweet plugs too LAK. I love the final pic you posted.
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« Reply #12 on: January 26, 2018, 08:40:08 PM »

I've got some PC scraps from cutting blades down for staff work.
May have to see what I can come up with from my model parts 'bits box'
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« Reply #13 on: January 29, 2018, 06:37:03 PM »

Ok, time for the second round of Lady Kath's blade plugs.

This blade plug is for my Manticore. It's made of an aluminum pulley, a red dyed Quartz cristal, a gear and epoxy.








The second plug is for an Initiate LE v4. It's made of an aluminum pulley, a chunk of Optical Calcite and epoxy.








The last plug if for another Initiate v4. Itís made of an aluminum pulley, a green dyed Quartz crystal, a clear Quartz crystal and epoxy.







Here is the above blade plug pictured with 2 others I made that are similar. The one on the Left is for a Sentinel I am going to be modding soon and the one on the right is from Gavinís Bite.
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« Reply #14 on: January 31, 2018, 09:07:01 AM »

Wow, some amazing plugs guys!!  Lady Agana, how embarrassing lol, it seems we shop for some of our gears in the same place Wink.  Awesome plugs!

Here's a blast from the past lol- the 'ol razor head plug.  We've all seen a million variations of this one i'm sure- but for good reason.  It's awesome.  Credit where credit is due- i got this idea from Arkm, the first guy to ever do this.  Not sure if he's even still in the game, but he was like the OG undisputed king of plugs.



















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