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Bastion Crystal Blade Plug 1 year 3 months ago #68810

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So, I just made this today using two blade plugs and a quartz crystal. It's my first time trying my hand at making something like this, but I'm actually pretty pleased. I thought I'd share some photos with you guys, and get your opinions.





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Bastion Crystal Blade Plug 1 year 3 months ago #68815

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Very nice!

What's that piece that you used to connect the crystal to the bottom LazerForge plug? Reminds me of a guitar strap knob.
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Bastion Crystal Blade Plug 1 year 3 months ago #68818

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Thanks Jaden!

It's the male end of an old air fitting. I cut it off, and used a counter-sink bit to cup the inside to hold the crystal.
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Bastion Crystal Blade Plug 1 year 3 months ago #68836

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This is something I've wanted to try ever since I saw that's how SF made the Descent's crystal chamber. Perhaps if TCSS or Erv himself gets some Pico Crumbles in soon. I'll grab an Arbiter and try it out myself.

Where'd you get your crystal? I've been trying to find a place locally that sells them but haven't had any success (I'd prefer to pick in person to make sure I'm getting what I'm looking for), but I'm going to probably have to go online.
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Bastion Crystal Blade Plug 1 year 3 months ago #68837

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I got them at Hobby Lobby in the section with all of the jewelry making supplies. They have strings of natural quartz crystals of different sizes for like $14. They are perfect for saber crystals because they range in length from like a half inch to almost two inches. I'm thinking about ordering a couple of blade plugs from the ASP site and using them to make more crystal blade plugs. I need to figure out how to put some reinforcing rods or something between the base and the top. Right now the crystal is the only thing connecting the top piece to the bottom, and if I tighten the retention screw much at all, it shifts the bottom piece enough to break the glue holding the crystal to the top piece. But as long as it's just snug enough to keep the plug in place, the glue holds fine.
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Bastion Crystal Blade Plug 1 year 3 months ago #68842

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Rennek wrote:
I got them at Hobby Lobby in the section with all of the jewelry making supplies. They have strings of natural quartz crystals of different sizes for like $14. They are perfect for saber crystals because they range in length from like a half inch to almost two inches.

Huh. I don't know why that never occurred to me (plus I've been in there a bunch of times this year getting things for various projects). I'll head there next. I had been looking into "metaphysical" stores in my area, but I'd heard through the grapevine that they don't take too kindly to non-believers. :whistle: :blink:
I need to figure out how to put some reinforcing rods or something between the base and the top.

In the limit crystal Guardian run SF did, they used what looks to be ASP plug 5 as the base and drilled holes for support rods around the outside, as seen with OvrcAHst's crystal Guardian.
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Bastion Crystal Blade Plug 1 year 3 months ago #68853

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That looks pretty awesome. Great prototype!

I think I'll have to try something similar with my Bastion.
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Bastion Crystal Blade Plug 1 year 3 months ago #68941

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Being a fan and owner of several Bastions, I REALLY like this. Great job!


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Bastion Crystal Blade Plug 1 year 3 months ago #68955

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Thanks for the pro tip on Hobby Lobby; found these there today:


I also found those strings of them you mentioned, but the only ones they had were all electroplated instead of regular clear. One set was a really cool copper/orange that would be cool with a Sith saber.
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