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My Hilt Was Boring! 6 months 4 weeks ago #80200

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I bought this hilt back in the first run of sabers from the indiegogo thing. Finally got around to putting the electronics in a couple of months back. A couple of weeks ago I realized that the reason I never messed with it is that it's boring as shit. So I decided to customize it a bit and throw a light weathering on it.
First thing I did was add a few copper accent pieces and weathered brass screws.

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My Hilt Was Boring! 6 months 4 weeks ago #80201

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Took off the cheap fakey leather wrap and added a legit leather handle.

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My Hilt Was Boring! 6 months 4 weeks ago #80202

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This is where I'm at with it now. I added some battle damage, cracks, and burns. Broke and filed off some edges. Weathered the emitter and the switch with some Birchwood Casey Aluminum Black. Darkened in the dirtier areas first then soaked the entire piece in a diluted mix. Finish with a piece of silver Scotchbrite to even it all out. Haven't done the handle and pommel yet. I still have to figure out what to put on in place of the silver buttons on the emitter. Still trying to find tiny brass fittings to run tubing from the switch to the emitter, but I still can't find anything small enough. Any suggestions?




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My Hilt Was Boring! 6 months 4 weeks ago #80208

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I can tell that it isn't boring any more. So far it's looking really good. The brass accents and weathering was an excellent choice. Can't wait to see the finished product. Great job!
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My Hilt Was Boring! 6 months 4 weeks ago #80211

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Very nice! LOVE the copper pieces. Weathering is great too. Aluminum Black is so nice to work with.
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My Hilt Was Boring! 6 months 4 weeks ago #80220

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HereticxXx wrote:
Still trying to find tiny brass fittings to run tubing from the switch to the emitter, but I still can't find anything small enough. Any suggestions?

Hi HereticxXx,

Have you tried checking out scale model supplies shops? They sell stuff to build OO and N gauge railway models and may have brass tubing the right diameter for what you want. They also sell decorative strips, plates and Angled Plates in various metals/sizes too (the angled plates are good as replacements on Prodigal Son control boxes and that sort of thing.)

Nice work on your hilt so far though and I hope this gives you a few ideas,

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My Hilt Was Boring! 6 months 4 weeks ago #80237

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I'll definately check that out. All I have left on this one is the fittings and tubing I want on the emitter. I ditched the leather grip on this hilt as it didn't seem to fit the theme. Plus I really dig working with the copper. Definately not finished, but getting closer.




I really have to get rid of the stupid buttons on the emitter and replace them with something cool.

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My Hilt Was Boring! 6 months 4 weeks ago #80239

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That saber is looking fantastic! It looks like its been to hell and back :D
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My Hilt Was Boring! 6 months 4 weeks ago #80240

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Hi HereticxXx,

I agree with you, the leather (as nicely done as it was) didn't quite suit this hilt. It really has a Phillip Pullman/Scott Westerfeld/ H.G. Wellls, Steampunk vibe to it. It also reminds me of the Protosaber brass hilts Brax posted a month or so back.

Hope the search for tubing works out I can't wait to see the finished article,

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My Hilt Was Boring! 6 months 3 weeks ago #80243

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I like the vibe you have created with this saber! Got almost a steampunk thing going. Like a Jedi (or Sith) that has been living in the Outer Rim for a LONG time, and having to keep his saber patched together using whatever was available. B)
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My Hilt Was Boring! 6 months 3 weeks ago #80255

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The transformation continues, and it is GLORIOUS! You are making me SERIOUSLY consider changing the plans for one of my empty hilts.... :lol:

I like the idea of the buttons on the emitter... just not THOSE buttons. Maybe a replica Graflex glass eye (weathered the match the saber)? Or some valve/fitting part?

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Like a Jedi (or Sith) that has been living in the Outer Rim for a LONG time, and having to keep his saber patched together using whatever was available.

I always get a Coruscant Underbelly or Nar Shaddaa scrap vibe from steampunk style sabers. ;)
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My Hilt Was Boring! 6 months 3 weeks ago #80266

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Brax wrote:
I like the vibe you have created with this saber! Got almost a steampunk thing going.

I was thinking the same, I love Steampunk designs. The copper looks great, more so than the leather. I think the whole saber is just fantastic.
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My Hilt Was Boring! 6 months 3 weeks ago #80351

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I finally figured out what I need to do with the tubing and fittings but unfortunately it entails using a block of brass and making it myself. Should be 100% in a couple of weeks then on to the next one.

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My Hilt Was Boring! 6 months 3 weeks ago #80354

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Might not be complete, but awesome none the less!
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My Hilt Was Boring! 6 months 3 weeks ago #80405

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What did you use for weathering the copper and brass? Thinking of taking some inspiration for one of my hilts. :)
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My Hilt Was Boring! 6 months 3 weeks ago #80406

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Beautiful. Looks like it’s been through hell and back! Love it! :)
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My Hilt Was Boring! 6 months 3 weeks ago #80436

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The BC Aluminum Black doesn't really work on the brass screws but it does work well on the copper. For the brass screw heads and copper I use a cold blue solution for rebluing metal parts on guns. I just dilute the heck out of it with water and apply to the entire piece for a short period of time until it darkens to the point you want it. Wipe it with a paper towel before it gets too dark. To lightning it back up I just hit it lightly with silver Scotchbrite. To darken around the edges and the screw holes just use a q-tip without diluting first. It works very fast if you don't seriously dilute it first so just be prepared to wipe it off very quickly.
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My Hilt Was Boring! 6 months 3 weeks ago #80437

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HereticxXx wrote:
The BC Aluminum Black doesn't really work on the brass screws but it does work well on the copper.

Good to know! I always some AluBlack on hand, never knew it worked on copper too.

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For the brass screw heads and copper I use a cold blue solution for rebluing metal parts on guns.

Was it another product from BC that you used on the brass? I know that have a few different ones.

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I just dilute the heck out of it with water and apply to the entire piece for a short period of time until it darkens to the point you want it. Wipe it with a paper towel before it gets too dark. To lightning it back up I just hit it lightly with silver Scotchbrite. To darken around the edges and the screw holes just use a q-tip without diluting first. It works very fast if you don't seriously dilute it first so just be prepared to wipe it off very quickly.

First time I used it on a whole hilt was straight from the bottle. SO... much..... sanding.... :lol:
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My Hilt Was Boring! 6 months 3 weeks ago #80443

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I really only used the aluminum black on the aluminum parts and atiny bit to touch up the copper. It really did nothing on the brass screws. For the copper plates I used a watered down cold bluing solution from Kleenbore called Black Magic. I used the Black Magic full strength on the brass screws and it turns them black instantly. Wipe off with a towel or some fine Scotchbrite and they come out perfect. This is what I use but I suspect any cold blue will work.
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