RE: STILL wondering how they lit Castor's cane!
on Wednesday, July, 10, 2013 6:27 PM
I may be late in coming to this post, but thanks, and please see a recent post of mine wherein i have announced that i am going to make Castor's cane myself, and though i have not yet finalized the design, i intend for it to be both affordable and not too expensive.
There is not much info out there on how to make such a cane though. Some cosplayers have put forth a good honest effort at it but they usually get the bend wrong or do something in it's manufacture that i, with my fair degree of ingenuity and mechanical ability, know i could do bettrr, though i'm also going to make use of some of their ideas. I also intend to post as many puctures and detailed instructions as i can on how i did it, when i do it. So far my ideas do not involve anything especially difficult, require no special tools and are cheap, and yes, money is a consideration these days. I've askef many friends for ideas and suggestions, but people have so little actual mechanical ability these days or idea as to how anything is put together in this world, none of them had a single idea that was worth a dink. Not one. I realized i was on my own early on. So i did what i always do, which is think on what i need the finished product to be, then keep my ryes open for solutions. Doing this essentially programs your unconsciece-and yes i know i misspelled that-to tap you on the shoulder and let you know when ur loking right at a useable idea. Example.....i wss driving by an aquarium shop the other day and itoccured to me that, hey, they have clear plastic flexible air tubing in there. Maybe i could use a 1" thick iece of that to couple the cane and the flashlight together. They did. Problem solved. Task your subconscience to do something and it's then worki g for you like that in the background all the time.
My basic idea, just to give you a teaser, and though my fjnal tutorial will be more detailed, is to take a dollar store LED flashlight,the kind with the cylindrical shape, with 9 LEDs, powered by 3 AAA batteries, and attach it to the upper end of the cane with a very short (less than one inch long) piece of clear plastic tubing with a 1 inch inner diameter, using the tubing as a coupler. It's clear, sturdy enough and the end of the cane and head of the light can both be glued into it if i choose. Now isn't that a lot simpler and cheaper than using the screws, PVC pipe sections and NASA-grade expoxies? Most importantly, it closely approximates the look of Castor's cane.
Another way of doing it, though one which i favor much less due to it's devistion from Castor's cane, would be to use a dremel tool with a ball shaped cutter to cut a thjn channel down the length of the cane and lay a piece of EL wire in it, pick you color. 6 feet of this stuff with a AA power source is available on Ebay for 6 bucks, shipping included. The up side of this is that it would, i figure, be a LOT brighter and more uniformly so through the length of the cane, and the batteries would last a lot longer, but the down side is that it would look less like Castor's since you'd also have to secure the battety pack to the cane, probably best placed as high up on the body of the cane as possible. The channel itself can be flame polished after cutting the channel to smoth out the inside of the channel and make the channel as unobtrusive and clear as possible. After all, the closer the cane comes to having it's construction method and light source concealed, the better. It's supposedto glow as if lit by the surrounding pioer of the Grid, remember. The genius of this idea is that if the flashlight method doesn't work, the cane will still be left intact and i can try the EL wire method.
I still want to know how they did the prop as pictured. Obviously, the slit cut in the end of the light source is so that it can be unscrewed with a screwdriver and the batteries replaced, which is cool in that it keeps any cap on the end of the light, which would otherwise have to be loosened by hand, and thus not be flush with the end of the cane because there would have to be enough of it sticking out to be able to grab, from not being flush with the end of tbe handle. Clever indeed. But i also want to know how exactly they did the bend and did they modify a commercial flashlight or did they build their own? Of course the way we all know thet really did it wad to materialize the whole thing from a baton, which would also explain the lack of any machining marks or seams, just like all clothing seen in the Grid. Wish me luck and please pist any suggestions.