Build a Lightsaber: Luke ANH Edition from Star Wars
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Build a Lightsaber: Luke ANH Edition from Star Wars

Gather the parts and learn to build a seriously epic vintage lightsaber prop from Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.
4.6 (54 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
2,283 students enrolled
Created by Brandon Hix
Last updated 10/2015
Price: Free
  • 32 mins on-demand video
  • 3 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Build Luke Skywalker's lightsaber from Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
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  • You WILL be required to purchase additional tools and materials in order to complete this course.
  • You DO NOT need to be really handy with tools, we'll be drilling a hole or two, using a rivet gun, and gluing some things together.

Have you ever wanted to hold a lightsaber in your hands or learn how to build one that's identical to the one in Star Wars?

This course shows you how to find the parts and build the original lightsaber prop given to Luke Skywalker from Star Wars in under an hour. It's packed with my personal advice and resources to help you along the way and prepares you for the task of building your own saber with ease.

Construct a timeless relic from Star Wars putting you a notch above the other fans and solidifying your legacy in the galaxy far, far away.

  • Learn how to find the parts you need to build a lightsaber
  • Relish in the process of building a vintage film prop
  • Discover secrets for success as I share my experience
  • Prepare yourself with the bonus resource kit included
  • Watch as I walk you through the process step by step

A short journey filled with cherished memories, child-hood nostalgia, and a priceless addition to your Star Wars collection.

Who hasn't wondered what it would be like to be a Jedi Knight? Waving your lightsaber around, the Force at your fingertips, and destined to bring order to the galaxy. Well I can't make you a Jedi, but in my opinion holding a lightsaber in your hands is the next best thing. And the lightsaber built in this course isn't some cheap, flimsy mess. This course shows you the exact process the original special effects pioneers used to build the original lightsaber prop used in Star Wars.

After following the process outlined in this course you'll be holding a piece of history in your hands. The weight and quality of the materials as well as the attention to the details sell themselves. And when you share the experience with others and let them hold this lightsaber it's obvious that this is the real deal. No mass reproduction here, just results!

Content and Overview

Starting with a brief overview of the historical prop I'll then share some advice for how to get the most out of your time in this course. Then I'll cover all of the parts you'll need in order to start your build and where to find them.

From here on the course is a step by step walkthrough as I build this lightsaber right in front of you with my personal commentary sharing tips and tricks as I build. And before we wrap up I'll share some parting words of advice about how to get the details right and improve the look and feel of your prop with some things I've learned over the years.

The Bonus Material

  • A printable desktop guide - complete with a parts and tools list and a written version of the course. (Very handy to have at your workbench as you start your build.)
  • A lightsaber blueprint - vital for reference as you assemble the parts
  • A grip template - Ensures the grips are spaced evenly and the proper length
  • An online resource list - Pointing you to more places to find parts and answers

Grab this FREE course today and build a lightsaber just like the pros did it for the original film that started it all. May the force be with you!

Who is the target audience?
  • This course if for die hard Star Wars fans ONLY!
  • If you want an authentic lightsaber prop then take this course and I'll show you how to build one.
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Curriculum For This Course
Welcome and Course Overview
2 Lectures 04:08

How to get the most out of this course
3 Lectures 00:00
The printable guide with parts and tools list
1 page

Prop blueprints / Grip Template
1 page

The best place online to find answers
1 page
A Brief History
1 Lecture 02:08
A look at the historical prop and our final lightsaber
Examining the Complete Graflex Flash Unit
4 Lectures 08:59
The 3 cell bottom

The center clamp

The red button, glass eye, pins, and jaws

The modification parts and how to find them
Attaching the D-Ring
2 Lectures 04:23
Drilling the pilot hole

Attaching the d-ring using a pop rivet
Attaching the T-Track
3 Lectures 07:21
Ensuring a proper length and fit for the grips

Utilizing a placement template for the grips

Attaching the grips with a 2 part epoxy
Installing the Activator Switch and Wrapping Up
2 Lectures 04:09
Installing the activator switch and properly aligning the top and bottom halves

Some final tips for avoiding problems during your build
1 Lecture 00:34
Thank you and may the Force be with you!
About the Instructor
Brandon Hix
4.7 Average rating
436 Reviews
9,160 Students
6 Courses
Blender Foundation Certified Trainer | 3D Artist

I have a passion for inspiring independent creatives to push their skills to new heights. Over the past 10 years I've worked as a professional 2d / 3d artist in the entertainment industry. And I've had the pleasure of working on some incredible projects and meet some of the best minds in the business. Now I want to pass my knowledge on to you!

What would you like to learn?

Are you just starting out as a 3d artist and want to learn 3d fundamentals?

Would you like to take your 3d modeling skills to the next level and tackle advanced modeling while you build a concept car?

Would you like to learn how to improve you basic sketching skills in Adobe Photoshop?

If you want to learn how to do any of these things then grab one of my courses and pick up a new skill! All of my courses come with a risk free 30 day money back guarantee and I'm always available if you have any questions about the course or want to chat.


I have a Bachelor's degree in Digital Media with an emphasis in Computer Animation. As of the summer of 2016 I am now a Blender Foundation Certified Trainer with over 12 years of experience in the software. I love learning, experimenting with 3d art, and sharing my knowledge with people who love Blender as much as I do!


After graduating with a B.S. from John Brown University in Digital Medial Arts and a minor in Computer Science I went on to start my career in the visual effects and motion graphics industry in Tulsa, OK. There I cut my teeth working on intellectual properties such as Hasbro's GI Joe, New Balance television spots, and Bushnell outdoor gear. I also had the opportunity to rub shoulders with some amazing talent and hone my production skills in both the Adobe and Autodesk software platforms.

Taking my chance at a new opportunity I then began working as a production artist in the promotional products industry and have spent the past several years expanding into new areas of design through industrialized printing, CAD manufacturing, and large format digital printing. This work has opened my eyes to the multi-faceted impact creative endeavors have on numerous service industries throughout the world. And I'm still learning.

My experience has allowed me the privilege to focus on some lifelong aspirations by launching my own business and redefining the boundaries of my imagination and my art through new design projects and the amazing opportunity to reach out to the upcoming generation and inspire them to go for their dreams.

At the beginning of 2015 I quit my day job and founded my own company called Indie Stock. I enjoy occasionally doing freelance projects, but my real passion is for teaching Blender and learning with my fellow Blenderheads. During the summer of 2016 I started a website called Blender Unleashed and was granted the status of an official Blender Foundation Certified Trainer (BFCT).