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Make the Glowing Sting Sword from Lord of the Rings

Here is a glowing sword like the one that Frodo uses in Lord of the Rings. It really glows and I use a glow stick to fill it up. Not a difficult project to do and it is quite unique. Although the glow stick only lasts a certain amount of time then you have to refill it.

The sword in the lord of the rings is called "Sting" and it was first owned by Bilbo Baggins. He gave it to Frodo. The thing about it is that it glows when there are goblins nearby.

I also have a template for this project. It makes it much easier for you. download the pdf right here.


The completed Sting Sword



Cut out the sword template

I started the project by drawing out the sword on a large piece of posterboard. Then I cut it out.


Trace the sword template onto the plastic

Trace the outline of the template onto the sheet of Polycarbonate plastic. Make two of them.


Cut out the two shapes

Cut out the two sword shapes. I used a jigsaw.


Apply a thick bead of crystal clear caulk around the inner edge of one of the sword halves.


The bead of caulk

It's difficult to see but this picture helps a bit. I just put a thick bead all the way around the edge of the sword half. Right on the top surface not on the side of the plastic.


Apply the second sword piece right on top of the first one. Press it gently into the caulk. You want it to seal but you don't want the two plastic pieces to be flat against each other. We want a space in there.


Now let's make the handle. I started by cutting a couple of pieces out of foamboard and I hot glued them to the sword as shown. This makes up the guard of the handle.


For the rest of the handle including the pommel I just glued on some pieces of foam then carved them with a hot wire foam cutter. You could just easily carve the handle shape.


Wrap the Handle with tape

I wrapped the handle with a couple of different colors of electrical tape. I also painted the guard and pommel with a gray/silver color.


This picture shows that there is a nice empty gap in the middle of the sword. We are going to fill this gap with glowstick fluid.


Drill a hole

Drill a hole in the sword near the handle. But only drill through the top layer of plastic. Don't drill the hole all the way through.


I tilted the sword by resting the handle on something then using a straw I slowly inserted the fluid into the sword until it was full. Then I plugged up the hole with some tape.


The Sting Sword Glows

And there you go! Your sword glows in the dark. There must be a goblin nearby!



United Cutlery UC1264 LOTR Sting - The Sword of Frodo Baggins

The epic trilogy The Lord of the Rings yields this officially licensed reproduction sword. This is Sting, the magical sword carried by Frodo Baggins on his quest through Middle Earth. Measuring 22-Inch overall, the sword features a 15-Inch blade constructed from AUS-6 stainless steel, hardwood hand grip with Elven vine design, and a solid metal guard and pommel with antique metal finish. Engraved on the blade and cross guard are runes in the Elven language of Sindarin that say "Maegnas is my name, I am the spider's bane". Includes display plaque with wood grain finish and Elven rune silk screen. This authentically detailed replica is a reproduction of the actual filming prop built by Weta Workshop of New Zealand and used in the motion picture triology, The Lord of The Rings. United Cutlery, industry leader in fine movie reproductions, has meticulously recreated the prop using only the finest grade materials and craftsmanship. Close attention to detail was a top priority. It is presented with a wood wall display and includes a certificate of authenticity.


OFFICIALLY LICENSED Lord of the Rings, Frodo's One Ring of Power Pendant

"One Ring to Rule Them All, One Ring to Find Them, One Ring to Bring Them All and In the Darkness Bind Them" Those words on inscribed in the language of Mordor on this officially licensed reproduction of the Ring of Power from Tolkien's Lord of the Rings saga. "The One Ring of Power", "Gollum", "The Hobbit", "The Lord of the Rings", and the characters and places therein, are trademarks of the Saul Zaentz Company d/b/a Middle-Earth Enterprises under license to Badali Jewelry. All Rights Reserved.



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