we are going to use black colored sand to make the backplane, and mix in a neon blue to show the lightsaber's path, we can mill out say an 1/8th to a 1/4" gradient
Also, we are going to see if glitter will help light it up too.
the stars we are are to just make small holes and fill them with white sand. If we can find a bull nose endmill to do this, it would be awesome
the Hands. I hate CADing human anatomy in rhino. Which means i probably should, but i am too lazy, so I'm going to 3d scan a person holding a lightsaber to make the hands. I will probably have to fix it up, because scanning is still not great, at least for my budget, but it beats trying to CAD it from scratch.
I am going to try two methods, a kinect scanner with ReconstructMe software, and the 123d Catch app on my android phone. I think the Scanner will do much better, but we will find out.
once i get that models, i'll resize it, and probably have to flatten it a bit to use the smaller bit to get the detail in the hands i'll want. I'll also have to model the streaks coming from the knuckles too, that shouldn't be too hard.
I've already got everything CADed up except the hands, so this weekend i am going to try to get the 3d scanner working on my laptopt, and go from there.
I'm excited about this.