Even in the Star Wars Galaxy, people make stuff. Sometimes it’s for necessity, for fun, for adventure, or for a Jedi a rite of passage. You didn’t just get a lightsaber, you had to construct it. If you look into the Saga we see many items that just couldn’t be bought in a store. Do you think Luke just went to Mos Eisley and bought that T-16 Skyhopper model off the shelf? I’d like to think not. He probably built it in the garage, with things he had lying around, and with his hands.
There is a craft style of long ago known as “Homemade”. As a kid 95% of everything I knew was homemade. Nowadays it is just easier to mass produce with cheap materials. Where’s the heart? As a collector I can positively say the HEART is still out there if you look for it. Heart…that is a resounding theme in the Galaxy. When it comes to homemade stuff that captured the heart, I think of the necklace Anakin gave to Padme. He made that for her, from the heart. Fast forward 13 years and it is in her hands during her funeral. If you don’t feel that lump in your throat right now thinking about that, what’s wrong with you? We were lucky enough to see that necklace years ago at the “Dressing a Galaxy” exhibit. As a collector I have a special place in my heart for homemade items. Sites like etsy and ebay have made it easy to find homemade items to add to your collections as well. You can also add conventions, swap meets, local fairs, and market nights to the list of great places to find one-of-a-kind collectibles. Over the years I have added more than a few fantastic handmade Star Wars goodies to Sithuania (that’s the name of my collection). We love supporting artists and know how hard it is to make a living doing something you love to do. If you can put a price on your time making something that someone just has to have, then go for it!
Now I’m just going to showcase some of my HOMEMADE items…enjoy!
This is a wood block carving on a First Day Issue envelope I found on ebay.
One of my favorite things are Russian Matryoska. This is just two of several sets I have. I think it’s the random graphics and artistic abilities that really get me.
This fun little fuzzball was picked up at SDCC13 from Fat Rabbit Farm (http://www.fatrabbitfarm.com/)
This was too cool. During a blood drive I work I found out that one of the girls is a Jawa in the 501st. She showed me this creative little nugget that one of her co-workers made for her. Of course I had to have one. One problem, they were out of the tan color. Guess who had access to first aid supplies?
These are the latest additions to the collection. These were made by a girl I’ve known since she was first seen in a sonogram, Jordyne. She uses the money she raises to help fund efforts to stop human trafficking. Now that’s HEART! She has several other designs, and whips these things up so fast. She has a facebook page Off the Hook by Jordyne (https://www.facebook.com/Offthehookthree28) you can check out if you’d like. She just left for YWAM- Youth With A Mission where she will attend a Discipleship Training School, Social Justice. and doesn’t have her supplies, but she’ll be back for sure!
Last but not least, one of my own creations. I bought these Clone Trooper pencil toppers and couldn’t wait to figure out a way to display them. A drill, tape, spray paint, dowels, and a vision is all it took to make a decent display piece.
Happy Homemade Hunting…or Making!