Hey all. I've been cruising the forums but haven't quite found what I'm looking for on this project. I'm working on a World of Warcraft costume (namely a Draenei shaman) for next year's GenCon. As a part of it, I'm going to be carrying a shield and a mace, both of which feature glowing, 3-dimentional, faceted purple crystals. I've attached pics of both items for reference below.
So, my questions are these:
1) How do I make the crystals? I'm thinking I can just carve the shapes and them cast them out of clear or tinted resin. I saw a process for this in my Propbuilder's Handbook, where they made resing crystals for a chandelier. does that make sense?
2) How do I get them to light up? This encompasses both the best light source and how the heck do I wire it?
My initial thought was to get EL wire and cast the crystals around it, so that the wire would be encased in the crystal. Would that be bright enough? I'm also concerned that that light would be too concentrated, created a line down the center of the crystal rather than a diffused glow effect. The good news is the crytals are mounted to weapons, however I am concerned about concealing the electronics apparatus, especially in the mace.
Any ideas you folks have would be greatly appreciated!