Troy's CWK Logo “I see you’ve constructed a new lightsaber” – Darth Vader

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. 100_0516 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!

Me and my Grandma in 2007 with the latch hook pillow she made for me 30 years prior 35219_103264379728555_2819163_n

During our first trip to Oak Glen (2006) we found these great egg-shaped magnets

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.
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This fun little fuzzball was picked up at SDCC13 from Fat Rabbit Farm (

Another SDCC13 pick-up was this felt R2 necklace

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 ( 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!
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  1. Melinda
    September 11, 2014 at 09:10 Reply

    Oh my gosh, Troy! ALL the items you showcased here are exquisite!!! The pillow your grandmother made for you is PRICELESS!!! Probably my favorite item out of everything here. Maybe it’s the attachment I have for my own grandmother (who passed away a long, long time ago). I still have a sweater she made for me. 🙂 Sorry. I digress. 😉 (you know that’s very easy for me to do. lol)

    Like you, I am a HUGE fan of the artistry so many individuals have. Thank you so so much for sharing all this with us. I LOVE IT!!! 🙂

    1. Troy Metzler
      October 2, 2014 at 20:41 Reply

      Sorry it took so long to reply Miss Melinda. I loved her very much, as I’m sure you loved yours. She was so crafty, so sweet, and really knew how to make me feel special. She always said I was her favorite. I know she told all my cousins that, but she meant it with me.

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I was Darth Vader for Halloween when I was 5 almost 6 (1978). My mom wouldn't stand for the plastic bag Vader outfit which we bought for the mask. She made me a costume while my dad made me a lightsaber. At that time no one had a lightsaber. It was an old Ever/Ready flashlight - remember the classic all chrome with the red cap on the end? He electrical-taped a clear golf club tube - the ones that go into golf bags - onto the lens. The costume was a fabric cape and a shirt complete with chest box made from a box top covered in fabric and felt squares. Of the 5 or 6 Vaders on the block that year I was the coolest. Now I am in my 40's, have my awesome and supportive wife Brandy, an impressive collection, friends that I consider family, and not ashamed to be a lifelong Geek.

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