The Fifth Element – Element Stone-Inspired Candle Holders How-To

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In The Fifth Element, the element stones are brick-like objects with the potential to become a powerful weapon. Instructables user antagonizer often makes prop replicas, but he prefers them to have “form and function.” If the replica doesn’t work in the same way it did in the film — which the element stones can’t do — he wants it to have some sort of function other than looking pretty. Given those parameters, he turned the element stones into beautiful candle holders. They’re made from wood beams and stone and acrylic paints. Each stone has a different pattern that he cut in with a router. Here’s how he made the earth stone:

The earth stone was the easiest of the bunch. The best place to start is with the back cuts since they go all the way through. With the router set in the table, I installed the 1/4″ straight bit and adjusted it to a cutting depth of 1/4″. I then moved the guard back 4″ from the bit creating a small .5″ gap between the piece and the blade. Next I marked, directly on the table a line running 45 degrees to the guard and passing directly through the center of the bit. From there I marked 6 additional lines to the left, and 6 more to the right of the center line, at 7/8″ spacing between them. This would create the distance, on center for each of the grooves in the stone.

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Read the complete how-to at Instructables.


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