Aetheria Circumducitur- a Steampunk High Voltage Lamp





Introduction: Aetheria Circumducitur- a Steampunk High Voltage Lamp

About: Hi, i am a Steampunk Artist from Germany. You have Questions? Write me, check out my Homepage or meet me at Facebook.I look forward to your entries :)

this is my first Instructable here on this Site. I hope you like my Constructions and Objects. Now, here is my " Aetheria Circumducitur". A high Voltage Lamp with a " Neon Geissler Tube ". Driven with a Tesla Generator and 5000 Volt. A rotating Cage turns around the Geissler Tube.

Step 1: The Beginning

First we need something of Brass Ornaments and some divide from Lamps. Later we need Copper Tubes, a Micro Motor, Gears, a Geissler Tube, Tesla Trafo, Brass Screws, Switches and Cables, Wood Color, divides from Welding Sets, Springs of a Battery Support. Glue, Sticking Resin and good Nerves :))

Now we put two Ball Bearings into the Lamp Owners.One solo and one with a Gear. ( The third Pic.). The Gear must be cutting in Form of the Ball Bearing inside and attach briefly with quick glue. Later we use the Resin inside the lamp Owner and stick together but only around the Ball Bearings !!!!!!

Step 2: Housing

I used Beech Wood for the Housing. Arrivals and Saw. Then a provisional join. It´s ok, we paint the Wood with Wood color. I used dark Nut Tree.

Step 3: Motorizing

While the wood is at the dry, we prepares the Engine for the rotating Cage. Take a Head of a welding Torch and prepare it for 3 Cables. 2 for the Motor and one for the Geissler Tube Contact. It can be that must everything be drilled out depending on which torches were used. Prepare a Copper Tube for the Motor inside. Drill 2 small Holes. One for the Motorcable and one with a 2 or 3 mm Thread for a Screw to fit the Coppertube with the Motor inside at the Torch.It must be attached with the gear wheel suitably. Now we have the two Holders for the Geisslertube.

Step 4:

The Geisslertube was made from a good Friend in Germany and has a Lenght of 320 mm. Filled with Neon Gas.

This Tube needs necessarily about 5000 Volts and 10 Milliamperes. I used a Tesla Transformator who runs with 12 V.There are many different Tesla Transformers but a low Amperage is Important. Is the Amperage to high so begins a Cathodes Atomization which destroyed the Tube.

Please be Carefull with the Tesla Trafo !!!! It´s very Dangerous and Persons with a Pacemaker or a Hearing Aid can Problems get !!! The High Voltage is a Plasma that can burns your Finger and other Things. The cables from The Trafo to the Geisslertube must be very well isolated !!!!! Reproduction on your own Risk !!

Step 5: The Assembly

Now we assemble all. In another Part from a Lamp we put two Switches. One for the Light an one for the Motor. Inside the Lamp Holders now looks the Cable. Over these Cable we put a small Acrylic Tube with a Battery Spring.

The Springs hold the Tube in their Situation and press it away from the Housing.

I hope you like this Instructable. Sry for the vew Deatails but i build this Lamp Months ago and i have no more all photos in addition.

Best Regards

Leander Lavendel



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    steam punk is period of time to 1900 to 1950

    Ok, look here ;)

    Gee.. that was an eye opener. I didnt realize how the steampunk is not a subculture but a large part of human culture itself. It really permeated fast. I think because we are all naturally attracted to it so that we do not bother labeling it. Many of my favorite things are 'steampunk' such as Miyazaki's films and Skies of Acadia. And I am glad. Art is needed in our technologically advanced future. Without the merging of art and tech we will be facing a future that looks like "Equilibrium".

    For those who want to learn more about Steampunk, watch the movie Metropolis (1927) or there's an 80's remake featuring the music of Queen that's not half bad.

    This is one of the most awesome things I have ever seen.

    so interesting work, do you have a video to see it working ?

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    Oh man! I thought you really had an arc there! Shoot! There is a way. At the very least I would have grown fibers to produce a light source that lasts a very very long time. Same inventor also proved how to make gold in a microwave. Milewski.

    There is a trick of pulse ion discharge in orbit among various anodes and electrodes that keeps material from migration, ie; electroplating the anode, since all parts alternate between being anode and electrode evenly. Mercury vapor tubes would do it in certain old ham radio designs. A fellow I knew running his ham off 3 phase power had 3 rectifier modulator tubes (rare!) in triangular formation and when he turned in on for the first time, an orbiting ring of fire ensued; a continuous lightning bolt. If I wasn't so poor I'd have tried this already. Got some ge866's and had transformers made to run a single phase power type setup with separate modulators, but I don't have the modulators or plan etc...etc... long list of never finished projects.

    I wonder if you could use a blue EL wire (with something to stiffen it into that spiral) to replace the custom bulb. Would be cheaper for you! Really love this design it's awesome!

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    I thought that is what it was until reading the instructable

    Very nice!

    Lovely! I went to your site.

    (there is a link right under the name) fantastic cool stuff. For what its worth I just really loved looking at all your fantastic creations... very very cool.

    Please keep on doing what you do and please post it so we can all "Oooh and Ahhh" over it. Beautiful work! Thank you, my day became a lot more interesting because of you today! Thanks for that!

    Absolutely awesome!!


    Wonderfully executed! This is the epitome of meticulous and high-standard work! Bravo!

    Just beautiful :)

    What was the overall cost of project

    Really beautiful. do you know of any commercial sources for geissler tubes?