This simple Instructable will show you how to upcycle a cassette-equipped radio, and turn it into an attractive Decopunk iPod rig.
Once I decorated my iPod Classic with a steampunk case
, and created a Steampunk iPod Classic stand
from a tostonera, I decided I needed an appropriate device to listen to my morning podcasts while making my coffee.
This Instructable will not tell you how to build a radio from scratch, but rather how to combine two store-bought items into a stylish and functional speaker system for your MP3 player. This rig is not designed to charge or sync your iPod, but with a few simple modifications, I'm sure both could be accomplished.
Of course this is purely decorative and aesthetic. If you're just looking for functionality, you might want to look at the Instructable Upcycling a cassette boom box.
What is "Decopunk" you may be wondering? Decopunk is a sub-genre of Dieselpunk. According to wikipedia, "DieselPunk is a gritty version of Steampunk set in the 1920s-1950s... DecoPunk is the sleek, shiny very Art Deco version" of Dieselpunk.
Since the radio I used for this build is a reproduction of an Art Deco radio from the 1930s, I think that "Decopunk" best describes this rig.
• Side loading cassette-equipped radio
• Cassette adaptor
• Shoe lace
• Metallic paint
• Shrink tubing
• Soldering iron
• Screw driver