This Instructable will show you how to take a plain USB LED computer lamp, and turn it into an original Dieselpunk accessory for your Dieselpunk or Steampunk keyboard or laptop.
You may be wondering: What is Dieselpunk
? Dieselpunk is a lesser known offshoot of the Steampunk
phenomenon. As Steampunk harkens back to the Victorian era, or the "Age of Steam
," Dieselpunk pays tribute to the era loosely bookmarked by the First and Second World Wars, or the "Machine Age
For a very thorough analysis of the Steampunk and Dieselpunk movements, peruse some of the back-issues of the fine web periodical, Gatehouse Gazette
For more about Dieselpunk, take a trip to the retro-futurist website Dieselpunks.org
Why is this USB lamp Dieselpunk
? In creating this device, I was envisioning a ceiling light, with a lonely bare bulb, hanging over the otherwise dimly lit office of a chain smoking Film Noir
gumshoe, just before the beautiful high-heeled dame in distress walks through the door that has his name written backwards on the glass. Out of respect for this genre, I made sure to use a few vintage lamp parts, which would have been common in a "Machine Age" ceiling light or fan, to give it that authentic retro look and feel.
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Now, onto the Instructable!Materials:
• USB LED Lamp (Or USB cable, LED bulb and hanger)
• Shoe lace
• Lamp socket shell base
• Assorted lamp/light fixture parts
• Assorted brass pieces
* Altoids tin
• Heat shrink wire wrap (large and small)Tools:
• Rotary tool
• Needle-nose pliers
• Lineman's pliers