Picture of Funky flickering steamlight
Hello everybody
Today I´d like you to present a very funky object which is totally easy  to build an looks very funky.
It is called "The flickering steamlight" and it has a little story before starting.

Some days ago I took a daytrip with my smallest son (14) from Hamburg, Germany to Denmark youst to spend the day at the north sea. In a supermarket where we bought some lemonade to drink, my eyes caught this little gadget beside the bottles which is called in danish: "party-propper". Its a sort of "plastic-cork"-Plug  which you put in your open bottle after switching it on and it makes a flickering light. I was so fascinated that I bought two packs of them and started this project after a very good day at the beach ;-))

Now I will show you the secret of this gadget and what you can do with it for your steampunk ideas. I also made a small film for demonstrating how the light works.

Step 1: What do you need

Picture of What do you need

First you see the empty bottle with this "plug-in". Then you need a special preform made of PET. From this preforms the plastic bottles will be blown in the beverage industrie. At least you take a special brass socket you already know when you read about my object the Steamlight-Pharo. But I also show it once again here (see pictures in this step)

It is very funny to see that the plug perfectly fits in the preform and the preform also fits in the brass socket as if it was only made for it ;-))

After switching on the light and put togther all seen parts you start to blow some air with your mouth as if you want to blow a small fire to make it bigger.  The more you blow the brighter gets the light ;-)))   as you can see in this film:


ZoDo4 years ago
Nice job. Could you post more info on the electronic part?
Junophor (author)  ZoDo4 years ago
Hi everybody
I added a new step to take a look inside the plug . So you all can see what`s up with the electronic parts

Hope that answer your questions;-))
Junophor (author)  ZoDo4 years ago
Hi Tomorrow Iwilltak a picture but I can ´t tell you details because I bought this electronic redy made. But If you take a look at the comments before you`ll see that I already describes the diferent part of teh circuit.

greetings Aeon Junophor
MandingaRes4 years ago
Buenísimo! Será cuestión de duplicarlo y ver como funciona.Muchas Gracias!
MandingaRes4 years ago
Lindo diseño y excelente idea!! Lástima que por estas latitudes no se consigue ni siquiera se conoce ese "Juguetito". Sería bueno saber que tiene adentro y como funciona. Será posible saberlo en detalle? De todas formas está bueno y muy vistoso. Felicitaciones!
Junophor (author)  MandingaRes4 years ago
Hi I`ll open one and take a photo. which shows the different elements As far as I can see it is a very simple circuit using a transistor,a microfone, one resitor, one LED and and a 3Volt battery.