Picture of Lantern Clock
Hello All
here is my first Instructable, It’s a beautiful Nixie Lantern clock, A little steam punk and a bit Victorian, made up of mostly of found components
I tend to communicate better when there is something to show so please look at the images and tags, they sometimes will hold more info than the body of text.
Here is a parts list....
-large slab of walnut 2" thick by 36" long and 12" wide
-large slab of maple 1.5" thick by 30" long and 12" wide, both found on eBay
-2" diameter clear acrylic tubing .125" wall about 12" long, any plastic store and eBay.
-an assortment of gears and gauge faces / bezels, knobs and metal bits,
- A nixie kit, I highly recommend a seller on ebay who goes under the name...petes_kits,  here is a link...  petes_kits, http://shop.ebay.com/petes_kits/m.html?_trksid=p4340.l2562 
he has to my knowledge the only nixie prototypers board out there that gives the experimenter options of screw terminals, solder pads and designated nixie patterned mounts for leads, not to mention he always answers and is there to help you out.
-you will need some basic electronic skills
-a multimeter with a continuity function (prefer an audible function).
-3 Blue leds
-A mill and lathe for custom parts, machining skills are very helpful
-lots of brass and aluminum
-all sorts of hardware and locktite
-12 conductor 28AWG ribbon cable
-9VAC transformer, wall wart
-assortment of gears, shafts and collars
and finally... lots of imagination.....

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diy_bloke7 months ago

Though I first wanted to make this one, it didnt seem fun to make an exact copy, but it did give me great inspiration. As the perspex tubes were prohibitively expensive where I live, I ended up using glass tubes.
As the nixie's were a bit complicated with their high voltage, I ended up using numitrons. The blue illumination was a great idea

overcomer810 months ago
you are a total brainy ACH !!! in a good way! so very awesome I could never do something of this magnitude! Great job its an awesome piece!
onkelarthur made it!1 year ago

Hey Hellboy, there's a number two in the world :-) I made it. Thanks for the beautyfull design idea. Some more you'll find here:


Greetings from Germany, Onkelarthur

jagoabn1 year ago

Awesome Build I turely love your craftsmanship. Hopefully i'm not the 1000th person to ask but where would I be able to find "an assortment of gears and gauge faces / bezels, knobs and metal bits". When I search online I keep getting results for car dash clusters?

Sacchi-Moto3 years ago
This is just absolutly amazing. Your skills and craftmanship show true dedication. Let them get dizzy looking at your work space - "An unclutered desk is a sure sign of a sick mind"... :-)

I usually call this "fractal organisation"; it usually ends every discussion about cluttered desks ;-)

hellboy (author)  Sacchi-Moto3 years ago
Thanks Moto, just slightly sick, I mean neat......who am I kidding........did you check out my other clock?
You have another clock..... O.o
Gemini19701 year ago

This is awesome! A wonderful piece of art, it really shows your dedication and your skills.

I will never be able to achieve this, but it makes me happy to see such great work!

afoxx1 year ago
Hey do you make kits for those of us playing home
zhumu1 year ago

Unparalleled creativity,!extraordinary works of art!!!!!

beautiful looks like it belongs on the dash of Rod Taylor's Time Machine
tinijeep1 year ago
Beautiful work. Please keep making awesome clocks and sharing your work.
Awesome! One of my world favorite nixie clock!
Advar1 year ago
Right at home in the T.A.R.D.I.S.
Very, very nice. GIMMIE!!! ;)
jmcclure71 year ago
there is a saying that goes around and its "take my money"
I can never make something so beautiful, I took off my hat to you and your artwork.
thats fantastic !!!!!!!!! :o
hellboy (author)  WacoRadioWeirdo2 years ago
Thank you....
hilukasz2 years ago
wow that is beautiful. great job.
Vibetrippin2 years ago
That's awesome and I want to make one similar to it myself. Where did you find the "assortment of gears and gauge faces / bezels, knobs and metal bits"?
hellboy (author)  Vibetrippin2 years ago
Some of them I salvaged from old instruments and clocks and I have an assortment of custom gears left over from the other projects I design and build
thumper11022 years ago
How much for you to make me one?
Tek9092 years ago
I created an account just to comment on this project.
Stunning!!!! Can I ask where you sourced the tubes from?
hellboy (author)  Tek9092 years ago
Thank you for the compliment, I first found the nixies on eBay, a guy named Pete sold them to me he expanded his business over time so now I get them from his site.
He is very helpful and always responds quickly to any issues, which is why I buy from him....
Let me know if there is anything else I can answer and thanks again
Jack E
Tek909 hellboy2 years ago
thanks for your reply on this. i havent done anything with electronics for years but your clock is just amazing.
i really don’t like clutter or things that can gather dust but for the first time ever i actually grabbed my wallet instantly and didn’t really care about the cost in the hope that you were selling these.
As your not I will have to make something myself. Do the tubes give off heat. I am thinking about pulling the housing off my pc screen and replacing it with something more steam punk. Nixie tube clock running down the side would look awesome.
hellboy (author)  Tek9092 years ago
The tubes give off very little heat, however they are running anywhere from 70-150 volts AC, I'm not sure but this might cause some distortion on a screen if not properly filtered, if you are hung ho about modifying your monitor I suggest building the kit then holding it near your screen prior to modifying it, to see if it screws with your monitor. Personally I would rather build anything build able by your own hands, it gives one pride when you can point at something and say I built that....
Good luck...
Hithorable2 years ago
That's just amazing! i totally love it!, i could pay to have one of those =) congratulations!
waterlubber2 years ago
Wow. Just wow.

What are nixies?


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LEVEL: 11-TOO EPIC TO RATE!!! BZZT!!! *explodes*
hellboy (author)  waterlubber2 years ago
LOL thank you.....
gor82 hellboy2 years ago
How much would it cost to buy one of these?
hellboy (author)  gor822 years ago
There is only one and it's not for sale.....working on an exhibit and this is one of the pieces in said exhibit.....
If you had a time machine and brought this back to...oh, say the Victorian Era, the people would explode.
dada112 years ago
AAAMaazing!.. this guy is an alien. =)
57ub313 years ago
Where did you get all your brass hardware? I'm having trouble finding parts, especially the gears.
radioman6733 years ago
Hellboy this is "hellagood" =) how much for a kit? im great with electronics and would love to build one while im here in Kuwait but have limited access to any thing other than hand tools and a soldering iron dale.l.allred@gmail.com
Me Too, Me Too!
Any chance of getting a pdf template of the base/arcs this is one awesome clock
hellboy (author)  thejunkmonger3 years ago
There were no spec drawings generated for this or most of my pieces, I do a conceptual drawing, keeping in mind what I have, during the illustration, then just build...
A company has already approached me about this and I gave the same response,
I am very grateful for your appreciation...
Thanks, great work
You could always scan the template you used to cut the wood.
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