Greetings, my kind fellows, and Welcome to my brief (Sarcasm alert!) tutorial on how to construct a Steampunk Keyboard - Without having to completely demolish the board in the process! Even better, you probably have most of what you need at home.
This project cost me about $4.00 in the end. Thrifty! However, it also took me about 11/2 months to build, so only make this if you don't mind having a long-term project on your hands. This was my first large-scale Steampunk project, and boy, was it an adventure! I hope you wouldn't mind having 11/2 months' company with me as I tell you exactly how to duplicate my Steampunk Keyboard... Let's get started!
I also put this in the County Fair in my area... see the last step for pictures of the keyboard on display, and the 2nd place ribbon I got for it!
Step 1: Materials, Supplies, and Tools needed:
To coin a popular phrase, ~~"YOU WILL NEED:"~~
- A Keyboard (Of Course). Make sure that it's boxy-looking for best results. - $3.00 at a thrift store.
- 1/2" Copper or Brass pipe - at least 26" long (I used Copper because that's what I had on hand)
- Gold or brassy paint
- Wood textured Con-Tact paper ($7.99 at my local OSH, but I only used about $1.00 worth of it)
- A good word program (Wordpad or Wordperfect should work - but NOT Notepad!)
- Some old-looking, maybe off-white paper
- At least 30 sticks of Hot Glue - I'll explain why later on.
- E-6000, also known as "Household Goop" More info here
- A tube of Super glue
- Shellac - and it has to be Shellac! Not Polyethylene or anything else.
- A Large Box to help contain your project (Optional)
- A Hand-operated Pipe-cutter
- Super-Heavy-Duty Scissors (Or regular scissors and a Hacksaw or, better yet, a Dremel)
- An Xacto knife
- A Hot Glue Gun
- A Printer
- A very small Paintbrush
- A Creative Mind