Decide what your housing is going to be. Pick something original. This can range from an radio, telephone, typewriter, humidor to a jewelry box, you name it. Pick something to match the style of the Nixie tubes. In this guide I proceed with my instructions for a housing made out of Bakelite. Bakelite is an early form of plastic
and goes hand in hand with the retro look of Nixie.
If you aren't sure what to get I strongly recommend strolling a flea market with just the housing in mind.
Just make there is enough space inside the housing to fit your project.
For Nixie clock examples check out the gallery by Mike
Being Dutch and thus loving Phillips I settled on an old 1953 tube radio. Owing a lot to the hobbyist collectors that represent a very live community with lots of information I settled on a Phillips B2X80U. The size is perfect. Very simple design, round dial and slightly rounded corners. I scouted the on-line ads for a while.
Obtaining a Housing
Once you know what it is you want there are many places to get your housing from.
- Flea markets
- Second-hand recycle shops
- On-line ads