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This is a projectt I started a few months ago, it's a work in progress and hope to have it done in about a week.
I have no idea where that reflector came from it's ceramic and hallow.
The case is made of an old oak pallet selected for it's personality, the bottom slides out for access to the
batteries, or what ever, still not sure if it's going to electric or a gas light.
Broberg2 years ago
Your reflector is just that... a reflector and it is probably glass not ceramic and was used to reflect the light given off of old "coal oil" lamps back ing the day. It is pecfect for your project time period. I would suggest using a big 6 volt bettery to power your light for safety.

Other than that, it is a fine peice of work. Good job.
diy_bloke3 years ago
It is gorgeous. The refelctor, at least on the pics, looks like the lid of a pan, without disrespect. It is a gorgeous creation
longwinters (author)  diy_bloke3 years ago
Actually it's a very thin ceramic,(hallow) it is quite old I have no idea what it was used for, a great old looking covering is old Iron cords the woven fabric has an antique look, thanks for the comments.

Maybe I'll spray some vinagar on them and make a little rust...
diy_bloke3 years ago
The shiny tubes at the back might be a bit too modern for this creation. Consider wrapping them in something like old rubber hose, or cloth
robotjim3 years ago
Very nice...as are the rest of your steam punk creations!
You've probably finished it by now, but if you are still considering
gas as a light source you could try acetylene. It would likely be historically
accurate and easy to make. Just add calcium carbide to water and
it generates acetylene.
Miners used this type of light back around the nineteenth and early
twentieth centuries. A friend of mine used to have one, quite bright and
lasted a long time as I recall.

OK, the required safety notice...acetylene is of course quite flammable and
as I recall from using in for welding, explosive at higher pressures (not likely
to be reached in an acetylene lamp...).

Keep creating!
longwinters (author)  robotjim3 years ago
The projects are piling up, I am planning a full face mask with the new iris assembly that I set aside, in my youth I used a carbide lamp while spelunking (sp) in Indiana, although I did not truly begin that project, I tried a few mantle lantern minitures with propane and acetyene, I am a mixed gas welder, I had a number of small explosions and blew the tips of the gas supply line apart, I thought better of posting any such endvaors, although that may not stop me from doing so privately.

a fun FYI is to fill a small balloon with a proper ox. and act. mix and light it, wear ear plugs it is LOUD, my welding instructor did the demo to show us to never let a mixed gas ratio from a torch fill a confined space unlit.

I'm really glad you liked this project it was just for fun, it still draws comments from visitors to my home, although the answer to the question what does it do is a rather boring, nothing it just looks good.
Now how could I have spent so much time with an oxy-acetylene setup around
and never tried that with a balloon!
I'll have to combine that with another interest and see if I can set it off with a laser!

Ok kids, you know the drill "don't try this at home"...I'm a professional with years
of experience... ;-)

BTW, just looked on Ebay, you can still buy carbide lamps...a bit pricey as they
are considered collectibles these days though.

Just noticed where you live, aha, now the nick name makes perfect sense! I
have a brother in law in Fairbanks...
bakermiro3 years ago
cool, very cool
Junophor3 years ago
Well Sir

A very convincing work indeed. Well done. This gives me a new inspiring idea......
Winged Fist3 years ago
Great design! The case is really well made... It reminds me of my father's old shoeshine box from the 1940s;-)
longwinters (author)  Winged Fist3 years ago
Antique experts would call me out on those end joints, in the Victorian Era finger joints were normally not much wider than a saw blade.
Thanks for the kind words.
My orginal intent was to make a fake old flashlight, and see if I could fool anyone, the lack of interest made me want to steampunk it.
Nicely done! I would opt for gas, as that seems to be your niche but I think that this light in particular, is looking like it would be more apt for electric, seeing as you have so far used some nice insulators (where did you get those!)... then again you could to a hybrid design, where it looks like it uses gas (or some other fuel) and generates electricity.... (hmm steam-turbine generator maybe), it would necessarily actually use a fuel, but it would look like it does.... (hopefully I am making sense here...)
doomsdayltd3 years ago