Step 1: Materials
~A powder compact, this is the mainframe of the device. Sizes vary, build up a collection and choose the best (biggest, coolest) one. Clear, domed springy covers are preferable, thankfully they are the majority. If such an item doesn't turn up regularly in your garbage either a. court a female (recommended), or b. ask a friend, be sure to explain why you need her old makeup container
~Floral foam, or Styrofoam, floral best (can be bought really cheap if unattainable)
~White glue and Krazy glue (gel is best, doesn't run)
Recommended junk (stuff you will decorate the device with):
~gears (from a broken clock)
~odd bits of electronic junk, LED's
~an assortment of lenses pinched from a disposable camera
~wire cutters/needle-nose pliers
Step 2: Step 1: Compact Prep
Trace on cardstock and cut out two circles from the tray you removed. Chances are, the bottom of the compact is smaller than the top. Trim down one circle so that it sits flat in the bottom.
Cut a slice of foam. This should be about as thick as half the depth of your compact. All the little bits of stuff will be stuck into it, so it should be as thick as possible while allowing room for the bits and pieces for on the face. Floral foam is best because it yields to pressure (larger bits can be sunk into it), and it holds onto inserted objects well (it better, it's designed to). Using your circles as a guide, cut into the right size to fit just shy of snugly into the compact. It must touch the bottom.
If there are holes in the bottom of your compact, and you don't want white cardstock showing through, use white glue to adhere some foil onto the small disc, removing any excess foil(in this case I cut a hole in the center). This way it will glue to the compact a bit more securely.
Step 3: Step 2: the Foam
Step 4: Step 3: the Guts
Items should be checked for size compatibility before getting glued in, make sure the top will close.
Krazy glue is your friend in small quantities.
Try to pick items that you can come up with a purpose for.
Clock gears and bits give a nice steampunk appearance.
Lenses from a disposable camera glued onto the clear cover make nice, well, lenses. IT gives a definite navigational instrument feel.
Flat marbles / crystals, etc make nice "power" crystals
Coils or copper wire, fuses, LED's etc... all lend to the sci-fi appearance. Electronic bits can be stuck into the face and glued down like on a bread board.
Cool rocks can always stand in for rare radioactive elements and whatnot.
Step 5: Finished!
Further Ideas and suggestions:
A mercury switch would be really, really cool IMO.
Making it light up.
Substituting broken clock with working, stripped down watch.
A compass rose.
Spray painting it gold, or using a gold compact.
A hidden laser pointer or LED light
Put on a leather jacket, tight pants, nice shirt, and a beret with a peacock feather in it. Flip open the top of your Time Device (I dubbed mine Dawn 7) with a flick of your wrist, scrutinize (if the fuse things turns purple, there's a dinosaur behind you!), smile satisfactorily, slip into pocket and dash away with a knowledgeable and adventurous air...
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Live Long and Prosper,
A Word on the Responsibilities of a Time Traveller:
If by any chance you succeed in getting it to work, you will be weighed down by these responsibilities:
- Let me know.
- Don't prevent someone who died from dying.
- Don't kill your mother, or try any other weird paradox stuff like that.
- Don't try to change the past to suit you better, unless it's to save the universe or something>
- Observe, don't obstruct.
- Don't introduce new technology to the native-time inhabitants.
- Blend in with the native-time inhabitants, don't be obvious
- Be safe
- Have fun!