Picture of Steampunk / Cyberpunk Time Device On The Cheap
The reasons for building a time device (an all-in-one phase generator, time and space warp device, teleport, compass, etc...) are many. Perhaps you plan to party in 1929, or you need a great accessory for your Time Agent outfit. Or maybe you gotta get back to your real time in the future. Anyways, here's how to make a rather decent looking hand held device made almost entirely out of recycled junk.

Step 1: Materials

Picture of Materials
There's a number of items you'll need, I've split the list into must haves, and optional. All of this stuff I either purloined from the trash recycled, or had lying around.

Must Haves:

~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

~Aluminum foil

~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):

~scrap wire

~gears (from a broken clock)

~flat marble

~odd bits of electronic junk, LED's

~an assortment of lenses pinched from a disposable camera


~Xacto knife


~wire cutters/needle-nose pliers

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Foaly75 years ago
If your a big enough nerd to figure out how to do so, you could make 2 different-colored LEDs in different parts of the device that pulse the hours & minutes of what time it is.
KentsOkay (author)  Foaly75 years ago
For sure, I know there's a binary watch ible someplace. I just didnt feel like doing all the fiddly stuff...
Hello kent.....can u plz detail about the making of the time machine?
Hello kent.....can u plz detail about the making of the time machine?
Hello kent.....can u plz detail about the making of the time machine?
I am! Use an ATtiny, code, tada! Or have a button that makes a light show...
waterlubber3 years ago
need more gear and biggy reddy button.
mg0930mg6 years ago
Wow! LOOK BELOW! haha. I love instructables people, a big bunch of nerds. Hehe. Anyway, Great instructable.
i prefer the term 'geeks', no behave before we go back and take out your entire ancestry.
KentsOkay (author)  gmjhowe6 years ago
You prefer geek? I've always like nerd, seems to be a cut above geek...
Same w/ me
cut above? have you even read the dictionary definitions?
  • nerd |nəːd|
noun informal
a foolish or contemptible person who lacks social skills or is boringly studious : one of those nerds who never asked a girl to dance.
• an intelligent, single-minded expert in a particular technical discipline or profession : he single-handedly changed the Zero image of the computer nerd into one of savvy Hero.

  • geek |giːk|
noun informal
1 an unfashionable or socially inept person.
• [with adj.] a person with an eccentric devotion to a particular interest : a computer geek.
2 a carnival performer who does wild or disgusting acts.
gmjhowe gmjhowe6 years ago
i like the person with an eccentric devotion to a particular interest : a computer geek. bit of the geek definition, i am definatly a computer geek, and a maker geek, and an instructables geek, and of course, a time geek.
KentsOkay (author)  gmjhowe6 years ago
Time Nerd sounds cooler, the word geek originated with the freak who bit the heads off of live chickens in carnivals and the like. Nerd has somewhat less contemptible origins... I have difficulty finding a word that describes a nerd with mad dancing and girl skills, when one is found, or I create one, I'll switch to it.
How about we invent a new word? although geek is good, i have very good social skills, and im not really unfasionable. If were going to go with names, i do think doctor who got it right with 'time lord' also, i actually have a scottish 'Laird' title, which is a scottish lord. so... However, i dont want the same name as doctor who. We must brain storm, and think up a new name, relating to our geek/nerd-ness and our ability to travel through time and space.
KentsOkay (author)  gmjhowe6 years ago
I'm not completely ignorant of my roots, I'm acquainted with the term laird (actually, I watch a lot of BBC stuff on PBS, Monarch of the Glen is a fave). Time lord sounds awesome, as does Time Agent. Unfortunately, we didn't come up with it... Let's see, we have spacial and crono warping technologies... Crospark?
its chrono, and i was thinking along the lines of the word 'Chrono' but i was thinking of keeping the full word Chrono, rather than Chro.
KentsOkay (author)  gmjhowe6 years ago
Chronospark? kr-ow-nu-sp-are-k (Chrono-spacial-ark)
how does Noirspark sound? (no-wahr-sp-are-k)
KentsOkay (author)  gmjhowe6 years ago
As in the old black and white crime films? Pronounced it sounds like no-where haha
actually, noir is french for black so its basically blackspark hmm blackspark sounds quite good in itself..
KentsOkay (author)  gmjhowe6 years ago
Blackspark... Darkspark... One of those lovely ironic impossible words...

Sounds like a secret vigilante alliance...
i say we go with blackspark, its my favorite so far.

and i prefer 'elite underground taskforce'
gmjhowe gmjhowe6 years ago
hmm, maybe i could be blackspark, and you could be darkspark, like names...
Ironically, I will now call you a nerd.
KentsOkay (author)  gmjhowe6 years ago
Ruddy brilliant, now we need a group name... Cronospark Alliance?
Vicis Eo Alliance? (VEA for short) Vicis Eo being latin for time travel.
KentsOkay (author)  gmjhowe6 years ago
i will get to work on a logo etc!
KentsOkay (author)  gmjhowe6 years ago
Spiffing! Suggestion? Blue & Silver, Brass & Rosewood, Silver & Rosewood as potential colours? Some sort of triangle emblem?
Im liking the blue and silver. i will have a quick look this eve.
KentsOkay (author)  gmjhowe6 years ago
Got it! WE need not invent a word, just reuse a perfectly good one. Froodster. Commonly used by Zaphod Beeblbrox in the phrase "cool and froody", so one who is froody would be a Froodster...
i do hope you aren't "a carnival performer who does wild or disgusting acts." lol
Awww, and I've been trying to stop people call me a geek
oh, you are a man of many things, killerjack...

ps, i've been meaning to ask you... can i just call you jack?
Well my name's Adam if you want to call me a name... My brother's is jack so that'd be confusing...
ha ha, ok, woah, ZOMG, i never knew that...
What I'm Adam and he's jack
your brother has a wierd pic, lol
In life he looks like frank Gallagher, from the show shameless...
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