Introduction: Steampunk Bluetooth Headset

Picture of Steampunk Bluetooth Headset
Last halloween I dressed up in an old fashioned manor with my cell phone in a pocket keychain. The chain was too short for the phone to reach my ear. This left me with the option of un-hook the phone every time I had to use it, make a unreasonable long chain or; mod a bluetooth headset to match the outfit :)


  • BT-headset
  • Screws'n'nuts
  • Two plates of metal (or plastic)
  • glue-gun / super-glue
  • Electrical tape
  • Wire
  • Drill
  • Magnets

Disclaimer: These materials are not tested nor designed for longer skin contact so beware of any rash or itching!

Step 1: Layout of the Headset

Picture of Layout of the Headset

I acquired a cheap headset on Ebay, opened it and located the necessary buttons.

Luckily the answer/call button was located roughly at the center of the piece. (saved me the hassle of relocate it and solder..)

Step 2: The Casing

Picture of The Casing

A while back i found these metal tags at a thrift store. As you can see they're like an instant steampunk addition!

I decided on three screws to hold the piece together, one in the front and two at the back.

Step 3: Making Holes for the Speaker

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Since I'm a bit lazy I roughly dotted out the holes freehand and drilled.

Step 4: Fitting the Headset in the Casing

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First of all I had to insulate the circuit board with tape to prevent short circuit.

Then I fitted the circuit board so that the answer button would match the hole in the metal tag and applied a reasonable amount of glue.

Step 5: Put It All Together

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I used the nuts to fixate the plates.
When I had tightened the nuts I cut the top of the remaining screwes off.

Step 6: Hook It Up to the Ear

Picture of Hook It Up to the Ear

As I mentioned before I am quite lazy so I wanted a fast and flexible solution for the attachment of the earpiece.
I had some tiny, flat and strong magnets laying around so I came up with a nice way of hang the head set on the ear.
The magnets were simply glued on with superglue.

Then I continued with the wire.
This part takes some fiddling to get a nice fit on the ear.

I started with rolling the end to get maximum surface contact between the wire and the magnets.
Then I rolled the other end to make it look good.

This design is quite nice since it allows you to rotate the headset in place and wear it on left and right ear.

Step 7: Last Touch

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I smeared gold paint on the sides to get an old look to it.

And that's it!

Hope you enjoyed it!

Dr. Absconditus


diy_bloke (author)2015-10-26

looks great. I probably would have opted for brass bolts and nuts but thats just a matter of taste.
Well done

hardlec (author)2010-09-30

I have a donor blue-tooth: My dog got hold of it and chewed up the case. I am not very savvy about the guts of electronics, but maybe I can use this "junk" to my advantage.
How well does this work?
How long have you worn it?

OldOwlIronworks (author)2009-08-11

beautiful instructable ive gotta do this! love your hat too!

j3tripp (author)2009-04-11

Dude that is M-azing. I have to put my shoes on and go buy the stuff to make this right now. Thanks a lot for this awesome instructable. :)

lemonie (author)2009-02-24

Yea! What sort of wire is hugging your ear - steel? L

Absconditus (author)lemonie2009-02-24

@lemonie Yeah, some sort of steel wire used for decorations / flower arrangements I think.. It had a nice non shiny finish.

Zootch (author)Absconditus2009-03-16

Did you even need to replace the earpiece? It looks fairly uncomfortable and is covered for the most part with your ear, you could just as easily resolder the original plastic piece...

lemonie (author)Absconditus2009-02-24

Not going to turn your ear green then... L

PKM (author)lemonie2009-02-25

Nope, just brown :P

jauncourt (author)PKM2009-02-26

That can easily be remedied by coating the wire with a couple coats of clear spray acrylic. Me, I'd wrap the wire with some heavy thread (like buttonhole thread).

Ward_Nox (author)2009-02-27

I have an LG decoy it comes w a bluetooth but i REALLY nead the ear strap this gives me an awesome idea how to make a (lacking a better word) holster think i may make it out of leather if i can work it though

sensoryhouse (author)2009-02-26

When did Steampunk go from meaning "modified to run on steam" to "modified to look like a prop from Back To The Future III"

Ward_Nox (author)sensoryhouse2009-02-27

REPORTING this you gotta stop spaming and look up a term

static (author)sensoryhouse2009-02-27

Then again steampunk has always been a fashion thing, not so much about actual steam power.

PetahOsiris (author)sensoryhouse2009-02-26

In all fairness, Back to The Future III was pretty awesome and also I would have pegged it more to be a prop from The Wild Wild West , With Will Smith. It's not a bad idea although personally I will stick with my retro handset

killbox (author)2009-02-26

you should hunt around for some square brass nuts,

ironsmiter (author)2009-02-25

Pretty darn cool mod.

BUT! It's steampunk. you need MORE BRASS!
and that is easily accomplished. Swap out those machine screws for some nice shiny brass computer standoff screws.

Also, a nice coating of shellac or clear nailpolish on the side that contacts your face... would help protect the exterior parts from human-skin induced corrosion.

jauncourt (author)ironsmiter2009-02-26

Also, a nice coating of shellac or clear nailpolish on the side that contacts your face... would help protect the exterior parts from human-skin induced corrosion.

or even thin leather glued in place with contact cement.

Absconditus (author)ironsmiter2009-02-25

Hi! Thanks for the tips! Really cool idea with the standoff screws!! I promise to make the next mod/thingy more "brassy"! :)

Erinoth (author)2009-02-25

Another option on the ear wire is to cover it with cloth from an old shoe string

Absconditus (author)Erinoth2009-02-25

Actually thought of that but didn't have any shoe string nice enough... thanks though!

DIYDragon (author)2009-02-24

Do you have a picture of the pocket chain phone? That sounds down right awesome. : D

Absconditus (author)DIYDragon2009-02-24

Na, no picture.. I just attached a tiny chain to the phone on the little hole used to hook up that little strap you sometime get with your phone :)

tchiseen (author)2009-02-24

wow that looks uncomfortable. good work though!

mg0930mg (author)2009-02-24

This is amazing. Great Job!

Absconditus (author)mg0930mg2009-02-24

Thanks :)

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