Introduction: Steampunk Christmas Candle

Picture of Steampunk Christmas Candle

This was a quick project most any one can do it involves off the shelf items and a simple format.
I'm not doing a step by step because my friend Aeon Junophor has explained how to wire the flash units in his instructable.

The rest is cosmetic.

The only thing I did differently was I used two flash units in parallel.

I did replace the small red indicator led on the flash unit with a five mm LED clear blue bulb,
this goes dimmer as current output increases, so the effects are a little more enjoyable as you
make bigger plasma traces with your fingers.

The body is a tunafish can with copper sheeting soldered to the exterior, it serves as the High Voltage ground.

The flicker flash bulb had it's base removed and the dropping resistor taken out. (broke my first bulb in trying this)

Needless to say the flash units produce a low current high voltage so you may get a nip if not careful.

The whole project costs about 8 dollars US with most of it being the 6 dollar bulb.

For a small project this one is really quite relaxing, in a low light room the plasma traces are fun to manipulate,
and the blue lights going up and down in relation to how much plasma you choose to pull is quite soothing.

The wire is an accessory to light it up in the absence of human contact.

Many thanks to my friend Junopor for helping me with this project!


Mousepotato01 made it! (author)2017-11-18

I just completed the soldering of all the components but I am having an issue with 1 LED being much dimmer than the other as you can see from my testing images I took. The candle is not yet assembled I wanted to get some input on how to even out the brightness of both blue LED I installed into the FUJI pcb as per instructables hint on how it was done. The power is piggybacked into both pcb with 3.0V nothing was removed other than the parts required the flashbulb the cap. the switch and the battery terminals wire for power are attached exactly where the terminals were removed from. One camera unit had a red led the other that is dim had a clear bulb in it IDK if that matters or not. Please help this is a gift for my Nieces Fiance he is really into steamPunk items and builds the larger wooden items himself he just will not touch the electronics portion and really loves this candle. I was going to place slow color changing leds into it but was unsure if it would work being my first attempt at this type of item. I normally build low cost x ray units and sophisticated water purification systems for the U.S.A. Government. I did bridge the resistor by the diod and the led brightened some I just did not want to damage the pcb they are like pulling teeth now to find.

it’s been 5 years since I made this, I think your container looks better than mine.

When working with those small flash units it is important to experiment with different ways of hooking up the bulb. I tried both the base wires of the bulb connected, also connecting the negative battery terminal to the case can help.

I am sorry to say that those units are easy to damage and that stinks when you are just pushing them for best out put.

You may want to see if a single flash unit will be enough, remember when using high voltages virtually everything you do makes a difference, it may work perfectly outside the case only to go weak when installed.

It looks to me like you are almost there.

Mousepotato01 (author)2017-11-19

What is this am I in trouble for recreating this project????

Dec 18, 2012


Mousepotato01 made it! (author)2017-11-19

My Prototype candle just laid together. Still waiting on communities help about led brightness in my previous postings in this instructable. By the way very nice project I can not wait to see it completely finished hole drilled mounted on stained box or brass box made out of sheeting braised together and pollished.

Mousepotato01 (author)2017-11-18

As you can see from the images the bulb is still intact I did not remove any drop down resistor from it in the socket it is still as is purchased off EBAY for $5.98 US Dollars for 1 bulb. The Fuji cameras off Amazon for $9.98 for 2 and the Red Brass Incense Cup off Amazon for $2.98

dreiseratops (author)2012-12-24

Its made with a what now?
Whats a flash unit???

alicyn.wonderland (author)2012-12-21

A steam punk Christmas, perfect.

Winged Fist (author)2012-12-19

What a lovely steampunk-Christmas accent light!
One question - Does it still smell like fish?;-)

Feliz Natal e Próspero Ano Novo!

Junophor (author)2012-12-19

Hi longwinters

Absolutely convincing and the right thing angainst winter drepessive feelings ;-)))
I love it,
By the way why are these bulbs so expensive? In germany I only have to pay about two Euros for such a bulb

Do you have still enaugh flash units?

Merry Christmas to you and your family

I am actually working on a big flickering Bulb with an integrated flash unit to, put it seperately at the Christmas tree ;-))))))))))))))

Your friend Aeon Junophor

bricabracwizard (author)2012-12-19

Excellent work! This is going to be a conversation piece or should I say touchy, feely piece!

WriterChick (author)2012-12-18

This is lovely, but we really need a link to your friend's 'ible. Can you add one, or reply to this post with the link, please?

longwinters (author)WriterChick2012-12-18
Good luck, it takes longer to polish the copper than all the rest.
Thank's for taking a look

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