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This project is my first attempt at creating a steampunk inspire design.  I wanted to start off with something small and cost effective; so after looking around online at different projects I found what I was looking for.  The assembly is simple and the painting is quick.  The project cost me about $30 since I had to buy the paint, glue, pipe, and wall plate.

What you'll need:

- One Creative Accent Metro Line 1 Toggle Wall Plate Antique Bronze 
- Six Small Gears (Any from a clock will work. I pulled pieces from a Wal-Mart wall clock.)
- Two 3/8" Nuts (I pulled mine from skateboard mounting hardware.)
- One 1/8" x 3 3/4" Metal Pipe (Any pipe will work as long as you can bend it.)
- One bottle of Krazy Glue
- One can of Rust-Oleum Metallic

Tools needed:
Metal pipe cutters
Screwdriver
 
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Step 1: Gather the Materials

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The great thing about steampunking is that the end result of the project is unique.  These are my suggestions for how to go about gathering your materials.

Gears:
Since gears are the most varied from clock to clock it is up to you to find which ones work for you.  My gears came from a cheap Wal-mart Mainstays Wall Clock.  Unscrew the housing unit of the clock.  Pop open the housing unit and inside will be all of the gears.  Carefully remove each gear that you want to use.  Keep in mind that the gears I used for this project are plastic, but it doesn't matter since I spray painted mine.  My suggestion is to find various sizes of small gears to create an asymmetrical design. 

Piping:
It doesn't really matter what type of piping you get as long as it can bend.  For my piping, I chose 1/8" brass metal pipe from Home Depot.  You can get a 36" piece for about $2.50  First, cut the pipe to a 3 3/4" section.  Then, carefully bend the piping into a curved 90 degree bend on both ends.  Make sure each bend is equal to the other side.

Nuts:
The nuts I used for the wall plate are 3/8" nuts I took from the hardware for mounting trucks to a skateboard.  A set of mounting nuts and bolt for a skateboard range from $2.99 to $4.99.  If you already have this size just use those; there is no need to seek out the extra work.

Once you've gathered all of the materials; it's time to paint them.