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I had been debating creating some kind of dock for my Iphone to sit on for quite some time. This desire coupled with the first week of my summer holidays has led me to create the Steampunk Iphone Dock.

Before we get started I just want to point out that this project can be made from anything, old cans, bottles etc. So have a hunt around your home before you start, grab as  much junk as you can find so that you have an idea of the kind of shapes you need to work with.

Next its a great idea to understand the Steampunk style and that in essence what you will be making needs to look like a steam powered machine. Therefore I began by googling steam engines etc and identified an array of various parts I could use in my design. Typically you will see valves, pipes, gauges, tanks, whistles and governors all wrapped up together with rivets and sometimes even wood (wood was typically used to provide insulation to hot parts like boilers). When you have an idea of the kind of stuff you want on your dock and you have identified all of the materials available to you, you really need to take the time to draw up some ideas and take it from there. I ended up toning down my idea as I thought the paper sketch would look too complex for the docks size.
 
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raoul11382 years ago
I could make a BIG one and put a 200 watt amp and speakers in it!! But how to make the speaker system look Steampunk is the question... I have had previous ideas about doing something with lights and objects that move/b.ink to the beat of the music. Perhaps I could do the incense thing and it a stopper that opens with each bass boom, and a little bit of smoke comes out, that was it would look like the machine is powering the speaker. Basically a steam powered music box... or so it would appear. It will take a LONG time, but I will post a video on YouTube and put the link here ;)
blink* put* way* :$
What what are the cones?
MrF_DT_teacher (author)  woodstockbirdy2 years ago
Simple insence cones. The kind you get from alternative/ ethnic shops :)
Awesome this is great!
this is awesome:-)
noahh3 years ago
Using incense for the steam is a brilliant idea, well done!
MrF_DT_teacher (author)  noahh3 years ago
thanks I had been researching all sorts of ways to make the smoke but buying bespoke stuff defeated the object of my design. I literally had it pop into my head.
I like the "cold mist" generators... there is another instructable in how to make them.... but can't quickly find it.

Here's a source for what I'm talking about
http://www.oceanmistmaker.com/humidifierwholesales.html

PS LOVE This gonna make me one!!!!
This instructible is absolutely rad and amazing, but I can't resist posting this in response to this last sentence here... :)
http://theoatmeal.com/comics/literally
Ah, the gayroller....good times....good times...
lredshoes3 years ago
Fabulous, teacher! I'm an assemblage artist using found objects, and I'm always looking for ideas that produce both interesting and useful art pieces. You got it going on.

Good luck with the contest.
MrF_DT_teacher (author)  lredshoes3 years ago
Thanks :) that sounds interesting Do you have any pics?
I do! Being evicted from home (New Orleans) by a wicked woman named Hurricane Katrina, I tend to use reclaimed bits and pieces and themes from there. (Putting it back together again, I guess.) Live in Pensacola, Florida, travel back to N.O. every chance we get and see what we can beg, borrow, buy (cheap) and salvage.

This is not fine art, but a folk art style which I purposely try to make look as if it was something mysterious salvaged as shown. (It's a lot of work to make somethings look old!) Hope you enjoy pics!

Lulu Redshoes
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MrF_DT_teacher (author)  lredshoes3 years ago
Love it!!!! I try to encourage my students to use old bits and bobs to make products, as you have proved the results can be awesome.
vpurcell3 years ago
ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT!
MrF_DT_teacher (author) 3 years ago
Thanks again guys for all the comments really means a lot. Please post some pics if you make one would love to see different spins of my design :)
tgray13 years ago
What a terrific project!

I'm sure you meant brazing rods (braising is a cooking term).

I'll bet 1/8" brass tubing from a hobby store would work, but it's tricky to bend.
MrF_DT_teacher (author)  tgray13 years ago
Doh!!! Yup. I great at using the wrong words. Which is is why I don't teach English hehe. Yeah anything like that will do it's just that's what I had access to and it was free :)
MrF_DT_teacher (author)  MrF_DT_teacher3 years ago
P.S just read the last bit of your post. Apply heat to the pipe before you bend it and things should run a little more smoothly
ckalinowski3 years ago
This looks great! The incense burner was, in my opinion, the best addition to a steampunk iPod dock. Kinda clever!
EXCELLENT Job! Blend in a Small Speaker and switch to a USB 3.5mm JACK Car AUX Audio/Charger/sync Connector and you've got a clock radio/sound system!
It would be great if you could get the ball speed governor to spin. Great instructable anyway!
MrF_DT_teacher (author)  javajunkie19763 years ago
I had thought of using a USB hub inderneath, having two of the ports on the side for general use, one with the iphone cable plugged into it and the final one powering a small motor to make the governor spin when you plug the dock in. I didnt bother in the end as I wanted to enter it into the USB competition and didnt want to run out of time. Ive got the steampunk bug now though so watch this space :)
It's easy to get bitten by the Steampunk bug. I'm currently on an Airship design kick. I'm designing (blueprint level) a modern yet still Steampunk cargo airship.
Celtika3 years ago
Wow. This is awesome. You've inspired me to do the same for my phone. Now to find junk!
thanks - clear and concise - much appreciated
The Arbiter3 years ago
This is very cool. I really like the "metalizing" you did to make the wood look like a steel boiler. I had the same idea as a previous poster about spinning the governor with a small motor. I may have to make on of these myself for my HTC Evo.
MrF_DT_teacher (author)  The Arbiter3 years ago
Cool. Post a pic and make your governor spin ;)
Dark Carver3 years ago
I'm thinking of doing this for my iPad. I have experience in building (I build Halloween props) so this shouldn't be too hard. Awesome job on this instructable!
MrF_DT_teacher (author)  Dark Carver3 years ago
Post a pic that would be ace!
Dawnsfalcon3 years ago
Very well done. Way Cool!
This is amazing. It could easily be adapted to acomadate speakers and adds great character to a room. Great job.
MrF_DT_teacher (author)  prototype22133 years ago
Funny you should say that, the idea came about from a project I did with my students..... MP3 speaker.
MrF_DT_teacher (author) 3 years ago
Thanks guys for all the positive comments really appreciate it.
Luke Syn3 years ago
Awesome :)
tigerbomb83 years ago
10 out of 5