Introduction: Steampunk Keyboard and Mouse (The Easy Way)

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You need a steamish keybord, a mouse and a monitor?
You don´t have a lot of machines to build cases etc.?
No problem!

Here is Mr. Steam easy way to refurbish these items!

Step 1: Parts

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You need:
  • A mouse
  • A keyboard
  • A TFT monitor
  • Some paper napkins
  • Glue
  • Wax stain
  • Shellack
  • Some brass applikations

Step 2: How to Make It

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Carefully dissasamble the keyboard, the mouse or the TFT.

Step 3: The Napkins and the Glue

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Tear the napkins apart.
Apply the glue and put 4 layers of napkins on the surface.
let it dry two days.

Step 4: Paint It and Attach Brass to It

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Stain it with 4 turns of wax stain. Let it dry and polish the stain between the paintings.
if everything is dry paint it with Shellack 3 times.
Attach the brass applikations, gears etc. to it.

Step 5: Use It ;-)

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Now you can enjoy your new computer stuff.


Pygar (author)2014-06-02

Where do you get your brass applications?

Asurak (author)2013-06-30

Hi you said wax stain do you mean wood stain from miniwax? Or if not then where would you get wax stain ppl at lowes had no idea what i was asking for.


Horatius.Steam (author)Asurak2013-06-30

Good morning,

I used this stain from

This stain is wax and water based and produces a wax film on the surface.
You can use something similar. I tried also some water based glaze. The results are not so good but it is working. Try a little bit around on some old plastic pieces to find out the best results.

I read a bit on the miniwax homepage. I think you can try this:

This sounds quite good.

Have fun and please post your results here.

With kind regards,


ace12345m (author)2012-09-27

the mouse is cool but you should have done something to the keys to make them look more steam punkish

Horatius.Steam (author)ace12345m2012-09-27

Yes I could. But I did not because it was an "The easy way instructable".

I am looking really forward to see yours regarding a similar mouse with more steampunkish keys.

With kind regards,

Horatius Steam

ace12345m (author)Horatius.Steam2012-09-28

that makes sense

MissBetsy (author)2012-04-02

I am impressed once again but not surprised following your projects for quite some time. You are a big inspiration for me Mr. Steam!
Keep up the good work!

Horatius.Steam (author)MissBetsy2012-04-02

*make a bow* :-)

Thank you very much my Lady.

Horatius Steam

longwinters (author)2012-04-01

What a great conversion, I have really wanted to do my key board to match my monitor, but I just don't have the time with all the other projects,

This looks like one a person could do in a day.

jessyratfink (author)2012-03-31

Using napkins is a great idea - the texture looks very nice!

TheHobbit81 (author)2012-03-31

Yeah FTW. Fantastic idea. Now the challenge; try to find thing to NOT use this method on. Ha Ha Ha

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