Make Steampunk stuff with Grocery Store parts! Easyish~Cheap! This is my first (and hopefully NOT my last) instructable for those that claim to not being creative, but yet are searching these pages for some hints on how to create props. (Is that even possible?) O.o
Here are a few tips for the beginning Steam-Punk type person who would like to make their gear instead of buying it. A long , long time ago in a galaxy....whoops wrong story, um, er, uh... A long time ago, in the late 60s, I read a book on the making of the TV show Star Trek, the original series, aka ST-TOS, or TOS for short. Anyway, I found out that some of the things the propmaster used to build props for TOS were ordinary household items, re-purposed. The medical scanners Dr. Leonard McCoy used were actually salt shakers. The indicator lights on the bridge were marbles, etc. So now what is a young aspiring Steampunkist to do? For instance, come with me as I walk the grocery store aisles, and stalk the wild steamy parts supplies on-the-cheap!
Most of the pictures shown have info boxes with my beginning plans for the objects attached!
Check the first four pictures for a graphic example of the beginning of my project's "power supply". Then, peruse the following pictures, for some more stuff that I took home to be the basis of "Steampunk Resources - Part 2," and a continuation of said project for Halloween and maybe even a fall parade. Maybe you can guess which parts will make what? Here is a hint: I will be using a couple of these items to build a steam-less "Steam Pressure Gauge" that looks old AND it will actually look like it is working! AND a Steampunk Afterburner (1st Picture in progress)!
The afterburner will be made from the two parts shown in the instructions - the mop "strainer" from the red bucket set (by "Old Cedar") and the stainless steel vegetable straining basket. The center is cut out of the straining basket and the mop strainer. The parts will be placed together on an old fashioned porcelain light fixture. A circular kids " spinning LED light" globe is placed here in the middle as an idea of how to light it up. My version will contain a child's "bouncing" LED ball. It will come in PART TWO.
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