Steampunk Afterburner and Resources - Part 1


Introduction: Steampunk Afterburner and Resources - Part 1


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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    What would be great here would be a series of "before and after" photos - what it looks like as a household object, then a shot of it in the costume / weapon / whatever.

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    Would you mind coming back and reviewing this AGAIN, my first effort, since I have editted it extensively?

    I have applied changes that you suggested and is much more informative, I believe.

    I have not yet received a rating which may be because it is a lousy instructable? Anyway, you are very informative in yours and I would like to make more instructables. My Nikon is full of pix to help illustrate some of my new projects!

    Oh, this is much better now!

    Don't worry about the lack of ratings, they're a feature neglected by many people, ignored by many more. Personally, some bug prevents me from giving a rating at all.

    This has slid down the list with time, now, so maybe you should post a forum topic announcing the update? You might also want to send a link to steampunk blogs to see if they want to mention it.

    I edited it a bit... this was a part 1, but I tried to cast the vision a bit better. "What could be..."

    It's a'comin' in Part 2... I hope... currently in production (if I can just get that litterbox clean and runnin')

    I think I heard they were ping pong balls cut in half and a light mounted behind. But, looking at this photo, I think you're right.


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    Yippers, that's according to what my "Making of Star Trek" book circa 1969 claimed. I think George Barris Customs were involved as well... Something about plywood sheets painted black, holes drilled, marbles installed and then lit up with Christmas tree lights. I'll have to find my book!

    Here's your link of the picture (with Nichelle Nichol's hands caressing said controls) in a handy click on version:

    Thanks for commenting!