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Hi everybody

Some days ago I found a very old and rusty Feuerhand-Hurricane-kerosene lantern. The glass globe was broken but the mechanical parts are top.

The brand name „Feuerhand brought me to the idea to reactivate this lantern and modify it in an steampunk way for halloween. Instead of using kerosene and an open (and of course dangerous) flame the lantern should get an electric flickering candle bulb driven by 3 Volts (two AA-batteries) So it is portable and safe. The whole project is very simple and esy so you`l need about 5 hours for all. If you take a brand-new kerosene lantern you might need only two or three hours;-))))))

So if you like follow me into my steampunk lab you will see in which way I have done it.
The movie gives you a short glimpse but in reality the flickering light is much more impressive.

OK let us start with this funky halloween steampunk project!!!

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Step 1: Scrape the rust

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Do not get shocked, obout the rusty look. To clean up the metal surface I took a wire brush in an drilling machine and several pieces of steel wool. If you use a machine protect your eyes with safety glasses and wear leather gloves to avoid accidents.
It took me about one hour of brushing the surface. As you can see the lantern still looks old and used. To fix this vintage look you can wipe the lantern with a little bit of vaseline after everything is done.

Step 2: Prepare the tank

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In this step we have to prepare the tank for the electronic installation. First we have to turn off the burner element. Now we see that the hole is very small. To make it bigger we have to cut the small ring with a pincer away. Then I used different metal-files (a round and triangle one) to cut the inner metal sheet five times. After this work you can push the tin parts carefully with your fingers inside the tank. Now the hole is big enaugh for the electronic parts.
polerix3 years ago
so, why high voltage on this one? ...not that I mind the idea, more madness!
Winged Fist3 years ago
Hey Junophor – I just posted a miniature version of this;-) Steampunk USB mini-Lantern. I guess it's true that great minds think alike;-)
weldor3 years ago
You could also try using "rust converter" available at hardware stores and auto parts stores as well. Just remcve the loose rust and apply the converter. The remaining rust will turn black and cease to be ferrous oxide. It is basically sealed and will have a black color to it,
bkent13 years ago
On one of the lantern restoration pages it says to mix a bottle of Grandmas molasses with a gallon or 2 of water in a plastic storage container. Completely submerse the lantern in this solution for 24 hr and keep closed. Remove, wash, clean with steel wool, then repete as need. They say this will remove rust and paint. I'm getting ready to restore a 1880 lantern and I'm going to try this out
Codswallop3 years ago
It's a great project, and I have just the lantern for it, but I wouldn't call it steampunk. The kerosene lantern is certainly old technology, but not quite the same sort of anachronism characteristic of the genre
Pardu3 years ago
That is wicked

Great job. I always like to see steampunk things that have a very practical purpose, like this. I would have kept it as a kerosene lamp, but for halloween it is safer. It looks very nice, keep posting cool stuff like this.

Winged Fist3 years ago
Junophor – Thanks for sharing your latest Steampunk creation. Another great job, and really nice photos too. You must have the most "steampunkiest" illuminated house in all of Germany!;-)
Junophor (author)  Winged Fist3 years ago
Hi winged Fist

Perhaps you´re right, perhaps not;-)))))))
Ther are so much ideas in my head it´s unbelievable.

The next project is coming soon and I think this will astonish you all one more time again ;-))))))
Tomorrow I´ll do the photos.......
rucrazy433 years ago
looking fantastic..................................
SeamusDubh3 years ago
You could have used an actual light-bulb socket to prevent shocking and changeability of the bulb in the future.
Question, what's/where's the power source?
Junophor (author)  SeamusDubh3 years ago
Hi SeamusDubh

I agree with you but this was the best solution for this lantern. The two batteries are in the tank togtether with the electronic,
I have taken a picture which shows the complete electric installation
kimrot3 years ago
great idea., kip it up guys..,
Oooh nice. I love steampunk. I'm going to have to check out some more of your stuff. Great job!