Introduction: Steampunked Heart-Beat-Box

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Hello everybody

I never expected such an enormous interest of my work. But I must say I like it.  This success is an big motivation to me and so I want to show you anohter funny steampunk object. where I used one of my own instructables;-)))

As a mad steampunk scientist I took such a steampunk-light- tube enlighted it with two blue LED and placed it in an funky glasses-case. In the top I put an switch and a small electronic in, which slowly glows and dim the light like an heartbeat. As a real steampunker I named it : "Heart of godess Elektra". In the following steps I´ll show you how I dit it.

You can get a small impression of this fantastic light below. It really looks like an pulsating heartbeat!!

Step 1: How to Build the Light-tube: First Step

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As you already might have seen in my other instructable "construction of a steampunk light tube", I use such a tube in this instructable too. Let´s remember the steps, that´s why I show them here again;
First  you can see the tube in the heart beat box and then the tube with the holder for its own. Then you can take a glance of the backside of the heart beat box with the brass screws and then you see the details of making the light tube. 

Step 2: How to Build the Light-tube: Second Step

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Here  the details for the light tube itself can be seen again.

Step 3: How to Build the Light-tube: Third Step

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The steampunked tube made of brass sockets, copper rings, some screws, washers, spark plugs made of brass and an acrylic tube.

Step 4: The Electronic in the Heart Beat Box

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Now let´s take  a look inside the Heart-Beat-Box:

In former times the box made of alumine protected a pair of glasses and now it hides the heart of goddess Elektra!
In one half there is the ligth tube with two blue LEDs.
In the other half I put the 9-Volts battery the switch and the electronic behind a blind covered with black velvet.
The electronic and the blue LEDs itself were  taken from an advertising map of a drugstore after the campaign. The original  light was pulsating in the same way it does now and brought me to this idea.

I hope you enjoyed this instructable and I wish you all the best with your fantastic ideas
Yours Aeon Junophor


andrea biffi (author)2014-12-03

this invention is fantastic!!

Junophor (author)andrea biffi2014-12-04

Hi andea biffi

You´re welcome!!

This is indeed one of my most beloved constructions;-)))


Yours Aeon Junophor

Monsterguy (author)2012-03-28

Very nice :)

If you could work out a way for the light to be triggered by the box opening rather than from the switch - t would look like it was on all the time, beating away to it's self.

ssgtgibby (author)Monsterguy2012-06-29

That probably would be pretty easy with a push button switch. Much like the kind you have for a car door or a refrigerator.

FenrisLokison (author)2012-03-15

Nice work, I'm definitely going to have a play with this idea, a couple of use's come to mind -

- with the right pulse (beat) length it's a handy meditation aid

- with a dial control circuit added in to vary the "beat" you've got yourself a handy visual steampunk metronome for muso's - add in a sound circuit in time with the beat, hey presto full compact audio/visual metronome for musician's ( steampunk ones of course ).

If I'd been smart enough to come up with this idea in the first place I probably would have used a concealed micro switch rather than the toggle switch to operate it. Just to give it a bit of that "fridge light" feeling that kids alway's get trying to find out if the lights still working when the door is closed. Also might give it more of a mystic feel.

Good stuff, I'm off to find a suitable case right now, might even try to adapt one of my harmonica cases!

abstracted (author)2012-03-07

nice...those without an oakley sunglasses case could use this idea

GeekBeam (author)2011-12-20

had an interesting idea to make a steampunk light, but as a necklace pendant instead of a wall mount...

gregorescu (author)2011-12-07

Does someone know where i can find a schematic for the electrical circuit?

Many thanks

longwinters (author)2011-11-24

I am doing some stained glass for a steampunk computer monitor, while I was laying out the glass work I put some anti-freeze and gelatine in the glass tube, so I don't have to worry about leaks and seals, these are the pics.

The glow is more even in real life the camera makes an unnatural bright spot.

It actually looks good just using white light.

Did you fill the tube? There was a project I think in the Phillipines or other tropical nation using plastic water bottles that they filled with liquid and put in the ceiling as sky lighting during the day time. I thought that was a great idea but in my climate the water would freeze so antifreeze and gelatin might be a good substitute.

I would be concerned for the longevity of the finished product especially in a enviroment where air would be a factor, in these tubes there is little air infiltration and most likely will have no biological grown, however it's not hard to imagine mold or some other nasty finding this gelled sugar soulution a fun place to grow.

Junophor (author)longwinters2011-11-24

Very cool idea to use Gelatine!! Great !!
What sort of anti feeeze do you use?

longwinters (author)2011-11-18

I at first thought the lamp end caps were spark plugs, I have had good luck using uv leds, I think you could get some cool effects using a florescent liquid in the tube.

For those of you who want the lazy man's way Ramsey electronics offers lots of flashing led projects that save ya from having to hunt down the individual parts.

I love the look of this project great attention to detail.

Sputny (author)2011-11-17

hey im very interested in something like this but do not have alot of free time so i was wondering how much would it cost to have one built and just purchase it already made and sent in the mail if that is an option and if possible ill pay more to have a switch tht changes the speed of the pulse let me know thanks

wkoepp (author)2011-10-31

This is a great idea, thanks. I am going to make one to give to my GF.

Junophor (author)wkoepp2011-11-01

Great !!!!!!
Show us a picture fro your project;-)))

wkoepp (author)Junophor2011-11-01

ok, i will probably use it as my first instructable. i am going to design a circuit that will create the heart beat. it will help add on to your's and help people who dont have access to a prebuilt circuit. :)

Junophor (author)wkoepp2011-11-01

This sounds good. Maybe I can rebuilt your new circuit then and try it in another project;-)))))

wkoepp (author)Junophor2011-11-05

Junophor what did you use for a glass tube. As in what did it come from. I am having problems finding a glass tube large enough.

Junophor (author)wkoepp2011-11-05

Hi wkoepp

I used an normal acrylic glass tube from our local DIY store (a 2.0 metres long tube in diameter 15 mm, for about 3.0 Euros)
For more information please look here

where I described this construction very detailed

Hope this will help you
and good luck
Yours Aeon Junophor

Jo-dan (author)2011-10-29

the pulsing light makes me think of the tardis

pie R []ed (author)2011-10-08

Wonderful project! Love the glow effect! Do you know what brand of glasses case it is? Also, have you considered cutting holes in the external casing for the glow to shine through? I think it would add to the mystery of it.

-pie R []ed

mintontc (author)pie R []ed2011-10-09

It is an Oakley's case. The sunglasses that came in mine cost around $200, but you may be able to find cheaper glasses with the same case.

Junophor (author)pie R []ed2011-10-09

Hi I do´n´t know the brand becaus Igot it from a flea market and the only information was imprinted :"Made in China" ;-) I Tried to find it out for more other objects because I like this form very much but Ihad no luck yet, sorry but If someone here around could help that wold be great.

To your second question: You´ve nearly tghe same idea like me,great!!!

Yes my first Idea was indeed to cut an oval hole in tit you can see the oval at the top, and then let another LED glow with the same rythm. This hole should have filled with something like an "glass jewelry" or so to lift up the mystery effect. But the first trials with an model haven´t been convincing. So I build it in this way.

Aeon Junophor

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