Introduction: Steampunked Magic Uranium Light

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Hi everbody!

Some months ago I came across with some uranium glass beads. Within a second I was absolutely convinced that these mystic shining beads had to become the central element of a magic steampunk lamp.

Uranium glass is said to fluoresce bright green under ultraviolet light - you will find furthermore explanation at wikipedia. So I tested various UV-blacklight LED´s with different kinds of wavelengths from 365 to 420 nm. In this case UV-blacklight LED´s with the wavelength of 405 nm works best.

This light runs with 4,5 Volts by three AA-batteries.

Oh, yes! and one hazardous warning is necessary to be mentioned: Although I used an E27-Edison screw socked system, do not screw this "bulb" into another holder! This might be deadly dangerous!!!

And now let us start with the construction of the "Steampunked magic uranium light".

Step 1: Composition in General (Overview)

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The lamp itself should looked like as if it might had been constructed in the labs of Thomas Alva Edison or a steampunk inventor. So I used a lot of old lamp parts made of brass and copper of that time and combined them to a new lampholder and also created a scientific looking bulb.

Step 2: Construction of the Uranium Light

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The uranium glass beads got a hole in their middle which one can use for putting a pair of copper wire through. At each end of this holes I placed small Edison screw sockets E12 from broken electric X-mas candles..

One socket covers the UV-blacklight LED, the other is just needed for symmetric reasons. Both sockets are connected electrically with the LED so you can use them as real contacts to the battery (see also explanation at the step before). At the end of construction the main copper wire was soldered with the foot-contact of each socket and keep in that way all parts together. After each step of construction I checked the LED function, to make sure that everything was fine.

Step 3: Construction of the Bulb

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The idea of this bulb came to my mind when I saw this LED garden chain made in a retro style.

The new uranium light element was brought in carefully and electrically connected as you can see with the Edison Socket E27. To insulate and fix the bulb a piece of cork was build in the E27 socket too.

Step 4: Construction of the Table Lamp

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The table lamp should look very steampunked. So I chose to take parts from very old bulb holders made of brass screwed them at the ends together, cut off one cleading so you can see the copper made screw-holder and fixed the new lamp on a ring of plywood covered with red fibre.

At the end I have to say that his lamp looks a little bit like as if it has to be stored at warehouse 13 - or not???

So I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and maybe you create your own uranium light in a steampunked way or in an atomic-punk style.

Yours Aeon Junophor


MarkA248 (author)2016-09-18

Absolutely AWESOME! Very Jules Verne! This project would look terrific in my green-themed consulting room with the essential oil extraction glassware in the corner.

Junophor (author)MarkA2482016-09-18

Hi MarkA248!

Oh yes!! This lamp would really perfectly fit in!!

Greetings from a "persoal friend" of Captain Nemo;-))

MarkA248 (author)Junophor2016-09-18

Aha! Nemo lives!

Junophor (author)MarkA2482016-09-19

Oh, yes he (Mr. Nemo) does (-at least always in our mind)! and he will never die as long as people like you and me are thinking of him!


Kalle Klæp (author)MarkA2482016-09-18

Are you sure it's an essential oil extractor? Looks like a still to

MarkA248 (author)Kalle Klæp2016-09-18

Well Kalle Klæp, it IS a type of still. It's for steam-distillation of dried herbs which sit in the aludel bulb above the boiling flask. The rising steam drives the volatile oils up and through the condenser into a separatory flask.

throbscottle (author)2016-09-19

I'm trying to think of a way to say Absolutely AWESOME in a different
way to Mark below, but I can't think of one. Such a cool looking light, I
love it. Must get me some of those beads...

Junophor (author)throbscottle2016-09-19

Hi throbscottle!

I´ve bought these beades here:

They are glowing best, the glass type is called "Anna-Gelb" and had been produced at (Gablonz/Böhmen) where this glass type had been invented and still will be produced!

Hope this might help you?


Yours Aeon Junophor

smmcfarland2 (author)2016-09-19

Excellant!! It looks as it should for the steampunk time period. Otherwise, it would only be 21st century automated production. Staring to look for glass!!!

Jfieldcap (author)2016-09-19

Very good job! It looks great! The only thing that bothers me slightly about it is how the thing holding the bead is somewhat crooked... Otherwise, great job!

WannaDuino (author)2016-09-18

you did a beutiful job there.

i was Amazed

AshenLight (author)2016-09-18

Absolutely perfect! Great design and implementation...



dvigatel (author)2016-09-16

Fluorescein doped clear plastic is safer, because it contains no uranium. It also fluoresces green under blue and UV LEDs.

AshenLight (author)dvigatel2016-09-18

Hi @dvigatel,

I just bought 40 very similar uranium glass marbles. They only measure 2.2uSv/h in total (all 40 of them) which is about the same as normal background during an airline flight. A single marble won't even register on my counter. They seem to be harmless enough...


sokamiwohali (author)dvigatel2016-09-17

There is not any danger involved with uranium glass, as the percentage in the glass is so low. It's considered harmless and negligibly radioactive. It takes a VERY sensitive geigermometer to sense the radiation emitted.

billbillt (author)2016-09-18


jsprenkle (author)2016-09-18

I was thinking warehouse 23 myself. Great project!

narisl (author)2016-09-17

Love it!! a steampunk lamp. Very very well presented.

bcb10 (author)2016-09-17

Very cool! If it were me, I'd make the base bigger to hide thebbattery pack, but that's me lol. Like the edison bulb casing it's in!

Junophor (author)bcb102016-09-17

Hi bcb10

I agree with you ;-))

My idea was to take button cells for hiding in the base if it stands alone but this lamp will later be placed on another object where I hide the battery in.

Please vote for me if this lamp convinces you too-;))

Yours Aeon Junophor

bcb10 (author)Junophor2016-09-17

Glad to hear that the batteries will be hidden, adds a lot to the aesthetics! Voted! : )

Swansong (author)2016-09-16

This is gorgeous. Great use of the glass!

Junophor (author)Swansong2016-09-16

Hi Swansong

You are welcome! This glass is really magic. Once in your hands so much ideas are rising -incredible!! If you like please vote for me;-)))

Yours Aeon Junophor

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Bio: I love to invent and create new things in a "steampunk styled way" working with brass, copper, vulcanized-fibre, brass gears and (ply)- wood. On one ... More »
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