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Hi everybody 

I just returned from my steam-powered-laboratory (Dampfkraftlabor, in german) to present you my latest invention:

The Steampunked plasma-beam generator:

To get an first impression please watch this short movie




Notice: Don´t wreck your health and please obay the following advices:

***Disclaimers***This instructable works with voltages in excess of 250V. This is more than enough to give you a potentially fatal electric shock if handled incorrectly. If you are unfamiliar with how to work with high voltage, please refrain from performing this instructable. Exercise caution throughout the following steps to avoid electrical dangers and also use insulated tools like pliers and screwdrivers and so on.

If you choose to undertake this instructable, you do so at your own risk.




And here ist the instructable 
 
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Step 1: Construction of the chassis

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As you know I love to work a lot with red vulcanized fiber material,  brass screws  and copper parts.
So I chose an old antique handlamp chassis and modified it  as you can see in the following pictures

Step 2: The electronic inside

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Here you see all the components :

a switch
an green LED
an mini flickering bulb with E10 socket
an E10 socket holder
an AA battery holder (and the AA-battery of course)
an banana-plug ant its counterpart
a small piece of copper wire  ø1,5 mm
the well known former flash electronic of an disposal camera
The steampunked modified chassis

Step 3: Step by step explanation for the electronic works

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In this instructable of mine you will find all the answers to your detailed questions about the electronic works;-)))

The mini flickering bulb with an E10 socket  can be ordered by the manifacturer Konstsmiede

Step 4: Combine the components

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And now you can build the three parts together

Step 5: Start the generator

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To start the generator switch it on  
Maybe a small light spot occurs at the top of the metal flame-cathodes.
If not,  just come near to the glass bulb with your hand.
When  you move slowly you can see that the spot comes in even if you don´t touch the glass.
Then touch the top of the glass and the plasma-beam rises up.
jaredb17 months ago
I made it i wanna show u but my only camera broke its so neat nice job a great conversation starter
lukichu3 years ago
high voltage? lol i've been shocked by one of those transformers before. it stings a bit but nothing fatal
mysss lukichu3 years ago
Both you and the author are making the mistake of assuming that the dangerous quality of electricity is voltage. As far as I know (do your own research, obviously, before trusting someone's advice with your life) amperage is much more important, which is why capacitors are so dangerous and Van de Graaff generators are so safe. It's possible that energy is actually the issue...in which case high voltages would be safe at low amperages and high amperages might be safe with low voltages.
dudes mysss1 year ago

energy is indeed the issue, at high volts, low amps the body's resistance goes down allowing more of the current to pass through. at low volts, high amps the body's resistance goes up allowing less of the current to pass. I have seen people pass 100000+ volts at a few microamps through themselves, I have also seen people pass 800+ amps at <2 volts through themselves as well.

lukichu mysss3 years ago
why do signs say danger high voltage?
Because normally in those cases, high amperage comes along with, even though using a transformer to increase voltage, decreases amperage. But high voltage does have heat, and still herts.
wkoepp mysss3 years ago
Mysss is correct in that current is what kills. 5mA is usually painful and only 10 to 15 mA (milliAmps) can kill you. High voltage is considered extremely dangerous though, this is for many reasons. Voltage is like electrical pressure, even if the voltage cant surge through your body and kill you, it can blow a good chunk of flesh off. I have accidently cut a live 120 V line which blew my wire cutters apart. The other main reason is that the human body has an average resistance of 50k Ohm, so say 250v / 50,000 ohms = 0.005 A ( 5 mA). that is enough for some serious pain. Watch out more for anything 600v or above, which is considered true high voltage. Anyways have fun and stay safe. :)
lukichu wkoepp3 years ago
i have learned alot today. lol
Rich99 lukichu3 years ago
Me too!
Junophor (author)  wkoepp3 years ago
Hi wkoepp

Thanks for your detailed and very good explanation. I absolutely agree with you and Myss too!!
Can you help me and all the others who want to present such projects in future and write the technical right formulated security advice new?

If "Yes" then I will change it as soon as possible!!!

Thank you very much

Aeon Junophor
Junophor (author)  mysss3 years ago
Hi mysss

Let me repeat this important noteagain:

Thanks for your detailed and very good explanation. I absolutely agree with you and wkoepp too!!
Can you help me and all the others who want to present such projects in future and write the technical right formulated security advice new?

If "Yes" then I will change it as soon as possible!!!

Thank you very much

Aeon Junophor
Awesome...just fantastic...
Gunther453 years ago
I love this. Small and very nice. Is that switch final though? It's the only thing that looks a little out of place.Maybe a dial switch? I think this thing is cool as hell though! Nice Work!
Junophor (author)  Gunther453 years ago
Hi Gunther45

I chose the red cover for a better view in this video and fotos. Afterwards I put it away;-))))))


Cheers Aeon Junophor
Bro, I never knew it was so hard to find a proper switch for a Steampunk project. It's very very hard especially in the states because I wanted a Dolly Switch and we never had them. I always like the piece just thought the switch was out of place but I totally understand now! We got to do what we got to do.
Junophor (author)  Gunther453 years ago
Hi Gunther45

Here are some adresses where you may find such switches, hope this will help

http://www.charlieroe.com/art-deco/art-deco-electric-fittings/art-deco-electric-fittings-2.html

http://diy.twenga.co.uk/toggle-switch.html

And there I buy my switches:

http://www.conrad.de/ce/de/overview/0216100/Kippschalter

Your Aeon Junophor
Winged Fist3 years ago
Pure Steampunk genius;-) My hat's off again to you Aeon Junophor!
domdanial3 years ago
Hey, how are the neon bulb and the plug connected? On the high voltage power supply instructable, it show multiple configurations for the power. Do you use AC or DC for the bulb and plug? Oh and the term you are looking for is "circuit" or circuit board" instead of "electronic." Great though =)
Junophor (author)  domdanial3 years ago
Hi domdanial

Thanks for your explanation. I will use the right term in future;-))

Now to your question:
I connected the plug with one contact usinig the AC-variaty and the other contacct goes to the two contacts of the small bulbsocketholder so that both cathodes inside the bulb are working as one. That ist also why I had to insulate the metal part oft the bulb socket above the holder with the black shrinking hose (to avoid a short cut and even electric shock) if this part might have been touched by fingers/hand.

Hope this details will help ;-)))

Aeon Junophor
wkoepp3 years ago
Junophor awesome project as always. you always show good home craftsmanship. This is yet another one of your projects i will have to duplicate.
mysss3 years ago
First of all, awesome idea! This is definitely going on my list of projects to build if I ever get into electronics.

I noticed you seem to be using "a" and "an" rather oddly. My assumption is that you're using them as if they correspond to different genders of noun? If so, you should know that English doesn't have genders like this. "A" is used before words beginning with a consonant, and "an" is used in front of words beginning with a vowel. The only exception (I think) is words beginning with "h," for which the article depends on the pronunciation. I think the English are more likely to say, "an hero," for example, while (being an American) I say, "a hero." Using "an" implies a different way of pronouncing the word. Anyway, sorry if I misunderstood, and thanks for posting! Now on to check out your other Instructables. =)
dunno what it could be used for, but really cool!
kovama13 years ago
What about radiation? in video I saw some geeen sparks....
MPLS_CBG3 years ago
I love neon lamps! I saw a similar flicker lamp at the hardware store and wasn't sure if it was neon or not. Beautiful project!
goffymew563 years ago
where do you get the small box for the wires
goffymew563 years ago
hello i can't find any of the parts any help i live in adelaide
Nice, it steams punky
Great work, my friend!
Junophor (author)  Horatius.Steam3 years ago
Hi Horatius.Steam

Yes indeed a good work. Thanks for friendship and supporting so much!!!

Aeon Junophor
Another great invention, I love your work.
Junophor (author)  bricabracwizard3 years ago
Hi bricbracwizard

Tank´s for your kind comment. Your works are also an inspiration to me;-))))

Many greetings to Down Under
Dear Aeon Junophor

Again a great gadget from your laboratory! Wonderful!

Greetings from Helvetia

The Chocolatist
Junophor (author)  thechocolatist3 years ago
Hi thechocolatist

Thank you very much for your ovations!!

Let me say that your objects are impressing me too;-))))


Cheeers and greetings from Hamburg, Germany

Aeon Younphor
Junophor (author) 3 years ago
Thanks to all and their kindly comments

You see I am back again.
And I love it really much!!
I am so pleased that you like my objects. That´s it!!!!

Cheers to all of you
Aeon Junophor
longwinters3 years ago
Glad to see another project from you, we had a dry spell there.

I wish I could contribute as well but I am on a project that will take at least 1/2 a year so I must rely on the "old timers" to keep my imagination going.

This is a wonderful project and it made my day to pop online and see something new.

I have been wondering when you would be back with another great steampunked classic!
And as always you have blown me away! This is really cool, Love the overall design Silver & black and brass always go good together.
Can't wait to see more!
You inspire me allot with you inventions, In fact my steampunked wall light was Inspired by your light tube.
Junophor (author)  Grasshopper12213 years ago
Hi grasshopper1221

Thank you very much for your patience. Indeed I needed some time for new inventions and now I will present them step by step so stay tuned and have a look at my site;-))))))

Your Aeon Junophor