I found this Lantern on a fleamarked and got it realy cheap. It´s made of tinplate and the glas is a bottle. I think a cover on the spout is missing. In the stand is a battery compartment (2 C-cells - 3 V) and a switch and a small bulb is under the bottle. All in all it´s a good base to steampunk it.
Step 1: Changing the Light
The wiring is from the original now, only the bulb was changed to the LEDs. Because the soldering was made for something completely different I covered the metal housing with tape down the hole to prevent any shortcuts or losses.
At this point the electric modifications will do it for now. Let´s do the steampunkination and look where it goes.
Step 2: The Eye of the Lantern
To prevent scratches and as a ground for constructing I taped the funnel with paper tape. Next I marked the outer diameter of the glass. With the tool you see in the picture woodturners are allowed to find the center of round objects and it helped me too. The whole construction was made on the funnel and at least I needed marks at the 45-135-215-305 degrees.
From the 0-90-180-270 degrees I marked the half with compasses. I used the compasses also to mark the distance from the outer rim for the screwholes. I realy couldn´t figure out where to place them so I guessed. And Mr. Spock couldn´t have done better...
The found and marked points got punched and drilled 3 mm wide. 4 M3 screws, each with a srew-nut on the inner and outer side fixes the glass perfect. No glue or silicon. No rattling or sticking.
Step 3: Columns to the Corners
The bottom of the lamp housing has already drill holes at each corner and the bottle inside leaves enough space to assamble a screw there. As the columns are realy heavy I decieded to make holders of brass only from downwards but it should be strong enough to keep everything upright. I made the holders from 4 mm brass and 1/3 of the length is behind the connecting screw to the housing so I have a good support by friction and lever.
Step 4: Changing the Footage
I thought about changing the whole thing to a massive brass candle foot I have but I would need to add the energy managemant and the weight of the thing is already at about 4 pounds. It´s cold outside and even colder in my workshop so a modification is all I want to do now.
So I looked in the parts I disassambled from a old clock and found the holders wich connected the clockwork to it´s wooden housing. The angle was exact the same as the foot of the lantern, they are black and I had 4 of them - good luck. At this point I didn´t knew what to mount there but 4 holes at each holder that point right downwards make anything possible.
To reach the place with my drill I had to disassamble the foot. It´s connected with bounded plate. After marking the position and drilling I fixed the new holders with M3 screws and reassambled all with the switch backwards.
I thought a little bit about adding some fancy funky stuff there but at least a steampunk lantern has to be a tool in several expeditions. A steampunk lantern has to go to new worlds and has to work in unbelievable and unknown situations. So I made the stand adjustable with 8 M3 screws and 16 screw-nuts. This lantern can be adjusted to the slopes and dales of the moon as well as the different concavity of venus or deep under the surface of the earth in any cave.