Well, first let me state that i made this about 4 years ago, so bare with me.

i wanted to try to make a steampunk keyboard that won't require much tools and craftmanship like Datamancer's keyboards which are insane. also to spend as less money as possible and also try to make it on a wireless common cheap keyboard.

i would like to give props to this project which helped me a lot and the brass "friction lid support" was used as well here:


Tools used:

scissors and x-acto knives

also used heavy duty cutter for cutting the plastic keys



a keyboard

glue(any kind will do, i used r21 and wood glue)

nail polish or any kind of polish will do(wood polish)

brass buttons - i used two sizes for emphasizing some keys like the ctrl and shift etc..

vintage ish looking paper(looks a bit like a scroll paper)

guitar strap pins

fabric of your choise

friction lid support - which is basicly a window hardware, but you can also use other hardware parts or make something similar your own, which is what i would have done if i would redo this.

Step 1: Preparing the Keys

disassemble the keys from your keyboard of choise - this can be done with a flat head screwdriver and a little force.

most newer keyboards nowdays have this rubbery thingies under the keys so make sure you keep them.

try to take a picture of the keyboard before you do all that, so you will know what goes where

Then print out your new keys label, i made mine with photoshop, i measured the inside diameter of the brass buttons and used that for the sizing, also i arranged them in a manner that will look like the way they are orginized on the keyboard itself and then put an image of a steampunk ship. the idea was trying to make it look like the keys form a picture - in the longrun it didnt really work well, but it has a nice look to it.

then i cut the plastic keys tops in such a way there will be only the minimum of the top left(as possible)

after printing and cutting the keys labels i glued a piece of cardboard to each brass key(from the packeging of the keyboard itself) so they will be a bit taller and also glue better.

glued the keys labels to the brass buttons, and put a nice coat of nail polish on top

after all the keys dried(it didnt took more then 10m), i glued the new brass keys to the plastic keys buttoms.

Step 2: Making the Rectangle Keys

Ok, so for the rectangle keys i searched for AGES on ebay for some brass like things that would fit with a nice rim and all. after much searching i found this dollar bill pendants that fitted well for the cause.

so the same steps apply for those keys as well - cut, glue cardboard on the bottom and glue the label and then polish.

For the space bar and the hole where there was those annoying play shut down buttons i inserted some fabric and ordered an engraved brass plate from ebay to fit there.

since not all keyboard has those annoying buttons i didnt bother to make a step that explains to disassemble the keyboard and take them out. but if you got those then thats how its done:) not complicated at all, just be carefull not to hurt the circuit board and wiring.

Step 3: Final Touches

So for the buttom plastic part of the keyboard i glued in some Victorian looking fabric and then screwd two Guitar strap pin heads on the sides.

the fabric part could have been done less sloppy. i admit.

then i screwed the windows brass hardware thingies on the sides of the keyboard, using very small screws! so i wont hit the keyboards pcd and stuff inside.

Step 4: Thats It!

and now its done! hope you liked it :)

<p>Abney park fan by chance?</p>
<p>i have no idea what that is, why?</p>
Band that used to do steampunk pirate music.
<p>ahh cool, i'll check them out:)</p>
<p>if you lookup Steampunk Revolution by Abney Park on youtube you will see a keyboard similar to yours at 1 minute and 7 seconds in to the video.</p>
<p>Excellent work! Looks great!</p><p>One minor thing: &quot;Space Bar&quot; is what we call it, but &quot;Space&quot;, by itself, should have been what was written on it. You did not use &quot;Shift Key&quot; or &quot;Enter Key&quot;... so why do it on the space bar? If it was a conscious choice, the only reason I can think of was that a short word like &quot;space&quot; would look lost on that long bar. If it was not planned, then you can go ahead and use this excuse when asked. ;-)</p><p>Nevertheless, it is still very beautiful. If the Victorian era had keyboards they would have looked like this, I'm sure. </p><p>Full steam ahead, Captain!</p>
won't need a lot of changes for a dieselpunk keyboard. another project for my ToDo-list.
<p>hey! what kind of changes did you think about? i was thinking of making some diesel punk stuff too</p>
nice! and not overly priced either :D

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