Picture of The Steampunked torch of progress
Hi everybody

Here is my latest project „The steampunked torch of progress“. 

The idea to create this steampunked torch as a scepter of victorian progress came to my mind as I looked at some old pictures showing some allegoric statues (see next step).
All parts can be easily build together with only some screws and a little bit of resin. 
For building the technical equipment I used this instructable: High-voltage-power-supply-for-Nixies-CFL-Neon-Glow-Bulbs

To get a short impression please watch this small video:

Now let us start with this instructable

Have fun
Yours Aeon Junophor

Step 1: Historical background (short)

Picture of historical background (short)
Before  we start let me explain  one or two things:

As a real steampunker I love this retro-futuristic style based in the victorian era (1837-1901) as you know. This is my favourite century with its technical inventions and new machines powered by steam and electricity.

In this time a lot of allegoric statues like the great statue of liberty had been build.
Also the new power called „electricity“ had its allegoric expression as you can see at this picture.

The torch,  mostly used as a scepter of  the goddes is a symbol of the technical progress which enlightens the darkness and brings wealth and hope.

These old pictures inspired me to create the Junophor steampunked torch of progress.

I do really like this I'm still on the process of making it but I'll add pictures when I do. I'm having a issue finding a lamp for the right fit so it will look a bit different.

Nick705871 year ago
This is pretty much the coolest thing I've seen in a while. Good job!
The Rambler2 years ago
This is beautiful! I love how you've combined a beautiful design with practicality. I like the hook.
nerd74732 years ago
pretty cool
Gravity Boy2 years ago
Also, I used a glass finial from an old lamp on the base end where you have a marble.
Gravity Boy2 years ago
I am blown away! I made the same thing, used the same components and never saw your Instructable until now. The difference with mine is that I used copper tubes, a light socket (so I did not modify the bulb) and I added leather weaving for a grip. It just blows me away how close our ideas are. Good work.
This totally reminds me of the Scepter from the TMNT 3 movie
Junophor (author) 2 years ago
Hi Longwinters

When you remove the socket of a flickering bulb, there is everytime a resitsor added at one contact. It´s value depends on the current weather it is 230 Volts or 110 Volts AC.

See picture1 as a sample.

The flash unit transforms the DC first to AC and than back to DC. That is the reason why there is a diode placed in the circuit. And that is also why you can get the High Voltage as AC as well as DC. It just depends on the place where you solder the wires to the bulb contacts.

See also picture 2

and this instructable of mine.

Yes this bulb is really shining very bright, because it runs with 3,0 Volts which is possible to do it with this AA-Type unit. But if it runs with only 1,5 Volts the glow lamp is also shining really bright.

Hope this  information will help.

Be careful when working with HV:

Many greetings  yours
Aeon Junophor
OK I have to admit I totally misunderstood what bulb you were using, but here is the good news.

I thought you were talking about the common 120 volt flicker flame bulb that is used for decoration, you know the one that has the clandrabra style shape.

So I took one of the older ones I have sitting around and carefully removed the base,
and guess what it also has a small resistor, it's removal makes the flicker flame bulb work quite well on one of your HV units, it is quite difficult to get to since it is way up in the glass portion of the bulbs base, it was a useful surprize.
longwinters2 years ago
I have never removed the base of a flicker bulb, is there a resistor in it?
Also how did you get both plates to glow since the camera flash is a DC source,
did you short out the diode on the flash unit?

Nice project I was surprized to see how bright it is, good job
spazdoll2 years ago
thank you so much- I'm a student working on a power/electricity themed tempest and just may use part of this as Prospero's staff- It really is a fantastic design!
spazdoll2 years ago
although you do handle it in the video, could you give more of a scale reference?
Junophor (author)  spazdoll2 years ago
Hi spazdoll
It is me again because I forgot to tell you about the weight of the torch
It is about 450 Gramm (0.45Kg)
Aeon Junophor
Junophor (author)  spazdoll2 years ago
Hi spazdoll
The total length of the scepter is exactly 49 cm, means 29.29 inches.
The copper and brass tube measures 28.5 cm the bakelite part is about 6.0 cm and the brass top measures 14.5 cm.
Maximum diameter at the top is about 60 mm, minimum 27 mm.

Hope the numbers could help you
Greets Aeon Junophor
poofrabbit2 years ago
Love this! Looks very well constructed, nice job!
jawasan2 years ago
Subbed! :)
Thergox2 years ago
Awesome! You captured the steampunk look nicely.
ronopotomus2 years ago
Love it! Nice job as always. I look forward to your new postings and I am never dissapointed :)
Luxurio2 years ago
Good job, very nice torch!