Do you have one of these ugly plastic electronic photo frames on your desk?
If yes - did you think to give it a new look? To make it "Steampunky"?
I would like to give you whit this instructable some inspirations how you coud convert such a TFT photo frame to a nice Steampunk Gadget.
Step 1: What Do You Need?
From a tabacco shop I had some nice old wooden boxes. The ones they use for the cigars from Cuba. They give me this boxes for free, because they sell the cigars by piece.
From the junk yard I got a brass fitting which I planned to use for the USB connector.
Because I wanted to use the USB power from the computer to run the frame I digged out an old USB cable. I collect this cables from the electronic trash, cut them off from old keyboards and so on... it's always good to have a stock of them...
Further I used a can of black color and some brass screws. The decoration on the top of the lid is from a gas valve and from a light bulb...
Step 2: The Box
Step 3: The USB Connector
I found a nice piece of brass to use it for my USB Connector. The original USB plug fittet perfectly into the brass fitting without using a screw or glue. After inserting the plug I drilled some holes for the screws and for the cable.
Step 4: The TFT Photoframe
The control panel with the buttons I didn't install anymore. There is a small remote to control the device. For that I drilled a hole into the box and installed the infrared led.
After that I soldered the USB Connector to the device and everything was ready to be mounted into the box.
Step 5: The Steampunkers Box of Memories
Then I screwed the brass screw nuts to the lid and placed the remainings of an old gas valve on the top of the lid.
After I finished my little son destroyed one of my nice old light bulbs. I didn't want to waste the brass socket and reused it for my device...
So, that's it.
After I finished and I started my new "Box of Memories" the pink lines on the TFT were gone....it works now perfectly!! I don't know why this pink lines disappeared... may the device feels more comfortable in the wooden Steampunk box than in the ugly plastic jail!!
Hope I could give you some ideas how to create your own Steampunk Picture Frame. Just do it - it's a lot of fun!!