Picture of YASUS: Yet Another Steampunk USB Stick
Materials for the corpus:
• Copper tube, 18mm,
• Two copper end caps, 18 mm,
• And of course a USB flash drive.

Materials for the decoration, e.g.:
• Nuts M4, brass,
• Cap nuts, M4, brass,
• Earth cable (ground cable), 10 mm^2
• Brass wire and „spacers“ from jewelry supplies store.

Further decoration: Anything you wish, e.g.:
• Cogwheels from an old alarm clock,
• Leather from an old shoe,
• Springs,
• More decoration from a jewelry store,
• …

• Hacksaw,
• Metal drill,
• Dremel with cutting disc,
• Key files,
• Instant glue,
• Round nose pliers

Step 1:

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With the hacksaw saw a part from the copper tube at least as long as the USB stick.

Make a rectangular hole in one of the end caps. In the size 12 mm x 4.5 mm. This can be done in two ways:
1. Cut two slits into the cap with the cutting disc of the Dremel, and remove the inner part,
2. Drill two or three holes with a 4 mm drill into the cap.

In the picture above the two possibilities for the cap on the front side are shown. Choose one of them (meanwhile I prefer the version with two or three holes). The cap for the back end is (in this version of the stick) not modified.

A word of security here: especially if you use a cutting disc, please wear safety glasses. The cutting discs are a little damageable - one wrong movement and little shivers fly through the room. And wear a face mask (as you know from ER e.g.) because the copper dust can lead to hour long sneezing fits (as I had to learn by myself).

In either case do the rest of the work with key files to create a rectangular hole which is big enough to hold the terminal of the USB stick. While filing use the USB terminal regularly to check the size of the hole.
Next free the USB stick from the ugly plastic case. This can be done with a sharp knife and a screwdriver and sheer force, but I recommend the to use the Dremel with a cutting disk. Use low revolutions, because otherwise the plastic melts and the disc gets dirty.

Now you have all the parts for the corpus.

looks very great

Very nice! I think that I may try making one, but instead of putting a drive inside, I will put a USB cable extender in for a USB hub...

SpectrHz1 year ago

Ah, very nice! I love steampunk stuff but for some reason have never made any, this looks like a nice project to make for fun :)

hammasam1 year ago
dcummins811 year ago

Thanks for the inspiration! Attempt one not so bad, off to the shop for more drives!

danimath (author)  dcummins811 year ago

Hi dcummins81,

very nice! I like your design. It resembles a butterfly ;-) I nearly don't dare to ask: Would you mind if I use the picture on my blog?

Dear friend

Nice to see you here! Great job. Looking forward to see more!

Sincerely yours

The Chocolatist

I like this. What about having it doulbe as a bottle opener, as well?

Yeah, I drink lots of beer... :P

kracken421 year ago


cinpro1 year ago

What are the fidely bits the make the base of the other parts made of ? (the ones that don't look like nuts, a craft store item maybe. I tried to get a better look at the pictures above, but I think my eyes are too old, lol. These are brilliant!

danimath (author)  cinpro1 year ago

I'm afraid I don't understand completely. Which parts do you mean? Perhaps the pictures on my blog http://wp.me/3CpMZ could help you?

best regards


Valocalrep1 year ago
I know you say instant glue but is that referring to super glue? if not that whats a good type that wont leave big whitw spots
danimath (author)  Valocalrep1 year ago

Hi Valocalrep,

my dictionary says, that the translation of the german "Sekundenkleber" could be "instant glue" or "super glue". I mean this stuff which is drying in some seconds, and glues your fingers together, if you are not carful enough.

best regards


skyberrys1 year ago

This is rad!

This is a very creative instructable, and I feel like I can make one from your detailed directions. I'm an artist and not very tech-savvy, so forgive my questions: Does the USB end need to be protected from dirt and stuff? And what is the purpose of the holes in the opposite end?

danimath (author)  bluejeannes1 year ago

Hi bluejeannes,

many thanks for your questions! For your first question: it depends ;-) Usually I carry one of my sticks (the "shoe") in my trouser pocket and have no problem with dirt. The other two are too fragile, so they rest on my desk. I have the idea to put the original cap of a stick into a third copper cap and fix it with hot glue or Fimo or.....

For your second question: indeed - the photo is misleading. I think I have to add some words to this step. The two caps shall show the two possibilities to start the hole for the USB stick - either drill holes, or cut slits. (Meanwhile I prefer the two or there holes.) The cap for the back side is not worked on. Just glue it as it is.

Of course: if you like it is possible to drill a hole into the back cap, put a sort of glass (or transparent plastic) from the inside into the cap. Then you can see the LED of the stick (if it has one) working. On the pictures it is not good to see, please look into my blog: http://wp.me/p3CpMZ-E to see a better picture.

If you have further questions feel free to ask. Best regards


nerd74731 year ago


These things never get old. :)

By the way, congrats on having your first instructables featured!

Faizshaikh1 year ago

What if by chance the metal touches the circuitry ?

danimath (author)  Faizshaikh1 year ago

In the worst case, the USB stick or the USB port will be killed. If you want to be sure, that nothing connects, you can wrap a paper around the electronics. Or you can try, if the stick fits into the tube with its plastic cover.

or filling in non conductive epoxy glue? :)

danimath (author)  Faizshaikh1 year ago

Yepp. This is a good idea!

Junophor1 year ago

Hello Danimath

I am really pleased that you joined instructables.

Great job.

Hope we will meet us again ;-))))

Yours Aeon Junophor

emilkaram1 year ago

That's a beautiful cover!

Langerz9981 year ago
Amazing, I love all steampunk style things so thank you for this tutorial!