Introduction: High Voltage Steampunk Plasma Night Light
Based on the very detailed instructables by Junophor and Admiral Aaron Ravensdale I have built a steampunk inspired night light. Using a simple jewelry box, some scrap brass and copper bits and pieces, a High Voltage circuit built up from a single use camera and a little bit of imagination . Because others like Junophor and Admiral Aaron Ravensdale have already put in the work on there instructable I have chosen to just give an example of what can be done based on the ideas and knowledge of these two steampunkers, along with others I just happen to see their work first. I am new to the steampunk world and will be doing other pieces in the future, if you like my work and find inspiration in it please leave comments, I do appreciate constructive criticism!
Step 1: Supplies
-Jewelry box or other small box, preferably with built in compartment (or space to build if you wish) for electronics
-Copper bits, fittings, soft copper tube, etc.
-Brass bits, clock movents, etc.
-Single use camera
-Low voltage switch
-Flicker flame bulb or other figural neon discharge bulb. In my testing with light bulbs that work to produce the desired plasma affect, I have found that vintage figural bulbs that are in the neon discharge group always work well. In testing I have used a Santa Claus bulb, a Zodiac charm bulb and of course flicker flame bulbs. All three bulbs are from different manufacturers and all work and all three can both produce a plasma affect or be driven to function in the traditional way by just attaching your ground to the ground off the bulb.
-Brass allthread and brass nuts
-copper(stained glass) or other conductive foil
-dremmel, various bits
-solder, electrical and plumbing grades
-general hand tools, files, screw drivers, etc
Step 2: Design and Build
Come up with a concept and do your best to execute said concept. This box uses the lid being closed to complete the circuit and some random clock gears to give it a more dramatic look in alternating between brass and copper. Copper foil is used to create a permanent plasma glow. The electronics are hidden in a built in compartment for the safety of you and the piece, while the amps are low the 200+ volts at the bulb is enough to let you know it is there. I may eventually put a solar charger off the back but as for now it is just fine the way it is
If you are looking for used cameras and cant find any, try a independent NON-coporate camera shop that still developes film, dont bother with walgreens, etc unless you know some one working there. If you still have no luck there is a seller on ebay selling the fuji circuit boards along with kodak(there is info on haking kodak and othe boards if you look) for a few dollars. If you are not comfortable with building the circuit, private message me, I can build you one with enough cable to do as you please with it with just a few easy off the board solder points. There would be a minimal charge + shipping, I aquire the boards free and it doesnt take all that long to build one.
Step 3: Circuit Board
Junophor has already provided a detailed fuji circuit board hack here https://www.instructables.com/id/High-voltage-power-supply-for-Nixies-CFL-Neon-Gl/ and here is a hack for another manufactureres board by The_Don125 https://www.instructables.com/id/Disposibal-Camera-Nixie-Tube-Driver/. A few other places on the web you can find hacks and there are a few videos on you tube as well that are very detailed.
Step 4: Updated
I wired in a 2.5v 500 ma output ac adapter that was purchased from a local thrift store for .99. I have run a light now for around a week straight with out the board burning up, it is not in an enclosure so that will be the next test to find out reliability.
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