Introduction: Steampunk Plasma Candle

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Today I present you a small and simple Steampunk Gadget which I made with my two little boys. It should be possible to finish this project in 60 minutes, depending on the parts you use.

Step 1: What You Need

First a short list what you need for this project:

- a used disposal camera with flash
- a wooden box or something you can use as a base
- a neon filled bulb. I used a small "Candle-Bulb" because it's the cheapest one
- some copper wire
- some brass screws and nuts
- a power switch

A really great tutorial from Junophor how to prepare the high voltage power supply from a disposal camera you can find here.
So I don't explain this step here.

Step 2: Prepare the Box and Mount the Bulb

I got my wooden box from a second hand shop. I think it was a box for cigars. The size was perfect.
After you checked the position for your bulb, drill 4 holes into the box and mount some brass screws and nuts to build something like a base for the bulb. Then drill 4 very small holes for the copper wire which you use to mount the bulb on the base. Check the picture to see the details. Don't tie too much with the wire, the glass of the bulb is not too strong...

Step 3: Mount the Copper Wire in "Steampunk-Look"

To create the typical "Steampunk" copper wires I used 0,8mm copper wire and rolling it up around a pen. Then I soldered the ends to the contacts of the bulb. After that I drilled again 2 small holes into the wooden box to connect the copper wire to the high voltage device in the box.
To save time I used a simple powerswitch for my Plasma Candle. Maybe I will change it later to a brass switch...
For the power I used one 1.5V battery. That's enough for the flackering light in the bulb.

So, that's it. I hope you enjoy this tutorial and sorry for my bad english.

Sincerely yours

"The Chocolatist"