Steampunk - Mechanic Lightbulb (Howto)

Introduction: Steampunk - Mechanic Lightbulb (Howto)

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The tutorial is still under construction. but you can find all instructions you need to build it in the pix. therefore I've already published.
If you like it please rate ;)

Unfortunately my camera is not good enough to present the whole beauty. The effect is impressive. I will make the day better macro photos, live from the inside.

In this tutorial I will show you how you can build a mechanic lightbulb illusion.

Strictly speaking, it is a flashlight.
but it does look like a light bulb powerd by a clockwork.
or a diesel punk spark plug (replace brass with silver metal).
In the light bulb, you see floating small screws and gears.
It seems as if the mechanism is damaged from the Clockwork.
But a happy it still works.

Step 1: What You Need

If you are a hobbyist, you should have almost everything in the house.
Look at the pictures. if everything is there.
I've spent 1 euro for a mini LED flashlight.
The rest I've found in my basement.

you still will need a small glass container.
to be found in shops where makeup is sold.
in such containers, gemstones are sold,
the one used for fingernails.
if you are male,
rather ask your wife if she buys you the stones.

not to see in the photo is a piece of leather, no bigger than a matchbox
and a loose-leaf binder. as shown in the second photo.

Step 2: The Light Unit

Step 3: The Housing

Step 4: The Battery Cover.

Step 5: Testing the Flashlight

Step 6: The Light Capsule

Step 7: The Final Touch

Step 8: Goal

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    Winged Fist
    Winged Fist

    11 years ago on Introduction

    Great design and Instructable! I also like the wooden backdrop you arranged for the photos... I have a placemat just like that!;-) 5 stars!


    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    You talk about the Sign on the Door?
    Its "Help Wanted".


    11 years ago on Introduction

    Nice, well documented build.
    Great finished product too, I have one of those cheap torches somewhere :)


    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction


    Next, I try something like this, with a LED candle.
    btw after 2 days, the dishwasher lost its color.
    possibly a reaction to the metal.
    now I have shiny gears because of the detergent.
    thus, the details come out better.
    next time I add drops of ink.
    another idea is to use honey.
    In that case, the gears, then fall more slowly.
    which underlines the slow motion effect.