Steampunk Keyboard and Mouse (The Easy Way)

About: I am a home constructor, an inventor and a dreamer. If you ask me who guided me and who inspired me then this people comes in mind: Carl Benz, Guglielmo Marconi, James Watt, Thomas Alva Edison, Nicolas Tesla...

You need a steamish keybord, a mouse and a monitor?
You don´t have a lot of machines to build cases etc.?
No problem!

Here is Mr. Steam easy way to refurbish these items!

Step 1: Parts

You need:
  • A mouse
  • A keyboard
  • A TFT monitor
  • Some paper napkins
  • Glue
  • Wax stain
  • Shellack
  • Some brass applikations

Step 2: How to Make It

Carefully dissasamble the keyboard, the mouse or the TFT.

Step 3: The Napkins and the Glue

Tear the napkins apart.
Apply the glue and put 4 layers of napkins on the surface.
let it dry two days.

Step 4: Paint It and Attach Brass to It

Stain it with 4 turns of wax stain. Let it dry and polish the stain between the paintings.
if everything is dry paint it with Shellack 3 times.
Attach the brass applikations, gears etc. to it.

Step 5: Use It ;-)

Now you can enjoy your new computer stuff.



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    11 Discussions


    5 years ago on Introduction

    Where do you get your brass applications?


    6 years ago on Introduction

    Hi you said wax stain do you mean wood stain from miniwax? Or if not then where would you get wax stain ppl at lowes had no idea what i was asking for.


    1 reply

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Good morning,

    I used this stain from

    This stain is wax and water based and produces a wax film on the surface.
    You can use something similar. I tried also some water based glaze. The results are not so good but it is working. Try a little bit around on some old plastic pieces to find out the best results.

    I read a bit on the miniwax homepage. I think you can try this:

    This sounds quite good.

    Have fun and please post your results here.

    With kind regards,



    6 years ago on Introduction

    the mouse is cool but you should have done something to the keys to make them look more steam punkish

    2 replies

    Yes I could. But I did not because it was an "The easy way instructable".

    I am looking really forward to see yours regarding a similar mouse with more steampunkish keys.

    With kind regards,

    Horatius Steam


    7 years ago on Introduction

    I am impressed once again but not surprised following your projects for quite some time. You are a big inspiration for me Mr. Steam!
    Keep up the good work!

    1 reply

    7 years ago on Introduction

    What a great conversion, I have really wanted to do my key board to match my monitor, but I just don't have the time with all the other projects,

    This looks like one a person could do in a day.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Yeah FTW. Fantastic idea. Now the challenge; try to find thing to NOT use this method on. Ha Ha Ha