Steampunk VFD Clock




About: Hi, i am a Steampunk Artist from Germany. You have Questions? Write me, check out my Homepage or meet me at Facebook.I look forward to your entries :)


here is a Steampunk Clock with VFD Tubes. I used a DIY Kit from Günther Rother, Germany. Many Greets from here to Him ;)

Step 1: The Beginning

We need:

Copper Tubes 60mm and 8mm

Divides from Brass Lamps

A VFD-Clock Kit

Thin Cables

Beach Wood

Wood Color

Some Screws

2 Brassballs 12mm

Solder Set

Hot Glue

Round Boards

Good Nerves *gg*

First we cut the 60mm Copper Tubes to Lenght and cut a Window in it to Display the Time. In the small 8mm Tubes we Rasp a small Window for the Led Second Signs.

Step 2: The Electronics

Now we cut 3 round Boards with a Diameter from the inner Diameter of the 60mm Copper Tubes. Then we solder the VFD Tubes to the Boards. Pls be carefull with the VFD Pins. They can break or the Glass can break. Now solder the DIY VFD Kit with all Resistors and Transistors but not with VFD Tubes! ( On Picture 4 it is complete soldered! )

Take the VFD Tubes and solder Cables to all the Pins ( Picture 3 ). The Cables leave enough long please and use different Colors. That is to be recognized better to find later the connections on the Board.

Step 3: Housing

The Shape of the Housing depends on your Fantasy. Not to Big and not to small. But please, leave enough space on the inside for the Cables. I selected a semicircular Form.

Color it with Wood Color before you make further with the Installation. I take a dark Nut Tree Color.

Put the Clock Board inside and solder the Cables from the VFD Tubes with the correct Position on the Clock Board. The cables would drive through the Copper Tubes and the Cover please before!! Also there are Switches and the 12 V Connection on the Clock Board. Solder them with Cables and extend them to fit later in the Housing.

Step 4: Finishing

Now make a first Test. The Tubes shine?--->Congratulations *hihi

So you have make a Steampunk VFD Clock !!

Best Regards

Leander Lavendel

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    13 Discussions


    3 years ago

    Amazing work! for VFD do u mean variable frequency drive or other? guess I found such VFD companies like ABB, Siemens, Veichi. nicely done.


    3 years ago

    I like your work. Where do you get your brass lamp parts? I'm not having much luck finding that old style look in the States.

    Thanks for any help.

    1 reply

    4 years ago on Introduction

    Well done! Are these IV-11 or IV-6 tubes you are using? I am using a thermometer kit from Geunther Rother for a project right now. He does great work! Very easy to build his kits.

    2 replies

    Hi LoneGinger,

    these are IV-6 Tubes and Yes....I like Guenther . I bought 2 Kits of the IV-6 Clock of him.He is also privately a completely dear Human. ;)

    I am not sure if you are aware of this but with this wonderful little IV-6 kit you can use other larger VFD tubes including IV-11 and ILC tubes and because it uses a multiplex you can even use the single tube multi digit IV-18 or IVL tubes. Nothing wrong with IV-6, I just prefer the IV-11 size digits a bit more . I am going to ask Guether if the very elegant Tung-Sol DT1704c tubes are a tube that can be used also.


    4 years ago on Introduction

    Hard to find 60mm copper pipe, at least where I live. I might try glass


    4 years ago

    Beautiful, great job.


    4 years ago

    Great build

    @ Jsawjer13

    Hihi, i know, but at the Finishing Moment i had no more Textilcable in Reserve. Now it is made ;)


    4 years ago

    I wonder if the lore/look would improve if you used a power cord covered with old school cloth insulation. Great build!