Steampunk Web Cam Cover




Introduction: Steampunk Web Cam Cover

About: Happily married, self employed, full wood shop, some metal work as well as electronics, antique collector.

This is a steampunk  cover I made for my very dull web cam, I did not document the process as well as I should have but I do try and give you an idea of the everyday materials I used, the cost was about ten dollars.

I really want to learn the process of doing projects in steps so consider this a means to that end, as a side note I would not wish this project on anyone except maybe a jewler, way to many small cuts and too much soldering, I'm sure there would be a thousand ways to do it more easily.

Step 1: Just Some Stuff I Used

The front grate is made from an air cleaner, I paid 50 cents for at a second hand store.
All the brass you see is from my local hobby shop. Except the candle holder of course.
The grate is painted now I wanted to see how it would look over the brass.
The blue peice that form the edges is from the candle stick, as well as the base.

Step 2: The Process..sorta

I made the whole assembly in a cerial box with tape to check the fit, the base I folded in half to make a mirror image.

The process was repeated for almost all the parts.

A thin sharpie makes a clean line, it wipes off with thinner of any kind.

I usally over size my peices because of the marks tin snips leave, then file them with a small file, or sand the edges.

Step 3: Drilling Thin Metal

Because I had to drill through the grating and very thin brass and copper I thought I would share how I do it.

A step drill is mandatory, a twist bit never works, unless the metal is sandwiched between two peices of filler such as wood.

The twist bit grabs the metal as it goes through and rips it to shreds.

When soldering the whole thing togeather do not run the solder down the entire seam, this makes adjustments impossible
just tack the ends, if you don't think it's strong enough wait until the final fit to do the whole seam.

Step 4: Final Stuff.

The knobs if you have not guessed are from a light fixture, I used some of the brass tubing to extend them out, to cover my poor design of where to mount the brackets, the brass knob is just a cut off peice of the candle stick base made to look like a fancy finger nut.
(the one that holds the copper bracket to the base.

The pic is of the finished knob, and the peice before it was cut off and polished.

Any way that is my first step by step, I know it's not going to help much but it did help me with the process, plus the cam does not look bad it, matches my monitor.

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    8 years ago on Introduction

    I've never seen a step drill before. cool thx


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    I just recently used a step bit for the first time myself in a project at school. It is a good choice for this application with the grating, or other soft materials like plastic that might otherwise warp or delaminate around the drill point.

    My biggest complaint with them is depth/size control. A number of sizes are on each bit and it's difficult to to determine which step is the one you want while the drill is turning. Misjudge it and you'll have a lot of holes too big or too small. I saw a lot of my classmates having to redo the plastic plate that we were using. I misjudged a couple myself, but thankfully they were just too small and I could drill them out further.

    Great project here though. Do the small openings on the right side serve a function or are they decorative? They look like ideal points to put a couple LEDs for power on or camera on indicators.


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    The three holes on the left are for camera functions, poke a pencil in there if you need to, you are right about misjudging depths, but it is easier on a drill press, one trick you could try for depth control in a hand held situatiuon is to wrap a peice of tape around the bit.
    Or mark it with a sharpie.

    Thank's for stopping by

    Winged Fist
    Winged Fist

    8 years ago on Introduction

    Long Winters - Awesome project! Well photographed, and well documented! Worthy of 5 stars AND a patch;-)

    All its missing is one of my Steampunk USB cables;-)


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    As per your advise I tried to take a few photos and learn the step by step process.

    I''m starting my computer cover (tower) based on The Enginer as a Hero's Vintage Suitcase. I will document it

    Thank's for your support.

    Winged Fist
    Winged Fist

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Long Winters - If you are going for an "Art Deco" computer mod case, you might want to check out the amazing work of Jeffery Stephenson here.

    I just noticed the marble base on your webcam... Did this come off the base of an old trophy? I scavenged a few pieces of marble off a discarded trophy recently, myself;-)


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Thank's everybody, as for you Mr Fist, you sure know how to raise the bar, that is some top notch wood and mixed media art work in the link you posted.

    Here is a pic of one of my favorite projects from a few years back.

    I call it the Alaska bench, all the wood colors are natural, oops except the clouds they have a touch of white stain.

    The the seat lifts to store shoes.

    In any event, thank's for the link, it both encourages and discourages, the pro side is I get IDEAS the negative side is I know how much work it takes to produce that level of quality.

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    Aeon Junophor

    Hi longwinters

    Really good job;-))) Very stylish and well presented
    That´s the style I love!!!!

    Nicely done!
    (I'm quite green with envy... oh wait sorry forgot I had a green color filter on!)
    Anyways then I saw the title it reminded me of Sutlaf's steampunk webcam he made:

    Though yours reminds me more of Bruce Rosenbaum's webcam for his computer...
    (could find original article I saw it in....)

    Though even more cool is his house...
    (now THAT makes me green with envy!)