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.