So for that steampunk clock I’ll be building for my father I need decorative props. Quickslap-style analog dials are okay for the others, but not for me: I want it to be the real thing. So how can you get your hands onto a working 25mm OD analog dial? Well, probably by huge luck, but if I can picture it, I can build it.
I didn’t shoot the whole process, as this is a preliminary prototype (which works). Just posted it on instructables to see if it gets any attention.
It’s entirely made from homemade cardboard (printer paper + thin CA glue), plus a glass dome bought on ebay (like $3 for 6 of them, free postage), 0,05mm enameled copper wire (don’t remember but for the 7,5 m needed for this it’s less than 1€ worth of wire), a small section of 0,8 mm brass rod, two small rare-earth magnets (from Supermagnetman’s website).
And time. Lots of time. At this stage I have around 3 hours in it, give or take, which involved building the winding jigs and devising the proper building methods. Here are the pictures of the prototype. Hope this will tinker the Steam Punk in you ;)
-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...