Steampunk Volt Gauge

As part of my steampunk miko outfit, I wanted a cool gauge and some lights on my hakama belt.  I didn’t want piping so something like a pressure gauge was out, so I turned to the internet. Searching for “diy steampunk gauge” landed me at which was amazingly awesome! So I decided to try it myself.

First, the hardware.  One closet door handle thing from Ace Hardware, and a spinner courtesy of the scrapbooking section of my local JoAnns. The door handle thing has small holes in it for attaching to the closet door, so I taped over them on the backside with duct tape.  The epoxy will get VERY warm, so it has to be real duct tape, not duck tape.

Next, I needed a gauge face.  HerbertW on deviantArt had several designs that were almost but not quite what I wanted.  You can find the originals at . I added some color and a voltage designator as well as removed the text as it was a reference to Lovecraftian things, which is not appropriate for this costume.  Since I wanted a more vintage feel, I gave my paper the tea treatment, Twinings Lady Earl Grey I think, letting it soak for a couple hours to give that aged/yellowed look.

Then it was assembly and epoxy time.  Spinner on the paper, paper in the door handle, I mixed some EasyCast Clear Casting Epoxy by Castin’ Craft.  As it turns out, way too much epoxy, but live and learn.  I set my soon to be gauge on a lid in case the duct tape didn’t hold, and poured as evenly as I could to reduce bubbles.  A few stuck around on the rim, but I can deal with that.  All in all, it turned out really great!

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