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steampunk cloche light

Tips on Creating Your Own Steampunk Lighting

We wanted to write some notes about creating Steampunk-style lighting. We don’t have many example photos yet and really, every lamp will be different. But the principles stay the same.


The initial creative process is one of pulling out all the pieces – parts that we have hoarded and seeing what works together. Steampunk style is made from components such as gears, gauges, clockworks, gas fittings and other industrial parts. These pieces are made of natural materials such as glass, wood, iron, and brass. These materials may show wear and tear, or be rusted, corroded, or otherwise show their age. But that is OK because a little rust here and there never hurt anyone.


That being said if the finish is too far gone we apply paints in bronze, rust, or other metallic colors. A coat of paint also unifies disparate elements. Paint any pieces that need sprucing up before wiring them together.


Decide what works together keeping in mind that we want good proportions and lamps that are not off balance or top heavy.


Most of our lamps have not needed complex wiring. Consult an electrician for lighting that needs multiple wires combined together.


Edison bulbs complete the look. They tend to get a little hot so use a  slide dimmer to keep the bulbs from getting too hot and make the bulbs last longer. There are even dim-able Edison style LED light bulbs available now. These solve the problems of excess heat and the burning out of expensive light bulbs.


Here are a few examples:


This lampshade is made from a child’s umbrella. We replaced the plastic with copper mesh then mounted it on an antique floor base. It is completed with Edison light bulbs and black crystal drops.

This lampshade is made from a child’s umbrella. We replaced the plastic with copper mesh then mounted it on an antique floor base.
It is completed with Edison light bulbs and black crystal drops.

A chandelier socket cluster up-ended inside a bell jar from Restoration Hardware. We used a variety of light bulb sizes for interest.

Pulley Steampunk Light

Steampunk Lantern Light

Steampunk Birdcage Light

Simple glass dome with an industrial cage light.


Manifesting and Mixing Simple Syrup

Hibiscus and Spiced Simple Syrup


Time for a little mixology! We wanted to DIY a pint of Butterbeer as well as nail down some Red Potion from World of Warcraft. So Step 1 was mixing up a few batches of what’s called simple syrup – basically sugar dissolved in water. Here’s what we enjoyed:READ MORE

Vanilla Vodka Ingredients

Making Vanilla Extract & Infusions (Vanilla Vodka)

Vanilla Vodka Ingredients
Both of these projects use vanilla beans. They demonstrate what can be done at home to make you own extracts and how to go about it.
Buy the best vanilla beans that you can find. Look for ones that are not too dried out or brittle. You want to be able to cut them open to expose the “caviar.” This refers to the seeds and the moisture surrounding them and that is what is going to flavor your creations.


DIY Stevia Sweetener

Stevia plant
Here’s how we learned to make our own Stevia sweetener:
1 Cup fresh Stevia leaves (dried will work but has more tendency to turn out bitter)
2 Cups Vodka
1 Pint Ball jar
basket shaped coffee filter (keep these on hand for just this reason)
2oz. to 4oz. eyedropper bottles (save the bottles from store bought Stevia sweetener)
Put your Stevia leaves in the pint jar and pour the vodka over them making sure that they are covered by the liquid. Put the lid on the jar and date it. That is to remind you to come back to your project in two days. Leaving the leaves in the vodka longer may make the sweetener turn out bitter. Strain the now green vodka through a strainer into a saucepan and heat gently. Watch the liquid and don’t let it come to a boil – stir it and reduce the heat as soon as it shows signs of bubbling. Stir it over low heat until it is reduced by about half. This will make the liquid thicker and burn off most of the alcohol.
Allow your creation to cool, then strain through the stainer, coffee filter and funnel into your small bottles. Label and date, use and enjoy!
If you enjoyed this project, you can learn more about herbal mixtures HERE.