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Sunday, May 22, 2011

The Thermo Gaseous Electro Daily Fragment Modulator.

aka the Steampunk Clock.

I went to Ikea one day and among many other things I got a wooden, cabinet style wall clock that was on sale for $21.00 or so. Then it sat on my floor for a month or two until I could figure out what I wanted to do with it. Eventually I came up with an idea and went out and spent some money on some copper plumbing fittings and some electrical parts. I also ordered an assortment of different light bulbs and sifted through a bag of odds and ends. So, an additional $50.00 later I now have a unique wall mounted clock that looks like this.

The two antique looking bulbs on each side are actually "Balafire" bulbs that have a moving carbon filament so that it looks as if a flame is burning inside the bulb.
When the thing is turned on it looks like this.

So, the big question becomes ..... "Where do I put it?" That was easy. It hangs in my office where I am slowly framing some weird and wonderful patents of inventions from Dayton, Ohio and placing them on a wall with an 1870 version of a birds-eye view of the city.

Eventually this wall should get covered in these patent pictures. I just need to find some time to go through all the patents. There are thousands of them. The step ladder was invented in Dayton, Ohio for all you home renovation enthusiasts out there. The clock and pictures are the perfect compliment for the radiograph machine, L.C. Smith typewriter and the Plasma lamp on my credenza!

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At 5/28/2011 10:44 AM, Anonymous Kate H. said...

Cool! So do the bulbs light up at any particular time of day or stroke of the clock? Or are they for general night time illumination?

At 5/28/2011 9:15 PM, Blogger Gary said...

There is a long pull chain that turns the lights on. I rarely put the things on because I am hardly in the office at night!

At 5/28/2011 10:38 PM, Blogger P.j. said...

Glad to see you're still working on projects. I'd begun to worry that you'd finished your house & left the rest of us DIY'ers to fend for ourselves. Great idea to display patents of Dayton inventors in your office.

At 9/29/2012 1:52 PM, Blogger Vinay said...

Nice pics and best wishes for thermo modulators and projects

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