Steampunk Machine Gauges
Gauges are an iconic component of all things steampunk. Unlike the plethora of
soulless digital readouts and displays we have today, the Victorians relied on
beautiful gauges and other types of mechanical display to find out what their
machines were doing. These were used to communicate everything from the
decimal number output of a calculating machine, to the pressure in a steam engine.
You can see the importance I place on mechanical displays by looking at my other
inventions - not a digital display in sight!
I have therefore designed five decorative gauges with which to
adorn your amazing steampunk inventions, clothing or even the
door of your refrigeration machine! Each is constructed from a
high quality printed image of the gauge face behind a glass lens. As
real gauges have depth, it only seemed fair to house these gauges within 6mm deep metallic brass
The video shows just what goes into the
design and manufacture of these gauges.
They were created by designing and
manufacturing large physical gauges that
I then lit and photographed with loving
The gauges are available with a diameter
of either 34mm or 50mm. They display
either Tea Strength, Kraken Proximity,
Ethereal Luminescence, Steam Head or
Potential. To ensure each is sufficiently complicated, the Tea gauge also displays Consumption, the
Kraken Proximity gauge employs faceted coloured lenses to indicate port and starboard and the
other three have the display arm driven by geared mechanisms.
•The gauges are available with diameters of 34mm or 50mm and are approximately 10mm deep.
•They are constructed from a glass lens set within a laser engraved and cut brass coloured
•The back of each gauge is black Acrylic that can be fixed onto a flat surface with glue or self
adhesive foam pads or tape.
•Coincidentally, as was discovered at a steampunk fair, the 50mm diameter lenses fit into a
standard pair of steampunk goggles as shown!