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 seems fair to house these gauges within 6mm deep metallic brass
coloured enclosures. This provides you with the opportunity not only to stick the gauge onto a flat
surface, but to also have the sides and back visible by supporting on a pipe - just like the real thing.
The video shows just what goes into the
design and manufacture of these gauges.
There are five gauges, all available with a
diameter of either 34mm or 50mm. These
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
•The gauges are available with diameters of 34mm or 50mm and are approximately 10mm deep.
•They are constructed from a glass lens which beautifully distorts the gauge’s dial when viewed
from different angles.
•The lens is mounted within a laser engraved metallic brass effect surround.
•The backs of the gauges are flat and also brass coloured.
•Fixing onto a flat surface can be achieved 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!