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06 March 2008 @ 09:41 pm
Never had a long night? Never had a lot of airships to assemble?  
Who looks at:

a hand drill
a lamp finial
a section of pipe
a brass end cap
and
a plate hanger

...and thinks, "Oooh, this could be a little more sonic."?



All these bits:



Become this:





Steampunk sonic screwdriver!

I was searching for a hand drill and stumbled across the surprisingly lovely little brass spiral drill. Inspiration struck in an instant. A trip to the local hardware store supplied the remainder of the parts needed. It's solid brass except for the brasstone finial and spring, and extends and collapses in a very satisfactory manner. The only remaining touch I want is to add a small green crystal to the focusing-thingy whenever I find one that is suitable.

No, I didn't carry this around in my pocket all day and surreptitiously *bzzzt* things with it when no one was looking. You must be confusing me with someone else.

 
 
 
Innej Blue: Doctor fourmidknight_starr on March 7th, 2008 03:05 am (UTC)
That is AWESOME!!!
penwiper337penwiper337 on March 7th, 2008 03:16 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Lysanomylarballoons on March 7th, 2008 03:07 am (UTC)
Wowowow! That is great!
penwiper337penwiper337 on March 7th, 2008 03:16 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
Liz: doctor who / rose overjoyedsurrexi on March 7th, 2008 03:11 am (UTC)
You. Are. Awesome.

True story.
penwiper337penwiper337 on March 7th, 2008 03:17 pm (UTC)
Hee, thank you!
She didn't say much but she said it loudardnaid on March 7th, 2008 03:12 am (UTC)
Omg, that's great!
penwiper337penwiper337 on March 7th, 2008 03:17 pm (UTC)
Awww, thanks!
Rusty: fourth doctorrustydog on March 7th, 2008 03:13 am (UTC)
That's the BBC props department spirit!
That is fantastic! And I expect your process is exactly how the first sonic screwdriver was made, though your materials look more durable. :)

Edited at 2008-03-07 03:14 am (UTC)
penwiper337penwiper337 on March 7th, 2008 03:19 pm (UTC)
Re: That's the BBC props department spirit!
Thanks! I expect you're right, though it probably also involved a good deal of rummaging through the cupboards at home and stealing a bit from one of your kid's toys when they weren't looking. Plus, it cost me about $20 to make, and any self-respecting BBC prop-worker could have made an entire spacecraft and a half-dozen aliens for that amount.
roseofmalice on March 7th, 2008 03:16 am (UTC)
Steampunk + Doctor Who = win-filled awesomeness =]
annoyedwabbitannoyedwabbit on March 7th, 2008 04:22 am (UTC)
I agree. I also agree with the person below who thinks we need steampunk versions of all the Doctors.

It's a whole new franchise idea! o_o

To the OP: Fantastic! :D
(no subject) - penwiper337 on March 7th, 2008 03:20 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - penwiper337 on March 7th, 2008 03:20 pm (UTC) (Expand)
isweedan: Vworp Vworpisweedan on March 7th, 2008 03:27 am (UTC)
Your brain thinks beautiful things.

Would it like an internet? ::offers the internet::

penwiper337penwiper337 on March 7th, 2008 03:21 pm (UTC)
Thank you, but my brain how now eaten the internet and has gotten sick from far too much CuteOverload. Oh dear.
(no subject) - isweedan on March 7th, 2008 03:31 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - penwiper337 on March 7th, 2008 04:03 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Lady Paxie of Kick Ass, Duchess of Win: DW: TARDISpaxieamor on March 7th, 2008 03:31 am (UTC)
omgWIN
penwiper337penwiper337 on March 7th, 2008 03:21 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
(no subject) - paxieamor on March 7th, 2008 03:44 pm (UTC) (Expand)
orangeokapi13: doctor and tardisorangeokapi13 on March 7th, 2008 03:36 am (UTC)
That's hella awesome!
penwiper337penwiper337 on March 7th, 2008 03:21 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
ventruechick on March 7th, 2008 03:37 am (UTC)
Who has screwdriver envy? *raises hand* I do, I do!

XD That's utterly awesome!
lost in a dazevamprayne on March 7th, 2008 04:59 am (UTC)
ME TOO! ME TOO!
(no subject) - fireflyfailure on March 7th, 2008 05:28 am (UTC) (Expand)
Lisa Moulton: THE PHONES AREN'T WORKING!!!gigs_83 on March 7th, 2008 03:45 am (UTC)
O_O
魚崎~: dalek allouozaki on March 7th, 2008 07:54 am (UTC)
your icon is the best TW scene ever. <3.
(no subject) - gigs_83 on March 7th, 2008 09:05 am (UTC) (Expand)
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(no subject) - penwiper337 on March 7th, 2008 03:22 pm (UTC) (Expand)
I WAS NOT EXPECTING THIS!!!11!!syzygy_lj on March 7th, 2008 03:56 am (UTC)
Amazing. Seriously!
penwiper337penwiper337 on March 7th, 2008 03:23 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
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penwiper337penwiper337 on March 7th, 2008 03:23 pm (UTC)
Make one! Is terribly fun!
(no subject) - jonquil on March 7th, 2008 05:06 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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Paula: iTardisaverysmallthing on March 7th, 2008 04:03 am (UTC)
Made of awesome. You AND the sonic screwdriver.
penwiper337penwiper337 on March 7th, 2008 03:23 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Madison: Seven Question (unikki_icons)kadharonon on March 7th, 2008 04:13 am (UTC)
Now, clearly, we need Steampunk versions of all 10 Doctor costumes. Hmm...


This is amazing. I want one.
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(no subject) - liodain on March 7th, 2008 08:38 am (UTC) (Expand)
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Hiding in plain sight: one_seriouswulfae on March 7th, 2008 04:14 am (UTC)
that is just amazing.

Your icon is also made of pure win, with jelly babies sprinkled on top just to add to the awesomeness.

Edited at 2008-03-07 04:15 am (UTC)
penwiper337penwiper337 on March 7th, 2008 03:24 pm (UTC)
Thank you on both counts!
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penwiper337penwiper337 on March 7th, 2008 03:25 pm (UTC)
Thanks! The local store had nothing suitable, but I'm going to try a larger store when I get a chance. The hole is a very awkward size!
Jackie: squee!reasonablycrazy on March 7th, 2008 04:56 am (UTC)
AWESOME. I want one like... like...

LIKE AN AIRPLANE WANTS ITS WINGS BACK AS IT PLUMMETS TO THE GROUND.

SRSLY. THAT BAD.
penwiper337penwiper337 on March 7th, 2008 03:26 pm (UTC)
Fortunately, setting 1863 repairs airplane wings. *bzzzt* And thank you.
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eve11: dw_sonic_screwdrivereve11 on March 7th, 2008 05:20 am (UTC)
Awesome!
penwiper337penwiper337 on March 7th, 2008 03:26 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
Jonquil Serpyllumjonquil on March 7th, 2008 05:24 am (UTC)
That is exquisite.

I think it's Romana's.
penwiper337penwiper337 on March 7th, 2008 03:27 pm (UTC)
Ooooh, you're so right!
Lily of Shalott: The Doctor dances (by lfire1)lilyofshalott on March 7th, 2008 05:25 am (UTC)
Absolutely brilliant.

And many kinds of win. ^_^
penwiper337penwiper337 on March 7th, 2008 03:27 pm (UTC)
Oh, thank you!
Year Round Producemichelf on March 7th, 2008 05:27 am (UTC)
That is really quite beautiful.
penwiper337penwiper337 on March 7th, 2008 03:27 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
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penwiper337penwiper337 on March 7th, 2008 03:27 pm (UTC)
Hee, thanks!
ladyfox7oaksladyfox7oaks on March 7th, 2008 05:49 am (UTC)
SCORE!!!! It's Girl Genius Meets Doctor Who!!
penwiper337penwiper337 on March 7th, 2008 03:27 pm (UTC)
Now there's a crossover I'd pay to see!
Lisa Deutsch Harrigan: Flashing Tinklisa_marli on March 7th, 2008 06:29 am (UTC)
Absolutely Fantastic!
For a green crystal - Check the jewelry dealers at your next sf con. They would help you out for completing a project like that. If they can't get you what you want, they can point you in the right direction.
Rusty: scarfrustydog on March 7th, 2008 06:51 am (UTC)
I'm not sure where you're located, but the larger craft stores in my area have supplies for making jewelry, including many colors of small and large crystals, so maybe that would be an option as well.
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