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About

WHAT IS THE STEAMPUNK NIXIE SERIES?

"The Steampunk Nixie Clock Series" is an ongoing project to develop my signature line of clocks. This campaign represents the 2nd production run in the series, re-issuing the MKI and MKII clocks, as well as introducing the MKII (the first wall clock model).

Aiming for the middle ground between minimalist DIY nixie clocks and the inaccessible boutique clocks that cost many thousands of dollars, "The Steampunk Nixie Clock Series" aims for both high quality and affordability. The clocks are all guaranteed for their first year, and I offer free replacement of tubes (although this has never been required!).

While each clock is decidedly steampunk in style, special care is given to develop an elegant design that doesn't feel too cluttered. The Steampunk Nixie Clock Series embodies this in the form of gentle curves, clean lines, and the natural colours and patina of wood, brass, and steel.

WHICH MODELS ARE AVAILABLE?

The Steampunk Nixie Clock MKI (Shown in Black Walnut)
The Steampunk Nixie Clock MKI (Shown in Black Walnut)
The Steampunk Nixie Clock MKII (Shown in Black Walnut)
The Steampunk Nixie Clock MKII (Shown in Black Walnut)
The Steampunk Nixie Clock MKIII (Shown In Black Walnut)
The Steampunk Nixie Clock MKIII (Shown In Black Walnut)

WHY KICKSTARTER?

Offering The Steampunk Nixie Clock Series via Kickstarter allows me to purchase all parts and materials via wholesale, as well as set my shop up for a production run which greatly increases efficiency. Additionally, I can make minor shop upgrades and conduct maintenance that is otherwise much harder to do via piece-work. The last two Kickstarter campaigns (Steampunk Nixie Clock MKI, Steampunk Nixie Clock MKII) have caused a lot of wear on my equipment and its fixin' time. Proceeds from this campaign will go towards repairs, maintenance, and developing future the next design in the series.

The Steampunk Nixie Series, 2nd Production campaign is based on pre-orders for approximately 15 clocks.

Other Rewards Are Also Available!
Other Rewards Are Also Available!

WHAT IS A NIXIE TUBE?

Nixie tubes are cold-cathode vacuum tube, developed in 1955 and used in the Soviet Union until the mid-80's. The tubes function by passing a small electrical current through a cathode, resulting in a orange glow discharge that illuminates each digit. The tubes are controlled by a custom circuit board that is fully programmable through an easy to use sub-menu system. No programming knowledge or assembly are required. You can hear me discuss Nixie Tubes and my clock series on CBC Radio. All tubes are sourced from Russia, Ukraine, and Poland.

WHAT ARE THE CLOCK'S FUNCTIONS?

  • The clock is controlled by 4 buttons, located on the rear of the unit. 
  • The clock can be easily programmed for time (Hours/Minutes/Seconds) as well as the date (MM/DD/YY). 
  • Display options include both 12-hour and 24-hour time. 
  • Super-capacitor backup retains time during short power outages.
  • Night mode: clock can be dimmed during night hours hours.
  • Programmable alarm (beep only) and snooze function.
  • Tube Saver Functions: Clock can be programmed to shut off tubes during work-hours & weekends to extend nixie tube life. 
  • Tube Jumble: A rapid scrolling effect to additionally extend tube life.
  • The clock has 3 separate RGB LED's installed, which are fully configurable. This provides for over 700 colour variants.
  • Stores all feature preferences in on-board memory.
  • Tubes are functionally silent during operation.
  • Features an optional GPS Module input for auto-time sync.
  • Easily mounts to the wall via secure brass clock hanger.

HOW IS THE CLOCK QUALITY?

I select all my wood personally, from rough stock, and process it no differently than I would material for a piece of fine furniture. I build exclusively with hardwoods. I don't stain or dye any wood, focusing instead on natural colours and tones. All hardwoods are hand selected by me for overall quality. I look for colour, for appropriateness of grain, for consistency, stability, and general "feel". Premium hardwoods are custom ordered from Northwest Timber in Oregon, a boutique wood-shop specializing in figured walnut (shown in the below photo; AAAAA Claro walnut) and figured maple.

All of the hardware utilized is a combination of brass, steel, nickel and chrome. The nixie components are provided by a small electronics firm with whom I have a long standing relationship. All clock components are tested before they are shipped to me, after I receive them, during production of the individual units, and then once again before shipping to ensure full functionally and live tubes.

WHAT ARE THE CLOCK'S DIMENSIONS?

The Steampunk Nixie Clock MKI is approximately 16" x 5" x 9" and weighs around 6lbs.

The Steampunk Nixie Clock MKII is approximately 11" x 6" x 6" and weighs around 4lbs.

The Steampunk Nixie Wall Clock MKIII is approximately 14" x 11"x 6" and weighs around 5lbs. 

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

Early Backer units are $499, and include everything in the Steampunk Nixie Clock package. GPS Modules are available for $75. You will also have your name added to the backers list & receive a social media shoutout!

Regular Backer units are $549 and include everything in the Steampunk Nixie Clock package. GPS Modules are available for $75. You will also have your name added to the backers list & receive a social media shoutout!

Elite Backer units are $699. The Elite Backer units are available in either Black Walnut or Purpleheart and include:

  • GPS Module For Automatic Time Sync
  • Limited Edition TGT Studios Branding 
  • Elite Series Designation & Production Serial Number (#1-#10)
  • Personalized Video Shoutout
  • Your Name Added To Backers List & Social Media Shoutout

The Steampunk Nixie Premium Clock Package is $899 CAD. Any of the three models (MKI, MKII, MKIII) may be chosen at this tier, and are available in your choice of AAAAA Figured Claro Walnut & AAAAA Figured Maple. Premium Bundles include:

  • GPS Module For Automatic Time Sync 
  • Limited Edition TGT Studios Branding
  • Premium Series Designation & Production Serial Number (#1-#3) 
  • Personalized Video Shoutout
  • You will also have your name added to the backers list & receive a social media shoutout!

The Steampunk Nixie Clock Trinity Package is $1999 and includes all 3 clocks in the series. The Trinity Package comes with one of each Steampunk Nixie Clock (MKI, MKII, MKIII). Available in your choice of Black Walnut, Maple, or Purpleheart, with one unit containing "Premium" wood grade (choice of AAAAA Claro Walnut or AAAAA Figured Maple).

  • 3X GPS Module For Automatic Time Sync 
  •  Limited Edition TGT Studios Branding Etched
  • Custom Namesake Series (Your Name/Business Name), Production Serial Number (#1-#3) In Choice Of Brass, Steel, or Copper.
  • Personalized Video Shoutout.
  • You will also have your name added to the backers list & receive a social media shoutout!

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WHAT DO YOU GET IN THE BOX?

The Steampunk Nixie Clock Package includes:

(1) Handmade Steampunk Nixie Clock Of Your Choosing 

(1) AC Adaptor For Your Country (CAN/US, EU, UK, AUS, NZ, etc)

(1) 3m/10ft AC Adaptor Extension Cord (MKIII Only)

(1) Digital Instructions: Printer Friendly & Phone/Tablet Versions.

Any stipulated extra rewards or alternate clock models relative to pledge tier choice, will of course also be included.

SHIPPING INFO:

All shipping is handled by CanadaPost. All packages are insured to the full amount, and all packages have tracking. I ship using only priority methods, meaning that clocks are generally delivered within 5-10 business days of being shipped, worldwide. 

HOW ABOUT SOME TESTIMONIALS?

"My clock from TGT Studios is a great piece of artwork and fine craftsmanship...the clock is truly a unique piece and one that will be cherished into the next generation." -K.

"The clock is a true work of art, it is stunning, thank you!" -R.

"I received the clock...and it is gorgeous! Honestly, it is even more beautiful than I was anticipating..." - M.

"We are very pleased with our TGT Studios Nixie steampunk clock. As well as exhibiting a high degree of detail and finish, the clock is amazing to watch in action. It certainly is a great conversation piece!" -J.

"I went for the "Regular Backer - Steampunk Nixie Tube Clock with an additional GPS Module and absolutely love it. Excellent product, communication and project management. Looking forward to seeing what Kyle comes up with in the future. Thank you for a smooth and professional Kickstarter." -S.

Thanks & Shoutouts!

I'd like to thank all the Backers of my previous campaigns as well as BoingBoing and Cory Doctorow for sharing my work. And a big shoutout to  Evelyn Kriete for her continued help and advice.

Risks and challenges

There are little to no risks for the projecto. If you pledge for a clock, you will receive a clock.

As this is the third campaign (following the successful Steampunk MKI & Steampunk MKII), I have reliable sources for all parts and materials and am well versed in what it takes to run a successful campaign.

My previous campaigns saw a total of nearly 50 units shipped worldwide, each of which was delivered on time and consistent with the estimated delivery time stated in the campaign. I am confident that I can continue this trend.

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    Trinity Backer! Receive All 3 Steampunk Nixie Clock Models: MKI, MKII, and MKIII.

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