A Steampunk Gadget for those who want real-functioning gears.
A Steampunk Mechanical heart with real-working gears made by hand from wood and brass and other mysterious, exotic materials that can be used as:
- A Valentines Day gift for the ones you adore,
- A Costume Accessory to elicit shock and awe from your fellow Victorian-esk comrades,
- A Wall or Desk decoration to impress those doubting naysayers who arbitrarily complain "why doesn't any of this stuff move?"
The Steampunk Mechanical heart is 9 inches tall by 8-3/4 inches wide by 2-1/4 inches deep. It's powered by 3 AAA batteries (So you don't have to keep doing all of that infernal winding!) that are hidden away inside the walls of the device. (YES! They're replaceable!)
The Steampunk Mechanical Heart has a lighted heartbeat of it's own, which illuminates an eerie pattern when used as a wall decoration.
The device can be activated by pressing the upper-center bronze stud on the front of the Heart.
The Steampunk Mechanical Heart was 4 years in the design and testing stage. The original prototype was worn as a costume decoration on many public outings to test the durability of the components, as well as to get a feel for what the steampunk public would enjoy about such a device.
The original prototype was lost in an unfortunate episode of purloined artifacts, so the design was modified to add a functioning reverse side and the lighted heartbeat. (Our loss - your gain.)
All of the 25 individual gears (including 2 planetary gears and 3 intermittent gears) are animated.
All gears and case are cut with the power of light (Laser cut) and the device is hand assembled and stained to a pleasant medium wood tone.
Some really great folks on Kickstarter have suggested we put a few pictures of the Steampunk Mechanical Heart being worn as part of a costume, so here from the last few years, a couple of photos from different conventions where the prototype was being worn.
There's also a small video I found from a few years ago in a slightly different costume with the original prototype heart and the interviewers appeared to be quite taken with it:
Risks and challenges
Over 250 individual components are needed to be made to create each heart.
There is an immense amount of hand work involved in the making of each piece, and because each piece is made primarily of wood, every heart is slightly different (wood grain, coloring) every heart is a unique piece of art.
We need to break the first 100 unit mark in order to replace the motherboard on our in-house laser.
The tiers are split up based on the time involved in making these one-at-a-time by-hand.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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