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Steampunk Bunsen Battery by batman-n-bananas Steampunk Bunsen Battery by batman-n-bananas
How does one power an Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device, you may ask? With this...

Ok... technically steampunk should be 'steam' powered, but when I was making my Portal Gun I had my heart set on a charging-based system as it is a 'portable device' after all.
So this is loosely based on a Bunsen Battery, which is a type of Galvanic Cell/ Electrolysis kind of thing. Apologies for the vagueness but science isn't really my field of expertise!

The connection is actually an old TV aerial cable in disguise which fits into a cleverly built in socket on the gun itself! I'm not sure why I do these things as literally no one notices unless I point it out... but it makes me happy on the inside :)

P.S. Hand is for size comparison to show the diddyness!
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thechessclub Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014
This is so sexy!
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superwaffle350 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013
Hmm... Okay, I know this is just a prop (non functioning) but what if you were to hide some button cell batteries (and holders?) under the caps and wire everything up? Button cells are enough to power LED lights, which would look snazzy in that ASHPD. As far as actually connecting them? Hmm... my brain is already buzzing. Cause really, all ya have to do is touch wires together right? What about big honking jacks like for guitar cables? Or an antique 2 prong plug and a gutted modern socket? 


Be right back... I'm about to blow my bank account at flea markets, Radio Shack, and the Home Depot... XD
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hatefueled Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013
thought at first glance that this was a tattoo machine's coils
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Halwan Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013
Alright, I gotta know. Is this a real working battery? Because this kind of thing is exactly what I'm looking for.
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transthepsycopath Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013
actually its okay to put electric stuff in steam punk its a whole sub genra of steam punk called tesla punk all about using using electricity with tesla essque devices (its sorta like if tesla had come out on top instead of edison ) and it meshes well just keep the style right and your good and this thing looks amazing truly great
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ChanceZero Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
This thing is one of the most stylish steampunk devices I've seen, I swear to that. It looks so realistic I mused for some time if the thing is really an old battery and was in use some 100-150 years before.
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cnk19 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012
What Humbrol paint colours would you suggest? I've got a copper for pipes and stuff but as a general brass colour do you have to mix any to get the type of colour shown there?
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batman-n-bananas Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014
Sorry it's taken so long to reply :( I haven't been checking my DA for a while so some of these comments have slipped by the wayside, anyways my sincere apologies...
Not sure off the top of my head about specific colour names or numbers for humbrol paints, but I always try to use a blend of colours like say... gold, brass, a brownish bronze and probably 2 silvers (one light and the other a bit darker like boltgun metal or something). If you use different variations of these on different parts you tend to get a much more realistic aged look.
Hope that helps :D
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Machinacide Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Student Digital Artist
For someone whose field of expertise isn't science.... You sure as hell put together a masterpiece! Great work! <3
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onebehindthemonitor Featured By Owner May 15, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
this is epic win for sure!

question? is it just me or did you color on the 'liquid' in the jars?
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batman-n-bananas Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014
Sorry it's taken so long to reply :( I haven't been checking my DA for a while so some of these comments have slipped by the wayside, anyways my sincere apologies...

Hahaha yes! Good eye for catching me out, I was going to put some liquid in, but the lids at the top weren't fully water tight so I chickened out and painted the insides with glass paint. :P 
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Joozey Featured By Owner May 1, 2012
Galvanic power for the win! Awesome creation!
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Quilsnap Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012   General Artist
sweet work :D
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shannny2k Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012
This is amazingly awesome and makes the chemistry geek in me insanely happy. This is just so cool.
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ShilohsRage Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012
YOU ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!
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Ramani-Rayne Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012
I love all the little details! Very nice!
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VynetteDantes Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
This is brilliant!
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polerix Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012
layden jars?
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komaru6 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012   General Artist
These are wonderful. The amount of detail you've worked in here must have been quite time consuming. Very creative!
Again, impressive. Your use of little metal bits and pieces makes me really happy!
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batman-n-bananas Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012
makes me happy too :D
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OliverBrig Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012
Very nice work, I love the attention to detail.
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EisArt Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012
you guys that do this are crazily amazing... SOOO AWESOME!!!
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EvaneyReddeman Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011
Really lovely, and quite inspirational.
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dyume-kun Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011
how did you put it together? *A*
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batman-n-bananas Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011
Well the jars are held together by two metal 'U' shape things, not really sure what they are... found them in my garage. And these are held together with a bulldog clip that I just removed the handles from. The wire cage I had to shape by hand as it was such a custom fit, everything else is pretty much glued on! All odds and ends I have collected
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dyume-kun Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011
darn I always wanted to do something like this but I could never find a glue that can actually make it stick together >3< any tips on what kind I can use? and what spray paint did you use for it? ^_^

Thank you for help and your time for replying to this message >3<
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batman-n-bananas Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011
Generally you can just get away with a reasonably priced superglue. I've always done all my art on budget. The trick is to make sure everything is supported twice... so say you superglue parts together but then support the join with clips or string or wire etc.
Oh and didn't use spray paint at all :P - I always hand paint stuff with warhammer and humbrol enamel paints.

No problems replying, always happy to share :D
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dyume-kun Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011
thanks for the again for the tips ^_^

but what is warhammer and humbrol enamel paint?
sorry limited resources from where I can from XD
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batman-n-bananas Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011
Ah warhammer is a strategy game where you have to paint your own models... this is the website: [link]
Basically they sell their own paint (Citadel is the brand name) which come in a wide range of quite awesome colours.
Humbrol enamel paint is traditionally used for painting model planes and trains etc. You should be able to get it online or in a local model shop? Humbrol paint is great because the colour comes out really strong even if painting on a shiny surface, plus you can get it in many metallic colours which saves a lot of time if your painting plastic to look like metal.

They are quite similar, but warhammer paint (although a little bit more expensive sometimes) I find a lot easier to work with as it is less chemical based than Humbrol enamel paints. You often have to mix humbrol paints as the colour separates from the liquid of the paint, but warhammer paints are usually ready to roll with even if they haven't been used in a while. But everyone has their own personal preference x
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janus002 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Just beautiful. The detail on this is really incredible. I think I need one of these batteries now.
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amiemo---1 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011  Professional General Artist
THIS IS AWESOME!!!
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syntaxerroronlinenul Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011
Very cool.
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ProfessorBats Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011
Splendid it is!
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LadyCharis Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011
Absolutely splendid!
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TheBleachDoctor Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is the best
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Schizophrenematic Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011   Writer
I think your attention to detail makes your costume all the extra awesome. :D
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ElliotBlakely Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011
I second that
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octopanzer Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love you. all your stuff is super cool.
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EmotionalOne98 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
thats amazing. whats the yellow stuff in the bottles i guess you would call them.
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batman-n-bananas Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011
It's just glass paint coated round the inside.
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EmotionalOne98 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
oh I kinda figured but i wanted to ask anyway. ^^ Its amazing i cant remember if i told you that.
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batman-n-bananas Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011
yep you did! thanks again though x
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