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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!
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
hatefueled Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013
thought at first glance that this was a tattoo machine's coils
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.
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
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.
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?
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
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
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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