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Steampunkkeyboard by vonSmallhausen Steampunkkeyboard by vonSmallhausen
A quickly edited image of my compleated keyboard.
It's been mostly done for around 4months now... It was just that it hade green LEDs which were compleatly terrible for this... So anyways, 2-3 days ago I stole the yellow ones from an old back-up keyboard. I will probably add lenses for the LED though since they a alot shorter then the orignal ones.

( [link] <-- Original keyboard.)

Total cost: 195 SEK (= ~18€ or 23$)


Just to make it clear. This is not a copy of anything. All I have done is taken insipration from the steampunkworkshop and Atratus here on DA ( [link] ).
I was so stunned by how beautiful they had made their keyboards. So, most of the inspiration was from steampunkworkshop, and the idea to use a Labtec Standard Keyboard Plus was from Atratus.
I set ut to make a keyboard with a steampunk feel without having to pay more then 200 SEK. Which I did.
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alifadj Featured By Owner May 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
THIS IS SO COOL :icongyaaplz:
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doro666 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011
DO WANT!!
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puzzledout Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011
i would love to own this kind of keyboard. .

love love it. . :)
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:iconvanyanie:
Vanyanie Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Really fine work! Where to find these buttons/keys?
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vonSmallhausen Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011
Hopefully at you local fabric store. That's where I got mine. They are actually meant to go on to cloths. Then I just measured the inner diameter and printed every letter, glued them on and had some varnish on them so they can handle moister.
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KenSaunders Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Utterly awesome. :thumbsup:
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pandora14 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
God, I'd love having that type of keyboard... Yours is very well done, I'm amazed by your work :) !
I'd love to make mine, do you have advices for me ^^" ?
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vonSmallhausen Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2010
Make sure you have a basic idea when you start.
Don't be afraid to make changes if you find something works better then you had originally plan.
Make things as simple as possible, but not simpler.
Be sure you have fun the entire time.
Those are pretty much the rules I work by. :P

But more technical advice... Make sure you pic a keyboard that is easy to mod. Most non-low profile is okay, but you have to make sure that you can remove the keycaps from the keyboard or you will have a hellish time modding it.
Don't know really... be creative! :D
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pandora14 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Great thanks for your advices, I'll try :)
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drwhofreak Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2010  Student General Artist
wow!
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elShoggotho Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
How exactly did you make the keys? Granted, I use higfher quality base keyboards, having a source for cheap Cherry keyboards, but I can't make keys like that... yet.
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:iconvonsmallhausen:
vonSmallhausen Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2010
Took the keys that came with the keyboard, cut the top and glued some buttons on them. I'm using the same key matrix and rubberdome structure that came with the keyboard.
More info in this reply: [link]
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elShoggotho Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
So basically the same idea I had, only that I don't use rubber dome keyboards. Thank you.
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tamaranorbust Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2010
Cool!
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:iconmetr13:
metr13 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Dude, it's awesome!
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:iconvonsmallhausen:
vonSmallhausen Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2010
Why thank you very much.
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:iconmetr13:
metr13 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I know it's a stupid question, but how have you done wooden parts?
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:iconvonsmallhausen:
vonSmallhausen Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2010
There is actually not a single wooden part on it. Took the original plastic casing and painted it with a golden/brownish-colour. Then took very watery black and did some swift random strokes and very very gently wiped some off with paper. And on that there is a layer of clear coat.
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metr13 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
looks a lot like real. You, sir, are truly awesome!
Now the only two sings separating me from modding my own keyboard is lack of materials (sounds easy to get rid of) and lazyness.
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vonSmallhausen Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2010
Sounds like easy peasy to start working on it then.
Just think up something you like, think what you can use for it - go get/buy! The hardest part is getting everything, at least for me. Before I have things to work with I'm in no mood what so ever do to anything. But if you get your behind out of the wagon and get materials, the inspiration/will to work/whatever comes by itself. True story. ;)

If you do get the strength to do it, let me see the results!
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metr13 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You will)
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Perzikhoofd Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
*want*
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ravynfaire Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is very cool... and in this day and age I have heard that all art is inspired by others and its okay!! At least that is what my teachers say.

If you ever sell this, let me know.
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garybwatts Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010
Very good job.
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petrino Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
SOLD! GIMME GIMME GIMME! *THROWS MONEY AT YOU*
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27oo Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2010
OMG! I'd die for it, I can already feel my tears coming up!
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:iconvonsmallhausen:
vonSmallhausen Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010
I doubt that you would actually. :P
But it's nice to know that people like it. ^^
I'm thinking about making a guide of some sort for it, so keep an eye out!
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27oo Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2010
nice, I added you : )
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elShoggotho Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
That's the first Swedish layout steampunk keyboard I've seen. Sends me right back to the workshop to finish the first German one.
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vonSmallhausen Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010
Get to it!
Will be interesting to see it! :)
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chinagirl99 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
so aaaaaaawwwwwwwwwweeeeeeeessssssssssooooooooooommmmmmmmmeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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candycanesmoke Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2010
So cooooool!
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thielfer Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2010
any chance to consider it for sale o_O Mate it's wonderful and my greed is growing :D hate You for possessing this gem...
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vonSmallhausen Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2010
This one is not for sale, it got a bad LED.
But, as long as the shipping is cheap, things could be done. :P
Or if you just want instructions to make your own that can be done to. :P
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elShoggotho Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
LEDs can be replaced, Sir. I replaced the green LEDs on my Cherry G80 with amber ones. Now I just have to finish it...
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vonSmallhausen Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010
They can indeed. This one came with green LEDs, which I replaced with some yellow/orange ones from another keyboard. It was however, in that process that I slipped and managed to remove the copper circuit for the mention LED. And having no means to replace it or solder it together without interfering with other circuits, it will not shine. :/
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thielfer Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2010
it would be more than appreciated :)
don't even know where to start...
where did You get these stylish buttons?
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:iconvonsmallhausen:
vonSmallhausen Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010
I got regular buttons for clothes. Then I measured the inner diameter of them, made a sheet in GIMP with what I wanted on the buttons, printed, placed the paper inside the buttons and put a little varnish on them so they would be liquid-proof.
Have to be careful not to put too much on though, it will make the paper soggy and make it very much darker when it dries. Sort of hard to see in the pic, but that's what happened to the D-button.
The big metal ones is regular clothes buttons as well.
The brass ones I cut from a 2mm brass sheet.

Hope that was all clear and understandable. :)
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thielfer Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010
It's very helpful, Thank You :)
I have a good opportunity to get some varnish as I work in printing industry ;)
Maybe if I have some time I'll try to do something...
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vonSmallhausen Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2010
Cool!
I'd love to see what you come up with! :)
Again, if there is any questions - Just ask and I'll try to answer in a way that I hope will make sense. :P
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thielfer Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010
it makes sense all the way :)
I'm just lazy...but if I decide to do some manual work I will use Your advices for sure...
and maybe share if it won't be a total crap :D
thanks ;)
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Intrepid8142 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2010
OOOHHHHH SHINY! :D
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MerlinTheRed Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This is pretty awesome! I want one too! And a steampunk monitor, and loudspeakers, and a computer case......

Btw: how's typing with this? Would be sad if you buy the looks with an awkward typing experience.
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vonSmallhausen Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010
It's not all to bad, if you're not set out to do some heavy coding. As the buttons are a tad taller and don't have the same support they had when I got it from the store, they wiggle a little. That wiggle could cause the buttons to get stuck and you need to press extra hard.
But it's awesome for gaming. Never slip with the fingers and it's easy to remember where you were.
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paulmentat Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2009
Sweet ... Bravo ...
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vonSmallhausen Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2009
Why thank you indeed. :)
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paulmentat Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2009
I may have to contact you down the road to pursue this further ...
Outstanding work ....
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vonSmallhausen Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2009
Feel free to do so. :)
Here's nice tip: Keep all the shackles (the metalpins that's under shift, return and space). You might want to use them. I found out that my shift was beeing a pian to press down if you was pressin to far on the side, the shackle fixes this dilemma. :)
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paulmentat Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2009
Thank you ...
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Felissauria Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Copy on [link] ? :/ Antediluvian is so much cooler
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