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Making a vintage sensor (Steampunk)

We makea model of an old sensor or sensor in Steampunk style, which can be useful in other projects, for example, when modding the PC case or Steampunk projects. Also, although we are considering in the master class the manufacture of the sensor layout, but using general principles, it is possible to produce an old scale (and any other) for the working sensor.

Materials and tools:

  1. a round mortise grip or sensor for which we are making a vintage scale;
  2. sensor photo;
  3. scissors;
  4. glue, epoxy resin.

Step 1

Select the desired sensor and draw it in a graphics editor, such as Photoshop or CorelDRAW. To make it easier to draw, you can use ready-made sensor templates or dials. If we make a dummy sensor, then draw a scale and an arrow; if working sensor, then only scale.

The diameter of the drawn sensor scale should be equal to the internal diameter of the handle (the basis of the future sensor model).

We print and cut out.

Step 2

Glue the scale to the inner surface of the handle. You can glue in various ways: glue, double-sided tape.

For a dummy sensor, it is better to fill with epoxy. Put the scale inside the handle, mix the epoxy resin with the hardener and pour. Leave until the epoxy resin hardens. In the end, it looks amazing.

Tip: before gluing or pouring resin, it is better to cover the scale with a layer of PVA glue on both sides and let it dry. A layer of PVA glue will protect the paper (especially if printed on plain paper), otherwise the paper will have “wet stains” (as if the paper was wet) and you will not get rid of them.

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