Welcome to the In the Pipeline Page Here you will find pictures of current and past projects that have been built, or in the process of being built. All these pictures are part built or 'on the way' all the finished items will be in the regular clock or non nixie object pages. If a clock is going to be for General sale and available to reserve, I will mention in the comments under the picture.
Later stuff at the top of the page
A Giant clock in the pipeline. The ECG, made from an old 1950's electrocardiagraph and then a wheatstone bridge with 6 special brass RZ568M tubes made to compliment the design
Not saying much about this one apart from the name is #NANTIS and that it is a completely different step in a different direction to what I normally do.. More details in due course.
A batch of Piston clocks, these are all out of a Lycoming radial aircraft engine, and are part of a range of clocks made out of upcycled aircraft parts, plenty more to follow.
Well, with me now being a full time Nixie Clock maker, I decided to get my car advertising the fact. 164,000 miles and still going strong - well done Helga!
With the 10 Bombe clocks all made, there was one extra special one that at the request of the client had the discs made from solid brass, and very shiny they are too.
Not everyday I get a Geiger counter into the workshop, but this month I have one to convert into a Nixie Clock. So far so good, there is a Dekatron to fit into the Dial.
IN-13 Nixie tubes, these used to be used as level indicators or bargraph type displays - Voltage indicator for example. Bad Dog Designs will be producing Nixie Spectrum Analysers in 2018
Some of the electronics that go into driving the IN-13 tubes for the Analyser displays. An analogue design so I can theoretically create an analyser with 100+ channels! If anyone wants one - drop me a line.
Managed to squeeze a little IN-12 Nixie clock into a bit of dashboard for a VW Caddy. Don't think there are many cars out there that have a Nixie Clock in the dash..
A bit more aviation themed clock conversion. This is a station box - radio controller from an aircraft. I've managed to get the front panel illumination to work with the clock.
This is 'ETHER' not a clock, more of a light show. It is the first design to incoporate a 10 channel Spectrum analyser display. Made from a lovely old Bakelite temperature gauge.
Not forgetting my regular Steampunk clocks, this is a little one called 'Cara' after it's owner. Will all be done and dusted in time for Xmas!
Pure Steampunk, the birdcage clock. Beautiful walnut box and then a birdcage on a post with a Key inside. Need to add 6 pretty Nixies and apply some decoration.
Landrover fans will recognise this straight away! this is the front panel for the Defender clock - note the Dekatrons for headlamps, and will have working indicators.
An enormous clock, this is the 'ECG' machine - you can gauge the scale of it as those are Giant Dalibor tubes, expect a lot of things that light up and glow on this one!
This is the Discovery clock, pretty well finished. In Landrover green and an accidentally deliberate mis-spelling of 'Leipzig' Lovely brushed Aluminum engraving.
This is a first for Bad Dog Designs, the Exhibition stand at the 100% Design Show in London's Olympia. Don't think it will be the last exhibition we do, it was great fun!
The Grand Master Gordon MK II on final test and looking suitably adorned with glowing parts and moving gears / meter / Dekatrons. Sitting next to Bombe clock No 9.
Very nice project, an old 1950's Bush radio - long defunct inside. I've restored the casing to it's former glory and added in a matching Nixie Clock in the top.
The MK II Constance clock now sitting in it's new home (for now) In the Gallery@12 where some of my other pieces can be seen available for sale.
Landrover Green.. this is the 'Discovery' clock. Uses IN-2 and GN-4 Nixie tubes for the time display and has a central Gyroscope for a bit of movement. The Lights are all programmable.
This is the rear view of ths insides of Magnox MK V I have a little circuit board that the tubes (and Dekatrons) plug into that terminate in a Ribbon cable for ease of wiring.
The clock part of the Radiogram conversion. Pretty well complete now, the detailing on the front panel is all in keeping with 1960's design. Sounds a lot better to now thanks to Sony!
This is the MK V Version of the Pandora clocks. Almost finished, and uses a Symbol tube as part of the Steampunk decoration. Will be displaying this at the 100%Design show.
The 'Rocker' now working as a clock. Next job is to fit in on an illuminated plinth. Surprisingly not as much room inside as you would think.
A Steampunk Bombe clock, almost ready for shipping. Need a few more little details and have to work on the engraved bezel on top around the tubes.
Yes, that is a Ginormous drone taking up most of the desk. You could say it is the worlds first flying Nixie Clock.. make anything into a clock :)
Take a 1950's radio, and hide in a 4 digit Nixie clock at the top to mirror the knobs at the bottom. For sound I have worked a nice Bose unit inside.
Constance did not stay with me for very long, so here's Constance MK II in progress. This is made from an original 1920's mantle clock and I've just added a few appropriate parts.
The 'Defender' or will be. The first of two Land Rover themed clocks. This will have the iconic front grill and headlights of the Defender.. will make more sense when a bit further along!
The Gordon MK IX, not to far off finished - all the Steampunk detailing done and electronics operational. Just need to sort out an engraved front plate and then we're good to go.
An original 1960's Grundig Audio Mixer. This will get stripped down, cleaned and then converted into a clock with four of the end view GN-4 Nixie tubes where the knobs currently are.
Rather a lot of chrome - this is the polished rocker cover off a Yamaha R1 motorbike. Converted to a clock will have 4 large IN-18 / Z1040M tubes. Ideal for a man cave and already spoken for!
Not done an Art Deco clock for a while, and found an original 1920's walnut cigarrette case just asking to get the treatment. Will call this one 'Constance' and hopefully be available for General Sale
Some of the top detailing of the Magnox MK IV clock. This one has the facility to produce Plutonium 239 at the press of a button. Hope it doesn't get stuck in Customs when I ship it!
It may seem a mass of brass and copper piping, it is infact the right shoulder of Wilson. Just putting the last lot of little details on him and then I guess he's good to go..
Quite a few Aviation themed clocks in process and have been requested. These are a selection of Titanium Alloy blades that go inside a commercial Jet engine, now destined to go on a clock.
Compos Mentis proved very popular so within a week of that being finished I was asked to create another medical themed clock with a lid, so this is the base part of the next one!
Remember the 'Discworld' themed clock I was working on, a bit lower down on the page.. It has now become 'The Luggage' Just waiting on the brasswork and this creation will be good to go.
Going to be the 'Puzzle' clock, although looks more like a jigsaw puzzle at the moment. Made from a small resistance peg box, dated 1914. All sanded back to the bare mahogany, ready for varnishing.
This clock is called 'The Prophet' 6 large ZM1040 Nixie tubes on the top, and on the front will go two plasma discs - Will be a very frankenstein looking clock when it is finished.
Another Gordon clock, this on the MK IX - It is a dual type clock, same electronics as the Tempus Thermo where it has time on the top, and temperature readout below in the dial.
Almost finished off the little Audiodyne clock, just need to draw up the top plate that goes around the tubes. Original old TV valves fitted on top and lit from underneath with an LED.
I was delighted to get asked to make another Magnox clock - this one now MK IV. Great clocks, this one will have a Dekatron in the centre inbetween the hours and minutes readouts.
Some more of the details going into the musically themed 'Gurdy Hurdy' clock. These are some old organ stops that I've fitted in the side of the clock, and they are used to turn features on and off.
A close up of one of the smaller details on the Bombe clocks. This is the foot that has been laser cut out of 5mm thick Aluminium and then satin polished. The holes reflect the indents on the drums.
Another little Pandora clock, this one the MK IV that is going throught the workshop at the moment. Very pretty little rosewood box, soon to be adorned with a lot of steampunk decoration.
One for the fans of Discworld, this is going to be a Nixie Clack (not a typo!) and feature as many little Terry Pratchet thoughts as I can get into the space that I have available.
The business end of one of my Aviation themed clocks. This is the inside view of a box with a Gyroscope attached. All the brackets made to suit and the motor support.
Colourful one! this is a Pharmacy themed clock. I'm using an array of sequenced RGB leds, that each illuminate the channels on an old victorian pill making machine. Not even fitted the Nixies yet!
Yes, those are indeed old Church organ pipes, clamped to the side of a casing. The 'Gurdy Hurdy' clock. This one will blast a chord out on the hour, with the air provided by a set of bellows.
Recently got asked to make another Audiodyne clock. Not the giant one with the dual meters, but the little dainty one made from an old Unipivot meter and a custom made wooden case.
As an offshoot of having PCB's made, there is a little bit of space left on the panel, so we have some exclusive BDD Keyrings. Email in with 'Keyring' in the subject line to claim a free one :)
Instead of having the inside of a Spitfire Compass incorporated into a clock, here is the actual compass dial and a motorised chassis I made to make it rotate at 1 rpm to then go in a clock.
This line of pictures is going to be a Bombe special! making a quantity of these large and complex clocks is taking up a lot of my time, so much to sort out! These are the logic boards.
The Bombes also have a lot of precision machined parts, bearings and even specially made screws. This pile of bits is just off to go to the electroplaters to get bright nickel plated.
Nothing to do with clocks in the pipeline at all, that's Karen and myself and in the middle is Theo Paphitis presenting the Small Business Award that Bad Dog Designs won!
Ok, back to clocks - this is 'Compus Mentis' based around a victorian shock machine. Now re-worked to house a nice little 6 digit Nixie clock, in a lovely oak box with all the great brass parts.
Nice little run of the gorgeously shiny Amidala-One clocks, 2 with the IN-18 tubes and one of them with the ZM1040 tubes in there. Will be with their new owners by the time I post this :)
The two little Gordon Mk VI's all electronics completed and now ready for decoration and fitting the Glowing Verdurite coils and the engraved front plate.
Interesting build, yes - this is the main crank gear off a bicycle. I've been asked to make a bicycle themed clock, made predominantly from just bike parts and a few Nixies!
Five of the Bombe clock casings well under way. These are laser cut as individual panels that are then attached to an internal chassis. A lot of tapping holes and countersinking..
Another beautifully polished Amidala-One clock being assembled. This one has the pointed Z566M Nixie tubes fitted rather than the ususal IN-18 tubes, I think they suit it very well.
Nothing to do with clocks at all, but very steampunk! This is the Logo for 'Edison Coffee' that I motorised for them. It has now been installed in their first of many cafe's in Sheffield.
Good example of layers that make up a clock. You have the glass front, then the original dial plate.. behind that the Display PCB with Rodan CD-36 Nixie tubes and then the control electronics.
Suprisingly I found 2 almost identical 1940's little Voltmeters, these convert into Gordon MK VI's so I am making a couple of them. One already spoken for, and now the other one also spoken for - sorry!
This is a rather Heath Robinson medical contraption, the premis being that a mild to moderate electrical shock can cure you of many ills.. more likely to give you a heart attack.. Being converted into a little clock, which is a whole lot safer!
Following on from the demand of the large IN-18 Brass and Walnut clock, here is a perfect replica but using small LC531 Nixies. Same solid Brass and Walnut but smaller - the 'Caspian' clock
About as tightly packed in as possible. This is the insides of the Genus MK II clock, you can just see the motor attached to the internal clock movement and some of the wiring loom.
This is a view looking down the middle of the tube assembly / chassis for Wilson the Robot. I was testing the RGB leds that are built into the actual Nixie tubes.
The Gyroscope assembly fitted into the casing for the next Dr Who clock - this one is Number 6. You can see the completed clock on the Steampunk and Antique clocks page.
Lots of nice glowing tubes on the 'Double Gordon' clock. Main time on the top, 2nd timezone RHS and the other display will be Temperature once I hook up the sensor!
Just a closeup shot of some of the detail on this Verdurite Emanation Coil. The top and bottom brass bushes are turned to fit the glass tube and joined with 2 fine brass bars.
Hmm, what to do with these.. very large vintage glass Condensors. Will look wonderful all lit up and incorporated into a clock of some description or perhaps start making moonshine!
Here's the 1960's PYE radiogram all restored and looking splendid in the workshop, next step is to fit in the front a nice little Nixie clock and a brass bezel.
Talking of Brass, this is the rear control panel for the Double Gordon clock - a lot of detail and work in this piece and it will rarely be seen at the back of the clock, so sharing it here..
One of the finishing touches to the Bombe clock, a stylised Brass label that is actually modelled on the design of the 'Enigma' Machine label. A small thing, but looks superb!
Here's a shot of 6 little Ammeters, all dismantled and to be converted into a run of about 20 little clocks. There may be one or two available for General sale - if you're quick.
If you wondered what the front of a Time Machine looks like, this is my shot at it. Nice mix of glowing gasses here ( Helium / Neon and Argon ) All the knobs dials and switches functional.
Part of the collection of weird and wonderful lighting technologies on the Time Machine MK II clock. This is the Dial fitted with some Electro Luminescent Wire.. so I do sewing now as well!
Very near completion, the Bombe clock in it's final form on test. Motors running 24/7 to see what type of drivebelt works best and to see if any mechanical problems appear - none yet I'm pleased to say.
Remember Wilson the Robot.. started this one a while ago, but he's coming along just fine. Standing on his own two feet and keeping me company in the workshop.
This is a sneak peek of something that is going to be very large.. extremely large - about 9ft tall to be prescise! Keep checking back here every now and again to see this one come together.
Excalibur Number 2 just having the final little details fitted, needs a nice set of feet like the pro-speedo clock and some final testing. Uses the very rare Dolam LC631 Nixie tubes.
A cross between 2 Gordon clocks and a Gemini clock. Has the Spitfire Gyro in the middle but no Steam engine. On top will be 6 large tubes for time and date, the dials will have a 2nd timezone and Temp.
Not another Gemini clock, but uses the same bit of old test equipment. This has the IN-18 tubes top mounted and both the dials will be sound sensitive - a mega Audiodyne clock! Hmmm, desk looking like the surface of the moon..
Will be a very pretty 6 digit Tempus Thermo clock - as yet no potential owner so I will just let this one come along until someone lays claim to it, expect brass and fiddly bits!
Some further progress on the Drums for the Turing Bombe clock - discs engraved by Andy at Engraving Studios, and a lot of machining done to original drawings by Olly at OKR.
You won't have seen these before, they are special copper R|Z568M tubes, handmade by Dalibor Farney over at DaliborFarney.com They are incredible! and will go on Wilson the Robot.
This will be the Launch Pad for the Rocket ship clock. The device behind the tubes is a key component from a Hammond Organ and has a spinning rotor that will run.
Something a little different, but will feature a clock! This is an original 1960's Radiogram that I have been asked to fit a Giant Speaker system inside and turn into a Drinks Cabinet.
As the build of the Turing Bombe clock comes along, here are some more of the custom made component parts. Note also the Giant R|Z568M tubes made by Dalibor, that will sit on top of the casing.
The front part of the Grand Master Gordon. The gears are all motorized and also drive the little piston assembly. More todo but now working very well!
These are the old contact blocks on the front of the Pro-Speedo clock. Now polished and I've carefully countersunk and drilled the holes where a LED will illuminate from behind.
As the little Tempus et Thermo clock proved popular, it was not longe before I was asked to make another - since I took this picture there is a further one in the workshop.
Certainly a 'contraption' this is the rear side view of the Mini Time Machine, made out of the old Victorian mantle clock 2 pictures down on this page!
Beautifully finished piece of mahogany, re-sanded and the original brass screw heads now contrasting nicely. This is the base for the giant Gordon clock coming soon.
Talking of Time Machines, this is the central part of the MKII Time Machine - all polished copper and various wierd and wonderful brass gadgets to make it all function.
This is going to be no small project, or clock! 6 Giant Dalibor tubes and will have 4 individually made replicas of the actual Turing Bombes used during WWII on the front.
More work on the Pre-speedo clock. You can see the Dekatrons now fitted bottom left and right, and the associated controls on the RHS. Next step is to fit rather a lot of LED's on the front!
Some more work done on the Rocket, now sold but will have 6 nice large tubes in the foreground, and in the rear a hand painted scene by the very talented MJ Ryle from the Purple Finch.
This little Victorian mantle clock will be turned into a mini version of the Time Machine. Should get 4 tubes in the bottom and a Dekatron in the middle of the clock face.
The BDD workshop, for those that don't know is in reality a converted stable! Very pleased to get a little sign so any visitors can find me a bit easier.. I have Tea and biscuits.. :)
Had a bit more time on my little UFO clock. Made the landing pads out of some old mecanno pulleys and some carefully bent pieces of brass bar - so hard to get them all the same!
Ok, completely Steampunk - the clock is an afterthought! I saw this old tripod thing at the back of the Unit and thought it just looked like the lower part of a Rocket!
A Month for Gordons, this is Gordon MK IIX and I've decided to see what a brass dial plate looks like with a little decoration for added effect. Happy with it so far..
I've been commissioned to make another 'Time Machine' so this is the start of TTM MK II. I've randomly cut away the clock face and fitted a load of rotating gears inside.
The Spare Bedroom is no more, Bad Dog Designs has now finally relocated to it's own little unit. Anyone wishing to pop in for a nose round and a cuppa - more than welcome!
Originally Named as Faraday II, this is now to be 'Voltaire' and it is gorgeous. All that sanding was worth the effort, by a long shot one of the most beautiful casings I have come across
I've been wanting to make this into a clock for a long time, and now I am! Made for a client in Canada, this one will hopfully have a part off a Model-T Ford right in the middle.
Dr Who clock #5 not a million miles from completion. The Tardis part on the LHS does indeed move up and down and the clock makes the same noise as the Tardis when you press a button!
Toying with this: Steampunk DNA as an alternative power source to the Glowing Verdurite Emanation coils that feature on a lot of the steampunk clocks that I make, recon it would go quite well on a Gordon!
In the very last stages of work, Ron's Radio clock. All I have left to do is design a front panel and fit in on. The clock has a working original 1970's Roberts radio in there and you can see the antenna at the rear right.
The Brass & Walnut sandwich clock in progress! This is a joint development with my good friend Cristian over at Nixieart.com, Solid Brass and Walnut and will use IN-18 tubes
This cracked and battered thing is the front panel for the Turing II clock (currently for sale) before it was restored and converted into a rather Nice Nixie clock.
Lots and lots and even more sanding later, the carcass for the Faraday MkII clock is finally ready for many coats of varnish. After a bit of investigation I discovered the whole thing is made from Cherry wood.
Well here's the lower part of Wilson, two legs and feet. Legs made from some old weed sprayers and the feet are actual old Shoemakers Lasts. The big black plate is the stand.
Rather ghostly looking Dolam LC531 tubes with green lighting underneath. Something a little different, this will be the UFO clock, and it is made from a solid piece of turned Elm.
I guess the Dr Who fans will have spotted what this is straight away - the central bit that goes up and down in the middle of the Tardis Console, all made from brass and glass.
This is another Grace clock, lost count of them now.. This one has very pretty ZM1177 Nixie tubes that have the horizontal anode wires, rather than the usual grid.
Lots of neatly sleeved wiring inside the Turing clocks. Made from a modified qtc kit with a heavy duty HV power supply to drive the larger ZM1040 Nixie tubes.
This is a specifically made Thermometer circuit board - kindly drafted by John Smout from JS Designs. It allows me to use replaceble IN-8 tubes which just plug in.
This is called an 'Air Capacitor' and is a rather nice bit of engineering. The idea being that a motor will drive the central vanes, and there will be a clock display on the front.
Some of the equipment that comes into the workshop is almost too far gone to work with, but this little fella will have a new lease of life before too long!
Two sets of casings for Turing clocks, only one chance to drill them correctly. All done by hand, no CNC milling machines here! just me and a ruler..
Very Pretty, These are full RGB Verdurite Emanation coils, as fitted to the top of Ron's Radio clock. They light up the central Thyratron quite nicely indeed!
The internals of the Centurion clock, another piece that will feature the RGB Verdurite coils. Quite a lot of wiring to fit into a small space, but I got it all in..
Centurion has a lenght of Pipework snaked around the clock. Inset are the RBG coils, so there will be bursts of colour flowing all the way through the design of the clock.
Ok, where to start with this one.. Answers on a postcard! Rather unusually for me, this is a Kinetic clock - will of course have Nixies, but this whole chromed assembly turns on top!
This would be the top and bottom of the Centurion clock, all sanded and prepped ready for many coats of varnish. The wood was originally impregnated with wax to make it waterproof, but not good for finishing.
Pretty little Diecon clock, small original rosewood box and note the blue neon bulb! Not sure if it is neon or has some phosphor coating inside that makes it glow blue.
We fear no glowing things here.. this is a 2,000V Helium Neon laser that will go into the lower part of Faraday MKII - just because we can; and it lights up!
Here we have an old clock movement fitted inside a jewellry box and then adapted to run from a motor, with a hole in the front to see the turning gears, and a PWM speed controller to drive it.
This is a 1Kw Pulse Thyratron, a rather dangerous looking piece of military glassware that I have incorporated into Ron's Radio clock to glow nicely once wired up!
Gordon No8 - The Deco Gordon. Made from a 1928 Wattmeter, this one already had a brass bezel as per the original instrument. Nice lighting effect to go on this one.
Wilson not looking too bad from the top up. All the steam powered muscles in place on arms and shoulders. Now sits upright by himself, next task is to get him standing on his little wooden feet!
Instead of a Steam Engine, this is a Steampunk Engine - specifically made to go on the weird looking Alien attracting Centurion clock that will be on this page before too long..
This is 'Armageddon' or will be when done. Designed to look like a portable Nuclear warhead launcher. Will have a Neat countdown device once completed and the tubes will then light red.
The rather large Dekatron clock - now with Dekatrons fitted and all spinning, very much like neon gears, will have a nice brass frontplate once completed - all the tricky stuff now done.
Just a close up shot of the nearly convincing glowing effect on one of the radio valves fitted to Marconi III. From a distance you would never know the difference!
Wilson lying down on the job..! Briefly assembled to check the spacings / proportions for the giant tubes that will display the time. Need to shorten the backbone by a couple of cm.
And talking of Giant tubes, this is one of Dalibor's amazing sample tubes he sent to help me build Wilson.. that tiny one next to it is a regular IN-8!
No sooner has Marconi II left the country, then Marconi III nearly finished off. Original 1950's Marconi valve in the middle. Need to light them up and connect the Bluetooth and we're done.
No small job, meet 'Wilson' - well his head and arms, this is going to be a life sized brass robot with 6 of Dalibor's Giant Nixie tubes in the abdomen to tell the time
All the woodwork stripped and prepped for the Dekatron clock. A lot of wiring to be done and just a little head scratching, the centre dial completed as per earlier pictures
After many hours of hand sanding, and oiling and more sanding and painting, the top of this old 1860's Music box now looks like a mirror, and the assembly process begins..
Dr Who clock #4 coming along. Got the Brass surround on there with the text from the episode 'Blink' written around the edge. Also darkened the colour of the Box
Marconi clock #2 almost finished. Looks quite neat with the Aluminium strips, just got to sort the design out for the front graphics and it's done.
A couple of the rear panels for the Marconi clocks. Made from Black on white traffolyte and all neatly wired and loomed ready to go into the clocks.
Photo not great, but proof there is sunshine occasionally in the UK.. This shows the giant lever on the side of the Time Machine clock, that activates when pulled.
Dr Who clock Number 4, this has the spitfire gyroscope now squeezed into the box, along with four nixie tubes and all the electronics to make it work - quite a tight fit indeed!
Marconi Clock No3 with the 4 speaker bluetooth system installed. The central two holes are for the GN-4 nixie tubes that count up the seconds.
Dr Who clock Number 4, this one will have the same Spitfire Gyro assembly that I used in the Gemini-in-Tempore clock. It is an old walnut instrument case and the Gyro will sit centrally on the front.
The Central meter for the Dekatron clock, now displaying Humidity and also Temperature on some IN-12 tubes. There is also backlighting to the tubes although not switched on in this picture.
Don't be fooled by the vacant expression - this is Max, the very same as in Bad Dog designs. You try soldering when a Golden retreiver wants some fuss and attention - he gets enough as it is!
On behalf of the Cheltenham Camera club, a special Camera clock to celebrate 150 years of the club, made from an original 1915 Eastman Kodak Brownie folding camera and a 1960's flash gun.
Another update from Dalibor on the manufacture of the Large Copper Nixie tubes for the Robot clock, you can see from this picture that they are looking amazing already!
Dr Who clock No 3, got the woodwork finished and the engraving done. There is a Temporal Circuit to go on the front and of course lots of gears / pipes and other good stuff!
Part of the Inner workings for Marconi Clocks II and III, these are the special laser cut IN-18 Sockets that I use to attach the tubes to the original front plate of the instrument.
Thought I would try something, a chain drive. This one literally uses a chain as well - happy with the way it looks. Gordon No 7 not far off completion now.
Quite a lot of unruly wires, these are the looms for the nixie pods - 11 wires for the GN-4 tubes and 4 for the RGB led, so a 6 tube Nemo means 90 wires individually soldered and sleeved.
Another Quirky little Steampunk clock - a Brass Araminta. Made from a burl walnut box and rather unusually features an old fire sprinker to house a Verdurite Coil.
Something you don't see everyday - This is the internal parts of a Copper Nixie tube being made for me by Dalibor for a rather large project. Check out Dalibor's work on the Links page.
Lovely old French Voltmeter, this is destined to be a Dekatron heavy clock. The idea is to have revolving Decatrons simulating gears, with a Plasma sphere on the top.
This is a solid bronze Bulldog, who sits on a (as yet unvarnished) Mahogany plinth. Will use the lovely IN-8-2 tubes and feature some very ornate brasswork to the top - commissioned piece.
Another Gordon, number 7 this one. Here you can see the brass front Bezel that I shall apply to the rest of the clock once I have fitted the internal clock electronics.
Commissioned again, this is for another Marconi clock. At this stage in the build I have drilled out the holes for the Nixies and fitted the sockets and stripped the woodwork prior to sanding and varnishing.
Some of the inner workings / wiring for the Faraday clock. In the base you can see the various power supplies and the top half contains the clock circuit board and the driver boards for the flashing coils.
Following on from the recent little Nemo clock, this is a full on Captain Nemo MkII. This one again is based on an original 1890's Burl Walnut music box, it's going to be a beauty.
Now here's something a little different to Nixie Tubes - the readout looks similar, but you can have individually coloured digits. Made from a rather obscure incandescent type of display. Will be making a 'Rainbow Clock' with them!
Front View of the Centurion clock, called so because the original meter is 100 years old. 4 of the IN-12 Nixie tubes just about squeezed into the space available.
This one now re-named 'Clarence' all finished apart from the brass nameplate. A very Steampunk style clock, and very odd looking. Will be ready for general sale before long.
Another Dr Who clock. This shows the mahogany lid prior to varnishing, with the inlaid brass bushes that support an array of randomly flashing glowing coils. It will also double up as a Sonic Screwdriver stand!
This shows the part construction of the Speaker Grille on the Faraday clock. Made entirely from scratch out of flat brass bar and rod. I've tried to get a Deco feel to it and think it does the job perfectly.
Gordon IV MkII completely dismantled ready for sanding. Every meter / piece of equipment I use is totally de constructed prior to sanding and varnishing, then it turns into a jigsaw puzzle!
The later Temporal Coherer design. This is the usual rotating Dekatron, but has a ring of yellow LED's that spin in the opposite direction. Makes for a great effect. This is the one destined to go inside the Time Machine.
The Nuts and bolts (Well pipes and cylinders!) of the Enormous Time machine. We have an old brass Pyrene fire extinguisher, and the copper tank is an old French weed sprayer. On the desk after soldering together.
With the piping and cylinders installed inside the Time machine housing, they really compliment the nixie tubes and the feel of the piece. Will be connecting up the Temporal Coherer next and the power crystal (Thanks to Simon for the idea)
This is an overhauled clockwork movement, I completely dismantled and cleaned then polished every gear. I've made a little wooden support frame and fitted a little electric motor to make it run.
Another Godfrey Clock - this one is Godfrey III, just going through the final decoration process. This one has a tiny piston on the front to drive the wheel on the RHS.
Masters clock taking shape with its set of spectacles fitted! Three nice looking radio valves on the top and some further decoration to apply. Sitting on a set of old clock feet.
This will be the Neon Reactor MkII, will also contain a plasma sphere and a Dekatron in the galvanometer dial. Even room on the side for a clockwork movement, nice sized piece.
A bit of experimentation with dual colour Verdurite Emanation Coils, these are green and blue ones with some electronics to randomly light them up.
The 9 digit Power monitor almost complete. Controlled over a Wifi Network and uses little servo motors to drive the two original dials on the front panel.
Yep, a set of Steampunk spectacles with 4 lenses. Will be fitted on the Masters clock as it has the smaller IN-2 tubes and needs a bit of magnification!
Hopefully to be made for General sale - unless you reserve it 'The Masters clock' Will be very Steampunk and features IN-2 Nixie tubes that I have not used on a clock before
The 'Verdurite Emanation coil' Production line, this is a batch of various glowing / flickering coils just waiting for the clear resin to set, before getting encased in brass and copper.
The glowing eye of the Faraday clock, well actually the tuning dial. All the front panel is complete and it picks up AM/FM, just need to complete the casing and add a few glowing coils..
Got the top artwork sorted out for the Dr Who Timelord clock. Uses the Gallifray script engraved into the top plate. This is a paper mock up so I know I have everything in the right place.
Cyclops clock almost finished now. That is a 100 million year old Ammonite sitting on the front between the two speakers, as it streams over bluetooth as well :)
A look inside the Solar Power monitor. You can see the Nixie driver PCB and all the cabling up to the IN-18 tubes. I have to fit the meter movements and some RGB lighting.
Cyclops clock actually now working as a clock. There is a brass divider between the clock electronics and the top of the plasma sphere. Around the sphere will be an assortment of Emanation coils.
Work in progress - this is the Timelord clock, with the central blue indicator set to flash and fade once every 5 seconds, just the way that the Tardis does, will be a couple of these made.
Bad Dog Designs fans may well recognise this.. a baby version of the Captain Nemo clock! Specially made at the request of Jean-Baptiste who collected the components and asked me to assemble it for him.
This is going to be 'Cyclops' A vintage meter with a central plasma sphere as the focal point along with 6 tubes out of the top and an Ammonite inlaid into the front.
Just over 4ft tall 'The Time Machine' this is a 1930's clocking in machine that will be converted into a Steampunk Time machine, and will be able to go into the past and future at the pull of a lever!
Some internal work that you never see - this is the sound sensitive electronics adapted to fit the original dial in the Faraday clock, the same circuitry was used on AudiOdyne
Pretty well completed. The Marconi clock with original 1940's Marconi valves on the the top. Got to fit the central colon separator and wire up the rear control panel.
This is the Sony Bluetooth sound system incorporated into the base of the Faraday clock. Has to be completely airtight for best results, so will varnish the inside as well as the outside once finished!
Detail to the triple Verdurite Emanation coil array sitting on top of the Goliath clock. This one 95% complete, just waiting on the engraved brass name plates.
Marconi clock a little further along, this uses the new IN-18 Spectrum kit from PV electronics, cracking kit with many features including direct drive and even temperature measurement.
Goliath ready to be varnished, suitably steampunk and adorned with brass. The sphere on the RHS is an old Sykes Hygrometer, looks nice and ornate.
The Huge Faraday clock, again has the IN-18 Spectrum inside, the base will incorporate a Sony bluetooth system to stream audio, and also for the radio receiver built into the top half.
This is the Audiodyne clock, A couple of valves to fit on the top but nearly there. The Dial is sound sensitive and responds to ambient noise, looks perfect next to your Valve Amp setup!
My Next 'Big' clock - Faraday. In this picture I have incorporated a FM / AM radio into the Meter front plate, and the knobs are from a very early oscilloscope. The Dial will also be sound sensitive when done.
Really like the look of this one - the 'Marconi' it is designed to look like a very early radio receiver and uses the large IN-18 Nixie tubes. I've drilled the front panel and fitted the sockets to accommodate them.
A very nearly finished Gordon IV clock. Just waiting on the brass front bezel with the clock name. All the internal gears rotate in the front of the clock.
A close up showing the motor attached to the old clock mechanism. I had to solder a pulley onto on of the gears and use a little drive-belt from the motor.
The Very cute little Gordon VI. Again all complete and just waiting on the brass name plate / bezel to go on the front.
Another Wall mounting contemporary clock and a free standing desk clock, just going through a tube / soak test prior to shipping off.
Part of the build of the Gemini clock, this is some copper pipework that I soldered onto the side of the brass boiler assembly to act as a support / mounting point.
The Gemini clock with the front removed, and the top layer PCB's. As you can see there is a lot of equipment inside - Power supplies, motor controllers, Nixie drivers etc. All neatly wired together.
Quite an early picture of Gordon IV, the client wanted a Clockwork mechanism incorporating into the front of the clock, similar to a Godfrey but a bit more compact
A close up of Gordon IV clockwork parts. A bit more refined than the first image, and I have added a bit more detail since this picture was taken.
Similar to a Magnox, this is a Chronox but has large IN-18 tubes protruding from the top of the casing. Just in the testing stage in this picture as more detail needs to be added.
In the final stages - Gemini in Tempore. The grey part on the front is a 1:1 paper template of the actual 2 layers of brass that will go on the finished clock. You can see the steam boiler on the LHS.
This is the 'Oodle Noodle' clock (Gordon V) all sanded down and ready for varnishing and having a lot of Steampimping applied.
And just to add to the Gordons, this is Gordon VI and it is a miniature version - very cute and now further along than in this picture. It's new home will be in Spain.
Experimenting with the mighty Gemini clock, by a happy chance the central hole very nicely accommodates a plasma sphere. You can just make out a Dekatron either side.
Some of the internal workings of the Gemini clock, this shows 3 of the 9 PCB's used in this creation and 4 microprocessors!
Magnox III running on the bench, prior to assembling into the old resistance box that is it's new casing. Now all complete
Working their way through the workshop - Gordons IV / V / VI and VII and what will be a Large tube clock at the bottom
Very smart looking Gordon III albeit more complete than in this picture. Slightly Deco styling to match the period of the original meter
This was the initial mock-up picture for a 6 digit clock, which I named 'Resistance' now completely finished and on the Antiques clock page
Running up the Steam engine on the magnificent Dual time clock 'Gemini in Tempore' This little engine chugs away on the top of the clock.
This is 221B a bit further along. A very ornate and delicate clock, as used by Sherlock Holmes in his forensic deductions - I borrowed it from his lab!
The rather dangerous looking High Voltage interceptor as fitted onto the top of the Demolition clock, you will have to keep your fingers clear..
A bit more on the Demolition clock, a super Steampunk horn now added, along with 2 Dekatrons and an illuminated Clockwork Mechanism in the same manner as the Godfrey clocks
A close up of Decem-Neo showing the gearing used to regulate the steampunk workings on this very pretty little clock.
The Nameplate applied on the Godfrey II and Godfrey III clocks. Both of these clocks have had custom made engraving and styling applied for added effect.
Demolition Clock! - This machine was used to verify the cable from explosive charges to the detonator, so when the plunger was pushed - there would be a bang.. The clockwork movement wasn't standard though.
Pandora II internal image, you can see the clock circuitry in the top half and the bottom half is a Decatron tube and the associated control electronics to make it all work.
Very sweet little clock 'Decem Neo' features the number 10 quite a lot. It was a 'Decade' Box, the Nixies have 10 digits and will probably have a 'Dekatron' in there as well. Also by some geeky chance, 10 is the atomic number for Neon!
The Edison clock nearly finished - yes that is a miniature plasma disc on the RHS. Has 6 digits with the bottom row indicating the Seconds. A very eye catching clock this one.
Gordon - the smaller half brother of Godfrey. Almost finished and looking fine with the glowing coil and brasswork. Just got to fit an engraved bezel to the front plate to complete.
Grace clocks Numbers 8 and 9 through the workshop. The front one has IN-14 tubes and the other one has IN-8-2 tubes. Note the upside down '2' for a '5' on the front clock.
This will be a very neat little Steampunk carriage clock. Made from an old Admirality meter. I love the little inlaid brass handle, will go on general sale shortly unless someone reserves it.
This is one to watch.. A dual world time Steampunk Nixie Clock, it will have a Beam steam engine power source and will be the most complicated clock I have built to date.
Imposing large clock, will have 6 digits and the plinth it sits on used to be the lid for the original instrument. Will be very Steampunk once completed, and available for General sale.
Now spoken for, this little Steampunk clock is not far from completion. A bit more decoration to apply but should be ready in a week or two.
Yet some more Grace clocks going through the workshop, a batch of 4 - (3 already reserved) but 1 available if you want one. Pete at PV kindly made me some drilling templates for these to aid building them.
Ah, that will be me then - as usual in the workshop fiddling with something. Desk looking surprisingly tidy as well, it's not usually like that..
Closely related to the 'Godfrey' clock, this is the smaller brother - the 'Gordon' clock. Again a beautiful little wooden cased instrument with the Dial plate machined out.
Started to Steampunk this one up the same as Godfrey. This started out as a 1924 volt meter and it is exceptionally well made inside. Will be adding a Verdurite coil to the side when finished!
Some more work on the Edison clock, front panel machined out to accommodate 6 Nixie tubes, undecided weather to keep the plain ones in there or go with red ones. At the moment this clock will go on general sale when completed.
Nice little commissioned Piece, fitting a 4 digit Nixie clock into an old Avo meter. All the front dial plate has been machined out and although a tight fit, you can just get 4 IN-12 tubes in a row.
Assembled inside the casing, looks pretty neat with white back lighting. There will be a control panel on the rear for setting the time. A very good use for these old meters.
Another commissioned Piece in the pipe line, this is Magnox II. Will end up looking similar to the original Magnox clock although just a fraction larger, and this is made from an old Inductance box.
Decided on a name for this little fellow 'Genus 22-7-39' there is a somewhat cryptic message in the name - 10 points to anyone who figures it out. Almost finished this commissioned piece.
Seems everyone wants a Godfrey clock - Here's Godfrey II not far off and Godfrey III not even started. Both of these are sold, but I have will have something similar before long.
This will be a really super Steampunk Clock, has a little bit of everything - clockwork mechanism, Dekatron, 6 tubes and lots and lots of brass, as of yet unclaimed if anyone wants it :)
The End result of a lot of sanding - 2 Galvanometer clock cases, 1 Pandora II and a tiny little clock that I have yet to give a name too.
Really is a small little box this one, just 14cm across and made from some quite dark exotic wood. Needs oiling and a few coats of Varnish yet though.
It had to be done really, will turn it into a miniature Steampunk style clock - just the initial start, there will be plenty more done to this. I've used the IN-8 tubes on this one.
This will be another Pandora clock, although a 6 tube variant. Will use IN-8 tubes and if possible I'll fit a Dekatron in there somewhere.
Couldn't resist this one, the control on the front is as originally supplied. All I've done is fit some brass pipe (that I will have to remove the flats from on the bends) and re-lacquer, nice and steampunk.
Edison clock now cut down to a more manageable size, not 100% sure yet what I'm going to do with it, but at least it doesn't take up my entire desk!
Godfrey II in the process of being constructed. The original meter has been completely stripped bare and the casing sanded back down to the bare wood. As it's a Godfrey clock, I have fitted a clockwork mechanism.
No two SP clocks can ever be the same, because I can never find the same parts. There is considerably more brass and gearing on this Godfrey than the first one, it also has a Verdurite Emanation coil on the end.
How Steampunk is this! and I've not even touched it yet.. It is a very early form of Radar display (Edison Swann) probably fitted to the Canberra Aircraft of the 1950's early 1960's
Araminta Clock, uses very cute little Nixie tubes (XN-3) and some dainty pink LED's underneath. Box now polished and re-laquered. Going to be a pretty one when finished.
This is the little burl walnut / deco trinket box, Going to turn it into a small and delicate 4 tube clock called Araminta. Box just waiting for 2nd coat of Varnish.
Not got a name for this one yet, but going to be very Steampunk. Made from a Victorian Glove box and some strange Chemistry apparatus - which will no doubt glow green once finished!
Nice and simple utilitarian clock, just HH and MM and built into a 1970's 4 decade resistance box. Metal construction and very heavy, will use my favourite GN-4 tubes. Should be available towards the end of August.
Graphics design as drafted by Pete Gardner, who will be working with me on a couple of projects. The font and styling are spot on for 1950's technology of the era! I'm really looking forward to seeing how this one comes out. Pete's work can also be seen on the 'Metropolis' clock.
Starting to look pretty now, this is the base of the Thermometer with twin glowing Verdurite Coils and the thermometer display running. There is a special IN-19 symbol tube that displays the oC on the far right.
Still in the mock-up stage, I plan to fit the tubes around the base of the lighthouse and have the decimal point in the middle. The box it sits on is to house the electronics. Will upgrade the lamp part to LED as well.
Something a little different, this is a Steampunk Lighthouse / desk lamp as supplied by Van Halen co and I'm converting it into a Nixie Thermometer.
The 'Neon Reactor' in the dark, the name chosen because it looks like something from the atomic age - Atompunk and certainly plenty of Neon used as well!
Back in the workshop, an old favourite. This is the cut down chassis of an Advance instruments TC8 counter timer that make lovely clocks - listed in the Test Equipment clocks section.
Probably the oldest piece of test equipment I've worked on, I believe this to date from the 1920's if not earlier. This will be a 6 tube design, already reserved for a commissioned clock.
Clock electronics in and running, a very impressive looking clock and working perfectly. Got the Dekatron to install and backlight and then we're done!
Two off Wheatstone bridges with built in Galvanometers. Lovely wooden cases and plenty of scope to do 'interesting' things with.
One idea is to fit wonderful large Nixie tubes to the top, and fit a Dekatron in the Galvanometer dial housing. Lots of UV light should make for a really good clock.
Nearly finished this little Steampunk clock, started as an original 1870's little work box. As of yet I don't have a name for her, also in the bottom corner is a Dekatron
Some work commenced on 'Dr Bolgers Amazing slumber disruptor' The copper pipe framework has been soldered together as a starting point, with a separate detachable housing part for the Nixies. Wiring and soldering with blowlamps does not mix.
The Nixies are wired in a 6 x 1 Multiplex, so each socket has to have 2 lots of wires for each pin. All heatshrunk to minimise the chance of any shorts as the pipework is an excellent conductor. One internal short would ruin the whole thing.
A huge amount of wiring, approx 15M of single core conductor threaded into the housing. 10 cathodes per tube, 6 anodes and 6 lots of LED under lighting for each of the tubes.
Basic Layout decided upon, there is a VU Dekatron tube on the RHS - same as on the Scaler clock, and the Dock connector for the Ipone is on the Left.
A close up of the iPhone connector. This was quite a tricky part to get right, it had to be suitably disguised and made to look Steampunk. The metal work is some strategically sliced copper tubing.
Much nearer completion, The lettering on the speaker panels is the initials of the Client. You can also see the housing for the Dekatron and the Terminals that the sub Connects to.
Not far off complete, need to add an additional control panel for the clock controls and maybe a little more Steampunk styling. Some issues with the Nixie tubes interfering with the DAB signal but now resolved.
As per the Godfrey clock, there is the Verdurite emanation Coil fitted to the side. All the terminals and connectors are period. The brass housing for the coil is an old lamp holder from a Galvanometer.
Not so Period - A state of the art Frontier 5 DAB / FM receiver nestled away inside. The original switch PCB was completely reverse engineered and hardwired to individual switches.
This is an old and battered Meter for measuring Low Ohms - one of the original Megger units probably 1940's. I've been asked to turn this into a clock radio.
A bit of probing around revealed that the front plate, under all the black paint is a solid 2Kg slab of Brass, so I polished it up and added a bit of Steampunk Styling
Move the project on a little bit and we now have an integrated DAB / FM Radio and a 6 Digit Nixie clock with just over 700 different colour combinations for the back lighting
This is an old 1950's Pyrene fire extinguisher. Karen spotted it in an antique centre and I can see the instant appeal to convert it into a clock.
I've also got some Large tube Nixies that I've been meaning to make into something, the scaling looks about right and I think it will make a smashing Steampunk clock.
This is a Commissioned piece, it will be a Rube Golberg type clock where the alarm is sounded by a chain reaction of ball bearings, mousetraps and other weird and wonderful stages!
This is the starting object for the 'Godfrey' clock (in the Steampunk Clocks section). It is a very early type of multimeter, where to change range you connect to different terminals on the side.
These little Galvanometers date from 1945 onwards and convert into lovely little Nixie Clocks, I've got a couple left and will add the finished ones to the clock page when done.
Part built 'Mini Valve-o-Tron' clock, this is an old Decade box made as a follow on to the larger 'Valve-o-Tron clock' I've yet to fit the valves and prepare the casing in this picture.
I saw this Deco clock and particularly liked the fact that you could remove the numberals and be left with a blank expanse of burl walnut. Also just about the right size for 6 GN-4 Nixie tubes
It took a while to decide how to finish this clock off, but it had to be a Deco styled piece of brasswork on the front. This excellent bit of engraving was done by Andy, who's details you will find on the Links page.
Nice little clock, made from an old Evershed and Vignoles 'Low Ohm Meter'. Took a couple of days to put together and the wood and brass polished up nicely.
Explosion at a Gear factory! Part way through the build of the Tempus roto clock. I spent the next day finding little cogs where they should not be, and trying to find the best asthetic arrangement.
Not yet finished this one either, the box is an original 1870's Satinwood box and I will fit 4 of the IN-8-2 tubes in there with a Brass surround - one day!
One of the two little Solatron voltmeter clocks I did. The picture shows how much of the original equipment is not required, mind you the state it was in, you would not want the majority of it.
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