Nixie Clocks go Steampunk

September 16, 2009 Off By Chris Hinton

Nixie tubes are glass tubes containing a number of cathodes, used to display numeric or other information. The fact that we don’t see vacuum tubes or valves in electronics very often automatically lends these things an air of old-fashioned goodness as they look like something from the early years of computing (and I guess, actually, they are).
Well, combine Nixie Tubes with a beautiful copper and brass (or gold, if you feel so inclined) frame and you end up with a gorgeous steampunk-style clock capable of showing you the time or date, with a built in alarm. The clock is even set using the little red stopcocks, which I think is a really nice touch!
This particular design is only being produced in a limited run of ten pieces… and the price is available on request. It’s probably a case of, “if you have to ask, you can’t afford it” 🙂 Still, it is gorgeous. I wonder if it could be made more cheaply at home?