Friday, May 22, 2009

Underground Explorer: Oxygen Canister

I have had a good response to my writing competition. Seems like there are a lot of writers happy for an excuse to create a short steampunk story.

The final piece of the undeground explorer helmet is the oxygen canister which connects to the leather snout. Pictured below is the antiqued canister with rubber tubing and the connection at the other end.

Still to construct is the leather strapping which will allow the canister to be worn on the back or over the shoulder. Brownie points to anyone who can identify the original item from which the canister was made.

I leave for Maker Faire in San Mateo, CA exactly one week from today, and the finished helmet will be the centerpiece of my display.


  1. Tom, you're moving into the genius zone. I'm so inspired by everything you're doing. *runs out to studio* :)

  2. stackable aluminium saucepans? Love your distressing/patina. just right!

  3. Jewels Vine, you're on the right track, but there's more to it than that.

  4. Could it be an old steam cooker? Sure looks like it used to be handles on the side.
    Whatever it was, what it is now is gorgeous!

  5. Just found your blog - love it! Is the canister made from an old army mess kit?

  6. Love your stuff!
    Is the top portion made from an old oil dispenser?