Author Archives: Dr. Sabins

Personal Project: Splendid Teapot Racer

For those that do not know, Splendid Teapot Racing is a sport among steampunks which involves attaching a teapot to an RV racer and guiding it through a timed obstacle course. The full rules, as they exist, can be found at

This year’s Steampunk Symposium in Cincinnati, Ohio will bear (pun?) witness to Professor Beary McBearington’s latest and maddest creation, the “Pachyderm”! It should be sufficient to inspire awe and fear among the populace, but will the judges be impressed? Watch this space…

Professor Beary McBearington and his sidekick Minions man the “Pachyderm” Splendid Teapot Battle Tank.

Personal Project: Proton-Energized Knuckle-Duster

A perfect point-blank paralyzer, purposed to parry pesky poltergeists.

This device goes with the Aetheric Proton Generator and inducer wand that was posted earlier, as part of a supernatural researcher’s defensive gear.
A self-contained unit, this device is a charged with proton particles through the small port near the bottom, which is capped for safety. Depressing the thumb push-button charges the gold alloy anodes with enough aetheric shock energy to stun even the strongest of hostile supernatural creatures, if only for a moment. This is enough for the user to regain a state of preparedness after a surprise attack. The device also has a strap on its back side for securing it to a belt or bandoleer, which can be released by a snap for readying the weapon with due haste.

Such a device can always be recreated upon request, for a price…

Luminous Cabochon Pendants

Adapted from an earlier model of cabochon pendants, these Luminous Cabochons only glow with one steady color of light. Any entrancement from them is purely incidental!

They draw their power from a single 1632 coin cell, mounted in the back for easy replacement. To light them, merely insert the battery in the holder with the positive (+) side facing outwards. Each pendant also comes with a 36-inch rattail necklace cord, and a 12mm lobster clasp for attachment to a bracelet or watch fob. We like giving you options at SGL!

These items can be purchased for $15 USD each, plus applicable shipping.
Note that most frames are silver tone. The antique brass frames are available only in extremely limited quantities and jewel colors; please message Dr. Sabins for details when ordering.


Commission: Steampunk Ladies’ Walking Stick

This was a commission for a lady explorer who needed a stylish walking stick when out and about. She wanted it made to the specifications listed on a simple sketch, which made it much simpler to find the necessary parts.

The design included ash and poplar wood, copper fittings, a glass paperweight, and the ubiquitous LED emitter and battery beneath the glass “jewel” headpiece. Added a later was a nylon paracord for grip retention.
Overall, this was a $100 USD commission that will last her for many years of satisfied use.

Change In Shipping Services

Dear Loyal Customers,
It is to my regret that I must change my preferred method of shipment services to deliver my carefully crafted items to you. I will no longer be using United States Postal Services due to recent unpredictability in their services.
While switching to United Parcel Services may be a more costly option, it is a more reliable and thus necessary one. I and my staff of minions apologize for the inconvenience.

Sincere Regards,
Dr. Sabins

Light-Up Cufflink Sets

Now presenting as a stock item without the display box, these handmade Light-Up Cufflinks are each activated by a single 1220 coin-cell battery. Simply slip in the battery with the positive (+) flat side towards the cuff link bar, and the LED light will come on. Because these are non-blinking LEDs, they are safe to use around people with photosensitivity issues, and have been known to last many hours on a single battery. The cufflinks themselves are Sterling silver plated.
Let Dr. Sabins know which color you are ordering in the link below.

These items are priced at $20 USD per pair, and batteries are included.


Commission: Ghostbusters Proton Pack Refit

This is my second Arduino project thus far, which took a Spirit Halloween Ghostbusters Proton Pack and revamped the interior electronics to mimic the effects in the recent PC game. The only exterior change I made is to mask the windows for the lights a bit further to hide the electronics within.
The designs for the circuitry, the Arduino code, and the sound effects are all courtesy of the following link at GitHub:

Sorcery Stones Mk. II


These new items are an improvement on the old models, after finally acquiring claw pendants that are an appropriate size to hold the crystals. Each is lit by an internal light-emitting diode circuit, which is in turn powered by a single CR1220 coin cell battery that fits into the clip behind the claw. A silken rattail cord suspends the pendant around the neck, adjustable up to 30″ in length. More colors than the above are also available, but the first six are being test marketed by a merchant at a LARP event. If successful, they will become a stock item.

EDIT: These are now being produced as a standard stock item!
Each pendant is for sale at $15 USD apiece, plus shipping.