Author Archives: Dr. Sabins

Personal Project: Aetheric Proton Generator Unit

This deceptively simple-looking device was created as an enhancement to an existing one, an aetheric shock inducer rod. The device was made to activate at the flip of a switch, and generate ionized hydrogen nuclei from its array of condenser tubes within the case. Two supply lines were permanently installed into the inducer rod’s hilt, which normally rests in its own holder as worn on a belt.

Such a device can always be recreated as a commissioned work, if my price is met.

Commission: Fractured Fairy-Godmother Cigar Wand

This commission was made for a fantasy writer friend of mine, as the “wand” used by her reluctant fairy-godmother protagonist in a novel series she’s working on. The godmother in question has fallen on hard times, and as a result, her magic has taken on a harder, more cynical edge. Despite this, the works in progress are still well-peppered with wry comedy.

Creating this wand was merely a matter of retro-fitting the outer case and refitting the LED at the tip.
It was a little bit of a challenge getting everything to look right and still function, but I’m still pleased with the results, as was my customer.

Similar creations can be contracted by commission at the links in the header bar above.

Commission: Batch of Wizard Wands (inexpensive)

This recent commission required a lot of no less than 23 wands for use in a themed Halloween party. The challenge was to create unique and varied designs using nothing more than thin wooden dowels, hot-melt glue, and various craft paints. I set to work by referring to some existing wands while adding a few touches of my own. The results greatly pleased my customer, and I confess to taking some small pride in my own handiwork.

For more detailed and finely crafted wooden wands, look here.

Personal Project: Hybrid Assistive Load Carrier (HULC) Back Brace Upgrade

This is a rework of an existing project for my dear Mum who was in need of a lighter and less cumbersome back brace while recuperating from lumbar vertebral surgery. Seeing as how she has multiple joint implants now, I went with the theme of a transhuman augmentation frame. “We can rebuild her, we have the technology!”

This build was based on a back support belt and harness primarily used for construction and warehouse duties. I got rid of all the extraneous components, and focused on fitting the shoulders and back more supportively. She wears this to conventions now and has received many compliments on it. Such a device can always be reproduced as a commissioned work.

Personal Project: Chrono-Lapsing Book Brooch


This personal project was created as a birthday gift to a friend, whose party I was unfortunately unable to attend. Its design was based on her own idea, with the only modification being making it into a pin-on brooch rather than a necklace. The operations manual is attached inside the metal case, while the actual mechanism is incorporated into the cover. The all-seeing cat’s eye keeps watch against unscrupulous users or thieves.

If interested, I can reproduce this design or something like it.
Contact me at the link in the header bar to discuss requirements and payment.

Aether Emitter Badge Mk. II

An improved model that employs stereolithographic (3-D printing) technology to create a lightweight housing, these streamlined steampunk devices still provide the same quality of protective energy barriers. Operated by a simple toggle switch and powered by a single CR2032 coin cell, the center crystal can be made to light up in the color of your choice. A bar pin is integrated into the back to easily attach to your clothing or hat. Colors include Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Violet, White, and Rainbow Color-Shift. Please specify color when ordering.

These devices can be custom made for a mere $25 USD each, plus shipping.

Announcement: New Consignment Partnership!

I just wanted to let everyone know about Sabins Gadgeteering Lab’s new consignment partnership with Oddmall Outpost (! That means that a lot of the items you could normally find on this site can now be purchased there for the same price!


If you happen to find yourself in the vicinity of the brick-and-mortar store, its address will be:

772 E. Turkeyfoot Lake Rd.
Akron, Ohio 44319

Thanks for watching! More updates to come soon.
–Dr. Sabins

Boxed Cufflink Set – LIMITED QUANTITY

These cufflinks are given a little extra spark of brilliance through the use of LED technology. A single CR1220 coin cell battery powers them and is included for each cufflink in the bottom of the handy display box. The battery is inserted negative (- or “bump”) side up, towards the lens to activate the light, which should run for about 6 at constant brightness.

Currently, these are available in the sky blue (pictured), but other colors will soon be made available at the same price. There will be 4 sets made in total.

UPDATE: Orange/Amber is now in stock!

These items are currently on consignment at Oddmall Outpost!
For customized items, including new colors, please contact Dr. Sabins at the Contact link above.

Personal Project: Pulse-Rectified Electrical Transference Inducer (PRETI) Gun

This was a personal project based on a stock steampunk prop procured at my local Costume Holiday House retail store. I wanted to see if I could improve on the design and appearance, while still maintaining durability. For example, I have found that employing vacuum tubes in any design requires the use of some sort of bracing or shielding around them as shatter protection. I also used UV/glow-in-the-dark paint instead of electronic LEDs, as an experiment in getting away from having to depend on battery power. Overall, I regard this project as a success, perhaps paving the way for future constructs of a similar nature.

The emitter prongs glow under black light and in the dark.