Using liquid crystals to control the propagation of microwaves is a potentially interesting technology. By incorporating small amounts of liquid crystal in thin slat metal structures through which the microwaves may resonantly pass a whole new range of voltage tuned microwave devices are becoming available. Metallic sub-wavelength slit structures at microwave frequencies have been constructed which show Fabry-Perot type resonances in very thin slits. If the dielectric in such thin slits is an aligned liquid crystal it is found possible to voltage-control the resonant frequencies. Novel selective filters and structures for microwave beam steering have been fabricated leading to a new generation of liquid crystal controlled devices.© (2004) COPYRIGHT SPIE--The International Society for Optical Engineering. Downloading of the abstract is permitted for personal use only.