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Old 03-19-11, 09:11 PM   #26
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Well, of course not. Who in the world would dare be seen wearing helical threaded fasteners?


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Steampunk shuriken?

After applying some spray adhesive to the pattern and brass, I slapped them together and got busy on the scrollsaw.



The smaller curlicues had to be finished off with a jeweler's saw, and considering it's a lot quieter and nearly as fast, I may do the next 3-5 that way (yes, I'm making more than one pair now). The scrollsaw also has a tendency to grab and bend the metal, requiring a beatdown every so often. It also scratches the underside up.



The positive of that experience tells me I guessed at the right gauge for folding it over. It bends easily enough and still holds shape well. Another stroke of luck: I'd arbitrarily decided to make the outside diameter 60mm so the exposed lens would be 50mm. When I realized I'd need some sort of form/anvil to fold it over, I found that a 2" galvanized pipe nipple is nearly the perfect size (60.4mm/2-3/8"). I'll stop by my buddy's welding shop, chop it off square and mount it to a floor flange fastened to my bench for beating duties. Riveting might require something smaller, but that's a ways off.
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Totally photoshopped. The ears aren't tucked...

I really can't wait to see how they progress.
Too much fun - you really need to post the final stuff!!! I love the glasses - they need to be total copper spray paint - sparkles may need to be in the mix as well.

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Too much fun - you really need to post the final stuff!!! I love the glasses - they need to be total copper spray paint - sparkles may need to be in the mix as well.

Thanks Dad - this is Fun!!!
Actually, I was planning to post all my progress, then keep the final pics to myself...

It's a process. I only have time on the weekends and evenings for this...and I'm teaching myself some new crafts so there could be setbacks. Sawing that brass out took hours and it will still take a lot of cleanup before it's done...and there's 5 more to do. Did I mention I snapped off one of my micro files shaping those small triangles? Went through one scrollsaw blade and two jeweler's saw blades too.

Maybe I'm taking it too far and should just post pics once they're done. Just thought some here might be interested in the worklog.

Oh, and spray paint?!?! Yikes! These are handcrafted art!
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And all shall know the might of, THE WORDBIKER!

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After applying some spray adhesive to the pattern and brass, I slapped them together and got busy on the scrollsaw.



The smaller curlicues had to be finished off with a jeweler's saw, and considering it's a lot quieter and nearly as fast, I may do the next 3-5 that way (yes, I'm making more than one pair now). The scrollsaw also has a tendency to grab and bend the metal, requiring a beatdown every so often. It also scratches the underside up.



The positive of that experience tells me I guessed at the right gauge for folding it over. It bends easily enough and still holds shape well. Another stroke of luck: I'd arbitrarily decided to make the outside diameter 60mm so the exposed lens would be 50mm. When I realized I'd need some sort of form/anvil to fold it over, I found that a 2" galvanized pipe nipple is nearly the perfect size (60.4mm/2-3/8"). I'll stop by my buddy's welding shop, chop it off square and mount it to a floor flange fastened to my bench for beating duties. Riveting might require something smaller, but that's a ways off.
Awesome metal cutting.
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Awesome metal cutting.
Thanks.

I'm about to up the difficulty level. After a convo with my daughter I've decided that instead of cutting the lens opening round, it will be done in a gear shape. Some goggles I've seen have a gear plastered over one lens, blocking the view. A bit dumb IMO. This way we get a bit of the clockwork look without the loss of function.

Got #2 cut out this evening.

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What did you use to cut the brass? Beautiful job but I never doubted for a moment.
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What did you use to cut the brass? Beautiful job but I never doubted for a moment.
The first was mainly cut with a scrollsaw. It took a bit of playing around with blades and speed control, then was finished off with a jeweler's saw (like a coping saw with fine blades down to just bigger than a human hair). The thing about the jeweler's saw is it takes your full attention and a very light touch. I snapped about a dozen blades so far.
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I think you need to find friends with coarser hair.
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or BOTH! Coarsestrong hair, new from X136sharr corp!
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Meh, I probably should just avoid sawing after a few beers.

I did get my pipe anvil cut, but since the missus is out of town I have to cook my own din-din. If I have anything to post, it'll be much later.
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A little further tonight. Mockup with leather and the lens cutout pattern.Had I to do it over again I'd roll the lens bezel edge down a bit more.
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A little further tonight. Mockup with leather and the lens cutout pattern.Had I to do it over again I'd roll the lens bezel edge down a bit more.
Freakin' sweet, especially for your first set. Could this be a new career move for you?
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Freakin' sweet, especially for your first set. Could this be a new career move for you?
It's an avocation for now, but who knows? I'm just enjoying working with new materials.
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It's an avocation for now, but who knows? I'm just enjoying working with new materials.
Metal work is a blast. But really, isn't it all about using your own hands to create something beautiful?
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Metal work is a blast. But really, isn't it all about using your own hands to create something beautiful?
Absolutely.

That's one thing I learned about this Steampunk movement: it's nothing that can be bought at Hot Topic. It's all about handmade creative items. All I'm making is goggles, but between my Mom, my daughter and her b/f, we're all making a pretty cool outfit. It feels a bit like the theater productions I've been in.
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Absolutely.

That's one thing I learned about this Steampunk movement: it's nothing that can be bought at Hot Topic. It's all about handmade creative items. All I'm making is goggles, but between my Mom, my daughter and her b/f, we're all making a pretty cool outfit. It feels a bit like the theater productions I've been in.
It makes it even better when it's a family effort.
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Absolutely.

That's one thing I learned about this Steampunk movement: it's nothing that can be bought at Hot Topic. It's all about handmade creative items. All I'm making is goggles, but between my Mom, my daughter and her b/f, we're all making a pretty cool outfit. It feels a bit like the theater productions I've been in.
Damn those are looking good.

Oh, and because it was mentioned: Burning Down Hot Topic.
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Damn those are looking good.

Oh, and because it was mentioned: Burning Down Hot Topic.
Dig that groove, baby.

I decided to go ahead and round the edges of my pipe anvil and bash these yet again. Hopefully you can see the difference the rounded edges make. Unfortunately I did this after I'd cut out the gear shape and the brass distorted slightly and needed to be flattened, scratching it up a bit. Oh well, that'll come out in polishing.



I cut out some quick polycarbonate lenses just for a test fit. They'll need to be smaller so they're covered on the edge by the leather. Here the leather cups are cut very close to final shape, though I do plan to create a lap joint where they overlap to keep things smooth.



I was amazed I could take a shot this close with my phone. Digging the mix of Victoria and clockwork.



And one just for fun.

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Nice job and good call on the beveling. They look much more refined.
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so does this mean you are still taking my eye poking idea under advisement?
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so does this mean you are still taking my eye poking idea under advisement?
I usually run any suggestions you make by my buddy. He's an FBI profiler.
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