Originally Posted by x136
If you spread your Google Image Search terms to "steampunk masks
, you'll get a lot of ideas. There's a guy out there who makes really incredible masks.
I'm kind of a fan of the steampunk idea and aesthetic (so I enjoy the idea of going to prom in modified neo-Victorian attire), but what I hate is stuff called steampunk that doesn't extend much beyond gluing gears and watch movements to things and spray painting them a vaguely copper color. I suppose like anything, there's a segment that half-asses it to cash in on the trend and ruins it for everyone.
That said, I know you're not the type to half-ass things, so I look forward to seeing what you come up with.
Thanks. As usual, a very helpful post by you.
I'm a fan of the fiction subgenre (re-reading The Diamond Age right now), but cosplay at my age would just be sad. Still, this is my daughter and I'd love to make a great example of the artwork for her to enjoy. I employed my sister for ideas and her daughter is also planning a steampunk birthday party (not lame, you don't know how wacky my sister is), so this may turn into two pair of goggli.
This is my interpretation of the ubiquitous goggles and I only have my skillset to rely upon. This evening I've been playing around with LED strings and my tests show they will run off a single 9V battery. Yes, I'm aware that it's not really fitting the genre for the purists, but hey, I'm trying to make an impact for prom here. Believe it or no, on the way home I stopped by a dollhouse store to look at 'grain of sand' bulbs to stick with an incandescent theme, but as with many specialty hobbies...that crap can get expensive quick.
Power is another issue, and I do have a way to fit about 3XAAA batteries inside a brass tube that can also integrate with an adjustable flip-up lens visor. Think bi-lam frame construction. The problem is 3.6V won't power crap for lights. I could use expensive and not so easy to charge 3.7V Li-Ion cells, but that leaves her at the mercy of a specialty charger. I'm imagining her heading out to a party/con/whatever when she's in college and needing a special charger. Bad design IMO. The other consideration is that she may actually use these goggles for a purpose and built-in task lighting is geeky and handy over accent lighting from a few peanut bulbs.
If I did drop the powered aspect (though I really want to include it), the rest is just decorative and functional brasswork and soldering. Dropping the batteries would also allow a more slender top bridge. I like the pipe design since it could allow fine adjustment of the cup widths as well as a flip-up.
Here's the base goggles I'm thinking of:
The eyecups can be padded, covered with leather and the straps can be replaced as well.
Of all those Google images, I was most impressed with the basic design of these:
The eyecups swivel and are pulled back onto the eyes by the straps. I saw a hybrid version that allowed independent adjustment from the cup to the strap as well. The part I don't like is all the obvious hardware store stuff. Rivets seem much more appropriate and cleaner. I may stop by the ag co-op tomorrow and see what they have for bridlery supplies.