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Old 03-15-11, 07:10 AM   #1
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Steampunk Goggles

I've been tasked with making some for my daughter's Steampunk-themed prom outfit. Found a few examples but was wanting some Fooish input.

http://www.google.com/images?rlz=1T4...w=1195&bih=634
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There are oodles of them on
http://www.instructables.com/pages/s...ampunk+goggles
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I would just borrow some from AllenG.
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You might try a welding supply place and just get colored lenses,That way you know they're new and no scumbag (no names mentioned) has worn them, Searched on line and found some for under ten bucks.
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Had no clue what "steampunk goggles" were, did some research. Can I have those 3 minutes back please?

Oh...why would anyone want this to be a prom theme? Whatever happened to "Arabian Nights" or "Under the Sea"?
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Oh...why would anyone want this to be a prom theme? Whatever happened to "Arabian Nights" or "Under the Sea"?
It's not the theme, just her theme.

I checked the goggles on instructables and none of them really struck me. I'd get them from Allen but they're prescription.

So far I've picked up some brass tubing that just so happens to nest nicely...and fit's a AAA battery inside perfectly. Oh, did I mention I was going to light them?
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http://www.etsy.com/search/handmade?...m+punk+goggles

This place has a ton of ideas. Good luck!
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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.
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buy a base pair and go from there...

http://www.etsy.com/listing/69861162...lies&ga_facet=

http://starbase1.com/catalog/ESTGOGLE.html

http://www.amazon.com/JABETC-Steampu.../dp/B001Z0WGTC
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As far as lighting, EL wire might be something to look in to, so long as it doesn't require some huge, unhideable power supply lump, and so long as it can be used subtly to avoid the Tron effect.
I've messed with it. EL wire doesn't last very long, requires a full 12V+ power source and always comes with a transformer bulge. LEDs are simple and have longevity. Besides, I already have a set.
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Yep, I'm crazy.

I picked up some very nice leather scraps from the co-op and some brass sheet, tubing and rivets from the hardware store. These will be scratchbuilt.
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Looking forward to the pictures.
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The plan right now is to have a weekend pow-wow with my Mom, my daughter and her boyfriend. We can sketch out details of the entire outfit and how it all fits together. I don't know that I'll take the time to scan in sketches, but I'll be sure to post up once there's something to see beyond raw materials.
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If you poke one of her eyes out, you could cut your workload in half and just make her a steam punk monocle. Just trying to help here.
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If you poke one of her eyes out, you could cut your workload in half and just make her a steam punk monocle. Just trying to help here.
One more poke and I'd save myself a lot of work.
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We had our little meeting and came up with a few thoughts:
  • She wants it simpler than it could be
  • Complication would add weight
  • It's just an accessory
  • Aged and worn is better than bright and shiny
  • Rivets are better than hardware

I came up with a simple Victorian detail modified from a brass iron, made a pattern then laid it out in a circle:



It's about 4" across (Just right for the 4"X10" brass sheet) making the outside diameter 60mm and the lens 50mm. The tabs will be folded back over a pipe anvil to form the cup, then riveted through the tabs, the leather and an inner brass cylinder to hold the lens in place.

I stopped by the auto parts yesterday and found several options for window tint film, some blocking UV making this nearly equivalent to a pair of sunglasses...though perhaps not perfect optically. Lenses will be cut from polycarbonate sheet with an adjustable hole cutter on the drill press. Did that once before and it came out great.
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Paper Dolls

Mockup of the eyecup portion using some cardstock, two scrollsawed wood rings and some rubber bands:





Man I look cool. The fit is decent anyway. Next I'll be rigging up a mini nibbler powered by a drill to cut some brass.
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Mockup of the eyecup portion using some cardstock, two scrollsawed wood rings and some rubber bands:





Man I look cool. The fit is decent anyway. Next I'll be rigging up a mini nibbler powered by a drill to cut some brass.
Totally photoshopped. The ears aren't tucked...

I really can't wait to see how they progress.
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What? Rivets ARE hardware.
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What? Rivets ARE hardware.
Yes, but they're not helical threaded fasteners.
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Yes, but they're not helical threaded fasteners.
Well, of course not. Who in the world would dare be seen wearing helical threaded fasteners?
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