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You've heard of steampunk, cyberpunk, even dieselpunk.

Now, there's cardpunk - an alternative reality where all the cool stuff is made of cardboard.

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Step 1: Tools and Materials

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The main tools we used for this project were a selection of sharp knives, scissors and a pin.

The materials were;

  • The cardboard innertube of a roll of toiler paper.
  • Some light cardstock
  • Scraps of corrugated card
  • String
  • Glue

Step 2: Cutting

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To make the frames, cut each end of the tube off at an angle to suit the head of the wearer.

That's probably roughly 45o, but you could even trim the cut part of the frame to a curve to match the wearer's eye-sockets.

  • To aid getting the lines even, I marked the high and low points, wrapped a piece of string around the tube between the two points, and then drew along the string.
  • To make the two frames as similar as possible, I cut the sloped piece off the end the first frame came from, turned it around, and slid it over the other end of the tube as a template.

Pierce small holes at each side of the frames - one at the "short" side of the circumference, one at the "tall" side. You will be threading string through them later.

Draw around the frames on the cardstock - these circles will become the lenses.

Draw on numerous small thin tabs.

Pierce the cardstock many, many times with the pin.

  • Make sure that the pin has a large head, or that you wear a thimble - that's a lot of holes, and a lot of wear-and-tear on your finger.
  • Put a pad of paper towel under the cardstock, and a piece of scrap corrugated card under that, to allow you to pierce right through the cardstock without piercing yourself...

Cut out the cardstock.

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Kiteman (author) 2 years ago
I have now posted another pair of goggles, using the same concept in the lenses, but steampunk style.
Ward_Nox5 years ago
so i guess in "card punk" everything looks like stuff built in little big planet
Kiteman (author)  Ward_Nox5 years ago
I thought they were all sewn together? (We have a Wii, not a PS3)
the sackboy is stiched but the scenery is mostly cardboard
Heh, I believe that is actually yet another, "stitchpunk".

well the sack people are but the levels themselves are built from all sorts of things
Kiteman (author)  Ward_Nox5 years ago
Kenta-Rin5 years ago
I used your friction buckle for one of my goggles. I gave a link to here in the artist's comments.

Thanks for the idea!

Kiteman (author)  Kenta-Rin5 years ago
Thanks - they look really good.
Kiteman (author)  Kiteman5 years ago
(I forgot to add - why not post an ible of how you made those?)
Aztof5 years ago
back at home, we call this seampunk it refers to the sort of handmade feel,the hand stitching.   Things like these goggles, movies like Coraline and 9 all fall into the category of Seampunk
(in my humble optnion)
still, very nice, I love the recycle symbol 5/5
Kiteman (author)  Aztof5 years ago
Seampunk, like you can see the hand-made joins?

Maybe craftpunk?

Thanks for the rating.
Aztof Kiteman5 years ago
Yeah, the seams, the stitches, like the sack-people in little big planet
V-Man7375 years ago
Cardpunk FTW! Your picture changed! I hardly recognized you. Is that the Cat's Eye nebula?
Kiteman (author)  V-Man7375 years ago
It is, for the moment. I felt starry.
Yay! It's one of my favorites. Congratulations on starting another "punk" subculture!
Kiteman (author)  V-Man7375 years ago
Feel free to add to the genre...
When will it end? The "punks" I mean.

Ooh, 'Toidpunk! I hear that primary-color painted metal and curvy embossed lettering is all the rage with the kids. Curiously stylish!
Can you see through these?
*Takes a minute to look at all the pictures*

Kiteman (author)  Yerboogieman5 years ago
I guess you could make the lens out of any thin opaque material - say, a sheet of brass if you were making a steampunk pair, or something mirrored for cyberpunk.
Kimasutra5 years ago
Pretty Sweet. I might Mod them to make steampunk goggles through.
Kiteman (author)  Kimasutra5 years ago
Cool, make sure you post pictures, maybe your own Instructable.
Camisado5 years ago
Your face looks a lot cooler than last year.
2008 Kiteman's face is still cool though.
Kiteman (author)  Camisado5 years ago
Er, thank you, I think, but it's the same face as always.

Sort of.
You look a little fatter here, which is a good thing (IMO).
Kiteman (author)  Camisado5 years ago
It must be the camera-angle, because I'm no fatter in the flesh.
Oh... then just keep taking photos from that angle. I'm sure you'll be an online chick magnet!

Oh and nice I'ble, five stars.
card punk is all and good but i could ad cogs glass lenses and paint then the worlds cheapest steampunk goggles would emerge
Goodhart5 years ago
Interesting....I wonder if the lens were brought closer to the eyes (shorter focal length) if they would be helpful with Myopia (like pinhole glasses are for mild cases)?
Kiteman (author)  Goodhart5 years ago
You can buy plastic "spectacles" intended for that. It thoroughly confused my camera, though - I had to lock the focus on the wall, then put the card lens over the camera lens.
I bet the range finder on your camera was confused :-) Yeah, I have seen the metal type with the pinholes in them. Still, we are makers not just consumers, right? ;-)
Kiteman (author)  Goodhart5 years ago
This is what the image looked like when I let the camera do its thing.
I figured it might focus on the paper / cardboard itself. ...interesting that the holes appear oblong rather then round from the pin piercings.
Kiteman (author)  Goodhart5 years ago
I think that's an artefact of the structure of the card - it rips slightly along the length of the fibres.
...showing that the fibers are not 'polarized' but rather are fairly random in direction...have I over-analyzed this yet? lol
Kiteman (author)  Goodhart5 years ago
Keep going - would the holes be rectangular in thinner or thicker card?
I would think they would be more elongated on thinner cards, and with thicker cards, because of the randomness involved, what may start out as long in one direction, would be changed further into the card (because the fibers would change direction), thus, the thicker card would be more likely to have rectangular or triangular holes in it...but that is just a guess.
Kiteman (author)  Goodhart5 years ago
I've never checked, but there are people who do...
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