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By request: My take on goggles.

Often times after piloting my steam dirigible, I arrive at my destination only to find my eyelashes and eyebrows have collected a mass of gnats, fleas, and small birds. What to do? My last three windscreens have been stolen by flying glass pirates, so I decided to make two smaller windscreens and an apparatus to hold them securely to my head. ha HA! Those scoundrels will have to take my head before they they pilfer these!

These are the goggles that I set out to make when I found the Batman character that was the inspiration for my costume.

*note: anytime a say "an inch" or "half an inch" these are really just rough guesses as I didn't actually measure anything
 
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Step 1: Ingredients

Picture of Ingredients
OK here's what I used, and I spent under $30:

Leather - leather coat purchased at salvation army for $9
Small buckle - from women's shoes at salvation army $3
Waxed sinew - from leather supplier $5
Metal rings - these I had lying around, I think they came from a craft store $?
Plumbing coupler - Home Depot $3
Plastic sheet - also had lying around

Tools:
Dremel with cutting wheel
Curved needle
Sewing machine
Liquid Nails Clear
Leather punch (you could actually use just a small nail or something, a leather punch just makes nicer holes)

Step 2: Lenses and lense holders

I started but cutting off the threads on both ends of the coupled, and grinding off the chrome from the insides. I did this just so that they would be brass on the inside, unfortunately the outside rings were not brass and therefore would always be silver no matter how much I ground them. They could be painted I suppose, but I left them silver.

I cut two circles out of a clear plastic sheet the same diameter of the inside of the outer ring. I screwed the threads back in to hold the lenses in place.
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timiscool1 month ago

this is stooky!

timiscool1 month ago
A good name6 years ago
Does anyone know alternatives to leather? (I'm talking something that doesn't involve the slaughtering of animals here) Looks like a great project, but until I can find an alternative, I won't be able to do it.
the animals been dead for a while now... but yeah some people go like to go against our meat eating nature. do you think no animal should die?

"the animals been dead for a while now... but yeah some people go like to go against our meat eating nature." Humans are born vegan. for example if you give a three year old a chicken, calf, and pig it is not going to try and eat any of them it is going to play with all the animals. or if you give a baby an apple and a chick it would put both in its mouth and any one who say a chick in the baby's mouth they would think its a demon baby. Humans are the only mammals that steal milk from another species. Calves suffer because your drinking its food. your eggs that is a chicken period. You wouldn't eat your girlfriends or moms periods? Would you. I think not. Being vegan should be the norm and you should be ashamed to force animals to suffer for your food. Animals are friends not food. A proud vegan.

You never saw a cat drinking cows milk?

i agree with morphious69 and aintmichael. having the option to use leather and still turning it down is wasteful
That's like saying I should eat meat because it's already dead. I refuse to use animal products, no matter what shape or form it is (I can rarely eat processed food anymore because almost all of it has animal fat in it). I don't care if it's going to a landfill, I wouldn't wear my family's skin, so I sure as hell won't wear another animal's skin (contrary to popular belief, animal life is just as valuable as humans, if not more, because animals are not ruthless and uncaring. And before anyone asks, no, I don't have a hatred towards the human race)
i wear cotton ;D
:P Alright. Don't get me wrong, I'm not against animal "products" (eggs, milk, wool) just anything that involves killing or putting the animal in extreme discomfort.
That's the least of it (blood in milk)! Only mother cows produce milk....so they are inpregnanted a few times in their life cycle (around 7 times I think). The calfs are killed for food - I guess the cow is too (hopefully - rather than just thrown away).

Milk is incredibly cruel if you think about it. Vegetarians annoy me! Full respect for Vegans - they believe in something and stick to it. Vegetarians who drink milk, wear leather, eat sweets (where do you think geletine comes from??!!) make me angry - especially the preachy ones!

I always buy my leather from shoe makers (off cuts on ebay) or use scrap from old sofas/trousers/jackets - reuse!
"PinUpRetro": good advise using scraps. As a vegan, I don't purchase any animal products BUT I knew someone who was going to THROW OUT leather scraps, and I scooped them up: utilizing leather that was going to be thrown away is far more humane than putting it in a landfill AND then going and producing more waste by buying synthetic items.

"A good name": some really interesting thoughts if you ever get a chance to read "The Omnivore's Dilemma". There are many choices we make that are damaging to the environment and to animals even when acting as vegetarian, and some options that meat eaters can choose (such as grass-fed farms) that are actually *beneficial* both to the animals and to the land they are on. I mostly avoid anything with corn products/by products in it now as well as a few other vegetarian foods that are very ecologically damaging, and although I still don't eat anything from an animal (or purchase any NEW products made from animal parts), I will get chickin & milk from a local grass farm for my family. (On special occasions, because "local" still is a two-hour drive.)

Best bet to get leather scraps for a project is Freecycle: you don't have to pay anything, you're reducing waste, and you don't contribute to the death of a cow if that's something that bothers you. Usually someone will offer pretty quickly because artsy people hang onto things we can't use anymore for a long time because it's in our nature not to throw anything out someone might want to use. It's a relief when someone takes it off our hands.
I'm afraid at this stage, approaching 7 billion humans it is inevitable that even the non-slaughter resources aren't as pure as you'd hope. Milk for example sometimes has to be bleached because coming off the machines it has a pinkish hue from the cow's utters bleeding after being over-milked :(
if you use fake leather you should be aware of the death and discomfort that is caused by the toxic chemicals produced while making these synthetics and realize that the only way to avoid this is oak or similiar vegtable tanned leather. the animals killed for this are being killed anyway for food and it is best not to waste any part of something killed so that another animal will not be killed. just stick to leather from animals used for food only and not exotics. this helps and in the case of these things utilizing smaller pieces of leather you can opt for a place that sells scrap leathers because this is stuff that will end up in a land fill else wise.
For anyone looking for leather, check out Tandy Leather factory. There are about 100 of them around the us, and they all take internet orders. If you have any questions, check out the website, and give your nearest store a call. They are always so happy to help out. (And their leathers are all by-products of the meat industry. Every cowhide, aligator skin, rabbit skin, snakeskin, etc. etc. were eaten for food, and the skins would be thrown out...) Tandy doesn't do any tanning themselves, but they deal with tanneries that only get their hides from those sources.
Very good points morphious69 . I strongly recomend recycling from trift shops and yard sales .
well said :D
Glad to see somebody admit that they 'wing-it' on their projects. I plan to go through a bunch of old shoes for the material so that I can get a weather-beaten look. Have to get out the conditioner to revive some of the parts.

Everyone seems to find the metal accents in the oddest places, so that's gonna determine when I start the project. I'm on the lookout. For the lenses, I'm going to use the material from an old set of racquetball safety goggles—nice thick polycarbonate!

For the band, I want to figure out some way to hide a little velcro for adjusting the fit. If you have the metal rings on the side, I would recommend paying attention if the goggles have been in the sun. Those rings could be really hot, depending on conditions.

An aside regarding the materials debate:
I have always wondered where vegetarians get their bread from. All wheat that is harvested by machinery gets pulled in along with the birds, snakes, rats & bunnies, etc. that have made their homes in the fields. Is there some cruelty-free grain source that I don't know about?
I've got a couple of old fake leather belts. They don't seem to be of an agreeable material for doing this. Vinyl looks the most promising, possibly scavenged from your 80s wardrobe...
Vinyl and Plastics are responsible for dioxin and much of the worlds pollution. Leather is more durable and out lasts plastics! Leather is a renewable resource as well as being a byproduct of the food industry. Every bit of the animal is used for some purpose. For that reason my vegan friend wears leather boots. In the 12 years she's been wearing them there would have been MANY pairs of vinyl boots which would have contributed to world pollution. You can't even dispose of them in landfills safely.
BUT if you must, (i too was searching for leather). i couldnt find any. and i dont have a car to take me places (im 15) so i stepped into an old abandoned house and i found a fake leather purse. in otherwords. buy a cheap bag or purse. or if you dont want fake leather, umm.. thick denim could work if you want a punkish look.
aintMichael (author)  A good name6 years ago
There are plenty of leather alternatives, although I'm of the opinion that by purchasing second hand leather I have not only not added to the demand for leather, but also not wasted a resource that already existed.
Sorry, but I don't believe in killing animals, so well... yeah. I don't support it at all... I don't use the products, nothing.
plants are living too. just because you cant hear them screaming it doesnt mean they arent.
again I have to point out that plastics kill and maim as well as cause birth defects in both animals and humans so using plastics of anykind is fueling this death and destruction. if you are whole heartedly going to ban leather then use cloths that do not use synthetics. cotton and such and please be aware of the stuff used for coloring too as this is pretty toxic in some cases and they throw that stuff right into the rivers and streams. kills fish and everything that eats them as part of the cycle.
I don't know if you have any qualms about using the hide of naughas , and in addition to the faux stuff a brocade would look even better then the period canvas look . With brocade you would have many choices . When selecting brocade make sure it isn't too stretchy.
Well, why not buy a PVC or other imitation bag at a charity shop? Personally, once something is being resold by a charity I feel ethically sound purchasing it as I am not contributing directly to death, but if it is just the thought of something's skin on your face that you can't stand I think the pvc, or vinyl, is the best choice.
You sometimes see very old goggles not of leather but of heavy canvas. I would reccommend that and then use shoe polish, or beeswax to waterproof it. perhaps even old denim would do.
I've had the same problem. :) I took apart an old vinyl baseball by cutting along the seams, then dyed it with shoe polish. I was using a different tutorial, but I'm sure you could figure something out! you can find faux leather or vinyl leather on the internet, too. Hope this was helpful!
yallen1 year ago
I made a pair using milk bottle cap which I coated with copper leaf, and leather from an old pair of shoes. I just used a regular sewing needle and doubled the thread. It would help to have a thimble because it's hard to push the needle through.
You could make interchangible lenses by cutting off the top of the bottle and having different lenses in the bottle lids.
tRoy heRman2 years ago
How did you connect the ring to the leather?
aintMichael (author)  tRoy heRman2 years ago
Half a year later.... So , I used two smaller bits of leather, wrapped them around the ring and then sewed the, together. Hope that sort of makes sense...
DarynSharp2 years ago
I love it! I really want to make a steampunk harness that you can use for airships. As you're a senior rank on the flight of steam, I just wonder if you have any suggestions for me?

I have a limited amount of money.
aintMichael (author)  DarynSharp2 years ago
To keep it on the cheap I usually forage through the Salvation Army for Most of my bits. You might be surprised at all the cool junk in the Home Decor section.
black hole3 years ago
Cool. Very nice looking.
shawnon5 years ago
I used a slip joint nut instead of a coupler. It comes with a rubber washer that fits on the inside, and I just glued the lens between the nut and washer. It looks the same, and no metal-cutting involved! _
I'm looking at supplies online to price how much this is going to cost me. What size slip joint nut did you use? 1 1/2? 1 1/4? Bigger?
I used 1 1/2" and I think they were ~$8, but that was 3 yrs ago so they might be more or less now. Here's some pics in case they help.
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couldn't find the exact coupler at any hardware no matter how common it would seem to be so I'm going to look for a slip joint nut or just order online if they don't have that in-store either...can't believe home depot and lowes don't have the coupler though I would think they would, but no, not even on their websites! =( Thanks for the tip!
I think I got it in the plumbing section... good luck!
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