Introduction: Googly Eye Bikini

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This Googly Eye Bikini is thee swimwear solution of 2015. Fun in the sun shouldn't be coupled with diminishing objectification - instead, take hold of your ability to participate in a body politics dialog by commenting on the absurdity of reverse objectification.

Feeling oppressed on the beach by the sun, heat, and penetrative male gaze? Looking for a way to get that tan and dismantle rape culture? Then combat hegemonic power structures on your next trip to the beach with this bikini! Reverse-objectify your oppressors with sand dollar-sized googly-eyes provocatively perched, yielding a relentless, piercing gaze upon anyone who looks at your body. With this bikini you will smash the patriarchy, implicitly comment on the phallocentrism of sand castles, and be on the foaming edge of 5th wave feminist discourse.

Step 1: Getting Started

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I got this bikini top from an American Apparel outlet sale for five bucks. My model come in to our shop so I could measure her. I made small marks on the strings of the bikini so I could place the rough location of where the eyes would go.

The googly eyes were a gift from a friend, who knows I love googly eyes. I haven't been able to find the same 4" model, but there are 3" googly eyes, and 5" googly eyes that could work for your bikini.

Step 2: Rip Off the Paper Backing.

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I cut the paper-backs of the googly eyes off, so that this could be a submergable-watertight bikini. I did this with an exacto knife, only because it was hard to use oppressive traditional craft scissors.

Step 3: Make New Backs

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I found some thick malleable plastic sheet stocked in the shop, I think it was scrap for the vacu-former, and made new plastic backings for the 4" googly eyes.

Step 4: Go Goo Glue!

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I love ShoeGoo - it is made for shoes, but bonds to all kinds of surfaces to make a water-tight seal on everything it adheres to. I put a thin line of glue on the outside of the dome of the lens of the googly eye, before sticking it back down to it's new plastic backing.

Step 5: Clean 'em Up.

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I could try, and be really careful, and use the right cutting utensils to trim away the excess plastic from the edges, but where's the fun in that? I opted to wear a full-face shield and the belt-sander to clean up the edges.

Step 6: Stick 'em Down.

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Using fabritac, I stuck down the googly eyes to the center of each cup of the bikini.

Step 7: Revel in It's Glory

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After the glue was dry, I found a mannequin and test fit the bikini. Hazah! It googlys** just fine!

**The word 'Googlys' is an acceptable past participle of the word 'Googly', right?

Step 8: Enjoy!

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With this instructable, I really just wanted to share a creative use for googly eyes - and maybe a little insight on how to you make your own googly eyes. Big thanks to Caitlin Randolph for modeling, Lauren Randolph for photographing the project, Michelle Alexis Neman for letting us use her pool, and Diana Bradbury for being my fit model and giving me the idea.


frickelkram (author)2015-04-02

does anybody remember xeyes ?

yes! eyeballs for x11

thundrepance (author)2015-04-06

@_@ i've always been a sucker for anything & everything with googlie eyes!! i bought a bag of varied sizes [just for fun], but none nearly that big! x^D

Vyger (author)2015-04-03

With those markings you should never have a problem with predators.

(I am talking about the fake eye markings some animals have to ward off predators) Now all you need is another set for the bottoms and you would be watching both comming and going.

chancefour (author)2015-04-03

All you really need is a marker and an exercise trampoline. Actually, you don't need the marker.

snoozermoose (author)2015-04-02

LOL. Were you by any chance an English major?

I was an art major, actually. But I really enjoy grammar.

eliechti (author)2015-03-31

Love it! It occurred to me that if you dented the plastic backing in a bit you could get a more "anatomically correct" fit and the eyes would be able to "look around" even more.

beaniesnbits (author)eliechti2015-04-02

Exactly my thoughts, see my comment for the solution :)

beaniesnbits (author)2015-04-02

When replacing the backs of the googly eyes I would make shallow cones by placing a slit the eye backs from one edge to the center point and then overlap the 2 cut edges a little you making a shallow cone shape. The wearers breasts will fit into the cones and the eyes would sit a little better. (The cones can be made to fit)

pattymadeit (author)2015-04-02

LOVE this!

Gairuntee (author)2015-04-02

I think you need a strip of fake chest hair in the shape of an angry unibrow. Best pool party ever.

peter.kocsis.77964 (author)2015-04-02

The second pic on page 7 is hilarious! It looks like a face with the text at the tummy looking like a sad mouth and the arms look like ears!

I know! That's why I put it on that mannequin!

Battlespeed (author)2015-04-02

(Sigh) "Could you please look me in the eye?"

"I thought I was!"

tliberté (author)2015-04-02

no one sun bathes like that

bprins (author)2015-04-02

Your eyes appear to be sagging there =\

CurtR (author)2015-04-02

Now, if you could just figure out a way for one, or both, to wink...

Squidyman (author)2015-04-02

For whatever I don't think your idea worked, but it sure is hilarious! Even if you have a snow coat on someone will be objectifying you. Either way, very entertaining!

danzo321 (author)2015-04-02

Past participle?

pmk222 (author)2015-04-02

the line "my eyes are up here" won't be applicable here

quader4 (author)pmk2222015-04-02

I really wish there was a thumbs up button for these kinds of comments!

So anyway, THUMBS UP!

m_jorge (author)2015-04-02


Staring contest!

rbusch (author)2015-04-01

That is Awesome! and most definitely is "thee swimwear solution for 2015"

jmyers1 (author)2015-04-01


bigpig (author)2015-04-01

Where's the trampoline video demonstration?

dr_peru (author)2015-04-01

I love it!

tstevens-1 (author)2015-04-01

You forgot to pull out that weed growing by your right armpit.

onedo (author)2015-03-31

"why would i want two googly eyes on my breasts lol"

hogthrob (author)onedo2015-04-01

Cos when some guy stares at them they stare back?

Attmos (author)onedo2015-03-31

'cause it's funny!

Attmos (author)2015-03-31

Awesome, and a little scary. :)

kapil.livin (author)2015-03-31

funny... :)

cdstudioNH (author)2015-03-31

: D. This is crazy awesome! It was obviously a male who designed those 4" googlies, for just this application. Tricky Dicky....

Kiteman (author)2015-03-31

"Boys, my eyes are up h... oh... er..."

nqtronix (author)Kiteman2015-03-31

Literally the first thing I thought:

"But I'm looking in your eyes!" O_o

TomV4 (author)Kiteman2015-03-31

I believe she is looking at me, buster.

gmoon (author)2015-03-31

Funny, and eye-popping!

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