Introduction: Googly Eye Bikini

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

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.

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

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!

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.

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.

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

Step 7: Revel in It's Glory

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!

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 made it! (author)2015-04-02

does anybody remember xeyes ?

tyler roberts made it! (author)tyler roberts2015-04-07

yes! eyeballs for x11

thundrepance made it! (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 made it! (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 made it! (author)2015-04-03

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

snoozermoose made it! (author)2015-04-02

LOL. Were you by any chance an English major?

audreyobscura made it! (author)audreyobscura2015-04-02

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

eliechti made it! (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 made it! (author)beaniesnbits2015-04-02

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

beaniesnbits made it! (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 made it! (author)2015-04-02

LOVE this!

Gairuntee made it! (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 made it! (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!

audreyobscura made it! (author)audreyobscura2015-04-02

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

Battlespeed made it! (author)2015-04-02

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

"I thought I was!"

tliberté made it! (author)2015-04-02

no one sun bathes like that

bprins made it! (author)2015-04-02

Your eyes appear to be sagging there =\

CurtR made it! (author)2015-04-02

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

Squidyman made it! (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 made it! (author)2015-04-02

Past participle?

pmk222 made it! (author)2015-04-02

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

quader4 made it! (author)quader42015-04-02

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

So anyway, THUMBS UP!

m_jorge made it! (author)2015-04-02


Staring contest!

rbusch made it! (author)2015-04-01

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

jmyers1 made it! (author)2015-04-01


bigpig made it! (author)2015-04-01

Where's the trampoline video demonstration?

dr_peru made it! (author)2015-04-01

I love it!

tstevens-1 made it! (author)2015-04-01

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

onedo made it! (author)2015-03-31

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

hogthrob made it! (author)hogthrob2015-04-01

Cos when some guy stares at them they stare back?

Attmos made it! (author)Attmos2015-03-31

'cause it's funny!

Attmos made it! (author)2015-03-31

Awesome, and a little scary. :)

kapil.livin made it! (author)2015-03-31

funny... :)

cdstudioNH made it! (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 made it! (author)2015-03-31

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

nqtronix made it! (author)nqtronix2015-03-31

Literally the first thing I thought:

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

TomV4 made it! (author)TomV42015-03-31

I believe she is looking at me, buster.

gmoon made it! (author)2015-03-31

Funny, and eye-popping!

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