My first pair of steampunk goggles, made for less than $15. There's no glass in them at the moment, but i'm planning to put some in.
Note: a lot of the pictures are blurry. Sorry, my camera is kind of crappy. I'll take better pictures next time i make a pair.
Step 1: Parts
5x7" Aluminum step flashing - $3.50 at Home Depot
Scraps of leather
Rust-Oleum Copper Hammered Patina spray paint - $5 at Home Depot
not pictured: Dremel tool, contact cement
Step 2: Design
I designed these so that it would go further back at the corners of the eyes. each piece is about 4.71 inches long and .75" - 1.75" wide.
Cut the shape out, and stencil it onto a piece of metal.
Step 3: Cutting
I cut the shapes out using a dremel tool. Unfortunately, this didn't work very well, and i broke 2 bits before realizing that i could cut them with scissors.
Step 4: Shaping and painting
After they were cut out, I shaped them into circles, and cut another slit on each side of the seam, then stuck a small piece of aluminum through both and crimped it down.
I then spraypainted both with the hammered copper stuff. It took 2 coats but it looks sweet.
Step 5: Eye pads
Eye pads were a bit tricky. I took 2 half inch strips of leather, and contact cemented them onto the frames, then folded it over and cemented the inside.
Step 6: Straps
The straps are three strips of black leather held together with crimped strips of aluminum left over from the frames. This was by far the hardest part.
Step 7: Final product
Personally, I think they look sweet. They look kind of dorky when you have them on, but i really liked the way they turned out. As soon as I can get some clear glass I'll put lenses in.
Thanks for reading, I hope you like it! Leave me a comment, I'd love some suggestions/ feedback.