Introduction: Handmade Steampunk Goggles

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.


AlexK27 (author)2015-08-13

you could have done this with actual sheet copper or brass, and used tin snips to cut the metal and pliers to bend it.

ArtificerMade (author)2012-02-01

The end result you achieved in this build is really top notch. but a few things which may help...

Looking at the dimensions of your pattern, you want eye-cups that are about 1.5 inches in diameter. For about $2 you can buy a 1.5" copper pipe coupler at home-depot. They are long enough to cut with a hacksaw, diagonally, into two pieces that match the contour of your face. Now you save $5 on metal colored paint by hammering the actual copper.

semeolvido (author)2010-09-25

They look great, like they're used every day rather than all shiny, and costume-like. One suggestion for the eye about cutting out copper or PVC pipe rather than shaping them from aluminum stock? Seem like it would save a step or two. That way you could also have them threaded inside to add lenses later.

yoda-iz-my-idol (author)2009-09-26

nice and simple!!!!!!!!!!

Scubabubba (author)2009-09-03

Nice job on the goggles, and that is an verr nice hat! The combination looks a bit like Dimo's in Girl Genius.


Thanks! I've never read girl genius, but you're right, the combination does look a bit like that.

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