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Modifying Welding Goggles into a Steam inspired look

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I wanted a pair of goggles. I told myself it was because I wanted to use them for sunglasses, or that I wanted them when I rode my bicycle. Really, I just wanted a pair of goggles for the reasons that I just wanted a pair of goggles.

For this project I used one pair of cheap welding goggles found at my local non-chain hardware store.
Some leftover black suede from other projects.
Epoxy. Hmmmm, I loves me epoxy.
Some of that Fusion plastic pain in black.
Some acrylic brass colored paint.
Some brass jinglies left over from some other jewelry project.

I am often inspired by Steampunk asthetics, and was going to work on something much harder before I found the forum at Brass Goggles. There is even a thread titled The Definitive Goggle Thread where a wonderful person named TheRedMax suggested welding goggles as a launching point.

Previous to that I was going to cut and shape colored plexi and attach it to brass or PVC painted fittings. As fantastic as that would be, my laziness coupled with an intense desire for instant gratification won out. Plus, the welding goggles were only $8 and some change. That was far cheaper than my original plan.

This project could be done in one or two days depending on drying glue or paint times. It took me the better part of a week because I was ill with acute tonsillitis. Epoxy is nausea inducing by itself let alone when you are already ill from your tonsils going bad. I tend to tinker when nervous, so here you go.

(Not to worry! I go to surgery today in a couple hours to get them out. I am going to ask if they will give me the tonsils, but I suspect that request will be denied. If they do give me my tonsils I will post a picture, I promise.)

As a side note, my camera is very old and in poor condition. For some reason it shoots colors oddly, and is in general a pain. Please forgive the nature of the pictures, and the wonky colors.
 
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kretzlord3 years ago
Absolutely fantastic! i've been looking for the right way to work my way into steampunk and you've provided it for me. Great instruction makes a great instructable
kb10123 years ago
I just wanted to properly thank you for posting this - it has inspired me to make a pair of my own! Granted, they aren't for me - they're for a craft swap - but I still appreciate the informative inspiration! I also made a storage compartment for them using one of those pre-formed paper mache boxes...perfect for stashing away all those important, mad science-y secrets!

Thanks again!!
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HeresyOfTruth (author)  kb10123 years ago
Wow! Those look great. I'm really impressed! You definitely out did mine! Wow!
Awesome job, you have managed to infect me with the want to make these myself, they sure beat paying those prices online for them.......why buy when you can make yourself
HeresyOfTruth (author)  Stormy_rayne6 years ago
I think that is a most excellent sentiment. Why buy anything that you can make yourself? I much prefer homemade and diy. If you make some of your own, post a picture so I can see!
we have black gogles the exact same but black in out welding class
sorry for the late responce, but of course i will, crafting is what i cove to do, though i don't think they'll come out as good
co2wms7whcc4 years ago
This is my pair, I found you instructable the day I finished them.
 Hay I have a tip... use Hot glue for rivets instead of Epoxy
nice, like the rivet dots, tres cool
TBJ55 years ago
I have these green goggles as well, and your modifications make the ones I tried kinda pathetic (the green is pretty annoying). I'll give this a shot, hopefully it turns out as nice as yours.
Ry-6 years ago
I desparately want to do this. I'd wear them to school. My dad won't let me due to he thinks it's weird and bizarre. He never likes anything I like or what I do...
Farrelbark6 years ago
ok, now how much suede, and what shape should I cut out for dis? BTW, awesome concept, and soo easy! *2 thumbzors up*
HeresyOfTruth (author)  Farrelbark6 years ago
I just used scraps I already had. Not even an 8x11 inch piece. Perhaps a 3x5 index cards worth for each side? I just held the goggle to the suede, and just sort of cut out a rectangle piece that was wide enough at the widest part of the goggle, after folding inwards. It was a lot of holding and guessing, really.
MrLouque6 years ago
neat, where did you get the goggles though?
HeresyOfTruth (author)  MrLouque6 years ago
I went to the local hardware store. It was one of those cool mom and pop affairs, that carries a little of everything. I've also seen them at the welding supply places that I have been to.
draik418956 years ago
i just got my tonsils taken out and no they wont let you keep them
HeresyOfTruth (author)  draik418956 years ago
I know. I'm a nurse, and knew the surgeon, so there was a possibility for me, though. I do think they have to keep your parts if you are of a religious mind that believes you need to be buried with them, though. I have heard of amputated legs being saved, and whatnot. Hopefully you are not too sore from your surgery.
Asbestosy6 years ago
I just did this, turned out awesome. Have yet to try and thread the elastic though... will be doing that tomorrow once everything has dried/cured. Also, I apparently suck at making glue dots :( didn't like the look so I yanked them off and just painted over.
HeresyOfTruth (author)  Asbestosy6 years ago
Very cool! If you get pictures, you should post them.
Jinglesmar6 years ago
Those are great! And a great tutorial, too! And whats up with the docs and your tonsils? They're YOURS, after all!
HeresyOfTruth (author)  Jinglesmar6 years ago
Thanks very much. Apparently, I was not allowed to have my tonsils for fear that someone might lick and/or ingest them causing a spread of pathogens. No amount of promising to prevent my friends from licking them helped, sadly.
eman_p6 years ago
Ok, it's so cool to see this here... I was looking at goggle instructables and imagine how surprised (at first) to see your username...

I came 'cause I saw these instructions from another site: http://thismight.be/offensive/uploads/2007/10/22/image/215493_%5Bbig%5D%5Bscroller%5D%20maxxer%20project%20for%20halloween%20costume.jpg

Awesome job with yours!
HeresyOfTruth (author)  eman_p6 years ago
Ha! That's so cool to see you on here. Very cool indeed. Thanks for the compliments.
How exactly do you "dry brush" the brass paint? I am making a pair like this and really don't want to totally screw up the whole project.
HeresyOfTruth (author)  grayfaction1476 years ago
It's very simple, like you would dry brush anything. You put on a base coat of a darker color, in my case black. Then I had some brass paint. I used a clean brush, one that was all splayed out, and not going to ever be any good again. I barely tipped the brush in the brass paint, then wiped the excess off on a piece of paper until barely any was there. Then I very lightly brushed the brush over the black goggles. Go in light coats, adding a bit at a time, until you have what you want. It's a good technique to bring out the details in a piece.
r3db0x6 years ago
Wonderful! I have this exact pair of goggles at home, but really despise the green. I was worried about painting the eyepieces (don't want paint flakes on my face), but covering them with cloth is just brilliant. Thanks!
pyroman506 years ago
way cool I'm totally going to make these
HeresyOfTruth (author)  pyroman506 years ago
Very cool! Post pictures of your project. I would love to see it.
Are you a Toy Soldier in Dr.Steel's army? If not you should be, .... and by the way you look like my twin sister. Cool goggle guide! Im on it now!!
HeresyOfTruth (author)  pinkwerewolf7 years ago
I have not met this Dr. Steel. I would need to know his plans to make sure they do not overlap with my own, for world domination.
Not heard of Doc Steel?!? Sacrilege!! Just go to http://worlddominationtoys.com/drsteel/enter.html and check it out. You can also find a few cartoony music vids around the net.
I love dr. Steels music vids :)
Cruiz Lee7 years ago
l just finished my own goggles based on your instructions. Thanks for putting them up.
HeresyOfTruth (author)  Cruiz Lee7 years ago
I am glad you found it helpful. If you have pictures of yours, you should post them! I would love to see how you did yours.
boboTjones7 years ago
If you go to an actual welding supply, you should be able to find a pair of welding goggles that already look like your finished product. I just saw a pair yesterday.
HeresyOfTruth (author)  boboTjones7 years ago
Really? My welding supply place did not have leather covered goggles, with brass bobble earing charms hanging on the side, with a brass dry brushed finish.
Yeah, that came out a bit harsh, didn't it? I should never post before coffee. I found a pair at midwest welding that you would not have had to disassemble and paint. They also have the bits at the sides that you added by hand. I need to go back this week, I'll see if I can get some sort of manufacturer and part number for them. But you're right. Typically welding gear doesn't have glass charms hanging on the side. That part you'd still have to do yourself.
HeresyOfTruth (author)  boboTjones7 years ago
I suppose I came out with a bit of snark as well. I think I might have read that as worse than it was. My apologies.
Rectifier7 years ago
Great instructable! I have wanted a pair of goggles for awhile too. Wanted to be a bit different from yours, but I looked for ages for welding goggles, and eventually had to use my work account to buy the exact same pair from Acklands for $4. Didn't undercoat the goggle rings, and the green streaking showing through looks remarkably like corrosion on old copper. The sides were to be sprayed black with Krylon (i've no idea where to get or how to work with leather), but my can had nothing but rattle left in it. I painted them with ordinary flat black paint, and they came out quite nice, I think. If you scratch them even gently though, it peels. The coppery brass paint, however, is quite tough. I do so want a pocketwatch, but can't find one by halloween. I'll have to buy one on Ebay before the next costume-requiring occasion. And I have some great plans for a hand cannon, as well. The jacket, by the way, has tails that can't be seen in this pic. I really quite like it.
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