Introduction: Real Brass Goggles

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jmccoppin (author)2013-07-29

Do you make your own screws? If so how do you do it?

jakesllama (author)2011-01-01

Nice work,
These are my Brass and copper goggles

GaryCifers (author)jakesllama2011-04-04

I love those!! They have that true "steampunk i formed the metal myself with a hammer" imperfection which is what i love to see in this area... It doesn't have that Mass manufactured perfection to it and to me that's what steampunk is about

cuchulain92 (author)GaryCifers2012-02-20

Although it bears mention that the Victorian Era was the time of the Industrial Age, and most certainly heralded the rise of mass production. Steampunk, for all that it is indeed fantasy, does yet have an undeniable connection with history.

GaryCifers (author)cuchulain922012-02-21

That is very true but from what i've seen and understood about steampunk, There's a certain inventiveness about the genre that I love to see. I'm not saying gogglerman's goggles aren't amazing (quite the contrary actually, He's a master at metal forming like none i've ever seen before) I just have a special appreciation for imperfections in a design in which you can see the hard work done to it. Much like a hand forged suit of armor so to say(I can't find a better way to describe it i guess lol)

dark clerick (author)GaryCifers2011-08-03

I agree with GaryCifers completely.

gogglerman (author)jakesllama2011-01-01

I congratulate. Good work!

jakesllama (author)gogglerman2011-01-05

Thanks, but those threads need cutting haha.

those are cool. :)

ArtificerMade (author)2011-12-30

I have a question about technique.

On the eye-cups, you form the round-over and then braze the seam.

But when I look at the end result (and I might just have a bad view) there seems a slight distortion at those seams. As if you couldn't get it to fit right.

Is there a reason you did not roll and braze your sheet stock for the cups and then hammer the round-over?

I don't intend to degrade your work, they are excellent and I am a hack, but this element of your build seems counter intuitive.

gogglerman (author)ArtificerMade2011-12-30

Yes, you're right. Sutures are not ideal because in that work, I used a soft tin solder. Such joints can not be beat with a hammer after soldering. When soldering with silver seam more durable, it can be subjected to straightening.

The Sloth Uprising (author)2011-11-26

The fact that there are no pictures presents a challenge. Forcing the gears in my mind to turn and figure out how to build it. I have a basic idea on how to build it. Great job, thank you.

steamlad8 (author)2011-11-13

where can you get that type of leather on thankyou :)

gogglerman (author)steamlad82011-11-13

This genuine leather recycled. I used an old case of an optical instrument.

steamlad8 (author)2011-11-13

what are those things in pic 3

gogglerman (author)steamlad82011-11-13

This is part of the electric automobile starter, she went to the diameter and I used it as a form of (punch) for the manufacture of the eyepiece of goggles.
Brass strip fastened around parts with clamps, and clench with a hammer.

steamlad8 (author)2011-11-13

jakesllama nd goggerman both your designs are immense XD

scroswell (author)2011-09-26

Im getting my dad to help me out on thease for halloween! I saw thease and im wodering if i can use tin instead of brass( i don't have any money). I love thease but in the very last picture do those befor the finnish product. Do those things go in side the goggles to hold in the lenses?? Plz let me know

gogglerman (author)scroswell2011-09-26

These goggles can be made from almost anything, though, if the material is replaced by a tin or tin, they will not be stimpunkish:)
You are right, the last photo shows stoppers. They hold the lens.
Good luck!

CadaverIncc (author)2011-09-09

I recently just made my first pair of goggles, inspired by this pair, but all I had to work with was steel, so I used rivets, It gives it kinda of an "industrial" look. I'd like to see the shape of the metal cut for the lenses cuz mine were just cylinders. Also any ideas as what to use for lenses?

gogglerman (author)CadaverIncc2011-09-26

With the interest would have looked your goggles. I hope you show us them. For the manufacture of lenses, I use only natural glass. Circles cut out the desired diameter by using special diamond tips.
Good luck.

quixotic5891 (author)2011-08-23

what gauge brass are you using?

gogglerman (author)quixotic58912011-08-23

brass sheet thickness of 0.8 mm

mrlunna13 (author)2011-08-20

Great work of functional art. I love steampunk, but I hate that everybody uses plastic, and have no function, even the "gears" the attach, don't do diddly squat!
Keep the good work googlerman!!

kittknight (author)2011-07-28

what exactly do you use to combine the two pieces of brass, is it solder, if so what kind, anyone who knows can answer, thanks

Yes, he soldered the brass.
As someone not unfamiliar with such things myself, I suggest using "easy" or "extra easy" silver solder. The "easy" and "extra easy" designations indicate the melting temps. With extra easy, you should be able to do the job with a simple propane torch in a few minutes. But be careful to get your join edges very neat and clean and smooth.

alright cool, thanks

gogglerman (author)kittknight2011-07-30

Tin-lead solder less harmful than silver because silver brazing is accompanied by burning noxious chemical fluxes. Furthermore, in terms of technology, soft solders, brazing is simpler because it does not require a gas burner, and they are much cheaper than silver solder.
Where does not require special durability, easier to soldering tin.

And I do NOT recommend using a tin-lead solder, kittknight, if you do this. Aside from the lead fumes that are released when you heat it, a little lead will rub into your skin if you handle it a lot. (mainly the fumes. Not good AT ALL.)

gogglerman (author)kittknight2011-07-29

Here I used a tin-lead solder

aweis (author)2011-06-13

i am going to make similar to these, but with mechanical iris, because that was, a very interesting thing to have, and i would use that to make my left eye even better at seeing in the dark. and the lens popping up. maybe two lenses that do that. i am going to try the steampunk look this year.

Etaoin (author)2011-05-12

@goggleman: These are a beautiful example of craftsmanship. I am inspired. Thank you very much for sharing. I' have started working up my paper patterns for a pair of my own. I look forward to any future efforts!

Kynan4th (author)2011-04-30

wow, I love these, it would be brilliant if there were some patterns for the brass, if there were, I would definitely attempt to make a pair of these.

excellent work, really nicely done.

voldemortkein (author)2011-02-21

Wow men!!!, Its reallly really awsome.

fattymuffin101 (author)2011-02-01

This is really awsome do you have instructions on how to make this!!!

or at least materials because the picture pretty much tell you how to do it

chefmichel (author)2010-12-29

One could fit in prescription glasses or sunglasses, these would be great for motor
bike. Superb craftsmanship !

gogglerman (author)chefmichel2010-12-29

Yes they are rather functional. The design allows to change glasses within two minutes, having turned out only four screws)

Neovenetar (author)gogglerman2010-12-31

wouldn't the brass either hurt your face or crumple if you fell hard?

gogglerman (author)Neovenetar2011-01-01

I do not know, I don't go in them by a motorcycle. I simply have made them.

Neovenetar (author)gogglerman2011-01-09

oh, well they're still cool anyway.

tristan993 (author)chefmichel2010-12-29

they are cool, though i mite worry about safety while wearing them in the event of a crash

rhoaste (author)2011-01-02

These are beautifully made. Thanks for sharing. For motorcycle fans, please be extra vigilant of any eye protection that may impede your peripheral vision.

justjimAZ (author)2010-12-30

Really great build! Beautiful project you have there.

Evilink (author)2010-12-30

Best looking goggles of the forever :)

St Jimmy (author)2010-12-28

Gwahaha! Just let me get my hands on some brass...

bluesquirrel (author)2010-12-27

These are nothing short of stupendous and incredible O:

designsbyleon (author)2010-12-27

Rockin' goggles! Your slide show is excellent.

homechicken (author)2010-12-27

These are made of pure awesome.

VadimS (author)2010-12-27

Sweet, fist thing I'm doing when I get home is getting some brass sheet and leather.

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