Step 1: Materials "Needed"
I 3/8 inch PVC pipe
2 inch PVC pipe
Nuts & Bolts
Old Clock parts
Leather (2 3/8 in by 4 5/8 in)
Clear Plastic (from packaging)
Random Parts (anything that looks cool)
Glue (Glue Sticks or Gorilla Glue)
Black Spray Paint
Metallic Colored Spray Paint
Hot Glue Gun (if using glue sticks)
...And the greatest tool of all, Your Creativity!
Step 2: Cutting the PVC
-I cut the 1 3/8 inch piece to be about 6 inches long.
-I cut the 2 inch piece to about 4 3/8 inches long.
-In order to make the handle/decoration I took the 2 inch piece of PVC and cut down to 2 inches in length. Next I cut that in half lengthwise. Use the picture for reference.
-I took the other half and cut a thin strip off. I then cut than into four equal pieces.
-File down the edges to remove any excess PVC, and to make the edges smoother.
Step 3: Connecting the PVC Body and Parts
-I placed the supports on the handle at an angle that would work with the 1 3/8 inch piece. See picture.
-I then glued the complete handle/support together, placed 1 inch from the end.
-I took a bolt and placed a nut on one end. See Picture. Next I hot glued the two PVC pipes to either side of the bolt/nut combination.
Step 4: Adding Paintable Decor
-For extra support I took the metal straps and cut 4 pieces into 2 long strips. I bent them into a curved shape so they fit snug in between the to PVC pieces, and glued them down.
-With the decor. I just added things until I felt it look finished.
Step 5: Painting the Binoculars Pt.1
1st Layer: Black
2nd Layer: Metallic Color of Choice (for me: antigue bronze)
3rd Layer (aging coat): Black
DO NOT COMPLETELY COVER THE BINOCULARS WITH THE "AGING COAT"! (see illustration)
-I sprayed the 3rd Layer on 2 feet from the binoculars (see illustration) to add shadow and an aged look to it.
Step 6: Painting the Binoculars Pt.2
-I painted the wire nuts like they were knobs.
-I also painted some of the gears a gold color.
Painting the details on your pair of binoculars mostly depends on the look you want to go for.
Step 7: Adding Lens/Details
For extra details, that I didn't want to paint on, I took some metal wire and wrapped around different parts of the binoculars, and also took the leather strip and wrapped it around the longer PVC piece to add a grip effect.
Step 8: Finishing Touch/optional
Basically you do the same thing you did for the lens...
-Get your piece of 2 3/8 by 4 5/8 in. leather and trace the outline of the PVC pipes on it.
-In the traced circles, draw some tabs, for attaching to the PVC, and cut out (see picture).
-Place glue on the tabs and glue to inside of the PVC.
Step 9: Finished!
Below are some pictures of my binoculars at different angles.
Remember.... Your greatest tool is your creativity!