I'm hoping to get some vendor space and maybe run some workshops and demos at the World Steam Expo in Dearborn, MI this year so I'm ramping up production of the steampunkery and putting other projects on the back burner.
If you would like to see me at the expo, please contact them and say so. There was some trouble with registration (which was totally their fault) and I'm waiting for them to make a decision on whether to let me register late.
Also, I'm selling on ETSY if I'm allowed some shameless self promotion.
In addition to the Mechanical Iris goggs I already showcased I have two more. The first has a hammered copper door that closes over the right eye with a latch mechanism. To keep people from stealing your eye I suppose. It's steampunk, it doesn't always make sense and it doesn't need to if it is cool. The metal for the some of the fixtures on these is melted down padlocks I bought at the salvage auction for the Eastern Michigan Asylum. This place was built in the mid 1800s and was demolished back in 2000.
The bead in the middle of the gate is depression era uranium glass. The glass is actually tinted with uranium and will get a response on a Geiger counter. The glass 'eye' also glows under blacklight.
The next pair is the first one I did using an all brass body. There is a flip down lens that is currently housing an ornate grill made out of cast zinc. I didn't make the grill, I found it in a box of stuff and thought it would look nice here.
All of the goggles I have shown have used the basic techniques illustrated in my instructable plus some creative flourish. I have gotten two messages so far from folks who have used my tutorial to create a pair of metal goggles.
I really despise the spray-painted crap rolling out these days. Not the goggs some punk puts together with what's in his kitchen or with the tools at hand. That's cool, my highest respect for you. I mean the pure offal being slapped together and sold on eBay and the like.
I have put out an offer to anyone in the SE Michigan area who thinks they can't work with metal to come on over to my workshop and we'll bash something together. No charge, I have the tools and materials. That iris shutter goggles I did only cost me about $5. My most exotic tool used was a power drill.
But for the love of all gods...
Plastic is Not Steampunk!