Inspired by the other steampunk goggle instructables, I wanted to make my own, but lacked the resources, mainly leather. So scrounging around, I came up with these goggles using a baseball, the hem from some jeans, and a couple Gatorade lids. I managed to make these for a grand total of zero dollars, but some costs may arise if you don't have all the materials laying around.

Step 1: Parts List

Here's what you'll need to make these goggles:

  • baseball
  • two Gatorade lids
  • hem from jeans
  • thin clear plastic
  • black and metallic spray paint
  • needle and thread
  • utility knife
  • Gorilla glue or comparable adhesive
  • hot glue gun
i was wondeing if i could use something different than a hem from some jeans for a strap.<br />
<p>my idea was a childs leather belt</p>
<p>hey i found that if you use Arizona Sweet tea, Green tea,(the 1 Gal. Version) the design on the lid gives you a perfect circle to work with for the hole, I also learned that a three litre bottle lid when traced onto clear plastic fits perfectly into it.</p>
<p>wow love the goggle I made the ones like yours but I'm thinking on adding on stuff I'll try to show u if I can find my camera</p>
<p>Omgoodness!!!!!! Steampunk goggles!!!!!!!!! $ $</p><p> U</p>
I'm dedicating my weekend to this project.<br/>I might substitute the Gatorade lids with something else though...hmmm..<br/>Awesome!! =]<br/>
hi, does anyone know what size bottle the gatorade lids are from plse? and how is best to get the circle out thanks
<p>I used a drill press which worked pretty good and had pretty smooth edges.</p>
Milk thing lids maybe?
<p>I used a bunch of my money to buy all of the materials but when i spray painted the baseball it just got all sticky and never dried T-T</p>
<p>I never had the chance to make it.</p>
would a soft ball work??
A softball would definitely work, but you may need to cut it down to fit properly. The leather from a baseball is just about the perfect size.
A tip for getting out the sticky strings, use an exacto knife or some similar implement to take out the sticky strings clostes to the edges/seams of the ball, then yank hard. If you do it right the entire mass should come up like a web rather than strand by strand.
cool, i made mine with PVC pipe, instead of Gatorade caps.
me to! :P
Working on my own pair of these right now, tho I suggest some substitutes for the gatoraid caps; laundry detergent jug lids, and Arizona(tea) lids<br>I plan to use one of each, and hopefully it'll work pretty well. Also gonna use a more bronze/gold color for them instead of silver. I'll drop a pic by here once they're done...and once I have a camera lol
Using a baseball is genius!
I concur! I've been wanting to find some type of leather to use w/o buying from a fabric/material store since I don't really know how to cut or work w/it. The baseball hide's perfect, it's already got the perfect circular shape!
I just love these, I used it as a base for some goggles I had to make for a class. When I first saw your goggles, the edges of the baseball looked like a zipper track. I liked it so much I added zippers to mine. Everyone thought the idea of a baseball skin was genius, and I agree. Thanks so much for this tut, I couldn't have made mine without this. <br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Steampunk-goggles-3/" rel="nofollow">www.instructables.com/id/Steampunk-goggles-3/</a><br />
I am digging your work here! Those are VERY pretty!!!
I absolutely love it! An excellent job. I'm glad you liked my instructable; it definitely inspired quite a work of art from you :)
dude this is awesome, and thank you from actually doing an 'ible and not just putting pics like some people. and as for the lids you could take a dremel with a sanding drum and smooth out the inside.
what is steampunk?
curling iron!! if you don't want the edges to be rough and you have a curling iron you never use that might work! (i literaly JUST thought of this so i'll post whether or not it works!) (=
it didn't work. my iron didn't get hot enough
I love the instructable, unfortunately I don't have a baseball around the house. What I do have is a TON of tennis balls. Do you think those would work? I may sacrifice one anyway just to see but I would appreciate your input first. <br><br>Thank you!<br>L
I used a baseball because of the leather. Tennis balls are hollow and made of some kind of rubber material with a fuzzy coating, so you might be able to cut the shape you want but you probably won't have much luck getting it to bend the way you want or sewing it. Go to the closest high school and see if you can find one in the bushes by the field :)
hey wasup yeah im gonna use little pieces of pvc for the subsitute of the gatorade or powerade caps. but l love the baseball idea.
i cut out a hole and then i used a &quot;rat tail&quot; file to sand mine down.<br>
you could use a Soldering iron to make the edges round thats what i did
but would the plastic melt to the iron?
This is a great project. It's made of simple junk from around the house, it's easy to make, and doesn't sacrifice the looks!<br />
mabye instead of glueing the lids down glue what the lids screw on to down so you can unscrew the lenses and have another pair of lenses you can screw in so you can have regular lenses (for steampunk airship piloting lol) sunglass lenses,and weilding mask lenses (so you can weld and not burn out your corneas while looking steampunk<br />
Actually I really like this idea. Let me know if you make a pair like this! I just might myself :)
&nbsp;It seems Quite easy, but when you think about, EVERYTHING in this is&nbsp;interchangeable&nbsp;with anything about the same size. Baseball to Leather. Plastic to Glass (maybe), Jeans to leather strap. It's basically a guideline to making the goggles yourself, you can use ANYTHING though. And that's why I love this, The&nbsp;interchangeability.&nbsp;
&nbsp;these look&nbsp;pretty&nbsp;good
I painted my set black and wove metallic green twine where the red tread used to be<br />
Heres a pair I made, I used the tops of two water bottles for the goggles, and sacrificed a pair of old converse to make an adjustable strap. I took the pic with my phone so its not great.
I like how the strap turned out with the grommets! Nice job :)
are you serious? how is that matte black? good instructable though
The lighting was bad. You can clearly tell from later photos that it is indeed black, and fairly matte at that! Thank you :)
I used the bells out of an old alarm clock for the eyes instead and now I have cool metal bug eye goggles.
Oh, that sounds very cool. You should upload a picture of them!
hmm...I'm currently in the process of making mine and, I decided to skip the spraypaint and took my jean hem and dyed it with shoepolish (taking the idea from another comment on this instructable). I have found that spraypainting fabric makes it 'crunchy' so I decided to do this instead. It doesn't wipe off (so far) so maybe that's another idea?
where did you find the clear plastic?

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