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:
- 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
Step 2: Cut Open the Baseball
Take the utility knife and cut along the sew line on the baseball. Make sure to cut deep! Once you've cut all the way around, peel the edge of one side up and pull it off. You'll notice a bunch of sticky threads on the inside; these can be peeled off from the outside leather.
Step 3: Ready the Leather
Remove all the red thread bits from the edge of the leather. Now take the utility knife and cut the leather in half down the skinny part. Next take the black spray paint and coat both sides of the leather pieces.
Step 4: Prepare the Eyepieces
Take your Gatorade lids and, with the utility knife, cut out circles from the tops of them. Try to keep the circles even and clean for best results. You don't want them too close to the edge either; try about a quarter of an inch in from the edge. Then take your metallic spray paint (gold would probably look best, but all I had was silver) and coat the entire outside of each eyepiece. Let these dry outside with the leather.
Step 5: The Strap
Take an old pair of jeans or jean scraps with the bottom hem and cut the hem off. The jeans I used had two parallel stitches on the hem, and I cut between them so the strap wouldn't be too thick. Then cut the loop open at one of the two seams. Now coat both sides of the fabric with the black spray paint and let that dry outside along with the leather and eyepieces.