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Steampunk Goggles

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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.
 
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Step 2: Cut Open the Baseball

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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.
kierens15 days ago

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

kierens kierens15 days ago

I never had the chance to make it.

Noah3606 months ago
would a soft ball work??
benfarhner (author)  Noah3606 months ago
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.
Xairathan10 months ago
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.
monsterlego2 years ago
cool, i made mine with PVC pipe, instead of Gatorade caps.
me to! :P
Xyyme2 years ago
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
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
I'm dedicating my weekend to this project.
I might substitute the Gatorade lids with something else though...hmmm..
Awesome!! =]
hi, does anyone know what size bottle the gatorade lids are from plse? and how is best to get the circle out thanks
Milk thing lids maybe?
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!
Delireus3 years ago
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.

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I am digging your work here! Those are VERY pretty!!!
benfarhner (author)  Delireus3 years ago
I absolutely love it! An excellent job. I'm glad you liked my instructable; it definitely inspired quite a work of art from you :)
newb2 years ago
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.
build522 years ago
what is steampunk?
jfarman3 years ago
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!) (=
okey
jfarman jfarman3 years ago
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.

Thank you!
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benfarhner (author)  LunaSweetBlood3 years ago
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 :)
LucDaRocka13 years ago
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.
Quinnamon3 years ago
i cut out a hole and then i used a "rat tail" file to sand mine down.
Captin694 years ago
you could use a Soldering iron to make the edges round thats what i did
but would the plastic melt to the iron?
LbpWaffles4 years ago

I LIKE IT BUT MAYBE THERE COULD BE SOME CHANGES BUT I HAVE NOT FIGURED OUT JUST WHAT TO CHANGE YET ANY ASWOME JOB
 

WHEN I FINISH MINE I WILL SHOW YOU A PIC

*facepalm*
Agreed.
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!
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
benfarhner (author)  naruto the ninja134 years ago
Actually I really like this idea. Let me know if you make a pair like this! I just might myself :)
 It seems Quite easy, but when you think about, EVERYTHING in this is interchangeable 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 interchangeability. 
saxman314 years ago
 these look pretty good
super_aceX4 years ago
I painted my set black and wove metallic green twine where the red tread used to be
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666man84 years ago
i was wondeing if i could use something different than a hem from some jeans for a strap.
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.
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benfarhner (author)  arch_angel074 years ago
I like how the strap turned out with the grommets! Nice job :)
are you serious? how is that matte black? good instructable though
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