More recently, I came across a piece of scrap brass, already drilled with thousands of holes.
After months of reminders from Conker-X, I eventually brought my goggle bang up to the 1890s...
(This instructable only details my own goggles - Conker will be publishing his own goggles when he gets time.)
Step 1: Lenses
Drop the circles in place, screw on the frames, and they're done.
In practice, it was a little more involved, as I had to use my rotary tool to cut and grind some corners off to make them fit. If you do this with a power tool, you MUST wear proper eye-protection. With both the cutting and grinding wheels, I could feel a steady rain of particles on my skin, and hear them on my safety glasses. Hospitals might be able to remove iron filings from your eyes with a magnet, but I have no idea how they would deal with sharp pieces of brass.
Step 2: Decoration
We usually go to the annual Henham Steam Rally. - with dozens of stalls selling vintage and scrap machinery, what better place to pick up our materials?
We found some old-looking springs, an interestingly-rusty square-linked chain, and a couple of small brass knobs.
We both selected parts from our haul, and arranged them artistically around the goggles.
Step 3: Fixings, part 1
The short spring went onto the goggles' bridge - I simply threaded it over the existing chain, hiding the original chain with a scrap of black tubing, because it reminds me too much of a plug-chain.
The brass pieces, which probably started life as small drawer-handles, had long sharp threads on them. I didn't relish having these pointing directly at my eyes, so I trimmed them with a cutting wheel.
I used a wood-bit to drill holes in the sides of the goggles, and fixed the brass parts in place with a little Gorilla epoxy.
Step 4: Fixings, part 2
I drilled two more holes in the goggles, and threaded shortened screws through from the inside.
I bent the spring in half, and slotted the ends over the screw-stumps. The spring's own springiness kept the whole arrangement solidly in place.
It was extremely tempting to cover the goggles in springs, or paint them, but I like the black-and-green scheme, so I decided to stop there, before I went too far (for my own taste) and spoiled them.
Step 5: Are they still safety goggles?
They are decades old, so it is likely the plastic they are made of no longer meets modern standards (if it ever did).
I left the plastic lenses in behind the brass, so they're still dust-proof, but the holes I drilled will have compromised the structural strength. The epoxy might replace some of that strength, but I doubt it.
I might still wear them to protect against wood-dust, but not against flying metal or chemicals.
But, they're a good start to an eventual steampunk outfit.
I think, maybe a hat next...