Introduction: Steampunk Shutter Shades

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Ever want to look like a rapper from the 19th century? Well then, today's your lucky day because this Instructable will teach you how to make a pair of steampunk shutter shades! They are pretty easy to make once you get started and look nice when worn on the face, hat or around the neck.

Step 1: Materials

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Items needed:
Circular vent covers (aka soffit vent grilles)- just a dollar from the hardware store
Simple leather purse- Goodwill
Maybe a clasp or buckle- may come on the purse or fabric/hobby store

Crazy glue

Step 2: Preparing the Vents

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To prepare the vents you must first remove the wire mesh. Just put your screwdriver into the middle of the wire and use the edge of the vent as a fulcrum and the mesh should just slide out in one piece.
Next, wedge a blade of your scissors under the lip of the ring that goes around the actual vent and cut- it'll just pull off then. My vents are made of tin so they were no problem to cut, but they are also a little easy to bend out of shape so be careful about that.

Step 3: Cut Up the Purse

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Now find and cut out an area of the purse with no seam that is large enough to cover the vent and wrap around to the back.  Once that's out, trace the outline of the vent part that sticks out in the center of the leather.  Remember when you cut out the circle that it's better to cut too little than to cut too much.  Next, fit the vent though the new cut and repeat for the other eye.

Step 4: Crazy Glue and Scissors

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Glue down the leather where it touches the tin.  Then cut off the leather that won't touch the rim of the vent when folded tightly down.  This next part will take some time and precision: cut V's (not y's, the edges overlap and make the border look lumpy when glued down) into the leather and glue the flaps down.  Also do this to both vents.

Step 5: Connecting the Vents

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Now take a piece of the purse strap that is long enough to go across your nose and fold over the sides of the vents.  Cut the strap so only the bottom piece of leather can fold into the vent wall by cutting off the seem and top layer of leather.  Make sure the vents' slot are horizontal and then glue where the leather folds are and to the tin sides after.

Step 6: Headstrap

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Once you have a another piece of the strap that is long enough to go around your head and fold into the vents, do you same as you did attaching the vents together.  You may want to add a buckle or a snap of some kind as a way to secure the goggles on, but I just oped for the simple band.  Once that's done, you have a nifty pair of steampunk shutter shapes that you can see out of pretty well.


Tobi Davis (author)2016-02-29

Awesome. I'm so going to make this to go with my top hat.

Triggerhappy101 (author)2014-08-29

**Looks at map.*** WE HAVE TO GO THIS WAY! ***Falls off cliff***


CrystalB01 (author)2014-07-26

They do look really nice with a top hat

Win Guy (author)2013-04-28

GAAAH! Too awesome. Thanks so much for this 'ible!

modog4000 (author)2011-08-26

this would look amazing if you put a red LED in them so in the dark you would see a red glow coming from the glasses

acidbass (author)2010-03-03

that is so 80's ...................I love it!

st.paul (author)acidbass2010-03-03


acidbass (author)st.paul2010-03-03

the vengeance of the 80's lol no prob keep up the good work

monsterlego (author)acidbass2011-08-04

would that be the 1880's ? lol

acidbass (author)monsterlego2011-08-16

lol good one

hvargas (author)2011-05-30

hey bro love these shades looking to make my own but can yu give me a link to a bigname hardware store i cant seem to find the vent

st.paul (author)hvargas2011-05-31

that's about the closest thing i could find. from there, you might want to do some more looking online. when i made these, i didn't realize how hard to get those vents are.

Jew934 (author)2010-10-28

Can you actually see through these things?

st.paul (author)Jew9342010-11-01

yea, but they do obscure your vision some. i would wear them and walk around but not operate heavy machinery.

Ryutso (author)2010-05-31

What "local hardware store" did you get your vents from? The only ones in my area are big names like Home Depot and Lowes.

st.paul (author)Ryutso2010-06-01

ace hardware- i guess it isnt exactly a 'mom and pop' operation but the one i go to sure seems like one

SLRMC93 (author)2010-05-27

Cant wait to start making one of these they look amazing nice job!

st.paul (author)SLRMC932010-05-27


H-Sama (author)2010-04-06

they look very nice, and ive been trying to find a use for those vents besides their intended use. but 2 things one to say and one to ask. first the say, when using your foot as reference to size, it looks like your making a big flat bra. as for the question, it may be a bit personal, but, are you missing your pinky toe? and if so is it just the one or are you missing both?

st.paul (author)H-Sama2010-04-06

lol i have 10 toes, my pinkies are just small and kinda curl under my foot.

SunTzu93 (author)2010-04-06

I'm doing these for a school project. xD

st.paul (author)SunTzu932010-04-06

awesome- post a pic when you get them done!

Morrighan (author)2010-03-24

Very good, you're not going to see very much but it looks really cool...XD

st.paul (author)Morrighan2010-03-26


bigweaseldaddy (author)2010-03-05

Ahh, goodwill purses. Steampunk's best kept secret. Use them right and people will call you a liar when you tell them you made your goggles. And available in so many colors! 

st.paul (author)bigweaseldaddy2010-03-06

lol indeed

JingleJoe (author)2010-03-04

oh fiddlesticks, I was hoping you made the vents from scratch, I think I know how to do it but I need to make a jig.

st.paul (author)JingleJoe2010-03-04

sorry, but good luck on the jig if you do decide to make one.  also nice avatar- i love that movie, kroenen's awesome.

kotarski (author)2010-03-01

these are so cool and would go well on halloween

st.paul (author)kotarski2010-03-03

thank you!

watermelonhead (author)2010-03-01

I thought shutter shades were cool...

but now...

They're AWESOME!

st.paul (author)watermelonhead2010-03-03

lol thanks!

okoshima (author)2010-02-28

i think shutter shades look stupid and are pointless....


these are a nice pair of goggles, and it works somewhat...

congrats enjoy your 5*

st.paul (author)okoshima2010-02-28


jerry rigger (author)2010-02-28

i wonder what it would look like in brass??

st.paul (author)jerry rigger2010-02-28

oh man- now that would be Victorian-era ballin'!

Mr. Squiggles (author)2010-02-27

This instructable is great and I'mma let you finish. I'mma let you finish but the legway is the best steampunk instructable ever.

The googles are honestly good, though.

st.paul (author)Mr. Squiggles2010-02-27

lol i was waiting on an 'imma let you finish' joke.  anyway thanks and indeed the legway is mighty awesome.

foxtrot4697 (author)2010-02-27

i wouldn't want to look like a rapper at all. But nice ible anyways

st.paul (author)foxtrot46972010-02-27


Doldrum (author)2010-02-27

 an instant fave!  It's a great twist on a classic!

st.paul (author)Doldrum2010-02-27

thanks a lot!

Kiteman (author)2010-02-27

Can you see out of them...?

st.paul (author)Kiteman2010-02-27

pretty well though i wouldnt operate heavy machinery in them.

greenseeker (author)2010-02-27

"seem" should be "seam"

st.paul (author)greenseeker2010-02-27

fixed, thanks

geekazoid (author)2010-02-27

 cool, but I think you meant the 20th century (1900s) not 19th century (1800s)

Doctor What (author)geekazoid2010-02-27

 Steampunk is largely based on victorian era style meshed with the industrial revolution.

The victorian era was in the 1800s. 

geekazoid (author)Doctor What2010-02-27

 sorry, my mistake...

1tri2god (author)2010-02-27

I love the design!  But we don't have the vents in the hardware store here in NY.  The cheapest I've found them online is like 3 or 4 dollars each...where did you find them for a buck?  I'd order them in a heartbeat if I could!

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