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Would it be safe or applicable to make Airsoft goggles from soda bottles? Answered

I was recently working on This Instructable when I realized something. I was pumping up soda bottles to very high temperatures, and then shooting them with guns to make them explode, you know, for the lulz. I tried to set the targets off with an array of powerful Airsoft guns, and they would simply not explode, or leak, or dent, or really do anything but go *plink*. These bottles were pressurized at about 80 PSI, and I was shooting at pretty close range (okay, closer that was really safe, but let's just disregard that right now) and nothing happened to the bottles. This got me thinking. I depresssurized the bottles, and went after them at a range of about half an inch with all of my Airsoft guns. Not a scratch.

The plastic in these bottles is clear and flexible.

My basic question is this: do you think it would be safe to make these bottles into goggles for Airsoft?

I have been wanting to build some different masks for a while, to my own design, but the lenses have always been a problem, because they are expensive, inflexible, and cannot be easily cut or shaped. This bottle material is clear, practically free, appears to be just as tough, and can be layered without any visual distortion.

What say you, Instructables?


I wouldn't risk it. If you want to make a good pair of custom goggles then (assuming your in the US) go to your local Home Depot/Lowes and pick up a $8 sheet of 1/8 inch Acrylic and a $25 Heat Gun.

You can easily cut the acrylic to square or rectangular blacks buy scoring it with a razor and snapping it at the edge of a table. Any further shaping can be done with a Dermal and sanding wheels. If you want to bend or curve the acrylic then heat it up with a heat gun. Just keep the gun a good 6 inches from the piece and use a stead back and forth motion across the piece till it becomes flexible.

Ok, I will try that for my mask. Any specifc reason why you find the soda bottle idea to be unsuitable?

Your misleading yourself on the protection they offer. Besides you'll get a better looking set of eye ware with the acrylic. If you go with a sheet of Lexan you'll have even more protection and they can be used as regular safety glasses. When it comes to your eyes you can never be too careful.

Okay, I suppose you may be right. I am just following basic scientific research method here, observing that the plastic meets the standards of safety of my needs. If I ever do make goggles from it, don't worry, I will use multiple layers and stress test the crap out of it. You are right about eye safety.