Dr. Horrible Goggles





Introduction: Dr. Horrible Goggles

Make yourself some shiny, new Dr. Horrible goggles!
Even better than Australia!

Step 1: What You'll Need

You will need the following:

-Lab Goggles

-2 Round-Potrusion-Things ~ I found I couple of round containers at an army surplus store. I have no idea what their intended purpose was, but I drilled them up so that they had eye-holes. You could also use the bottoms of two mini yogurt containers. Just cut them down to size and drill in some eye-holes.

-Round Sunglasses - All we really need are the lenses, so they don't have to be fancy.

-Gluegun and appropriate ammunition

-Black and silvery/metallic paint


Step 2: Lenses

Take the round glasses and pop the lenses out.

Step 3: What You See Through

Take the round lenses and glue them into the containers with the eye-holes.

Step 4: Basic Structure

Glue the containers with eyeholes onto the lab goggles. It should line up so that when you look through the goggles the world looks like you're seeing it through sunglasses.

Step 5: Black Paint

Paint the following areas black:
- the round protruding rims of the goggles
- the upper nose-bridge area of goggles
- the white knobs on the sides of the goggles

Step 6: Silver Paint

Paint all of the unpainted portions of the goggles with a silvery metallic color. I used silver paint with a little bit of gold paint.

Step 7: YES!

Now the nightmare's real.
Now Dr. Horrible is here
To make us quake with fear.
To make the whole world kneel.



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    This is a nice reproduction, but you could have saved yourself a ton of work by starting with cheap welding goggles. There are quite a few models out there that require very minmal modification other than a paint job (they're usually green instead of silver). Nevertheless, very well done.

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    Yes this is what I was looking for. I want an instructable of how to paint the goggles I already have. There are so many different kinds of paints, and the plastic fusion doesn't come in metallic colors.

    While I know this comment may be a bit late to be of use to you, it may be helpful to someone else. What you can do once you have the right goggles (whether you bought cheap welding goggles or used the above method to make similar looking ones) mask off the part you don't want painted with tape (if any), and spray paint black or white with a spray paint (spray primer would be even better if you can get it) that will adhere and not flake off of the goggles and will fully dry (stores like Orchard's or Home Depot should be able to tell you what would work for that material). Once dry (it should not be tacky at all), you should be able to paint the goggles with regular acrylic paints to your liking. Just double check that the spray paint/primer you are using can be painted on before you buy it. No need to waste money on something when you can just ask if it'll work for what you need. :)

    You're welcome. I made my own a while back and learned how difficult it was to paint the plastic material that they're made of. Just be sure to give yourself plenty of time to let everything dry. I would suggest planning a few weeks ahead just in case it takes longer to dry than you'd hoped. I spray painted some black rain boots white for this costume and they took way longer to dry than I thought they would. I ended having to wear slightly tacky boots.

    oh c'mon guys, where would the fun in that be? :D
    besides, even cheap welding goggles are more expensive than cheap-o plastic goggles and yogurt containers...
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    Heck, I got mine for TWO. And they look to be the exact ones used in the production, just painted silver.

     These are quite impressive. I don't care that welding goggles could possibly be cheaper, this is a great idea! and totally creative! Well done!

    Dr. Horrible is a blatant rip-off of Dr Steel. Dr Steel's glasses are so much cooler anyways.

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    Well, if you think "MAd Scientest" was created by Dr. Steel, I guess you could think that.

    In that case, Dr. Steel is a rip off of the dad on Power Puff Girls.

    I adore Dr. Steel, but Dr. Horrible is not only an awesome musical, he's got a totally different feel than Steel. For one thing, he's less competent, and not truly evil, at least not at first. There is room enough for both.

    (And yes, I'm a Toy Solder Scout. I think there's room for both.)

    To the author: Nice ible!

    Oh come on, 'Dr Steel: Read Along Album' then comes 'Dr Horrible: Sing Along Blog'... mad scientist with a long white trench coat and dark goggles x2, or how about simular promo posters? The only thing Harris didn't steal was Dr Steel's steampunk style. (No, Dr Steel did not 'invent' mad scientists, lab coats, or steampunk)

    That's awesome, you blame the NPH for a movie written, directed and produced by Joss Whedon. You really think Harris had much to do with the character and costume?

    The look is not new. The promo posters both fit the trope of Mad Scientist. In fact, both of them fit the trope of Mad Scientist pretty hard. What about the plot of, I don't know, the musical? The songs? Mad Horse? I'm not saying that there aren't similarities between the two characters, but I think you're going out on a pretty thin limb to say that "Dr. Horrible is stolen from Dr. Steel." When I was 20 I had a Mad Scientist steampunk character that created an army of evil toys. This was 11 years ago... I didn't lift that from Steel either. Things come from similar pools of ideas. The strongest piece of evidence for theft is the NAME of the two projects. :) I like both of them, and don't think that Dr. Horrible deserves the onus of plagiary.