Goggle in Steampunk Style With Use As 3D or Sunglasses




About: I´m workig as a technican for computer wiring in germany. Got a head full of ideas but so little time...

My first Instructable - please don´t be too hard.
I´m a dreamer and I am filled with fantasy and ideas. Most ideas stay at mine for a long time and grow to anything else, sometimes they die and somtimes there´s a spark that makes an idea impossible to wait any more.
As I found two TEACUP holders at a flaemarket for just 1 buck I knew I could´nt wait to build my own goggles.

Step 1:

As I understood is the meaning of the steampunk idea to design as a victorian that lives in the present. There will be many more explanations - my own stimulus was the impulse to do anything that escorts me since my childhood as I´ve seen Time Machine, 20.000 Miles under the sea or things like this.
The teacup holders were perfect to do this goggle job I wanted so first how to do this:
I wanted  to have two cylinders that look forwards. To get the right angle I made a dummy of paper in the right diameter and took a sissor to cut until my papercylinder looked forward in a mirror and fitted well to my face.
You can (and should) do every leveling you can do at this point if you want to build YOUR goggles. If you feel comfortable and look straight into the mirror you have a stencil for your soldering work.

Step 2:

To get the curve of the face to the cupholder sling it around and mark it anyhow. I used a edding and ripped away anything unused. To do it carefully I did it with a saw on my Proxxon but you can do anything you feel good.
The importand thing is: keep the original  as much as possible. In this case the original border should stay to represent the line to the face later.

Step 3:

It was easy to bend down the ring to the contour of my face and fix it with a wire.
Of cause it reaches not down the whole lenghth so it has to be cut at a unseen or unneeded place. To solder it I used a gas driven blowtorch and solder tin. The space  was filled with a matching brasspipe.
To fit  to the contour it was very comfortable to use wire to bend the ring down and hold it while soldering.

Step 4:

After having a piece for each eye it was to combine them and get a strap. I tried to solder my parts but as I have only the possibles to use tin it did´nt work... I had to do the hard way - filework and used some brass from letterpress printing. As I´m a printer I´ve got some brass pieces formaly used as lines in letterpress and formed the contoures for these goggles easyly by fileworking. At least I made some leatherstraps with springs (for the better look) as you can see in the pictures.
The opposite side of these tubes fitted well to the camera standard of 62 mm so I could screw in easyly two polarised filters here that can be adjusted  for 3D viewing or as any other use. It is easy replace them to any other photographic filter on the market as green red, cyan red or effects if wanted.

Step 5:

Because of the several questions and as I realise that it was a little bit to overhasty published I made some more pictures and do some more descriptions. But the work itself is done and it´s not possible to reorder pictures that shows the work as I´m not Miles O´Brian from Star Trek - I´m sorry for both of that.

As I explained the formaly soldering work to hold the strap didn´t do it. The first two pictures show the results before it broke down.
I had a piece of aluminium with two holes in a matching distance to fix it by working - anyhow I had to cancel this idea.

Next I tool a good and strong piece of brass that came to me as I´m a printer. It´s nearly 5 mm thick and thats matching to my plan to screw everything with M3 screws of brass. I made the lenght to fit over 4 of the holes marked in the picture - the outer to screw through the inner as space for the springs. Now I gave them a nice outfit with a file and marked the positions for the thread M3 through the outer wholes of the cupholder.

The briddle in the middle (I know that´s wrong) is made the same way. Of corse I could screw anywere I wanted. The space between the glasses was easy to find. As you know I wanted the glasses to point straight forward, That is why I made a stencil first. I just had to lay the cupholders on a board on my workbench and place my face upon. When I came up I had the perfect distance for me. I marked this on the breadboard with a pencil and a little mark on the cupholder and was able to find the same position anytimes (even without using my face) and had a stencil for more filework.

Step 6:

To do the straps I had no plan - I just vamped.
I had three springs with 8 mm diameter each so I took a brass tube of 4 mm diameter cutted two pieces of 18 mm down and made M3 threads at each end. I got to my sewing place where I had some chicago screws (screws with a thin but very wide head) and two ball screwnuts wich were good for combining a two-piece strap.

To prevent that the springs bite my hair I wanted to wrap the leather a little bit around and with this measure I did a bit of leather withe the slippery side inwards. The springs were colored with a bath in linseed oil and fire and I´m still not sure to use 3 or 2 springs at each side, thats why there are 3 springs but only 2 assembled..

The leather inside the cups were made by cutting carefully more and more and sewed by hand. I pressed them in weat and dried them with a small flat-iron. They are holded by the screws as you see.

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    4 years ago on Introduction

    This is brilliant, and you could actually make one of the lenses also have a folding magnifying lense if you want! Fantastically well done!


    I think it's just brilliant, and creative and better looking than most! Congratulations, well done! Keep it going... and ignore the arrogant jerks.


    5 years ago on Introduction

    This is EXACTLY what I was looking for! Absolutely WONDERFUL! Thank you.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Love the instructable. As my son said when he sent the link to me, there are loads of goggle instructables, but the special part of this one is the use of the cup holders. I agree it would be very hard to find similar materials to repeat this, but it is the idea that counts...if I find cupholders in the future I will know exactly what to do with them! Ignore the people who criticize... and your English is perfectly understandable and about 500 times better than my German!

    Would it be ok to pin your project on pinterest please?

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    The Rambler

    7 years ago on Introduction

    These are really nice. I love the ingenuity you show when choosing your materials. You have a really cool finished product that looks like each part was made just for these goggles, instead of being repurposed from other items.

    Excellent job.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Woah, woah woah! You go from a single goggle that you bent the wire in, to a final product with straps and everything?

    Okay, here's my Instructable for making a soapbox derby car.

    First, you get the box and you cut it out to have all your body fit inside.
    Then, you finish up with the wheels, the paint, and everything else and you are done.

    That's not really INSTRUCTING people now is is?

    Everything was going along smoothly, but then the abrupt 'finish' made it not really useful to me.

    How were the lenses fitted? How was the strap made? How were the distance between the goggles found out? What is the spring in the strap for? What are the two little things protruding off of the front of the goggles for? And hundreds of other questions that are not answered in here.

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    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    OK and here some answers:
    The lenses have a thread to be screwed in a camera lens. One cup took these tread from the beginning, the other got a minimal slit and little bending from me and it works too.
    The distance were found by holding the cups to my face. I bended forward and layd them on the table and I came up again I had the right distance down there...
    The strap would´nt be comfortable without gum or anything bendable. I like the springs much more for the steampunky look and as this goggle is not proven in any way I´m not sure if I do it with 4 or 6 springs. The two that are hanging around are spare.
    The little things in front are from the polarisaation filters. They will be adjusted by turning the glasses to any angle needed.

    Dude.. You sound like you are acting Like Mr.Bean.. Using Body Parts to measure the Distances, and all that Jazz.
    There is an Awesome Instrument in the Engineering and the Educational World known as the "Plastic Scale".. Use that to get the distance between your Eyes.
    The Rest as you say, that would be of cutting a dummy piece out of Cardboard is pretty neat.. much better to waste Card, than Metal.
    Good Work Though ;)

    Plastic Scale? Sorry I don´t know this and google gives me a lot of toys - mostly military.
    And what´s wrong to use originals for this? It worked well, fast, easy, completely without any costs and prompt. Perfect for doing it once, isn´t it?

    Ooooooh that easy...

    It´s a simple tool to measure any distance! Yes I got one or more and better ones and many better ones - but this woud´t help you anyway!
    If I would tell you the distance of my eyes or the distance between my teacup holders to fit around my own nose you could make goggles that fit me. Do you want to make goggles for me? I already made some for me and I shared this to impress you to make some for you - I don´t need more of them.

    So take your own face to find the right working measures for you. I am 194 cm tall (google says thats 6 feet and 4.38 inches) and I have serious problems to find glasses for me so why do you want to build anything that measures to anyone (or in this case - to me)?

    Maybe it sounds like I´m doing this in stupid ways (Mr. Bean) but at least I know everytimes what I want (I do measuring at any point and everytimes to place my tools right) and what I need to make it supply to me.
    The measuring of eyes are extraordinary difficult:
    First. you need the centre of the pupil of one eye. Do this alone in a mirror and you will see that you can´t look straight ahead with both eyes and fix a "Plastic scale". It is impossible to do this by yourself - and it´s not needed. An optician needs the centre of the pupils to bring the glasses in the best fitting positions to the pupils - in this case it´s realy not needed.

    These measurings are complete useless for me and for you too. It is complete unworth to know the distance between your eyes if you do it the "Mr. Bean way" because it wiil do it for this and this will fit for you and only for you! Got this?

    The point of this instructable is more to show you how to see the chances in the things you find than order the things you need. These holders are about 80 years old and are made in germany ore somwhere else in Europe or anything possible. What is your chance to find a matching pair?

    My chance to do the same thing is nearly zero. So I didn´t mind about a repeating, but the way to create a unique that solves for me was the first I wanted to do followed by to show how I did it. For more than 30 years I work with things that come or get found and make me thik to completely other uses. Most of them are unique and can´t be got from any store so it is unworth to know the size. It is not repeatable. Not for me and not for you. Not the measures but the idea!

    Maybe I´m wrong at instructables.com to submit my thoughts. But maybe there are more people like me who take the idea and do new and creative things with the inspirations they pick up here. People who doesn´t look for a thing to copy and paste.

    This goes not only to you - I wear this for some time now and I had to say this anywhere so it´s here now. I realy thank you for commend my publication.


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    I agreed with Spokehedz,

    Excellent job giving my roommate and I 10 solid minutes of absolute gut-busing gales of laughter. It was extremely amusing and brightened my day. <--Keeping my comment positive.

    As for the instructable, you clearly know how to use some tools and equipment but not a lot about documenting each and every step. Might also help if you explained what some of the equipment was that you used, since not everyone knows what as a "Proxxon" is.

    Step 3 is just a picture, the same one you used in step 2. Huh?? Is that like "Step 3: Look at this image for a while"?

    You're a printer? God help readers in Germany, proof-read, or were you speaking of the "Classic Fard Method" that gogglemakers of old have used for centuries, when saying "I had to do it the fard way".

    It's a very attractive piece of work but it seems that this is more a "showable" than an instructable.

    Now pardon me while I go build my soapbox derby racer, if I follow Spokehedz's instructions, I'm a shoe-in to win it!

    Love and kisses,


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    not to be mean, but using googling skills like "search google for 'Proxxon'"
    i found that it is basically a dremel tool


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Thank you for reading and telling about the mistakes. I corrected some but must say that I felt a little bit uncomfortably with the interface at this first time - I realy did´nt know what´s posted or not. But I´m a little bit better now!
    You´re welcome to look at the pictures as long as you want but such was not my intention.


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Yes, you´re right with your review. I wanted to do the whole work in a day and make a lot of fotos but I had to change some wrong solutions and so it went a evening step-by-step job in my lowsy cold workshop. First I soldered the little bridges with tin but this wasn´t strong enough.
    But the big point is that I don´t want to give a stencil for a copy - that wouldn´t fit in the meaning as I see these instructions - it is more the idea and the inspiration that I find in the instructables.com
    All the undescibed steps are simple filework, screws and a little bit of leatherwork - no glue, no tricks, no hidden alchemy ;)


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    First time instructable, did you miss that? These are pretty amazing goggles, and unlike a lot of 'steampunk', they serve a purpose as well as looking cool. If you needed more steps, do like the other people and ask for more steps. Snarking is unnecessary.

    If someone makes something impressive, you should be encouraging them, not smacking them around for their perceived shortcomings.

    I for one would like to see more from the headful of ideas....


    7 years ago on Introduction

    I don't usually comment but that is a fantastically made pair of goggles. Very funky but also they look REALLY comfortable. Good job.