See Through Eye Wear From Space Blancet

About: I like inventing things and solving problems. My available tools skills and materials frustrate me constantly. Writing instructables is a way for me, to stop ideas from turning in my head, to close the case ...

A foil mask that sticks to your face and that you can look through.

There are many questions, that interested me in building this.

I try to find out how I can train my imagination and visual thinking. One possible way might be to temporarily inhibit my vision, to force my brain to work harder on recognizing the things I see and to simplify the pictures I get as input.

An idea, that came up for me, when reading Daniel Kahneman's descriptions of experiments he had done in the Israeli army, that seem to show a positive correlation between myopia and intelligence and when reading Tempel Gandin's Observations of sensoric issues often going hand in hand with being a visual thinker.

I also wonder whether this might help people with allergies to protect their eyes against flying pollen.

And then there is the artistic aspect, an eeryness that I wanted to explore. To me this view of completely hiding the eyes looks very interesting, a bit like sun glasses, or sky googles, taken to an extreme. You literally mirror the other person, but it's very unsettling to look at some one with no indication of eyes. It looks very futuristic and cyberpunk, how the foil sticks to the skin and I hope it will be a very simple improvement for many costumes, to give them this little bit of extra strangeness.

Step 1: You Need

Paper

Scissors

Rescue/Space Blanket (some one made them From a pack of chips, see comments)

Pen

10 Minutes of time

Step 2: Marking the Positions of the Eyes on a Template

Holt a stripe of paper on your face and carefully mark the positions of your eyes. No need to bee super exact, just don't poke your eye out.

Step 3: Cutting the Template

Cut the approximate shape you want, make sure the template is big enough to cover the region around your eyes and small enough, so that it will not end in a part of your face, where you have hair. The foil will not stick to hairy parts of the head and it will not reliably stick to parts, that move and stretch a lot.

To get a symmetrical result, fold your template in the middle and cut away where there are no two layers.

Step 4: Cut Out the Eye Wear

Cut off a stripe of rescue foil and put the template on it. Mark the edge of the template on the foil and cut out the shape of your eye wear.

Step 5: Usage

Use fatty face cream, to make your face a bit sticky

Place the foil over your eyes.

Lift your eyebrows and smooth the foil against your forehead and the sides of your face.

Press the foil against your cheekbones and push the foil up a little, to create a bigger space between your eyes and the foil. Lower your eyebrows.

I find wearing this foil eye wear a very interesting experience, all my facial expressions result in the foil bending and rustling, my view is distorted, to different degrees, depending on how the foil is bend in front of me. looking in the mirror it's a strange feeling to see no indication of my eyes.

Now I just have to find how to best test the training effect, with out falling for wishful thinking.

Thanks for reading

Philipp

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    Thorondor95

    Tip 4 months ago

    How durable is this? With some modifications, you could make foldable pocket-sized eyewear.

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    PhilippW1Thorondor95

    Reply 4 months ago

    Yes, I think that would be cool. The mask is weak to tearing. I had it folded in my pocket, in a pack of tissues. It got stuck to the sticky part of the tissue pack and teared along the nose part. So enhancing durability has to take that into account.

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    I really like this. By 'rescue blanket', do you mean 'space blanket' ? (an older term). this would be a very thin mylar -aluminized. Besides the novelty, this would make a useful form of emergency sunglasses, especially if at sea or in snow, where the brightness can hurt your eyes. I imagine that the facial cream helps it stick well, so less likelihood of falling off when you bend over (e.g. gardening). But perhaps with the heat, this foil mask might slide off? Anyways, another option besides the rescue blanket would be to use recycled chip bags. I just made one from a small package of Frito's Corn Chips. Your idea might also work as a 'sleep mask' to block daylight out when traveling and needing to rest.

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    PhilippW1Sound View Counseling

    Reply 4 months ago

    Yes, as I learned through your comment, I meant space blanket and will replace the word in the instructable, because the connection to space flight makes the material way cooler to me. The mask can either stick with sweat or face cream, but I didn't want to mention the former, because it seemed distasteful, so heat shouldn't be a problem. I was astonished to find out, that one can see through space blanket and am surprised, that it works with a chips bag as well. Very cool, I will try that as well. What do you think about sharing your version via the "I made it"-Button, or make an entirely new instructable. Chips bags as material open entirely new options for how one can make this type of mask look (different from glossy gold) and how they can be used. With out fear to blind every one around with reflections for example, so that would be pretty cool. Thanks for the very interesting and nice comment.