Quick and Cheap Steampunk Spectacles

I made these spectacles (not glasses, since there is a lack of glass) so that I could have something fancy looking over my eyes when I act all steampunk. They are pretty simple and took less that half an hour to make, even will the fine tunings to fit, and costs about five dollars if you were to buy the materials new.

2 sink strainers
2 hose clamps (that fit around the strainers)
1 hanger

Pliers (with wire cutters)

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Step 1: Place 'Lenses'

Take a strainer and place it in a hose clamp so that when it will be on your face the screw points away from where the other strainer/hose clamp will be and the concave surface shows out. That sentence works best while looking at the second attached photo. Now do that one more time.

Step 2: Making the Bridge

Place the strainers over your eyes to get a good idea of how much hanger needs to go between them. Remember to take into account how of the wire will go in the slot of the clamp. Use the cutters on your pliers to cut a hanger to the appropriate length -mine was about 3 inches. Lightly sand the wire so it isn't that weird brown color and matches the other parts. Now just shove each end into the outer facing side slot, it should fit pretty snug.

Step 3: Now the Temples and Hooks

Temples are those things that holds glasses/spectacles on your face (I didn't know they had a name.)
This is kind of a trail and error process. Similar to the bridge part where you hold the lenses up and make an assessment on the width, do the same from the inner-facing, outer-slot of the clamp to the edge of your face and then bend it to your ears. Don't forget to leave enough hanger to bend behind your ears. This will be done best with pliers and then sand again. Place them in the inside-facing, outer-pointing slot of the clamp.

Step 4: Voila!

That's basically it, I believe. If you would like to go the extra mile, you could maybe get something to cover the ends of the temples like regular glasses or add some sort of nose pads for more comfort. I still may add a strip of leather or wire between the lenses to rest the spectacles on my nose higher. But anyway, thanks for reading and enjoy your new steampunk eye wear!

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    9 years ago on Introduction

    These are great. I like the use of the Jubilee Clips for the rims. If you look at steampunk goggles elsewhere, including some seriuosly expensive ones, you will note that many cant be seen through!

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    10 years ago on Step 1

    coolness. i never thought about using strainer pieces. im gonna see if i can use that for a gasmask im making instead of a tuna can

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    10 years ago on Introduction

    This looks very good, shame the last pic didn't turn out so well.


    Why can't people use Voila! without spelling it correctly...? viola

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    10 years ago on Introduction

    These don't help your vision though, do they? The holes look kinda big, but if you wanted you could make steampunk pinhole glasses which would be really cool imo.

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    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    no i dont think so, just cover my eyes. idk, i like the size but yea thats a cool idea, the next set im making will be steampunk shutter shades