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Steampunk Storm Goggles by Windthin Steampunk Storm Goggles by Windthin
This is part showing off my new goggles, part tutorial.

These are my rain goggles. Mind you, I didn't make them to be that originally; I just saw these mesh brazier tops and had an idea. But yesterday, when I was out and about in nasty rainy weather, I discovered their true purpose. They cover my glasses and help protect them from the rain and mist (along with my hat brim, naturally). Because they have no lenses themselves, they won't fog up or otherwise impair my vision. These actually have a surprisingly good field of vision; I can see my feet through the gap at the bottom, I I have excellent peripheral vision and I can see perfectly well in front of me save for a tiny blind spot that isn't even the width of my hand; binocular vision swiftly overcomes it.

To make these I took the lids from two incense burners, bought a foot of tubing for seventeen cents (with tax, and I didn't even use it all), and used memory wire to help it keep it shape, electrical tape to seal it, and copper thread to anchor it into place for each eyepiece. There are eight anchor points in all, each kept separate so that if one breaks the others will hold it together and it can be easily fixed.

From there I put holes into the tubing and ran wire through to attach a belt strap band (less than two dollars at a thrift store) and a nose piece. The nose piece is wire wrapped in more wire with the leather thumb I took off a glove I converted wrapped opened up and wrapped about it and held in place with more wire in a decorative fashion. These are surprisingly light-weight compared to many of the goggles I've worn, perhaps due to the lack of lenses.

As with most of my goggles, these are designed so that they can be worn over glasses, though they can also be worn by those without glasses, as I always make the straps adjustable.

The bottom photo displays one of the eyepieces from the back, showing how the wire was passed through the tubing (using a needle to make the initial holes) and the thread was anchored.
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This... Is incredible. Seriously, It's the perfect picture I have of a Steampunk gentleman. If I saw you in person, I'd have to give a bow! The outfit combined with the goggles is a perfect piece, I might have to watch and hope we see some more awesomeness like this! Not only do the goggles perfect the outfit, the way your hair is just below your shoulders and the shape of your beard, it's complimenting the way your outfit stands out. It tells me "Gentleman, with a wild side that you have yet to see... And you'll have to stick around to find it."

Keep it up, can't wait for more!
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Joypitfender Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Ok!!!
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Windthin Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2016  Professional General Artist
Thanks, one of my favorite designs ever these.
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GHancock Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Professional General Artist
They would also be very handy to protect your lenses from physical impacts from rocks or debris.... or bird strike, should you be on a zeppelin!  :)  Another great piece!
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Windthin Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Professional General Artist
Oh yes.  There's a reason I call them my storm goggles.  I didn't expect when I made them just how useful they've really proven to be!
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GHancock Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Professional General Artist
I'm one of those fans of Steampunk that still needs to dose a little reality in with design... you can't just stick brass plates, gauges, tubes, and springs all over something to make it work for me; it has to feel like it has purpose and function.  Your stuff is a great example of that, especially on an explorer/adventurer level.
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Windthin Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you.  I try to make my creations practical, since this is how I dress on a daily basis, so it must be able to hold up to, well, me.  I'm constantly tinkering and altering and working to make things better, too.
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PrussianAwesomenes Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013
Those goggles are very impressive. How I wish to have a pair like these. I admire your work quite a lot, my good sir. Keep it up.
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Windthin Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Professional General Artist
It's very doable.  The parts I used were: two lids from a pair of incense burners (braziers), a yard of plastic tubing (cost me 17 cents and didn't use all of that), copper-colored thread and a needle, brass wire, and an old belt from a thrift store for the headband.  I put extra holes in for a more precise fit, and you want a nice thin one so it fits easily over your years.
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PrussianAwesomenes Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013
Thank you very much! I'll see if I can do them as well as you.
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Jin-Saotome Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I love the mesh look. You don't see that very often, more lenses on goggles and the like., Nice!
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Windthin Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks. They've actually proven to be quite practical. Most of the time I hardly notice the mesh, and often at this point it fades out entirely for me. I have a wide range of vision and they're surprisingly good at keeping the rain off my glasses, not having lenses themselves to get wet. Also, they've proven pretty useful against high wind, breaking it up so that between them and my glasses it doesn't bother me much. I'll definitely be experimenting with similar models in the future.













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Jin-Saotome Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
A better field of vision... I can see that! Heh, heh...yeah.
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Windthin Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Professional General Artist
Gah, Ignore the spaces and stuff at the bottom; one of our birds did some 'typing' while I was off cooking and I didn't delete it all like I thought apparently.

I've made a lot of different styles of goggles, though, and field of vision often suffers with them, so a pair I can see decently with is nice.
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xxMossfacexx Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is insanely cool.
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Windthin Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Professional General Artist
They were really a lot of fun to make. The moment I saw those incense burners I had to have them for the lids. Of course, now I have two lidless brass burners to do something with. They have a nice ring when you hit them, like bells, that gets me thinking I can turn them into something. ::chuckles::
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xxMossfacexx Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well with creativity like you appear to have you should be able to make something nice and unique!
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JARM13 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Excellent project . I think if you could do a neater job with the wire on the temples it would look so much better though .
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Windthin Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you. I like to go for a certain roughness to the look often. Admittedly, there's always the chance I'll do a few more touch-ups; I am constantly tinkering with things, and as is I had to scrap the first set of pictures I took after I made some adjustments. ::chuckles::
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orype Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013
This is what every steam punk enthusiast needs.
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Windthin Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks! To date I've made five other sets of goggles, and these might just be my favorites for how different they are.
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Bairdsgirl11797 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Badassery, at it's finest :clap:
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Windthin Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks! I've been surprised with how well these worked out!
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Bairdsgirl11797 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
No probs! There really cool :happybounce:
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