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Steampunk Goggles: A Tutorial

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So far, this tutorial was used in the construction of:

Completed Works
Goggles by divinescape
The Gogglepatch by CabbyHat
Steampunk Horrible by FaustProuvaire
Stargazer Steam-Goggles by HiddenRelevance
Steampunk Goggles by BasiliskZero
Steam Punk'd Goggles by willielowman
Steampunk by 01000010
GOGGLES by TheElle
Steampunk Goggles by waterostrich
Brass Goggles Ver 1 by Reelah
Steampunk - Goggles - Edit by My-Friends-Are-Owls
My Steampunk Goggles by TimTheScarecrow
Steampunk Goggles by masquerangel
Twins Steampunk Goggles by Azralorne
Fun with Crafts by Inveighed
Steampunk Goggles by ladythesta
Steampunk Goggles 1 by Kenta-Rin
My Steampunk Goggles by nitemareking
Steampunk Goggles by Tal27
Simply Steampunk by CircusPup
Steampunk Goggles: Sorta. by Dragsis
D.A. Steampunk Googles by Ferreticus
Neovictorian Goggles by holy-descendant
steam punk goggoes by poetzy
Steampunk Goggles by Jemmikah-san
Steampunk'd by DavinciPixi
Canadian Steampunk Goggles by NymAulth
Steampunk Goggles by Rogue-Nakashima
Steampunk Googles by KellyZak
Steampunk Goggles by Kayne314
Steampunk goggles by MasqueradeLover
Steampunk Goggles by Jmaczek
Steampunk Goggles by ceanji
Completed! My Leather Steampunk Goggles by DreamSteam
Steampunk Goggles by raegar
Steampunk Goggles and Lenses by HDorsettcase
Steampunk goggles 2 by pwcca87
.:Steampunk Goggles:. by sisteroftheflame
Gogglefied by GaBrIeLlA123
Steampunk Goggles by Nightpunk
Steampunk Goggles side by pakak-plushie
Steampunk Goggles by BlueLint
Pineapple Goggles by angermuffin
Steampunk goggles by Soldier-Ell
costume goggles by xxnitrostarxx
Steampunk Goggles - Earhart by colormecrazi
Steampunk Goggles Activate by dinn
Halloween Steampunk goggles by Enocher
.Brass Goggles by evil-chibi3
Steampunk Aviator Goggles by kyphoscoliosis
Steampunk Goggles by Emoeba
goggles--finished by keyismykitty
heart Steampunk goggles by GodessFae
Ze Goggles by MugenOverlord
My Steampunk Goggle by RF-redfox
Airship Pirate by GhostArtwork
Steampunk Goggles by katiemae18
Daynon by danonx
Steampunk Cosplay 1 by Ciechi
My Steampunk Goggles by elinox
Steampunk Brass Goggles by Rammsteampunk
Steampunk goggles by Susan Gregory
Visionary goggles by Marco Antonio
Optician Goggles by RubberCucumber
3D Goggles by hawk-flight
Steam Punk Aviation Goggles by AnonymousDub
My first steampunk goggles I by LiadinLadonfang
Goggles 1 by Darkside0326
Steampunk Goggles by Alphawolfspirit
First steampunk goggles 5 by DreamingOfAutumn
finished steampunk goggles by Ookaminami
Punk. by SurvivalBiscuit
Steampunk Goggles by RetteMichMeineLiebe
Steampunk Goggles by AutumnPhyre
Steampunk Goggles by emma-hobbit
Steampunk Goggle by CaptainSeawolf
mein steampunk goggles by LemonadeSalads
SteamMason Goggles by Akayama
Me and my goggles (i made) by BarkIkiri
Steampunk Goggles!! by Zombrainz
Steampunk goggles by drakora5588
Cybergoth Goggles by Skarlet-Raven
My First Steampunk Goggles by TheGregoryThomas
Steampunk goggles or why I can't do crafts alone by princesssnowman
Brass Goggles by thousandkcity
Steampunk Sight by KatVampire
Winged Steampunk Goggles by Safe-As-Houses
3D Brass Goggles by Flashlighted
Steampunk Aviator Goggles by Ittarius
Look at what I made! by Jopale-Opal

If you choose to use this tutorial as part of a project, please let me know the result. I shall post a link to your goggles here. Let me see your creative side.

Made without special materials or tools, for under forty dollars USD. Ideal for anyone with a taste for the Neo-Victorian and with too much time on their hands. Therefore, tinkering, deviating, and rule breaking are strongly encouraged.

Materials used:
2 mason jar lids (detachable rings like you often see on gourmet preserves.)
tan suede leather
brass belt buckle
4 rectangular brass links
1/2-inch strip sheepshide, unshaven. Sample was cut from a chair cover
A little black oil paint
14 capnuts, 1/4 inch wide
2 wingnuts
a pack of eyelets
Grey smoked Plexiglass

Note that all materials listed are suggestions, not requirements.
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I really liked the whole tutorial! It was really helpful, and it was one that was actually the most helpful to myself. I immediately fell in love with these goggles. I have, unfortunately, yet to make them, but I believe that the ease of the tutorial will make the whole process rather smooth and stress free. I like how you leave enough leeway to allow many, if not uncounted changes to be made to suit a person's own preferences. I also am glad you were able to create these wonderful works of art with so few materials and money. I will definitely pass the word along. Long live the Streampunks...
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I love it! It was soooo helpful with my costume project (steampunk) that i was making for an art project, and the costume i was wearing to the local (?) anime convention that was last month. I think you are really good on stuff like this, and i they looked at several of your other things and they are amazing! I love you all <img src="e.deviantart.net/emoticons/s/s…" width="15" height="15" alt=":)" title=":) (Smile)"/>
I Love Your Art Work. Especially your steam punk stuff.
Lol now im basically just typing how much i like ur stuff to meet the minimum word count. lol. i think you should make more stuff like this <img src="e.deviantart.net/emoticons/s/s…" width="15" height="15" alt=":)" title=":) (Smile)"/>
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I've only seen a couple tutorials about making your own steampunk goggles and this is the best one so far! <img src="e.deviantart.net/emoticons/b/b…" width="15" height="15" alt=":D" title=":D (Big Grin)"/> I really like how everything was step by step and the outcome was awesome! The instructions are clear and precise. I especially love the lunch bit though haha <img src="e.deviantart.net/emoticons/s/s…" width="15" height="15" alt=":)" title=":) (Smile)"/>.....writing critiques are hard :I i always run out of words towards the end!!! Oh yeah! These would go perfect with all the random ideas i come up with for steampunk fashion. Thank you very much for posting this <img src="e.deviantart.net/emoticons/s/s…" width="15" height="15" alt=":)" title=":) (Smile)"/> I hope to see more sometime.
-sincerely with much admiration and very little words
FROGS-RULE!
miki-dia2199's avatar
thanks this will be helpful for the goggles that I'm aking
ghostmind309's avatar
What are those metal rectangular link things called and where (in Michigan) can I get them besides the Hobby Lobby?
FenrisDesigns's avatar
I usually see them in fabric and craft shops, among the buckles and fasteners (D-rings, toggles, perhaps even buttons and clip fasteners.)
Dunkelkatze's avatar
I'm making them right now and the connection of the eye-parts was a bit of a challenge. But the rest worked out just fine. They sure will look awesome in the end :)
FenrisDesigns's avatar
I hope so too. Good luck!
Lionwoman's avatar
No way, you have the same plate as I o_o
FenrisDesigns's avatar
Wow. And I'm willing to bet that plate's older than me. XD
Lionwoman's avatar
I think same as me
TheLadyCrimson's avatar
Can I hug you, I'd like to hug you for this! 
HUfan330's avatar
very cool. i might use this for my steampunk costume ^.^
Sampb's avatar
Great work!!!
camboss's avatar
That's so cool.
GhostBA1T's avatar
dammit i thought i was being original XD
DarthVannatter's avatar
Oh. My. Gosh. How brilliant you are. This tutorial is the best one I've seen and I've been searching for a goggle tutorial for two months. *thumbs up* good work.
haswaytoomanyOcs's avatar
These are so great. Do you take commissions for them?
FenrisDesigns's avatar
Unfortunately, no.
teachspiderstoread's avatar
how did you make they diy eyelets? A friend and I are making something like this for her comiccon cosplay
FenrisDesigns's avatar
I picked up a pack of eyelets similar to these at a nearby hobby store, but I think most fabric stores have them too. IIRC the halves can be hammered together or squeezed into place with pliers.
tomytieneblas74's avatar
Wow !! I'm a huge admirer of Steampunk and I like this DIY  tutorial here ! :D
capricorncat's avatar
who knows where to find lenses
FenrisDesigns's avatar
I went to a glass cutter to get my lenses done. Brought the jar lid along as a reference.
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