While I myself do not consider goggles an absolute necessity to Steampunk fashion, there are few pieces that so enhance a Steampunk’s overall presentation as a pair of impressive goggles. Finding that right pair of goggles, however, is something of a challenge. You want them the  be as unique as your own style and definition of Steampunk, but finding that perfect pair is difficult when a lot of goggles that are available these days just have gears glued to the sides of a standard goggle. Thanks, but no thanks.

The goggles created by atomefabrik, however, are works of art. Gorgeous in their handcrafted detail, these goggles are sure to give you the exact look that you want. Check out the full image gallery for goggles to see all the wonderful designs.

Atomefabrik is dedicated to creating original, hand crafted designs by the artist. The website’s About Me Section is particularly illuminating as to the maker’s philosophy, which, in my mind, is perfectly in line with how Steampunk should be thinking about itself:

“atomefabrik” is the name for my “autonomous manufacture of possible items”,

autonomous= AtomeFabrik is a small business , independant, free of any constraint set by a conservative marketing line or enchained to some bank loans. By “small” I mean = I do the work alone, designing, engineering, manufacturing, packing, web design, emails, and all the cleaning…and I don’t want to grow big.

manufacture= all items are handcrafted using craftmanship processing, which means conventionnal machining rather than high productivity stamping or CNC machining; bolting and riveting rather than robotic welding, hand assembly etc…human “imperfection” rather than mass production ! Like any craftmanship this manufacturing work comes at a cost. Generally speaking by buying from a craftsman you contribute to the making and the perpetuation of unique and true skills that would desapear otherwise, because, honnestly, that’s the way it is.

possible Items= anything at all, I just try to experiment what Victor Hugo said: ” Possible worlds are a fantastic matrix”

Amazing art and a fabulous philosophy behind it. Be sure to check it out!

Digitally Fabricated Steampunk Goggles

All you Steampunk Makers out there have quite likely heard of MAKE Magazine, a do-it-yourself magazine loaded with all sorts of projects for your amusement. If you haven’t, please check out their website. I think you will like what they have to offer. Although they are not a solely Steampunk undertaking, their projects can certainly inspire the Steampunk inventor to craft his or her own contraptions.

MAKE Magazine also has its own blog and recently did an impressively in-depth article on artist Matt Borgatti’s digitally created Steampunk goggles.

This article stands out to me because it goes into considerable depth about the creative and technical process for creating a pair of truly unique goggles. I was particularly impressed by the concept of digitally designing the goggles.

And for all of you who are covetous of Mr. Borgatti’s goggles, you’ll be very happy to know that his designs for the goggles are open source. You can find all his 3D files, leather patterns, and some stitching instructions on Thingiverse. He also created some files that are ready to cut through Ponoko (for sale), and prepped all the goggle hardware for 3D printing over on Shapeways.

DIY Goggles

One of the downsides of Steampunk is that it is somewhat expensive. It takes no small budget to equip a Steampunk’s wardrobe and home in the proper aesthetic, which is why I am a fan of these low cost, do-it-yourself goggles by Fenris the Red Wolf on DeviantArt and their personal website.

The tutorial below links to Fenris’ website, Fenris Designs.

Click here for the Deviant Art version, which is where I obtained the instructions.

I hope that you enjoy this project!