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Topic: Beer Goggles and Top Hat - Steampunk'd with Beer Cans/Tabs!!  (Read 10813 times)
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mieljolie
« on: April 06, 2012 10:49:04 AM »

I was wanting a "tabistry" project to make to donate to a silent auction at a Steampunk event we attending this past weekend.  So, as I normally do, I looked around for what I had on hand to make something with.  Who knew the project would be perfect for this challenge, too!  Though, it's never spring cleaning in our house, where everything is fair game for a crafty project all year round.  Wink



Materials:
 - 2 Beers
 - Scraps of leather
 - Green-tinted Plastic from Soda Bottle
 - Can tabs
 - Remnants of Polar Fleece
 - Aluminum Wire
 - Rivets

Here's a shot of some of the materials used:



That's all it took to make these!  (Excuse me while I just pose them so elegantly on this old candlestick atop this old weathered palette.)



The hat is made like my other tabistry work, weaving can tabs together with fabric strips.  The remnant polar fleece I used on this one is part of an out of control stash I'm accumulating every time I go to the fabric store.  Seems this stuff is always on sale! And, with the additional discount for remnants, I can buy up the wide assortment of colors they have really cheap.  



I'm most happy with how the goggles turned out.  My family thought I was bonkers for making "beer goggles".  Such a supportive family I have.  No vision, I tell you.  



I used two Miller Lite Beers we had left in the back of the fridge from our last camping trip that were getting pretty old.  (Surprisingly still drinkable!)  The leather was all scraps form my sweetie's leather top hats.  (I can't throw anything away!)   The strap is attached with a larger can tab, probably from something like anchovies.  



The buckle is also a larger can tab, probably from a fruit can.  I don't find uses for these odd shaped tabs very often.  Made a perfect buckle!  



Here's a close up of the buckle.  I added a bit of aluminum wire I received in a craft swap.  



Inside I inserted some green-tinted plastic from a 2 liter Seven Up bottle I have saved.  (Yes, I told you I save everything!)  It is held in with the bottom of the can, which I cut out the center of.  The two layers of aluminum were sandwiched in between two layers of the leather and riveted into place.  So no sharp edges are visible.  Oh, and I forgot to mention that the leather was stained with bottle of old shoe polish I happened to have.

Hope you've enjoyed my entry!  I talk a little more about it and other projects like it on my blog here.

Good luck with your own spring (or not-so-spring) cleaning!
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« Reply #1 on: April 06, 2012 10:52:56 AM »

This is absolutely incredible.  Amazing job.  I kind of want to make my OH a set of beer goggles, now.
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« Reply #2 on: April 06, 2012 11:02:19 AM »

Hope you try it!  Just be really careful cutting the cans.  They're really sharp.  I used regular old scissors for most of the cutting.
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« Reply #3 on: April 06, 2012 12:10:24 PM »

I am seriously impressed by this! I didnt even realize the goggles were made of cans until a few pictures down!
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« Reply #4 on: April 06, 2012 12:38:27 PM »

This is the best pair of steampunk goggles I have come across so far! Awesome how your brain works  Cheesy

I have one question: How did you punch the holes for the rivets? It seems almost impossible with all those layers and the general shape and all.

Great Work.
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« Reply #5 on: April 06, 2012 12:50:29 PM »

how amazing and inventive!
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« Reply #6 on: April 06, 2012 01:02:11 PM »

Thanks for the comments!

...I have one question: How did you punch the holes for the rivets? It seems almost impossible with all those layers and the general shape and all....

I used a nail punch and a hammer to punch the holes in the aluminum.  We have a tool that punches holes for the leather, but the same nail punch works just as well.  All holes were marked and prepunched.  I got the leather wet and molded it to shape.  Punched one layer and marked through the holes to the next, and so on.  The rivets were solid and came it two parts.  You basically just smash them together.  To get to the hard to reach ones, I used a long pair of pliers with the tips covered with small scraps of leather so they didn't scratch the rivet tops.  Just had to squeeze really had to get the rivets to lock together.
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« Reply #7 on: April 06, 2012 06:36:52 PM »

Thanks for the comments!

...I have one question: How did you punch the holes for the rivets? It seems almost impossible with all those layers and the general shape and all....

I used a nail punch and a hammer to punch the holes in the aluminum.  We have a tool that punches holes for the leather, but the same nail punch works just as well.  All holes were marked and prepunched.  I got the leather wet and molded it to shape.  Punched one layer and marked through the holes to the next, and so on.  The rivets were solid and came it two parts.  You basically just smash them together.  To get to the hard to reach ones, I used a long pair of pliers with the tips covered with small scraps of leather so they didn't scratch the rivet tops.  Just had to squeeze really had to get the rivets to lock together.

Thank you for that additional information! I guess I was a little "lazy" thinking that all of that was punched at once!
Your way makes a lot more sense now Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: April 06, 2012 11:05:17 PM »

Wow that is a really cool and very detailed hat!
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« Reply #9 on: April 07, 2012 06:50:46 AM »

It's fantastic! Just great and so wittily!
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