Monday, 15 July 2013

Now that I’m moved

Now that I have moved to my new abode (temporary accommodation). I don’t have a lot of space to do much … so I have to scale my experiments and prototyping to stuff that I can do in a small room and on a desk. Not a lot of scale really.

So, over the next couple of weeks, I’ll be doing some small scale prototyping of moving parts that I will be working up into a pair of steam-punk style goggles.

The basic design of the goggles will be a simple affair with two ocular apertures, ideally with some slotted eye-piece covers and a working mechanical iris.

The prototype goggles will be all about the “how to” and won’t necessarily involve a whole working model at the end of it.

I am going to start by making a single eye piece and see what I can make to “gussy” it up.

I also want to use the prototype as a workbench for acid engraving. I have some cupric acid that I have produced from doing some electronic PCB engraving, and I want to see how far I can go with this technique for an artistic design on brass-work. Later, I might even do some Dremmel pierced work on the frame as another piece of experimentation.

So … on to the plan.

I have bought a couple of brass rod and brass cylinders (including some nifty hollow hexagonal pieces). I want to use the brass rod and tube to make some brass nuts for the goggles. This should be fairly straight forward. Cut the rod, cut the tube, flux the rod, and braze. When the rod and tube are in one piece, use a tap and die to cut the thread on the nut and the goggle body where the nut will attach.

If you are interested in seeing some awesome steam-punk goggles … do a search for gogglerman, his stuff is truly inspiring.

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