Opera Glasses are wonderful, tiny, decorative tools for seeing important, faraway things- like your rivals, in the opera box across the way. But if envy of your friends drives you more than fear of your enemies, the jealousy glass might be more to your taste; with it you can see right into the box beside you!
The first binocular-like items, a pair of telescopes strapped together were made in 1608- a year before Galileo invented his (dramatically more powerful) telescope. Kepler invented the binoculars proper, giving the user a wider field of view. But the jewelry-like binocular opera glasses didn’t come into their own until 1830. The technology of these is non trivial; it’s important to be able to shape the glass precisely, to make different kings of glass, and of course, to make jewelry! (source and source)
Vintage Mid Century Travelers’ Opera Glasses via Vintage Way Treasures. Ships to US only. $8 USD
Vintage Regent Crystar Lenses 25x Opera Glasses via Vintage and Homespun. Ships to US only. $13 USD
Vintage 1960s Mother of Pearl Opera Glasses via Francesca’s Favorites. Ships to US only. $22 USD
Vintage Chevalier Paris Opera Glasses via Hiphuggie. Brass. Ships worldwide from Kansas. $49 USD
Annnnnd finally, the last of the Pax East 2014 cosplay photos! The quality was amazing this year. I tip my hat, distinguished ‘players!
PS I’m in the last photo because Snow White was somewhat insistent on the matter xD
Welcome to Part 1 of the Pax East 2014 photos! I am apparently become an old gaming fogey because I barely recognize characters anymore- but I respect the hell out all the work that goes into these costumes. Please reblog with tags if you recognize the characters!
Happy DIY Friday! Today’s project? A much cooler version of a diving helmet, using a globe as the base. Enjoy!
(Or, if you are super hardcore, there are these 1930s instructions…)
Seriously, check it out. And then check out the pictures.
To be entirely honest, if you want to avoid looking like a complete goof then this costume needs some weathering to make it look less like you’re the mascot for team steampunk. Nevertheless, it’s still cool- Standard Diving Dress is another piece of 1800s retro-sf fashion. The inventions and refinement of diving suits completely changed what was possible in underwater engineering, opening up a whole new world to humanity. Just think- what would similar suits could do for the terrestrial or aquatic species of your world?
E-textiles, aka soft circuits, are basically circuits made in cloth and an conductive thread rather than plastic and silicon- or, more generally, clothing that combines some sort of electricity based technology. By that definition, e-textiles have been around since the 1880s, when the combination of new technology and cheap household labor led some to believe “Electric Girls” and “Electric Boys” wrapped in glowing dresses and suits would soon replace stationary electric lights.
If you want some ideas for more modern projects, this is great place to start!
Shown Above: Sugar Skull E Textile Kit. Ships worldwide from the US. $10.25 USD
DIY Friday is delayed due to technical issues! Sorry :/