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Steamy Honeymoon Goggles
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Bulb and reflector “Balloon” dispenser
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Plastic toy gears
When I received a last-minute invita- tion to a friend’s bachelor party, I needed to come up with a gift idea,
and fast. He was planning a steampunk-themed wedding, and I wanted to give him
something to fit the occasion. You know the
old design adage: speed, price, and quality —
pick any two. Well, for once, this project came
out fast, cheap, and great!
The gag gifts at the adult store were pretty
lame, but the novelty glow-in-the-dark latex
“balloons” had the right “wacky science” vibe.
Aha! In a flash, I had my concept: Balloon-Dispensing Steampunk Honeymoon Night-Vision Goggles!
A pair of plastic safety goggles provided
a sturdy and ready-made base on which to
hot-glue various parts. A pair of eight-sided,
threaded, plastic plumbing connectors along
with some green-tinted cellophane became
“night-vision” scope tubes. I glued on a
handful of plastic gears, along with a number
dial from a disposable camera, to add some
interesting mechanical details. The rest
I found in my broken-toy-parts bin.
Bob Knetzger is an inventor/designer with 30 years’ experience making all kinds of toys and other fun stuff.