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  1. Beancooker

    Beancooker Oakley Enthusiast

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    So I was running out of room and how I want to store my glasses. I like keeping the X-Metals open. I figure the less they are opened and closed, the longer life I will get out of the flex coupler.
    I had tinkered with many different ideas using acrylic. Everything I came up with, looked like I would have bought it at the dollar store. Needless to say, it's not going inside my case if it looks like crap.
    I saw my reflection in a copper pan at home and an idea was sprung. Copper tubing?

    Last night I headed over to the local Home Despot. I took a look at the copper tubing and a 10' stick was $10. I grabbed four elbows, two "T" fittings, two cap ends and two stub ends. Home Despot made off with about $25 of my money, not too bad I suppose.

    This is what I ended up with plus the 10' stick.

    Built A New Sunglasses Stand - IMG_0355_zps1c21bcf2.jpg

    I break out a bottle of alcohol and start removing the damn UPC stickers. Once the stickers and glue is gone, I take out the can of Brasso and polish everything to a bright shine.

    Built A New Sunglasses Stand - IMG_0357_zpsc1ae732d.jpg

    Now I start measuring and cutting the tubing. Everything starts to fit together nicely. I start sweating (soldering) the pipes together. I get half way through and realize it's bedtime. Damnit. I let the pipes cool and clean up the kitchen. This is where I left off.

    Built A New Sunglasses Stand - IMG_0359_zps1bdb9808.jpg

    Fast forward to after work today. I put together a vanity set for my wife and eagerly await her departure for work. She's not too keen on me tinkering with stinky chemicals and torches in the kitchen.
    Now that I have the house to myself, I start sweating the last of the pipes together. They look like crap when I am finished. The torch has a tendency to oxidize copper very quickly. Out comes the trusty can o' Brasso again. Ten minutes later it is done. It would be really fitting if I had some copper Penny's to display on this... None the less, this is what I created.

    I would really love some honest feedback. If you think it looks like crap, please tell me. I don't want to display trash in my case. If you like it, that is great too and I'd be glad to hear it.

    Here are the pics of the completed project:

    Built A New Sunglasses Stand - IMG_0364_zps09529347.jpg

    Built A New Sunglasses Stand - IMG_0366_zps5d58bead.jpg

    Built A New Sunglasses Stand - IMG_0369_zps15fdb699.jpg
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  2. OakleyGuru379

    OakleyGuru379 What is that thing?!

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    It looks awesome! But maybe it would look better painted silver.
  3. Installking

    Installking Oakley Collector

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    Looks killer good idea
  4. Oakley-olic

    Oakley-olic Oakley Expert Premium Member Lifetime Member

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    Maybe throw a few Copper Penny's on those.
  5. Patient_Cero

    Patient_Cero Oakley Collector

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    Nice, very clean looking, copper is perfect! It goes with the mindset of what was going on at the time the X-metal line was designed, out of the box thinking. A copper Penny would be the cherry on the tree eventually.
  6. qtrain23

    qtrain23 3D Printing Protege

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    better paint it or something or it will corrode in about 3 days
  7. Beancooker

    Beancooker Oakley Enthusiast

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    I'm not too worried about corrosion. It will oxidize in time, but that will take a while. It's easy enough to polish a couple times a year. I don't want to paint it because I like the copper look. I am worried that clear lacquer would cause uneven oxidization and I wouldn't be able to polish it away. I did consider salt and bleach to cause it patina green, but that wouldn't fit well in the case.
    That's about the coolest comment I will ever receive. Thank you.
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  8. Brettc10

    Brettc10 Oakley Expert

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    Great job Beancooker!!
    Unique idea, Looks great in the case!!

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  10. washi me sensie

    washi me sensie The Oakley R┼Źnin

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    cool idea bro!!!