Steampunk is an aesthetic, based originally in science fiction, that melds Victorian style with modern technology to create anachronistic inventions such as steam-operated air ships or computers that resemble manual typewriters. Steampunk-based fashion uses mainly brown and bronze tones, with leather and metal as the predominant materials for nearly every decoration. Steampunk goggles are an easy-to-make prop that can be used in a costume or as whimsical self-decoration. You can even use the goggles as sunglasses if you install ultraviolet light-blocking lenses.
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Things you need
- Welding goggles or swim goggles
- Rubbing alcohol
- Spray paint
- Faux leather
- Fast-drying glue
- Elastic strip
- Sewing machine
- Replacement lenses (optional)
Take apart the goggles. Remove straps, foam pieces and lenses, leaving only the framework. Clean this with rubbing alcohol.
Spray-paint the goggles the desired colour, typically gold or bronze. Allow the paint to dry for two hours.
Trace around the goggle lens shape onto a piece of paper. Make the pattern about 1/2 inch larger than the goggles on all sides. Cut out the paper pattern.
Trace the paper pattern onto the leather and cut out the shape. Glue the leather to the real goggles.
Cut two leather strips to fit through the strap holes on each side of the goggles. Glue the strips to the goggles.
Cut a strip of elastic about 6 inches long. Sew this elastic strip to both ends of the leather strips to make it easier to put on and take off the goggles.
Replace the lenses inside the goggles, or replace them with lenses of a different colour.
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