How to Mod Goggles for Steampunk

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How to Mod Goggles for Steampunk
The steam engine train an the inspiration for the steampunk style. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

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
  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Spray paint
  • Faux leather
  • Fast-drying glue
  • Elastic strip
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
  • Replacement lenses (optional)

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  1. 1

    Take apart the goggles. Remove straps, foam pieces and lenses, leaving only the framework. Clean this with rubbing alcohol.

  2. 2

    Spray-paint the goggles the desired colour, typically gold or bronze. Allow the paint to dry for two hours.

  3. 3

    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.

  4. 4

    Trace the paper pattern onto the leather and cut out the shape. Glue the leather to the real goggles.

  5. 5

    Cut two leather strips to fit through the strap holes on each side of the goggles. Glue the strips to the goggles.

  6. 6

    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.

  7. 7

    Replace the lenses inside the goggles, or replace them with lenses of a different colour.

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