Steampunk goggles - every geek girl should have a pair.
A friend sent me two pairs of different style welding goggles ages ago, and in an effort to avoid other work, I decided to finally sit down and work on steampunking one of them. I bought faux dark brown leather to wrap around the eye-pieces, and a thinner strip of light brown faux leather for the strap. I deconstructed the original goggles down to their basic pieces, cut out circles for the lenses, pulled and stitched the leather into place - easily the hardest part. My original plan was to cut it up and glue it down, but pleating turned out to be the better option.
I painted the pieces that hold the lenses with copper enamel paint and a darker acrylic to ‘age’ them, then coated them with a clear seal. The ‘rivets’ are brass brads, left over from screenplay classes. I cut the tails off with wire cutters and pulled out a hot glue gun for the first time in a decade to affix them to the plastic. Natural exposure gave them a nice patina in a couple of days.
It wouldn’t be steampunk without gears, right? I bought some Tim Holtz mini gears from Michaels, and then just had to figure out what to do with them. I wanted them to appear practical, rather than just decorative, so I wanted them to move. I also wanted them to pop against the dark brown pleather, so I cut out small pieces of the copper sheeting I had, and pinned each gear through. When the gears were set so that they could spin, I cut around the copper and hotglued it to the goggles.
The final touch was the little tubes that I filled with blue and orange beads and affixed over the place where the strap attached to the cup to give the goggles the look of being powered by something science-y. Then I used a Tim Holtz buckle and some brass eyelets to make the strap adjustable. Unfortunately the design of the nose bridge means they can’t really be ‘worn’ but they’re only meant to be decorative anyway.
If I ever have a reason to make another pair, I’ll try to remember to actually take pictures of the process. I’m pretty thrilled with how they came out - someone needs to make it trendy to wear goggles on a daily basis. Until then, it’s likely my goggles will make their debut at Geek Girl Con in October.