Steampunk goggles are a quintessential part of the Steampunk look. They can be used to make a statement or simply to protect your eyes. Goggles come in all shapes and sizes, but they all have one thing in common: they should make you look awesome.
Whether you are dressing up for a Steampunk party or just want to add an interesting accessory to your outfit, learning how to make Steampunk goggles is a must. While they may seem intimidating at first, with the right tools and instructions anyone can create a pair of their own. In this article we will cover everything you need to know about making Steampunk goggles, from finding the right supplies to adding that final touch of personality. Let’s get started!
Finding Steampunk Materials Around Your Home
One of the most cost effective ways to make Steampunk goggles is to use materials you already have around your house. Try repurposing items like an old pair of glasses, plastic tubing, or even wire hangers. Steampunk is all about being creative, so think outside the box and see what you can come up with. If you need a little inspiration, check out this Steampunk Goggles tutorial from Lili Design.
If you don’t have any materials at home that you can use, don’t worry! Steampunk goggles can also be made from scratch using new supplies. In the next section we will cover everything you need to know about finding the right tools and materials for your project.
What You’ll Need: Supplies for Steampunk Goggles
Whether you are making Steampunk goggles from scratch or repurposing old materials, you will need a few supplies to get started. For this project you will need:
- sewing equipment
- pvc pipe parts
- cutting equipment(scissors, small hand saws, precision blades)
You might also need a rivet gun or a spot welder if you are trying to do a more advanced design but for now these materials should do.
Building Your Steampunk Goggles
First off you’re going to want to start off with a base. Your base layer can be anything from an old pair of glasses to a leather mask. If you are starting with an old pair of glasses, skip to the next step. If you are starting from scratch, cut two eye holes out of your leather base layer. Next, take your wire and create a frame that will go around the outside of the eyeholes.
Now that you have your base layer and wire frame, it’s time to start adding Steampunk details. This is where you can really let your creativity flow! Add gears, chains, bolts, or anything else you can think of to make your goggles unique. You’ll have to use your glue and sewing equipment to attach these details, so take your time and make sure everything is secure. Adding pvc to sections of your goggles can help give it volume and might be aesthetically more pleasing. This can be where that hand saw really comes in handy to cut out the shape of the pvc pipe exactly how you want it. Feel free to use a sharpie to mark the cut out since you’re going to paint over them later.
Steampunk goggles are supposed to reflect the workmanship of the wearer. This means that they should look like they were made by hand, with love and care. One way to achieve this is by adding a distressed finish to your goggles. You can do this by sanding them down or painting them with a layer of primer followed by a dark paint. Once the paint is dry, sand it down again to reveal the underlying layers.
Adding Your Own Personal Touch
Now that your Steampunk goggles are built, it’s time to add the finishing touches! If you want to wear your goggles as part of an outfit, consider painting them to match. You could also add Steampunk symbols or patterns using stencils or freehand drawing. If you are looking for something truly unique, try getting a pair of kaleidoscope goggles from our site to utilize them as is or decorate them to your liking.
Once you are happy with the design of your Steampunk goggles, it’s time to add the finishing touches. Paint your goggles if you want, or leave them as is. If you are using an old pair of glasses, you can simply pop the lenses out and replace them with some clear plastic or glass.
How to Paint Your Steampunk Goggles
We always recommend painting the glasses with primer so that the paint lasts longer and the glasses have a thicker body. A lot of them are supposed to reflect metal build so you do not want them looking flimsy. After the primer has dried, you can start painting your Steampunk goggles. Buying fine brushes and some spray paint to get that copper or bronze tone will help complete the look. Use dark colors like green, brown, or black and mix in some silver or white to make them look more Steampunk.
Lastly, you might want to add a coating of clear lacquer to your Steampunk goggles to protect the paint job. Let the lacquer dry completely before wearing your new Steampunk goggles out into the open.
Steampunk goggles are a great way to add a touch of Steampunk to any outfit. By following these simple steps, you can easily create your own pair of Steampunk goggles that are sure to turn heads. So get creative, have fun, and happy crafting!