Saturday, April 13, 2013

My Steampunk Goggles!

I've really wanted a pair of steampunk goggles for a while, especially for my new author's photo that will go in A Case of Poisons and after finding this very cool tutorial on how to make your own, I decided to try it out, and I must say, my goggles turned out rather good!



It was not even very hard to do, and can mostly be made with things you find around the house. I especially liked how it was made with mason jar rings! I antiqued the rings and all the other metal parts of the goggles by using gold and black paint and applying it with a dry old paint brush to give it a distressed look. The gold and black paint make a great easy steampunk antique look to things.
I also kind of cheeped out and instead of leather, just used felt which I stiffened by painting the back with glue, but I really liked the effect because the felt I found was embossed and looks very Victorian.


I just used thin plastic for the lenses too which works perfectly well for a costume piece since I'm just going to stick these on my hat anyway. Unfortunately you can't see the real effect of the paint in this photo, because I can't use a camera to save my life, but oh well! Over all I am very happy with how these came out!



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In other news, my blog has a new look! And you can see the tabs up top that made it very much more tidy! I'm happy with that too.

Also, I'm hosting a tour stop with debut YA author, Haley Fisher this Tuesday (the Tuesday Snippet will be moved to Wednesday, don't worry!) so I hope you all stop by and read her interview and enter her giveaway!

Until next time, 
Slainte, Hazel

11 comments:

  1. Love the new look of the blog! And the goggles are spiffy! I have a picture taken at a steampunk conference--sepia, of course. I think I wore round wire spectacles instead of goggles though. :P

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  2. Thanks! These goggles are a little big to wear, but I put them on my hat. I might make another pair eventually that are smaller, now that I know how to do it =)

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  3. Love the new look of your blog!!! Its very warm and inviting, and those goggles are Awesome!

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  4. I'm loving the colours too, and the antiqued look of the background =) Thank ye!

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  5. Wow, I love the goggles! They look really cool, and I really like the new design of your blog!

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  6. Thank you to both! I had a fun time making them =)

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  7. The goggles are awesome! (And the new layout, too.) :-D

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  8. Wow, you did a great job with those goggles! I want to go make some now!

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  9. It wasn't as hard as I thought it would be, I just had to figure out a couple different things but I thought they were fun to make =)

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  10. This is cool! Yours turned out great!

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