Steampunk Friday - Cheap Goggles Project Part 1

| Friday, August 19, 2011 | |
Sorry for the long delay since my last update.

So, I wanted to do a post about cheap but functional "Steampunk Goggles." As we all know, they seem to be THE iconic first clothing item for folks new to Steampunk.

This is not meant to be a definitive guide, it's just meant to get you a cheap "first goggles" while you work out the rest of your "look." Not all Steampunks wear goggles, but most do.

I also wanted to do a post that talked about the wonderful properties of framing wax (sold in the US as "Rub N Buff" at Michaels or Hobby Lobby).

This is part 1. Parts and preparation.

The cheap goggles I prefer are the AES Industries Welding Glasses. Dirt cheap online. After shipping you might pay $10 or just find it local for about $6-7.

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When you take it apart it'll look something like this:

Next steps:
Stuff to buy

1) Rub N Buff Antique Gold - as a Steampunk DIY guy, you'll use this a lot. $4-7 at Michaels or Hobby Lobby.

2) Some really fine sandpaper (Wal-Mart, Lowes, Home Depot, etc. - the finer the grit the better).

3) Black primer (cheap Wal-Mart brand black spray paint is just fine)

All you need to do is
1) Disassemble your goggles (unscrew the lens caps and it all falls apart)
2) Use the sandpaper to rough up the surface of all the black parts of your goggles
2b) Optional step - Grind off all the corporate logos and copyright stuff molded into the plastic
3) Primer your goggles (not the elastic band or the lenses of course)

Wait for next week when we'll see how to apply the Rub N Buff, drybrush a faux leather color, and look at the final product.


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