But after 4 years, cheap faux leather and hot glue haven't held up very well, so I decided to remake them for my steampunk costume for this year's DragonCon.
This time, I got real leather from a leather store. I bought quite a bit because I need some for other projects too, but you could just as easily use leather from a thrift store purse, boots, or old jacket or something. I used the same party favor tin lids from last time, but Dollar Tree doesn't have them any more so I had to get a container of 25 of them from Party City. Which means I have plenty to make more goggles! Or, I could use them for storage for small craft doo-dads. They were still less than a dollar each.
To attach everything together, I poked holes in the leather and the tin lids with a . . . sharp pointy tool I have, I don't know what it's called but I call it "that pokey thing" and I used brads from the scrapbooking section of Michaels. That's also where I got the gears on the sides. Here's a shot where you can see the brad prongs on the inside:
For the lenses I used a purple binder pocket from an office supply store. Since the plastic isn't quite stiff enough on its own, I left in the plastic insert that came with the tins and just put the purple pieces behind it. To color the tin more brass looking, I just used a sharpie, which does wear off with handling but I think that just makes it look more old and weathered. I also used brads to attach the strap of elastic in the back.
Here are some more pics from different angles, just because
Ok, this was my first time working with leather, so please don't be too harsh with the critiques. I know the dye job is terrible, but I did want an old, weathered look, so when I noticed it was going on all splotchy I just went with it and tried to make the unevenness look intentional. I made this from a kit where the pieces were all pre-cut and pre-hole punched, but I did stamp it myself.
I wanted a design with gears so I can use this with my steampunk costume for DragonCon, but the only gear leather stamps I could find were too pricey for me, so I improvised. I had some metal gears in my stash from the Tim Holtz line of altered art embellishments, and some others made by Bead Landing, (both purchased at Michaels). So after wetting the leather then waiting for it to dry out like I read to do online, I just clamped the gears to it with a c-clamp like so:
I actually stamped before dying, this is just a dramatization after the fact to show how I did it. I'm thinking this could be a way to stamp leather with all sorts of things, without having to buy leather stamps. I'm sure I'm not the only one to ever think of this, but I wanted to share anyway! Thanks for looking!
Yeah, you can Mod Podge with almost any type of paper! What I used was actually wrapping paper. It is high-quality wrapping paper, but still not as thick as most scrapbook paper. If you use thicker paper, you won't have as many wrinkles as I did. I have tons of scrapbook paper too, and I almost never do any scrapbooking, but I use the paper for all sorts of decorative projects instead.
Thank you! Yep, I used scrap paper. It was way cheaper for me and I love the crisp corners. YES! You can DEFINITELY use fabric! I'm assuming you'd have to use a better adhesive than Mod Podge, but you could definitely do it! There's tutes all on Pinterest with doing it on scrap paper, and I wrote one that followed through the process on my blog. You should definitely give it a try!
Yours look great! And I have Mod Podged with fabric before, it works just fine. It might slightly darken some fabrics when it soaks in, so just test a small piece first.