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Luna1375
« on: December 22, 2008 07:50:00 AM »

This is merely part of a costume I am working on for DragonCon '09, which will not be until September. I know I have tons of time, but when inspiration hits, I have to make it NOW!  Eventually I'm going to be a steampunk airship pirate, and so far all I have are shoes (purchased) and these goggles:







Unfortunately I didn't take process pictures, but the process was basically trial and error anyway.  No, I didn't do the rivets myself, that whole side piece was part of the purse I cut up.  Here's the remains of it, plus the rest of the supplies, minus the hot glue gun, sewing stuff, and translucent green plastic plates I used for the lenses:



That little silver thing is a trinket box from the wedding section of the Dollar Tree. They come three in a pack, that's my leftover.  I only used the lids, which have a bit of a rim to keep the lenses in, but they don't have a center so you don't need to cut anything out.  I traced them with a sharpie onto a green translucent plastic plate (bought at Wal-mart, probably find them lots of places) to make the lenses. 

I used paper to make a pattern for the eye cups, just doing it over and over until I got it right, (well, almost right, I still had to add an extra piece of leather after I put them together) and I hot glued everything together, then started adding more pieces like the back connecting strap and the extra strip towards the front for stability. 

The adjustable strap to hold them on was just the purse's strap, which is glued and sewn (just a few stitches by hand) for extra stability. And then for extra-extra stability and to neaten things up a bit I lined the insides of the cups with black duct tape.  Oh!  And to keep the lenses from falling out, they're retained with strips of the black adhesive foam, as you can kind of see in this blurry picture:



I have seen lots of ways to make steampunk goggles online, and I always thought the lenses would be the hardest part, but using these Dollar Tree tins and the plastic plate was super easy, so I just had to share.  Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: December 22, 2008 08:13:18 AM »

wow!  this is really cool!  I havn't seen anyone make these yet, but i'm sure they will now Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: December 22, 2008 08:16:39 AM »

Super awesome and what a creative use of materials!  If thrift stores only knew what happens to some of the belts, purses, fabric articles and jewelry they sell...
Con costumers are some of the most ingenious people I know!  And kudos on not waiting until the last minute.

Is there any way to see an action shot???

BTW - Wouldn't you love to see a Con costume thread on Craftster - because making some of the things for Cons (clothes, shoes, props, accessories, etc) is not like costuming for Halloween!  
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« Reply #3 on: December 22, 2008 08:23:12 AM »

Yeeeeeesssss! You are my hero! I've been trying to figure out what to use to make my own goggles, I was about to give up and just buy some. Awesome job!
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« Reply #4 on: December 22, 2008 08:57:37 AM »

La Maestra - I'll do an action shot eventually I'm sure, when I get the whole thing done.  Which might not be for months, but we'll see. And I'm pretty sure this board is for non-Halloween costumes, and the Halloween board is in a different place.

Mouseatethekitty - You're quite welcome!  Like I said, I've seen other ones online, but I didn't want to mess with cutting or grinding any metal, since I don't have tools for that. When I saw those boxes at the Dollar Tree, I was like Yay!
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« Reply #5 on: December 22, 2008 09:44:38 AM »

Completely amazing, and this is some thrift for your tucus here! Smiley

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« Reply #6 on: December 22, 2008 10:29:43 AM »

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« Reply #7 on: December 22, 2008 01:02:33 PM »

And I'm pretty sure this board is for non-Halloween costumes, and the Halloween board is in a different place.

Yes I know - I think you misunderstood my point.  This thread is kind of a catch-all costume thread - Con costumes are in a class of their own, in my opinion - not like a "standard" costume (ie: steampunk -vs- your standard princess costume - or cosplay -vs- standard fairy - or Firefly -vs- standard pirate).  Steampunk, for example, a more specialized costume involving a great deal more creativity and searching for materials than a costume where you can buy a pattern, standard fabric, and props from a store.
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« Reply #8 on: December 22, 2008 02:34:18 PM »

I love it, and I would honestly never have thought of using a purse...Thanks so much.

I agree with La Maestra-- thrift stores were made for Cons:P
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« Reply #9 on: December 22, 2008 02:49:36 PM »

Oh, ok, gotcha La Maestra!  I thought since you specifically mentioned Halloween, that you specifically wanted a non-Halloween costume board, and since I thought this was that, I got confused. It happens a lot.  Wink
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« Reply #10 on: December 22, 2008 03:47:53 PM »

This ... is just awesome!
Very clever idea how to make goggles, now I'll just have to go hunt second stores for a purse like that, hehe, thanks ;P
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« Reply #11 on: December 22, 2008 04:38:44 PM »

very cool
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« Reply #12 on: December 22, 2008 05:21:40 PM »

a) you rock
2) it is NEVER too early to start working on *con.  in fact, starting early is like making *con come sooner!
3) word up.  Any kind of Con costuming is bit more specialized and involved than most halloween costumes... more attention to accuracy and money involved, are two ways that come immediately too mind. 
d) to sum up: seriously these goggles rock.  my friend lost his on the smoking patio at *con this year and i may make him these as a replacement. 
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« Reply #13 on: December 22, 2008 08:32:37 PM »

Those look so awesome. I wouldn't even know where to begin to make a pair. You have the vision. Oh, excuse the pun. It wasn't intended, and I just noticed it after I wrote it. LOL!
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« Reply #14 on: December 22, 2008 09:16:36 PM »

Thanks, craftewoman.  I would never have known where to begin to make a pair myself if I hadn't been googling tutorials the last couple of weeks, heh.  I just got lucky that I found those tins at the Dollar Tree, and that I had that old purse to cut up. 
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« Reply #15 on: December 22, 2008 09:22:52 PM »

that is so cool. i am way impressed.
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« Reply #16 on: December 23, 2008 05:38:11 AM »

Competely amazing.  You should be very proud of yourself.
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« Reply #17 on: December 23, 2008 12:08:01 PM »

Woooow these are so darn cool XD
The lenses look really neat. I want some now!
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« Reply #18 on: December 23, 2008 01:08:51 PM »

Very cool.  Can't wait to see the whole outfit. 
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« Reply #19 on: December 23, 2008 01:31:23 PM »

Wonderful use of found materials.  They look great!


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« Reply #20 on: December 23, 2008 06:38:44 PM »

Ooh.. looks fabulous, and great thoughts for the items! I saw some steampunk airpirate girls at the first con I went to (just last year), and they looked excellent. That already looks like it's shaping up to be a good costume (and I know that may be a crazy statement since I've only seen a pair of goggles, but with the effort you put into that I bet the rest will also rock!)
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« Reply #21 on: December 26, 2008 08:13:49 PM »

Too friggin cool! I would love to see the boots you picked out too. I am entirely enthralled with steampunk literature.
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« Reply #22 on: December 28, 2008 10:45:45 AM »

Here's a link to a pic of the shoes: http://s2.thisnext.com/media/230x230_no_border/Seychelles-Under-Construction_8285D103.jpg

They're by Seychelle's, and on their website they don't have brown ones, but they have grey ones for $140, but I got mine marked down to $40 at a discount store.  And even though I hardly ever wear heels, these are way comfy.  What do y'all think, do they go with a steampunk theme?
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« Reply #23 on: December 29, 2008 07:02:20 PM »

my libraries teen summer program will have sort of steam punk theme (the actual theme time twistin is sort of lame so we are going off on our own) and I will be using many ideas such as this one...thanks!
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« Reply #24 on: January 07, 2009 06:53:24 PM »

Those look righteous! I've started making my own based on yours. I couldn't find the trinket boxes anywhere so I just cut out the top of two beer cans (Newcastle Brown of course Grin) and used those. It takes a bit of work to cut them out and sand them but it seems to be working.
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« Reply #25 on: January 25, 2009 06:46:46 AM »

These look amazing o_0* and you made it look so easy. Now I'm going to think I can make my own. I've been wanting steampunk goggles FOREVER. Thank you C: I just hope it isn't disastrous... I might come in here with questions, and that bag... what a great find!
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« Reply #26 on: February 03, 2009 09:00:24 AM »

Looks like I'm gonna have to buy some purses to cut up! Those are awesome goggles. I just started getting into steampunk, but these are really good!
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« Reply #27 on: March 02, 2009 08:23:05 AM »

That is GENIUS. I'm totally going to make some- I love making creative things out of everyday materials!
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« Reply #28 on: March 07, 2009 03:28:37 AM »

Fantastic job! I want to try that one day too, just one more thing on my list!
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« Reply #29 on: March 11, 2009 03:02:11 PM »

I like it!!!
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« Reply #30 on: March 12, 2009 12:08:46 AM »

hey that's pretty slick. I suppose I'll have to upload the goggles I made here eventually...
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« Reply #31 on: May 16, 2009 05:27:27 PM »

i love these! Grin the lenses look so awesome! i'm gonna need to make a pair now.
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« Reply #32 on: May 30, 2009 04:13:36 PM »

AH! Plates! that's brilliant!
Brilliant and epic!


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« Reply #33 on: October 14, 2009 07:44:00 PM »

The purse recon is absolutely brilliant.  Lovely job.

Now I'm going to have to keep an eye out for some of those clear lidded tins...
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Wonderful! Cheesy
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« Reply #35 on: October 17, 2009 06:36:20 AM »

Thanks y'all!  I just saw more of those tins at the Dollar Tree, in the wedding section. I'm thinking about making more goggles, with different methods of construction. 
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« Reply #36 on: January 26, 2010 08:35:50 PM »

I'm totally amazed, these look great!
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« Reply #37 on: July 20, 2010 08:12:28 PM »

These goggles look great!  Very professional job. Smiley
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« Reply #38 on: July 22, 2010 11:07:23 PM »

Do want! I never would have thought of using an old purse, that is genius!
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« Reply #39 on: July 24, 2010 12:35:22 PM »

WOW these are great
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