No steampunk costume is complete without steampunk goggles. You can buy such goggles online, but it is cheaper to make them yourself. Making DIY goggles also provides customization.
1. Prepare the work place. You are going to work with glue and paint, so make sure the room is well-ventilated.
2. Disassemble a pair of welding goggles. You can buy cheap welding goggles on the Internet or at home improvement stores.
3. Cover the lens with protective tape. If lens are detachable, you can skip this step. If there is to way to detach lens, stick a protective tape to it.
4. Apply base colour with metallic paint to the base. Use a dull finish instead of a shiny one to make it look old.
5. Apply the last layer to smaller details. One or both lens should differ in colour from the base.
6. Use paint to add patina. Cover any painted part with copper patina paint. The colour should be brown or greenish. It will make goggles look aged.
7. Make gold parts worn off. If some parts are covered with gold paint, make it look worn off to add style.
8. Assemble the goggles. When the paint has dried, reassemble the goggles. Remove tape from the lens and insert them back if they were removed. Attach a strap.
9. Find embellishments. Gears of various shapes and sizes are the most common type of embellishment, but you can also use other items: metallic jewelries, old brooches, etc.
10. Glue the embellishments to the goggles. Use super glue or a hot glue gun.
11. Attach a loupe. You can enhance your goggles by attaching a loupe or clip on lens to the front part.
12. Let the goggles dry. When the paint has dried, the goggles are ready for wearing.
13. Cut a strap. The best way to do it is to use an old worn belt. Keep in mind that it should be long enough to wrap around the head.
14. If the belt does not stay in place, you may need to apply some glue to stick it.
15. The goggles are complete.