Saturday, October 6, 2012

How to Build Steampunk Goggles

OK a bit of a divergence but today we thought we'd show you how to build a pair of steampunk goggles. If you like to build terrain and other things, this isn't that far off topic. Many of the same principles work here too.

Here's the finished piece perched on an old Soviet era fur Ushanka Hat. Very reminiscent of a Warhammer 40k Vostroyan Guard outfit.

We started with a pair of inexpensive welding goggles. We removed the leather nose piece for painting.

We also removed the strap, lenses and lens rings. These are a hard plastic so we tried a brand of spray paint designed for plastics. It did a decent job but we found it pulls off with taping and also scratches on any medium hit/drop.

While it dried, we used Rustoleum Hammered spray paint on the lens rings for a great texture. Using old computer capacitors we sprayed them with a metallic bronze. A plastic gear from something we disassembled was painted the same as the lens rings.

Using a sturdy adhesive we glued the gear and capacitors on either side of the goggles.

We drybrushed the side vents with copper and added patches of flat black and dark gray for weathering.

A bit of black wash was used in some of the cracks and crevices to finish it off.

And there you have it. Another fun weekend project for those of you who need a change of pace!

Stay tuned for our next post as we finish a Steampunk Raygun!

Til then, Have a Great Battle,
The Old Crow

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