Welding / Swimming Goggles
Find a pair of welding or swimming goggles that have a structure that appeals to you. Some have tinted lenses that give an interesting effect and may tie in with the rest of the costume.
Using tape, or paint-repellant, cover the lenses. Take the goggles outside over a protective surface such as newspapers, and spray paint them a metallic color in several coats.
Fabric / Hand-Me-Down Clothing
Cut off the original goggles band, and measure the opening. It is a good idea to include an elastic loop before adding the new band. Being careful the elastic width will fit, cut two 4″ lengths of elastic, one for each side. Push the elastic through the goggles where the old band was, and sew the ends together. Repeat on both sides.
Hand-me-downs, old clothing, or purchased fabric can be used for the Steampunk band. Cut a strip:
Width: Twice the width of the elastic used
Length: Place the goggles over the eyes, and hold the elastic tabs against the head. A second person measures the remaining length around the back of the head between the two ends of elastic. Take that measurement and add 1″.
Carefully, using knitting needles, safety pins, or other preferred technique, pull the tube right-side-out so that the seam is on the interior of the tube.
Tuck the loose ends inside and hand sew the open narrow ends of fabric closed. When both sides are complete, iron the band flat. Sew the new band to the ends of elastic, overlapping the elastic tabs. Test the goggles on the head—they should fit snugly.
Visit a local hardware store, going on a hunt for any Steampunk-looking pieces. Look for shapes and colors, especially finding objects that could fit inside each other, or look like pieces of a clock. Since goggles are small, stay with delicate metals, not large items.
Hunt through the garage for anything sitting about that could be used, and a local crafts store for Victorian buttons and jewelry chains.
On a table, measure out the length of the goggle band, marking out that surface using items that are at hand, such as salt and pepper shakers or books. In between, let creativity soar with the items collected. Try different patterns until finding one that is appealing.Remove items one piece at a time and sew them onto the goggle band, recreating the pattern on the table. Be certain to sew securely—if bits of metal fly off they can become trip hazards.The steampunk goggles are complete, and ready to be added to an ensemble or hat for an adventure on a mad scientist’s airship.