Wednesday, December 18

EYE Can See Clearly Now... AMAZING Steampunk Spectacles with Rachel Whetzel

Hey there, AMAZING people!! It's Rachel, here! I was shopping with my mom a while back, and got the inspiration to make some Steampunk Goggles when I saw a magnetic frame at the Craft Warehouse. This project took me a little bit of time, because I got sick last month, and had started on them before I had surgery. Because of the way I spread out their creation, I didn't take as many pictures as I thought I had of the process, but I think you can still get the idea.

I don't have a top hat, so it's hard to tell how large these are, but they are oversized, probably about 3" across each lens/frame. They will fit across a large Steampunk Top hat easily.Want to make your own?

Here's what you'll need:

This is the original frame that I bought from Craft Warehouse to make my goggles.
Any frame will do. I liked the circle shape. 

Mix equal parts of Amazing Mold Putty and prepare it for molding. Next, place the original frame for this project front side down in your mold, and let the mold set. Please CLICK HERE for more detailed instructions on how to mix Amazing Mold Putty.

When your mold has set, remove your piece. I wanted to create a lens for my frames, so I turned my frame over, and created a second mold that I could place my molded pieces in, and pour Amazing Clear Cast Resin into to help hold the resin in place while it sets into the frame. Now you're ready to pour your frames! Please CLICK HERE for more detailed instructions on mixing and preparing Amazing Casting Resin.

Once I cast my first frame piece, I spray painted it black so that the inside of the frames would be dark once I poured the lens. I didn't worry about getting the whole thing covered. Just the very inside of the circle. **Then I poured Amazing Clear Cast Resin into the frame while I cast the second. Here, you can see them both together.

**My first lens seeped out of the mold, and made a pretty big mess, so for my second frame, I poured JUST enough resin to set up and set a seal, and THEN I poured a second, thicker layer. 

Once the front of the lens was cast, I popped the frame and it's new lens out of the mold. When you do this, you will notice that the areas of Amazing Clear Cast Resin that were touching your mold are cloudy. To make them clear, you only need to pour more Clear Cast Resin into the back of the lens! Then both sides of your lens will have a glossy finish. Please CLICK HERE for more detailed instructions on mixing and preparing Amazing Clear Cast Resin.

While I waited for my lens and frames to set, I started molding me other pieces that would become my gadgets and gizmos on my goggles! This might have been the most fun part for me, because I got to create WHATEVER I wanted and invent some cool pieces in Steampunk Style!! Here are the molds I made, using the top of a make up powder puff set, my Italian Seasonings jar and a random bit from something my husband took apart and didn't use that piece for. (I have NO idea what it used to be).

I also ordered some UmWow Studio Chipboard Gears,
because they are perfectly suited for gadget designing.

Once my frames and lenses were complete, I got to work. I made what would be the leather sides and eye guards and the nose piece out of Creative Paperclay® and then got to work painting the chipboard gears and frames. Then I cut the points off of some furniture tacks, and used those as grommets. I glued all my pieces onto the frames. Gears layered in different color metallics.

Some of them along the side of the eye guards
and over the ribbons for tying the goggles to a hat.

Then I painted the sides of the lenses I had made with that make up cap, and my spice jar, and put the unidentified really good thingamabob on the very top to look like they had a thin metal frame. After that, I glued one on top of the other to make a stacked Monocle of sorts. I added another chipboard gear just inside that lens to an added gadgety look.

I really love the way the goggles came out!! Thank you for visiting!

What unusual Steampunk Gadgets
could YOU dream up using

Please share your projects in the comments below! If you create something inspired by my idea, please leave a comment with a link here, so I can come and visit to see! I would love for you to visit me at my "house" too!! Thank you so much for reading!!
~ rachel



  1. Love these steampunk goggles! I love steampunk. Thank you for sharing!

  2. Wow! These turned out truly AMAZING! Very creative!

  3. These are absolutely amazing. So creative and very, very cool. Well done Rachel!!!


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