Friday, May 1

Eyes Tested!

 

It's challenge time at SanDee and Amelie's Steampunk Challenges, so be sure to head over to see all of the fantastic projects by the design team, ready to awe and inspire you! It's all about goggles, glasses, monocles and eye charts, so please join in the fun with us! It's a great way to use your imagination, be recognized, and the Retro Kraft Shop is generously donating a prize!

I am excited about this challenge, because it is perfect for me to take these black plastic goggles, and transform them.

First step, paint them up! I used Dina Wakely's Umber (undercoat) and Penny (sponged on top) paints.

Next, I sponged on the DW Gilt paint, and I am loving how metallic these are starting to look! I find my pieces look best when I use several paints.

Working on my metallic look, I dabbed in some metallic green Lumiere paint, and Stream and Wild Plum Adirondack paints. Once again, I find I have reached for my go to colors of green, blue and purple.

Goop on some of Finnabair's Copper Crackle with a palette knife, in just a a few places, and time to let it dry overnight. I went over these areas with dark brown ink to bring out the crackle.

Working with the Eyes Tested theme, my Tim Holtz stencil is perfect to stencil in some parts of the eye chart with black ink.

Here's some of the stenciling detail...

At this point, my goggle base is done, and now it is playtime in Steampunk land. I dug through my stash and added pieces as I worked. I decided to use Rhino Glue to attach the pieces, as it has a very strong bond. (You just have to be really careful, because it instantly bonds your skin too)

In all its finished glory, from many angles...

 

I talked my son into modeling them, so you can see them in action. He mentioned one of the guys he downhill bike races with has some goggles like these...perhaps there will be two this season?

Put the goggles on and let your imagination fly...perhaps you are an airship captain of a pirate ship, or racing down the road on your velocycle, or building a small automaton in the laboratory...these Steampunk goggles will transport you into another world!

I hope the DT has inspired you to join us for the Eyes Tested challenge, I'll have my goggles on looking for your take!

 

22 comments:

  1. I love these, they are inspirational. Thanks for the step out photos too.

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  2. coool, thanks for this great inspiration!!

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    1. You are welcome! Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. Gosh!

    These goggles are brilliant, Maura!
    The patina you have painted looks amazing and all the pieces you have added make this an utterly fab Steampunk piece!

    I so enjoyed seeing the single steps!!! Thanks for sharing!

    Steampunk at its best! Wow!
    Hugs,
    Claudia xxx

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    1. Thanks for your comment, Claudia! A lot of fun to make!

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  4. Oh my Gosh, this is an such an stunning, breathtaking Project. Wow absolutely adorable a real master piece just love it!!!
    xoxo SanDee1899

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  5. Wow, awesome project! Love seeing the transformation!

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    1. Love that you stopped by! Have you tried the distress yet?

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  6. Maura this google are amazing ! I love your "metal"... and thank you for the tutorial.

    Bisous

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    1. Thanks Brigitte! It was fun creating the metal look!

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  7. These are simply fantastic. I can't believe your husband wouldn't go out with you wearing them.

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  8. Thanks Sandy! I might just have to find a masquerade!

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  9. Oh goodness Maura, where shall I begin with this Amazeballs, Amazeballs creation!!!! I just love everything. I can't even find the words dearie. This is fan-freakin-tastic! Sadly I wasn't able to even start my goggles. Maybe later this year as I am switching jobs right now. Hugz to you dearie! ~Niki

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    1. Thanks Niki! This made me smile! Can't wait to see yours! Good luck with the new job!!

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  10. Wow, these are completely transformed from what they looked like to begin with -- cool!

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  11. MAura I love, absolutely love this project! It's wonderful! fantastic! barbarayaya

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  12. You have blown me away with your transformation of the goggles absolutely brilliant!!! X

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