I am going Steampunk this year for Halloween and wanted to wear a masquerade mask along with my costume but I wear glasses so regular masks won’t go over them so I made my own version. To be honest, I wear dollar store reading glasses. If you wear prescription glasses, you can still do this but don’t glue the mask onto the glasses. glue ties to the mask to connect to the glasses.
Step 1 – I found a mask I liked on the internet. There are tons out there. Just make sure that they are the right size to go over your glasses. I actually used one of my programs (Cricut) and altered my mask because I didn’t like how small the eyeholes were so I made them bigger. My, how big your eyes are, Grandmother! I cut it out on my Cricut but you can print the mask out and then trace it onto cardstock in the color you want. I didn’t have gold so I used black and painted it gold.
Step 2ish – Gather all your doodads and arrange them the way you want them. Steampunk gives you a lot of freedom to be imaginative. I have to admit, I get kind of tired of just seeing cogs and gears on steampunk gear so I just did what I wanted. My boyfriend was throwing out a pair of his pants so I took the zipper out of them and cut it really close to the metal part. I was kind of afraid it would fall apart but it didn’t. Yay! I unzipped it almost to the bottom and then glued it in between the eyes and let some of it hang where my nose would go. I took the open parts and glued them above the eyes. I cut off the rest after it was glued and dried.
I used Aleene’s Jewelry and Metal Glue. It was inexpensive and was recommended by other crafters. It worked great. Be careful though because it is a lot like super glue and sticks to your skin. My fingers almost stuck together. Oops!
I have a lot of doodads. I have a drawer full of buttons and charmie thingies so I had plenty to choose from. I put a snap above the zipper in the middle. I added the obligatory steampunk gear in one corner and clock under the eye, then realized I really did not like the wings on the mask so I cut them off. I added keys and shiny crystals and called it good.
Step 3 – Paint your glasses. I just painted the arms…errrr…the temple pieces that go over your ears. It took three coats of gold metalic craft paint and another coat of copper and then I lightly brushed black on top.
Step 4 – Glue the mask to the glasses. I only glued in a few spots. I used binder clips to hold everything in place. The glue dries almost immediately though.
I’m not sure what happened but I can see a little bit of my glasses through the eyeholes. I measured and put the mask over it before but I must have glued a little crooked but I am still happy with it.
I will be adding more posts on the rest of my outfit and my boyfriend’s outfit so look for those soon.