Since I made them as my best friend's late-birthday/early-graduation present, I figured I should teach other people how to modify their own sunglasses into Vash the Stampede's.
Here are the materials you'll need:
-Base glasses with orange lenses.
(They should have circular/oval lenses, but the color alone is definitely recognizable as long as it's close.)
(The thin cereal-box kind. You'll need one side of the box.)
(Yellow masking tape is preferred, but Scotch tape is okay.)
-Scissors/Box cutter/Exact-o knife.
(Depends on how thick the frames are--I learned the hard way that flat frames do NOT mean they're easier to cut. Therefore, I recommend pliers.)
(Matching the frames as closely as possible.)
Here are the two methods you can pick:
(Glue/flour, water, and newspaper)
(Airdrying HIGHLY preferred.)
And now, the actual instructions!
1. Make the zigzags that will replace sections of the glasses' frames. Instead of the really tiny ones I see occasionally, I made mine two inches long and about an inch tall so they could take up most of the frames like the real Vash's glasses do. Trace or draw the first one onto the cardboard, then cut it out with whichever sharp utensil you have to help you trace out the rest. Make four in total so you can tape a pair of them together and make them less fragile and more flexible. It takes about ten minutes.
2. Cover the zigzags with tape. Masking tape is highly preferred, but it's not the end of the world if you only have Scotch tape. If you're using paper mache, make sure they don't stick to the surface they're drying on. If you're using clay and don't like the feel of it up against your face, only cover the outside parts of the zigzags. Even if you cover the entire pieces, there's a reason I stressed the "air-drying" part--cardboard and tape do NOT mix with an oven. Clay users should have something like this picture
. I shouldn't need to show you what paper-mache looks like.
3. CAREFULLY remove the sections of the frame that won't be needed, starting from the joints in the metal. You don't want small, pointy objects flying into your face if you use wire-cutters, and you don't want to bend the rest of the frames too much if you use pliers to take out sections. Remember not to take out too much of the frames--you'll still need some of it to glue the zigzags onto.
4. Use a thin layer of glue to attach the earpieces to the zigzags, then use more glue to smooth out the places of attachment. Keep the frames as straight as possible, otherwise it might feel weird once you wear them. Your glasses should now look like this
5. Make whatever finishing touches you need, then paint the zigzags to match the glasses' frames. Use at least two coats of paint and remember to let each coat dry before the next one. Here's what I had at that point
6. Varnish the zigzags and some of the actual frames to make sure it's totally covered. Again, put at least two coats on and let them dry.
Then you're done.
Here's the finished product compared to the original.
And they are wearable, as proved by this. (Sorry about the splotches--I forgot to wipe the mirror and now all the dust shows.
It should only take you a day or two to make these. However, it took me two weeks to finish them because of school. (Which I will be graduating tomorrow on Friday the Thirteenth!
XD ) My friend loves them, and he said he'd wear them as often as he could.