Well, suffice is it to say this project caused me to step out of my comfort zone–making something other than the norm pendants/earrings. Late this January I’ve been asked by a good client and friend to make customize her eyeglasses to fit Bayonetta’s eyeglasses. Eyeglasses! That’s something new.
Here’s our references:
For now, what I will say is that I’m not great enough to make an exact replica of the official glasses like the merchandise in the first photo; I will be putting polymer clay parts over my client’s own eyeglasses instead. The first photo requires skill with putting hinges and stuff, which I have none of. Anyway, on to the tutorial~!
“HOW TO CUSTOMIZE YOUR EYEGLASSES INTO BAYONETTA’S EYEGLASSES”
You will need the following:
- Paper, pencil, pen (for sketching)
- Red, black, and purple poylmer clay (I am using Sculpey III)
- Liquid Clay
- Cyanoacrylicatethingamajig AKA superglue
- Scissors, cutter
- The usual things you need to work with clay: a non-stick work surface/mat, your acrylic roller, your oven
- The glasses you will customize (this one is provided by my client). I recommend one with very thin “handles” (or whatever they’re called) almost so that the polmer clay covers them up entirely and can look accurately more like Bayonetta’s eyeglasses.
If you look at the bottom left part, there’s the finished result that we will later stick to the eyeglasses
The sketch/model I made here doesn’t cover the entire eyeglass “handle”–but you may want to extend this sketch a bit more and go over the complete handle, especially if your eyeglass handles are thin unlike the ones in the eyeglass I will be using, or if it’s also another color and you want to cover it up with black clay.
Cut out your sketch.
You’re also gonna want to cut out the inner shapes that are supposed to be other colors. What I do is trace over the shapes on the sketch with an old pen (that no longer has ink). The pressure will engrave the soft clay underneath it with the shapes, and with that you can cut the out more easily with your cutter.
Here’s the end result after cutting out the clay based on the sketch. The top piece is already complete, and that’s what we’re aiming for. For now, bake the black piece in your oven according to your clay’s instructions. I like to bake it first before proceeding to add the colored parts so that it’s sturdier and the shape doesn’t distort. When it’s baked, allow it to cool, and then you may sand it if you wish.
The black piece is baked! Yay! Now we’re going to take our red and purple clay and roll them out. We are going to use them to fill in the geometric cut-outs in the black piece. I am just using some scrap purple and red clay here.
I just cut out bits of the colored clay, and then stick them to the backside of the black piece/the side that won’t be showing when you superglue it to the eyeglasses. I use liquid clay to secure the scraps of colored clay into place.
Then I cover that side with a very thin sheet of black polymer clay, just so it doesn’t look ugly with the colored bits peeking through. The front of your custom glasses should look like the top black piece, and the back should look like the one below. I bake them again according to the clay instructions.
Then let them cool, sand, glaze and gloss, and then superglue onto your glasses. You are done!
I hope I helped~! Feel free to comment for questions. If you have commission work for me, or want to see my other samples, please feel free to visit my shop!Also you may want to subscribe and follow this blog for more tutorials on cosplay accessories using polymer clay.
-kageshoujo / Aki