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|This will be my first cosplay which I will take to my first convention. I've been inspired by the art direction and character design of the upcoming Deus Ex: Human Revolution.|
Trick Sunglasses (Posted 23rd January 2011)
Adam Jensen's Sunglasses are probably the most noticeable thing about his apparel. They are separated with no attachment over the nose, and no bands over the ears. The lenses retract into the frames and return in front of the eyes on Jensen's mental command. The frames are thin and small, and only wrap part of the way around his eyes. On their backside next to the ears they come to a round ending where normally bands would continue over the ears.
My version of these sunglasses is not going to be as sleek.
I'm finding that making a costume effectively under time and monetary constraints is all about compromising. What can I sacrifice to get this done and working without making the finished product appear a failure at properly portraying the character?
For these sunglasses it's size. I went to the store and purchased a pair of five dollar fishing sunglasses as a base to work from. Being bound now to the curvature of these sunglasses, I have had to extend the surface towards the face from the back of the frame in order to make the lens sit properly out from the eye. This process has made the frames appear significantly bulkier than the character's version.
I'm ok with that. The glasses will get done quickly and function with little trial and error thanks to being built on the frames of those five dollar sunglasses. And with their completion I will be able to move on to face the problems presented by another part of the costume.
Yet still, I will shave down the front of the frames to make them appear smaller as best I can.
Wondering how these trick shades will work? Here's the plan:
--I will carve out the front ridge of the track that the lenses slide into in the frames. This will allow the lenses to sit into place from the front of the frames, instead of having to slide into place from the side.
--I will drill out a small hole into each frame and glue tiny magnets into them.
--I will glue magnets to the back of the lenses in reverse position
--Placing the lenses in front of the frame will cause the magnets to attract and snap the lenses
--Bazinga! I will then be able to quickly attach and remove the lenses as I like!
It's not the slick and futuristic function seen by Jensen's sunglasses, but it's another doable and functional compromise that I am happy with.