I made these for a Spider-man outfit I am currently working on. I probably should wait until the whole costume is finished, but if you're looking for a way to just make the lenses, then this will work just fine for you. See, for many people out there, the eyes on the Spider-man costumes they sell in stores just don't cut it. They can ruin an otherwise good looking outfit. Many zentai retailers offer customized outfits, so if you order them without the eyes, you can add your own. For hardcore fans that want to be able to choose between the varying comic incarnations of the mask or the movies' versions, I think you'll appreciate the little tutorial I've cooked up. When I get my zentai suit in the mail and add the lenses, we'll actually see if it works half as well as I expect it to.
Step 1: Materials Needed
- Some black foam, latex material, or thin rubber
- Mesh of some sort
- Masking tape or a sheet of clear plastic
- Scissors, Pencil, Sharpie
Step 2: Frames
The first step is to choose what style of Spider-man lens you want. Do you prefer the comics or Sam Raimi or The Amazing Spider-man (movie) or The Amazing Spider-man 2? Start by drawing what you want it to look like on a white piece of paper. Then, lay the piece of paper over the black foam (or whatever material you want to use for the frames). If you're using the foam I am, then by pressing down over your drawing, you will press into the foam. From there, you can cut out your frame. Use a box cutter, xacto knife, or what-have-you to cut out the inside.
Now cut out your mesh fabric. What I did was I cut out a square, put masking tape over it, then traced the frame with sharpie. I cut out the mesh, now all mostly together.
From here, all you need to do is glue or sew or whatever you want to put the pieces together.
Now take a look at the visibility. The first picture is without lenses and the second picture is what you'll see with them. There are some impairments. This pic is with two layers of mesh, though. You can decide to do more than one layer so that people can't see in or you can stick to one layer for better visibility. My idea for the mask includes putting a layer of white see-through lycra over the eyes, then placing one mesh layer lens over it. That will mean nobody can see in while I can see out with good vision.