Handmade for the pirate who likes a little unconventional creepiness and unusual designs in their costume, this blue eye with stylized eyelashes was hand-carved and then painted on a black leather eye patch. The iris and eyelashes are painted cobalt blue, with some iridescent green added to the middle of the iris in a sunburst pattern.
This eye patch design was partly inspired by the creepy multiple eyes painted on the eyelids and cheeks of Johnny Depp's character Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (though I wasn't actively thinking of the movie or Jack Sparrow when I designed it -- it must've been a subconscious thing).
This handmade eye patch is made of durable hardened leather and is designed to be worn over the left eye. (Contact me if you'd like me to make one for the right eye instead.) Each eye patch fastens with lightly waxed black cotton cords, tied with sturdy sliding knots which are fully adjustable to fit men, women, and teens. I opted not to use elastic, as it can tend to stretch and wear out quickly -- also because I just don't like the way it looks and feels. The knotted cotton cords look and feel more stylish and professional, in my semi-humble opinion.
I make other eye patch designs as well (see the last photo for examples).
Please use caution and common sense when wearing an eye patch, as it can cause loss of depth perception and balance (and, of course, you lose a large portion of your range of vision as well). Do not wear a costume eyepatch while driving to the Halloween masquerade (or anywhere else). This is not a medical eyepatch. Please get your doctor's approval if you intend to use this over or in lieu of a medical eye patch.
Mythbusters did a piece about eye patches which showed the probable reason the eye patch is such an iconic wardrobe staple for pirate costumes. It's not because pirates were always losing an eye, but because the eyepatch helped them see better when they had to go from a bright sunny deck to the darkness below decks. They simply switched the patch to their other eye when they went below, so that the eye that had been shielded did not have to adjust to the darkness (which can take up to half an hour).
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