perfect for steampunkery or general jewellery.
you will need a 1and one half foot (approx) length of copper wire, about 1mm in diametre and certainly no less.
about 3 feet of thinner copper wire, from transformers ( i would give precise instructions on how to dismantle them but i should think they differ quite a bit. i used an old knife and cut away the glued together plates that formed the core until i could get at the wire)
Some translucent plastic, from say, a bottle of something fizzy
a swiss army knife
a pair of pliers
in this instructable we shall be making the piece with the green tint. it would be a full set of specs but unfortunatley the wire was too brittle on one side and i had to cu one half loose. keep in mind the processes for making a straight set of specs and a monocle thing are essentially the same except that you have an extra side on the specs.
Step 1: Bending the Frame
Step 2: Bending Part 2
then grip the bend and tighten it up so that the long end of the wire is pointing directly upwards if you were to balance this on you nose. do it to both sides.
after youve done this bend the the two ends out, at about 90 degrees again so that they would run straight out from your brow if you balanced it on your nose. bend aty a point about an inch from where the horizontal nose bit meeets the main body of the wire. sorry if this is confusing but it is difficult to explain. i hope the pictures are sufficiently explanatory.
the main pic for this slide also shows aspects from the next set of instructions so dont act on the pic and bend i the ends over your face yet please
Step 3: Fitting. Difficult and Potentially Annoying
when fitting make sure that yopu keep everything in line otherwise you may bend the specs in such a manner as to have them lopsided etc etc. also remember to not bend it too tightly other wise it will be uncomfortable to wear.
sorry that i cant supply more pics but i cant really take any properly explanatory ones at this stage as everything is obscured by my hair.
Step 4: Wrapping With Wire
follow the pics and you should be ok. you may have to double back on yourself near the nose bit.
Step 5: Lenses
Step 6: Decoration
if you ish to add decoration then use either the following technique or dream up something yourslf
it is easy to secure extra titbits. you simply wind wire around both it and the frame at the smae time, thus binding them.
to make a coil just get a bit of wire and either use pliers or your hand to bend it into shape.