Last time I broke a pair of glasses, I finally bought some online and was amazed at how much cheaper it was.So logically I link jumped to prescription goggles thinking they would also be cheaper--no luck. Then I thought to myself, "Self- Don't you already have a cheap pair of goggles from the costume shop and some broken glasses?" So this is my slapped together prescription goggles, to which I added a small spotlight and a magnifying lens. This is also a great way to get some more mileage out of broken glasses you had to pay good money for.
Step 1: Materials and Tools
Goggles from a Costume Shop
Broken Glasses with Lenses Still Intact
Reflective concave cup part from broken flashlight
LED flashlight from broken cheapo multiscrewdriver that I stupidly tried to pry something open with.
Some small electric wire scavenged from various things
Stiff Bendable Craft wire
Old AM antenna. Actually I just used the old AM antenna for the plug at the end and the small electric wire- you can use anything that has those elements, I just have several because i find them a lot dumpster diving.
Needle and Thread
Drill with small bit, roughly the diameter of the bendable wire
Hot Glue Gun
Step 2: Disassemble the Goggles and Glasses
Next I unscrewed the plastic ring that holds the clear plastic lenses to the goggles. Then I positioned the lens from my old glasses so they would be properly oriented when the goggles were on my face and marked it with a marker. Using a hacksaw blade and a hobby knife I cut notches wide enough to slide the tabs I left on the sides of the lenses through. At this step I also drilled some small extra vent holes around the edges of the goggles to help prevent fogging.
After pressing the lenses into this new housing, I placed the plastic lenses on top of them and then screwed the plastic rings back down.
If all one was doing was making some cheap prescription safety goggles, then Tah-Dah! thats it. Sure they aren't amazing and bulletproof, but they will keep burs, flecks and dust out of your eyes when your using a Dremel or soldering or what have you.
Step 3: Attaching the Magnifying Glass to the Stiff Wire
Step 4: Attach the Magnifying Glass to the Goggles
Step 5: Wiring and Attaching the Flashlight
So there you have it, some goggles to wear when you don't want to damage your glasses but still need to see when you're wearing them, plus a use for broken glasses.