I have a set of loupes from Harbor Freight. You are supposed to be able to hold them with the muscles around your eye socket. While needing both hands recently to work on some fine wires, I decided I needed a way to hang the loupe on my eyeglasses.  

Step 1: What is needed

I needed some 16 gauge steel wire and a small piece of heat shrink tubing. I also needed a needle nose pliers, a heat gun, and a ruler.
<p>I wear glasses and this is a great idea, I like the shrink tube application</p>
I do not use it often, but it works well. It is too bad wrestling the shrink tubing into place means bending the wire, so that it must be put back in place. But, it still works out well. Thanks.
Phil, Excellent idea. We must shop at the same places. It's difficult holding those cheap plastic loupes by squinting etc... This is a really great idea that I'll be trying soon...
I am glad you can use it.
I just picked up their visor magnifier at a garage sale for a dollar. Mint in Box!
Congratulations. Is your visor magnifier a fixed magnification?
They don't sell the model I have anymore, but this is what replaced it:<br> <br> <a href="http://www.harborfreight.com/magnifier-head-strap-with-lights-38896.html" rel="nofollow">http://www.harborfreight.com/magnifier-head-strap-with-lights-38896.html</a><br> <br> Mine does not have the lights, or the round external magnifier either. Mine does have the two sets of visor lenses though. I never use both lenses because that is just too strong.<br> <br> Mine has the 1.8X and 2.3X magnifying powers. I use mine along with 2.00 reading glasses so that may be why the second range is useless to me?<br> <br> I'm kind of glad the visor I have is the plain Jane model. Less weight, and fiddly bits to worry about. My only complaint is that the headband forehead part is vinyl and that is a bit uncomfortable. I figure I'm going to have to sew a scrap of old towel cloth to it. Or maybe wrap it in a paper towel, or something. I did something similar with my welding hood and that seems to have done the trick. Wrapped paper towel around the headband in the front.<br> <br> You get nice stereoscopic vision with the visor.
Brilliant and, for me, most timely. I recently bought the same loupe set and have been unable to properly squint to use it. Once again, Phil has come to my rescue. Thanks!
You are too kind. Thank you for your comment. I am glad it will work for you. <br><br>I thought about various ways to do what the heat shrink tubing does to hold the wire loop at a proper size. I hit the prototype version with a small weld bead, but only a few will have access to a welder. Tape would probably work, at least for a while. I settled on heat shrink tubing as something almost anyone can get at a reasonable cost. Almost everyone has access to a hair dryer, too.
Interesting. Thanks. Animations, like Toy Story, are able to bend the laws of physics in ways not allowed to those of us who tinker in home workshops.
<div class="media_embed"> Rats! I was hoping for a &lt;A HREF=&quot;http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y7lq3qVbP_8&quot;&gt;pivoting loupe&lt;/A&gt; like Geri's :-)<br> <br> <object height="315" width="420"><param name="movie" value="//www.youtube.com/v/Y7lq3qVbP_8?hl=en_US&amp;version=3&amp;rel=0"><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"><embed allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/v/Y7lq3qVbP_8?hl=en_US&version=3&rel=0" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="420"></embed></object></div>
I am sorry. I have only my iPhone and am not doing well at opening the link you provided. Now I see someone at Instructables did something similar earlier using a rubber band. I will check your link when I am near a computer again. Thank you for commenting.
Sorry, Phil; it was mean as a bit of a joke. I love your project -- it's so well aligned with your others. <br> <br>The video and link are a brief scene from the film <i>Toy Story 2</i>, where the old-man character comes to repair the Sheriff Woody doll. The character wears glasses with a loupe that swings out of the way on one side, and a penlight tied to the other side.

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