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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.  
 
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Step 1: What is needed

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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.

Step 2: Cut wire

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I measured all of the bent sections, etc. and figured I needed 10 inches of wire. I could have cut only 9 inches and it would have been just right.

Step 3: Bend the wire around the loupe

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Bend the wire to make a circle around the base of the loupe. Center the circle between the ends. Open the circle and wiggle the ends of the wire into the heat shrink tubing. See the second photo.Be careful not to tear the heat shrink tubing. Work with the wire so it fits around the loupe and the heat shrink tubing is loose on the wire.

Step 4: Shrink the tubing and bend the wire

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Use a hair dryer or a heat gun to shrink the tubing so the wire does not slip back and forth to open the circle. Do a little bending on the wire as necessary to make the circle fit the base of the loupe as much as possible. When bending the wire the heat shrink tubing will suffer less damage if the pliers jaws are kept between the tubing and the bend. Bend the ends in the form shown.

Step 5: Bend again

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Bend both ends of the wire as shown. The distance between the two straight sections should be just a bit more than the widest part of the loupe's base.
Fikjast Scott8 months ago

I wear glasses and this is a great idea, I like the shrink tube application

Phil B (author)  Fikjast Scott8 months ago
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.
bobzjr10 months ago
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...
Phil B (author)  bobzjr10 months ago
I am glad you can use it.
pfred211 months ago
I just picked up their visor magnifier at a garage sale for a dollar. Mint in Box!
Phil B (author)  pfred211 months ago
Congratulations. Is your visor magnifier a fixed magnification?
pfred2 Phil B11 months ago
They don't sell the model I have anymore, but this is what replaced it:

http://www.harborfreight.com/magnifier-head-strap-with-lights-38896.html

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.

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?

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.

You get nice stereoscopic vision with the visor.
ksoutherland11 months ago
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!
Phil B (author)  ksoutherland11 months ago
You are too kind. Thank you for your comment. I am glad it will work for you.

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.
Phil B (author) 11 months ago
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.
kelseymh11 months ago
Rats! I was hoping for a <A HREF="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y7lq3qVbP_8">pivoting loupe</A> like Geri's :-)

Phil B (author)  kelseymh11 months ago
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.
kelseymh Phil B11 months ago
Sorry, Phil; it was mean as a bit of a joke. I love your project -- it's so well aligned with your others.

The video and link are a brief scene from the film Toy Story 2, 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.