Eyeglass Loupe Holder





Introduction: Eyeglass Loupe Holder

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.

Step 2: Cut Wire

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

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

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

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.

Step 6: Bend to Fit the Eyeglasses

Bend both ends of the wire down at an angle just a bit more severe than a right angle. Bend a kink in each piece to provide a smooth, rounded area for contact against the eyeglass lens. Do this on both ends of the wire. Trim excess wire away. See the text boxes. Adjust the right angle bend for the right amount of tension between the loupe on the front of the eyeglass lens and the bent wire on the back side of the eyeglass lens.

Just slide the loupe and the wire holder over your eyeglasses when you want to use the loupe. Slide it off and change magnification power by inserting a different loupe. This loupe holder frees you to use both hands on some delicate project without the distraction of trying to keep the loupe squeezed by the muscles around your eye socket.



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    Thank you.

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

    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:


    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.

    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!