Introduction: LED Popsicle Stick Glasses
Craft (popsicle) sticks are the bulk of this inexpensive and easy to make project. I spent $10 on this one, and for most, it could cost up to $20 (but then you'd be able to make several pairs). They remind me a little of Geordi LaForge from Star Trek TNG. I was not trying to copy that character, I just sat down and ended up with this idea.
These can be used with or without the LED lights I added. Without them they are a sort of futuristic eye covering. With the LEDs they are like robot eyes. Yes, I can see out of them! Have fun!
Warning! This video shows one possible application of LED Robot Glasses. It is not necessarily meant to be cool. It is cheesy and I know it. You've been warned.
Step 1: Materials
What you need:
Machine thread screws #6-32 x 1.5" (#6-32 x 38, 1mm) and corresponding nuts
elastic hair band (rubber band would work too)
2 LEDs (mine were flat green, 3.0v each)
4 ft. of bell wire (low voltage wire)
1 - 4 AA battery pack with on/off switch
Glue for hot glue gun.
phone splice connector
wire wrap if desired, or solder them
Step 2: Drill Holes
For this step, get a clamp (a good one) and do as the photos do. The drill bit was 9/64".
Use a few more than you need for each side, to compensate for any that split and for the dent the clamp puts in the first one.
Do one side at a time, and then keep that lot in a separate pile from the others. The reason for this is unless you can drill every last stick exactly the same, when you start assembling them they will bind up and won't slide onto the screws. So since each group you drill will be slightly different than the next, keep them separate for easy assembly.
Step 3: Assemble
This step you will be happy you left the sticks grouped apart and they will just drop right on.
Put the nuts on the ends, and for the earpieces I put the sticks about 3 sticks down from the top of the visor.
Adjust the glasses to fit who will wear them, and use a tiny wrench (or pliers) and a screwdriver to tighten them in place.
Notice in the photo the screw is way longer in the back because there is no spacing for the glasses. I used a dremel tool and cut the screws to size.
Since I had the dremel out, I also sanded the corners smooth and sanded out a little nose indent (see the picture)
Step 4: Paint, Rubber, Done
They can be any color.
I spray painted mine with a metallic texture gray color. I did 3 coats. Use long sweeping motions (like the can says) to avoid it running. I also only painted the front visible parts, then flipped them over and did the front visible parts again.
It didn't seem necessary to cover the entire thing (the side that's against my face) so I didn't.
Attach the elastic when it's dry and it's ready! Go on to the next step if you want to add lights to it.
If you're not adding lights, thanks for looking! Hope they do the trick!
Step 5: (Optional) LED's
I obtained two LED lights. They used 3 volts each, so no resistor was required, and then just hooked them up to a battery pack from Radioshack. Hot glue them on! I soldered my LEDs together, and used a phone splice connector (insert wires, crimp together, done) to attach the battery pack.
Done. Thanks for looking.