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:

Popsicle sticks
Machine thread screws #6-32 x 1.5" (#6-32 x 38, 1mm) and corresponding nuts
Spray paint
elastic hair band (rubber band would work too)

optional:
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.

Important:
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.

~Duggerpato

Comments

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mentat5000 (author)2011-09-22

This is fantastic! Great for low budget or any budget for that matter. Best part about it is that it gives you some room to maneuver and change it to how you would like it.

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LeeG (author)2011-10-09

Well you can do it this way, or if you just want to do this the once you can use fishing lights and clear tape. I did something like this 25 years ago (eek showing my age) along with a black cowelled robe and stuck them to round glasses which meant I could hardly see. Everyone was freaking out as in the dark all they thought they could see were glowing green eye sockets peering out from under the hood.

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iwoodinspire (author)LeeG2011-10-10

I see what you mean. The sticks had a sort of shutter affect. It's like looking through slats or window blinds, and even with the lights just above, I could still see fairly well. If I had used a smaller angle LED it would have been even easier to see. The viewing angle on these was 180 degrees, which is why my face is green just below the glasses too.

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KahlZun (author)2011-09-29

Am I the only person who saw that and instantly thought "Dead Space"...

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iwoodinspire (author)KahlZun2011-09-29

So far, yes. :) Reminiscent of Splinter Cell, if I had a third light in the middle...

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SweetnSassy222 (author)2011-09-26

I like that these are also easily adjustable to fit a wide range of ages including kids. Being an Optician that's a dream come true when it comes to *glasses*. ;) Being low cost is awesome also! Great job!

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colorex (author)2011-09-21

Enter it in the popsicle stick contest!

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iwoodinspire (author)colorex2011-09-21

Ya lo hice! a las 11:52 de la manana. gracias por el apoyo, esta bienvenido ;)

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colorex (author)iwoodinspire2011-09-21

Así veo...

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iwoodinspire (author)colorex2011-09-22

I don't have accents on my keyboard, it makes it hard to talk right in spanish

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