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One of my eldest son's hobbies is Anime. When he went to a "Geek Meet", he wanted a simple costume to wear.

His idea was to make a pair of the glasses worn by a character called Kamina (don't worry, I had to google him as well).

This is what I did...

(I ought to point out, that photo is not enhanced at all - I think the bright orange colour made the camera wash out the rest of the frame.)

Step 1: Design

It didn't take much designing - a quick google revealed the startlingly angular shape I needed.

Kamina seems to keep the lenses of his shades in place by magic - I couldn't see arms anywhere. My son doesn't have magic powers, and wasn't keen on the idea of gluing them to his forehead, so I had to design arms as well.

I've attached the various files I created, but you will need to re-size your design to suit the wearer's head. Make sure that the holes in the lenses match the thickness of the material you cut them from.

Step 2: Fitting

Although I bought a decent-sized sheet of clear amber acrylic online, I tested the sizing with card. It took several iterations to get them not just fitting, but proportioned to his taste.

(In case you're wondering, I had to take photos of him wearing each sized version for him to check the look.)

Step 3: Cutting

Once we were happy, we cut the glasses from a sheet of 3mm-thick amber acrylic.

Slotting the arms into the holes cut in the lenses, along with a drop of super glue (Krazy Glue, cyanoacrylic (CA) glue), finishes the build.

Put them on,and off you go!

This is from an Anime...Not a manga.
<p>not to out pedant a pendantic comment, but Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann is both an anime AND a manga series</p>
<p>Yeah, but if he was basing it off the Anime, it wouldn't be a manga. </p>
<p>which is wholly irrelevant when the character exists as both manga, and anime with the same characteristics. </p>
<p>Umm... I didn't realise there was a difference...?</p>
<p>While there is a small difference (Anime = Tv Shows, Movies, Etc. Manga = Comic books, novels, chapters) the main point is that Mr Kiteman has shown how to replicate an Item that i (and maybe others) have thought would require purchasing online. Well done Mr Kiteman, you make it seem so simple!</p>
<p>Just <em>Kiteman</em>, please, but thank you for the clarifying comment.</p>
No prob
<p>Thank you!</p>
ive been waiting for this XD
<p>Happy to oblige!</p>
<p>Um... that's not me, that's my son...</p>
tangen Toppa Gurren laggan is a good anime<br>
<p>My son agrees, although it's not my thing.</p>
<p>I like it! Nice use of a laser cutter!</p>
<p>Thank you!</p>
Really cool looking. Does it hurt your nose?
<p>I can see why you would be concerned about his nose Ronald because half of your profile pic is a nose! XD</p>
<p>Not so far as I know, but that's not me wearing them.</p>
<p>Those look really cool! Did he have any trouble keeping them on?</p>
<p>Not so far, but he hasn't worn them for a prolonged period yet.</p>
<p>*coughs* Dirk Strider glasses *cough cough*</p>
<p>[Google]</p><p>Oh, yes, if you can get hold of some smoked-black acrylic.</p>
<p>-----nobody put an eye out?</p>
<p>Not yet (I wouldn't trust them as actual sunglasses, though...)</p>
<p>I think you may be starting the fashion trend of summer 2015! :)</p>
<p>Ha, we'll see. </p>
<p>Nice of you to include the files. How's that laser of yours holding up?</p>
<p>Pretty good - I'll be addressing the software issues we talked about this evening and over the weekend.</p>

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