Introduction: Origami Sunglasses

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This is a fun and easy origami folding tutorial.

Step 1: Starting Out

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With one eight by eleven sheet of paper, fold one side, so that the edge touches the second edge on the other side of the paper.

Step 2: Making an X

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Fold the paper edge to edge and then unfold as shown above. You will now fold the one mountain fold up to make the paper look as the picture above.

Step 3: Almost Done!

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Now, fold the bottom piece up to the points, a tiny bit below where the triangles are. You do this, because when we fold again, and don't go a little under, the bottom paper will move up a little. Next, fold up once more, again, keeping a little bit off the edge of the first fold. For a third time, fold up, but right to the edge. It should now look like the picture above.

Step 4: You Are Done!!!

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Lastly, fold up small triangles in each of the larger triangles as shown. After you do that, fold both skinny lines inwards making sure that you keep the lenses straight. It should now look as shown in the photo.

Step 5: Finished Completely

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You are now finished, and complete with the origami glasses. You can wear them as long as you hold them up, or put a piece of tape on your nose. (although you still can't see anything) I hope you liked the tutorial, and enjoy!


larry03052 (author)2016-01-27

These can actually be made into functional (sun)glasses. For sun, cut a very thing horizontal strip across the center of each side such that it will be at the level of the pupils when worn. For reading or distance viewing, use a pin to make one, tiny pinhole each side directly in front of each pupil.

bmxmiles (author)larry030522016-01-27

Oh, cool, but wouldn't it still burn your eyes if there were no lenses? Or, the glasses could just be for shows

larry03052 (author)bmxmiles2016-01-31

Not for looking directly at the sun. As actual glasses. The slit design has been used by Inuit eskimos for thousands of years to cut snow glare. They usually used seal bone, but I expect paper would work just as well and wouldn't require killing a seal first. Likewise, the pinhole design is used in pinhole cameras for infinite-depth photos - pinholes focus light like lenses, but have no chromatic errors. Your eye doctor may use a pinhole flipover on the blocking-one-eye handle when he tests your vision (that one has a more practical pattern of pinholes to allow greater range of seeing rather than just one). Pinholes have the drawback that they greatly restrict incoming light.

I have seen pinholes used for direct solar observation, but NOT BY EYE -- you use two pieces of paper, one with the pinhole and one without and use the one with the pinhole to focus an image of the sun on the other piece of paper as a screen. This won't burn the paper as pinholes will not focus enough light. Again, do NOT use for direct vision, that will blind you.

bmxmiles (author)larry030522016-01-31

Okay, now I understand... How do you even know this stuff?! Great explanation!

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