Introduction: Pinhole Eyeglasses

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Make a pair of glasses that have the perfect optics! Great for seeing close up things, they will stay in focus at all distances. Super easy to make and fun to use.

Step 1: Gather Materials

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For this project, you will need an old eyeglass frame, aluminum foil, and a pin or needle.

Step 2: Put It Together

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Rip or cut out two pieces of aluminum foil slightly larger than the holes in the glasses. The fold the extra foil around the frame of the glasses and it should hold itself on pretty well. Put the glasses on and estimate where the pupils of your eyes line up with the foil. Take the glasses off and poke a hole in the foil at that spot. The hole will be really small and needs to be perfectly round, so be careful!

Step 3: Try It

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Put the glasses on and look around. The glasses will work the best in high lighted areas, such as outdoors. They will also work better if you lined the holes up with your eyes, that way you won't be going crosseyed.
To demonstrate the glasses really well, have them off, and try to look at something really close up, like two inches away from your eyes. Then put the glasses on and try the same thing. It may help if you cover up the sides of your eyes so no extra light gets in. Then you can go around and show everyone how cool you look in your new aluminum glasses.


astrolon (author)2010-05-03

 how make macro lense with 3 fingers ;-)
 press ( squizzzzze) two index of your both hands, more one inch , to make a tiny hole , put your eye very close to it , try make the hole round ( squiiiiiizzzzze a max . ) , 
 then check anything ( computer screen .....) very closely , and enjoy !

CheckDavid (author)astrolon2012-03-13

Please be more specific. How is that 3 fingers? (author)2008-10-29

I think you look great in your new glasses. Don't mind what small minded people say. They are just jelous of you...stinkers.

austin (author)2006-06-13

eskimos made them to avoid snow blindness.

spinach_dip (author)austin2006-06-16

Why don't you learn how to read before you post? That's already been said here. It's also wrong. Eskimos never made glasses with tiny holes in them. They used bone with long horizonal slits. Snow glasses did not do anyhing to help focus the light as these do.

DEFDOM DELTA (author)spinach_dip2008-10-06

Aggressive much? Take it easy.

No need to be an ass about it.

power (author)2006-12-29

i've build a pinhole camera but i'd never though about building a pinhole glasses.thanks for the idea.nice glasses.

Chris Bilton (author)2006-12-21

I made something similar but with artificial fur round the edges of the frames...thought it looked cool in winter...

I'd have to say the best part about this project is walking around afterwards with foil sunglasses on.

spinach_dip (author)2006-06-12

It works better with a lot of holes, and it's a very old idea.

I remember seeing ads and infomercials for this sort of thing 20+ years ago.

atomicpossum (author)spinach_dip2006-06-12

The eskimos used to make these out of bone.

spinach_dip (author)atomicpossum2006-06-13

They cut slits in them, not pinholes.

trebuchet03 (author)2006-06-12

Using a bunch of holes is kinda obvios :P One way to measure the distance to your pupils.... Ruler (this is how the optometrists used to do it -- some still do). It will be better if you have a friend do the measuring while you looke forewords ;)

fungus amungus (author)2006-06-12

You could also just add more holes.


mikesty (author)2006-06-12

If you want the best pupil calibration, punch the pupil holes while wearing the foil and glasses.

ElectricJ (author)mikesty2006-06-12

just don't slip and stab yourself in ye olde eyeball I guess

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