I'm going to be perfectly honest here. I enjoy me some Ray-Bans. The tacky 70's pornstar* gold-rimmed aviators. They fit my face nicely, they look reasonable in most situations, and they're polarized. And cheap.

Cheap? Ray-Bans? They retail for, like, a lot of money. More than is acceptable for a commonly-misplaced cranial accessory. If I had real ones, they'd be worth more than the rest of my clothing and my shoes... combined. Ray-Bans are normally not cheap. But mine are.

They're fakes from DealExtreme in Hong Kong. Nice fakes, though. The polarized lenses are lovely, but the nose-pieces are a bit on the weak side. I got a good year or so of use out of these $10 glasses, but the nose-piece on the right finally gave up the ghost while I was painting a house. Over some gravel. (No rescuing and re-wiring for me; I couldn't find the missing piece.)

I had almost given up and ordered a new pair when I started working for Instructables. Which provided easy access to a ton of Sugru. Which means... I finally get to fix the glasses! Flexible nose-piece replacements! The comfiest pair of knock-offs in the world**. Keep on clicking for the remarkably easy instructions for fixing your glasses, knock-offs or otherwise.

*My father's description of the glasses, not mine.
**Further scientific research may be needed to substantiate this claim.

Step 1: Materials

  • Glasses.
    • The ones with wire frames and the separate nose-piece are what I had.
    • I imagine you could make some Wayfarers a bit more custom and a bit less hipster-y if you really wanted to.
  • Sugru.
    • Pick a color that won't make you go cross-eyed when it's sitting atop your nose for long periods of time.
    • I went with white which looks a bit like gum that has seen some time underneath a table.
    • You could also try orange, green, blue, or black.
  • Scissors or a knife
    • You probably don't want (or need) to open the Sugru with your teeth unless this is a field repair.

That's all. Maybe use some teeny-tiny pliers if you want to do some bending and adjusting of the wire that the nose-piece attaches to. If you want perfect balance, using a small knife to cut equal-sized pieces of Sugru might help with your anal-retentiveness.
I'm disappointed :( I thought this was an instructable to fix scratched mirror lenses.
Sorry. My solution to scratched mirrored lenses: stop buying mirrored lenses. I was a mirrored lens guy for a little while, but they're just too fragile. They're not like the chrome on a vehicle that you can just rub with aluminum foil; your best bet is to replace them and then take REALLY good care of the new ones.
Nice! I like it because it does not look like a fix job! Thanks for sharing.
I don't know a thing about sugru. Can it be used to repair this plastic? I think it's bakelite.
It could, but you'd probably be better off using some superglue or epoxy.
Sweet! Looks awesome.
nice sugru application.<br />Also, sweet shades. I approve.<br />

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