- Small pliers
- a saw, small tube cutter or abrasive cutoff tool to cut the tubing
- Soldering iron
- rosin core solder
- Acid Brush and Alcohol to clean the rosin after the repair
- A dab of clear finger nail polish
- 0.25 - 0.5 inches copper tubing with an inside diameter slightly larger than the outside diameter of your bridge. Square tubing is available if the bridge you are repairing isn't round. ( http://www.djhobby.com/ (retail) or http://www.ksmetals.com/ (wholesale))
Step 1: Assess the Situation
Step 2: Cut the Splint
Step 3: Solder the Splint in Place
Step 4: Final Steps and Conclusion
The finished product isn't perfect, but it will get me through the next few weeks until I can get annother free pair of glasses with my vision plan. With some jewlers pliers I would be able to bend the tubing more precicely allowing both a much more astetically pleasing repair as well as maintaining the alightment of the two lenses.
Annother idea would be to combine a medium wieght solid wire with some shrink tubing. The wire should be much easier to bend and result in a more flexible end product. My very first attempt at a repair was forcing a piece of stripped insulation off of some solid-core wire I use for breadboarding. It held up for exactly one use before it ripped right at the break. It also didn't provide enough ridgitity.