Introduction: Simple Variable Brightness Lens Using 3d Glasses

Here's a simple lens that will adjust the amount of light that passes through when you turn it, it is more of a proof of concept that anything else, made from a cut off glue stick, and the both the lenses from a pair of 3d glasses.
I am not sure exactly how it works, but when you flip one lens around, then put it in front of the other one, it blocks out light depending on how much you rotate it.

Hopefully, someone with skill and patience will see this idea and make a set of steampunk goggles!

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johnnymercer (author)2013-10-02

Cool instructable. You should consider putting different colored marks on the rim so the user can quickly reference various brightnesses when the corresponding color is in the 12 o'clock position.

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The Ideanator (author)2011-11-11

This is what's known in the optic industry as a polarizer, and they can be had for cheap on ebay and amazon, and for a bit more at the local camera store. In fact, an LCD screen is two panes of polarized glass! (sandwiching the liquid crystal goodness, of course, not sure how you'd separate them intact though)

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Kiteman (author)2011-11-10

This is a really neat idea.

Did you take photos as you made it? I hope you did, because then you could publish a proper step-by-step instructable.

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