Oh, no! You've broken the frame for your brand new glasses and don't feel you are fashionable enough to pull off the classic "tape on glasses" look until you can afford a new pair. Fear not! You'll be looking great (pun intended) in no time.
Step 1: Get Your Tools/Supplies
For this project you will need:
- A teensy, tiny little bit of Sugru, ideally (but not necessarily if you're feeling artistic) the same colour as your broken glasses
- A large, adjustable, low-pressure clamp (wide enough to fit your glasses)
- A smaller, adjustable, low-pressure clamp
- Zip ties or rubber bands
- A glass of soapy water
- A sharp knife
- Padding to protect your glasses/keep them from slipping.
Step 2: Prepare Your Rig
This project won't work unless you can hold the break on your glasses together for an extended period of time. Most likely, your glasses broke in a place where one clamp won't hold them together without slipping. No worries. Why use one clamp when you can use two?
Take the large, adjustable, low-pressure clamp and place your glasses inside with each of the temples alongside the edges of the clamp. Tighten the clamp slowly and carefully. If you tighten the clamp too much, you could end up breaking your glasses somewhere else.
If the glasses try to slide out of the clamp, use zip ties along the temple arms to hold them in place.
Use the second set of clamps on the top and bottom of the frame to further close the break. If the clamp wants to slide or if you're afraid of causing further damage to the frame, use cloth or another material that will friction and cushioning for the clamp.
Once your glasses are secured and you've managed to close the gap enough that the lens stays in the frame securely, you're ready for the next step.
Step 3: Sugru It!
Following the instructions that came with your Sugru, work the Sugru until it's ready to be applied.
Using tiny amounts only, work the Sugru into the break and, if possible, tighten the clamps a tiny bit.
Use the sharp knife to help shape the Sugru, taking care to remove any material that may have gotten onto the lens.
If you want a more polished look, dip your finger or the knife into the warm, soapy water and continue to smooth out the Sugru.
Use the extra Sugru for another project OR use it to decorate your glasses.
When the repair/styling looks the way you want it, let it sit for 24 hours.
Step 4: Final Touches
After the Sugru has cured, remove the glasses from the clamps. If you're like me, you might want to do a little more refining. I did that with the sharp knife, carving off extra bits of Sugru that I didn't notice before - possibly because I wasn't wearing glasses.
And there you have it! A no-longer-broken pair of glasses!
As you can see (hopefully), I was going for function over style. The more time you put into refining the Sugru when it's soft the better your glasses will look.
This project was completed at YuKonstruct in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada.