KISS Principle Monocle

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Introduction: KISS Principle Monocle

Hi Everyone I am back with another "KISS Principle" project.

I have quiet good vision, well, as long as I don´t have to read or look at something close up in detail.

I do some teaching on a course about four times a year and this is outdoors with Rucksack on my back all day and it was always a pain in the butt to get glasses out to check something on the map and put away again so I started looking for a solution, I found a company called NOOZ which produced a glasses without arms that pearch on your nose, great but not satisfied, what I wanted was a monocle and NOOZ did not do them, the places where I looked were quiet expensive.

The answer came with a pair of broken "el-cheapo" reading glasses from the supermarket. I keep several pairs with my emergency gear and since cheap don´t matter if kaputt. The frames were broke and I was going to throw them away but then had an idea!

Supplies

To make this great back simple projects you don´t need a lot: The lens from a pair of cheap reading glasses (plastic)

some sand paper, a burner or some kind of heat source, a needle, a pair of pliers or similar, a lanyard of somekind.

Step 1: Clean Her Up !

When you have your Lens free of the frame you might have some sharp edges so you want

to use the Sandpaper to take the edges off and so not cut your eye.

Step 2: Burn the Hole

When your sure the edges are rounded the next step is to burn the hole in the Lens.

Since we are dealing with open flames there are points to note; firstly its probably better to do this outside then having something happen inside and the house going up in flames!, also note I am using a pair of pliers to hold

the needle so it does not burn me!

Ok, holding the needle in the pliers heat it up to a nice red colour, it does not take long. Quickly remove from the flame and push through the Lens, your looking to make a hole near the edge but not too close to break through.

Step 3: Clean Up Again

When you are sure the hole is big enough (you can wiggle the needle around when hot to make bigger)

you will find there are melted edges probably on the sides of the hole so using something like a screw just screw into the hole slightly on both sides to clean the edges.

Step 4: The Lanyard

Finally you can make the Lanyard either thin strong cotton or I had a Lanyard from an old USB stick or was it Binocular, don´t matter I saved it because I knew it would be usefule sometime.

Just fiddle it through the hole and knot it off

Step 5: The End

Well this does just the trick for me I hope you enjoy this and maybe you might try it out too!

Click on my profile to see what else I have made, or type in KISS Principle

Thank you all stay safe

1 Person Made This Project!

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29 Comments

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cspann560
cspann560

8 weeks ago

I love this! And I have a bunch of broken dollar store readers I can use. I am always losing them out of my shirt pocket or off the top of my head, or getting lost in the seat cushions or left behind. Now I'll just wear one around my neck.= that's all I need. Thanks for a genius idea!

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antonius
antonius

Reply 8 weeks ago

Thank you glad I could help

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21kevinthefixer11
21kevinthefixer11

8 weeks ago on Step 5

Perhaps I never thought about making a monocle because I need spectacles all the time, but I did a similar thing ages ago when digital cameras were just getting useful. I had a fixed-focus 2.8 MP Concorde camera that was great except for closeups. Before you dismiss 2.8MP, let me say I have a couple very nice 2-foot by 3-foot pics on my walls that came from that camera! But if I wanted to get any closer to my subject I needed lens correction, and I used this exact method, except that I drilled 4 holes and put elastic through them. This worked great for, say, medium-to-small flowers, maybe 6" away. I also took a magnifying glass (made of glass, believe it?), removed the handle, cut holes in a couple round CD cases (the kind blank CDs came in), set the glass on top and the camera on top of that. The CD cases telescope to focus the rig. This is good for coins, stamps and such. Just a bit of history of course; these days we all have auto-focus cams in our cell phones, 10+MP and they're always handy! But I think it's great to encourage KISS-inspired stuff like this, especially DIY.

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antonius
antonius

Reply 8 weeks ago

I really love this kind of thing about 3 times a year I teach in the wilds and there sometimes we are faced with challanges and it is sometimes a case of what is in your pockets what can you use, kind of Mcgiver-like

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hughlene
hughlene

8 weeks ago

Check it out to see if you can use it as a fire starter as well. Sometimes it has to face the right way. Would make a twofer to have handy when camping and aid in splinter removal. Great job!!

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antonius
antonius

Reply 8 weeks ago

Yes good thought, maybe because the lens is convex you might have to carefully add some water to build it up to a true lens shape, then it could work.

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Pa1963
Pa1963

8 weeks ago

Colonel Klink would be so proud! Way to upcycle someting that would otherwise end up in the trash.

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antonius
antonius

Reply 8 weeks ago

Schulz would probably be proud too polishing it. I did not think my solution would be such a hit thanks

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Johnwayne
Johnwayne

8 weeks ago on Introduction

This is GREAT idea. So simple and obvious, but I would never think of it. I just got a new pair of expensive progressive glasses since my old pair frames were toast. Now I use them outside, held together with superglue and Gorilla glue! They are ugly and would normally end up in a drawer—- but NOW, I can make a cool, progressive monocle that is easy to pack for emergencies. I can see a rubber frame around it— maybe made from piece of rubber tubing. Imagine— a progressive monocle for my “good eye” —— that’s cool!

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antonius
antonius

Reply 8 weeks ago

Maybe a thin silcon/rubber tube with simply a slit in one side and cut to right length and the lens glued in....... Good idea thanks, and enjoy

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Ashley1949
Ashley1949

8 weeks ago on Introduction

This is AWESOME! I had cataract surgery and I can see distance real good but even though I paid extra for the expensive super-duper surgery I still can't see anything close. I hate having to fish through my bag for my readers, too. I'm going to put a lense on a cute lanyard and...VOILA!!
Thank you so much for sharing your invention!
Ashley Ryan

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antonius
antonius

Reply 8 weeks ago

Thank you, I am so glad that my project helps! You are awsome

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antonius
antonius

Answer 8 weeks ago

Glass is ok I was upside down..... No sorry your right but it does not matter which way up still works as should. The photo was just for demonstration purposes
Have a good day

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antonius
antonius

Reply 8 weeks ago

thx

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schreib
schreib

8 weeks ago

hmmm. I notice you are holding the lens upside down against your eye. Was that just a mistaken photo or do you use it that way. . . the orientation makes virtually no difference?
another quick one: I conceive of a monocle as one which you can actually hold in place with face muscles without holding with fingers. Maybe most use it just quickly to see for an instant so this is not necessary and too much of a bother?
yet . . . another one!
Why not just leave the lens in the frame and cut the frame at the nose bridge, easier to hold onto without finger prints on the lens? Might be easier to "grasp" with your face muscles too?

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bpark1000
bpark1000

Reply 8 weeks ago

The better for term for this is "quizzing glass" (which is hand-held), not "monocle". If the lens is from a standard pair of full-vision reading glasses, it makes no difference whether it is upside down or at any other angle. But the concave side should always face the eye for best optical performance.

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antonius
antonius

Reply 8 weeks ago

The lens is the same any way around, but the picture just turned out like that as a demonsttration of use. I did not leave it in frame because as I think I mentioned the frame broke which was reason for making them. I can scrunch it up in my eye (Monocle) but the photo would not look good/relaxed. I am thinking of buying a pair of cheap round shaped glasses which might a) be easier to grip in eye and b) maybe can keep the frame on it too. Thx

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gcai_fwb
gcai_fwb

8 weeks ago

Great idea! - like Alex in NZ I have all the raw materials but I also purchased a perce nez set of glasses from the local dollar store - clip on to my nose for the few minutes when needed leaving hands free (feel like Poirot when using them 😎) - still a project worth pursuing but rather than using a hot pointy tool I'll use a 1/16" bit in my rotary tool to punch the hole.