Introduction: Manga/Anime Cosplay Shades

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One of my eldest son's hobbies is Anime. When he went to a "Geek Meet", he wanted a simple costume to wear.

His idea was to make a pair of the glasses worn by a character called Kamina (don't worry, I had to google him as well).

This is what I did...

(I ought to point out, that photo is not enhanced at all - I think the bright orange colour made the camera wash out the rest of the frame.)

Step 1: Design

It didn't take much designing - a quick google revealed the startlingly angular shape I needed.

Kamina seems to keep the lenses of his shades in place by magic - I couldn't see arms anywhere. My son doesn't have magic powers, and wasn't keen on the idea of gluing them to his forehead, so I had to design arms as well.

I've attached the various files I created, but you will need to re-size your design to suit the wearer's head. Make sure that the holes in the lenses match the thickness of the material you cut them from.

Step 2: Fitting

Although I bought a decent-sized sheet of clear amber acrylic online, I tested the sizing with card. It took several iterations to get them not just fitting, but proportioned to his taste.

(In case you're wondering, I had to take photos of him wearing each sized version for him to check the look.)

Step 3: Cutting

Once we were happy, we cut the glasses from a sheet of 3mm-thick amber acrylic.

Slotting the arms into the holes cut in the lenses, along with a drop of super glue (Krazy Glue, cyanoacrylic (CA) glue), finishes the build.

Put them on,and off you go!

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