Eyeglasses Loss Prevention




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Too many times that I care to mention, I have lost my Reading Glasses or Sunglasses from my shirt pocket while bending over or exiting my car. This can be a very expensive loss depending on the cost, or the need of the item that is lost.

In this Instructable I will be giving step by step procedures on how to make my "Loss Preventers" through word and illustration. You will see near duplicate steps due to my use of two different materials being used in their construction.

NO MORE LOSS, here are the two types of "Loss Preventers" that I have designed to stop those expensive losses:

Step 1: STEP 1: Viewing Two Types of Eyeglasses As They Might Be Carried in Your Shirt Pocket.

Step 2: STEP 1a: View of Second Type of Eyeglasses, As They Might Be Carried in Your Shirt Pocket.

Step 3: STEP 2: View of the Two Types of "Loss Preventers",

Step 4: STEP 3: Tools and Materials Needed.

To Start, you will need the following items:

1-package of SMALL Alligator Clips. You can find these is most any Hardware Store of Hardware Department. Notice the Ears and Ear Channel at the rear of the Clip, and the small hole at the bottom of the Clip.

Step 5: STEP 3a: Material Types to Connect Between Alligator Clips.

Type 1: 4 to 4 1/2 inches of Elastic Stretch Cord, approximately 1/16 inch in diameter. This can be found in Women's Sewing Accessories at Wal-Mart or Target Stores.

Type 2: 4 to 4 1/2 inches of Lighting or Lamp Pull chain, found is most Hardware Stores or Hardware Departments.

Step 6: STEP 4: Tools

I used this very small set of tools
that I purchased at a local Hardware Store
to fabricate my "Loss Preventers":

Long Nosed Pliers, straight.
Long Nosed Pliers, Off-Set.
Diagonal or Side Cutters.

Step 7: STEP 5: Cut to Length

In this step, you will cut to length, using your Side Cutters and the type of material you opt to make your "Preventers".

Step 8: STEP 6: Set-up.

Here you set-up your Alligator Clip to receive the Chain before securing it. Allow 2 beads to rest in front of the Clip Ear Channel before clamping down to secure it.

Step 9: Step 6a: Set-up.

Here you set-up your Alligator Clip to receive the Elastic Stretch Cord before securing it. I first inserted the cord into the hole of the Alligator Clip and tied a knot in it to keep the cord from coming out. I made sure the cord rested in the Clip Ear Channel before securing it.

Step 10: STEP 7: Securing the Clip Ends.

In this step you will secure the Clip ends using the tools in Step 4.

Here is the view of the completed step after attaching the chain to the Alligator Clips.

Step 11: STEP 7a: Securing the Clip Ends

In this step you will secure the Clip ends using the tools in Step 4.

Here is the view of the completed step after attaching the Elastic Stretch Cord to the Alligator Clips.

SPECIAL NOTE: After attachment, to facilitate opening and closing the Clip, I cut the knot off the end of the Elastic Stretch Cord.

Step 12: STEP 8: View of Loss Preventer in You Shirt Pocket.

View 1 shows "Loss Preventer" in the Pocket. The 1st view is with Chain.

Step 13: STEP 8A: View of Loss Preventer in Preventer in You Shirt Pocket.

View 2 shows "Preventer" in the pocket. This 2nd view is with the Elastic Stretch Cord.

Step 14: STEP 9: Loss Preventer in Action

Here is the Chain type Loss Preventer in Action.

Step 15: STEP 9a: Loss Preventer in Action

And finally here is the Elastic Stretch Cord type Loss Preventer in action.

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    13 Discussions


    1 year ago

    Awesome DIY eyeglass loss preventer! I tried it out and had a few issues though with the style and it swinging out, instead of staying close to my body. I ended up buying a ReadeREST magnetic eyeglass holder. So far so good. It keeps my Ray Bans secure and close. Maybe their is a way to bridge the chain with the two hooks and make it tight, keeping them closer to the body and not on the side where it's a high contact point.


    9 years ago on Introduction

    Oh, man. That is great! I've been trying to invent something like this for years, but my schemes are really complicated. Don't want to look like the old ladies with those jewel'd beads hanging from the ear pieces. I love this. I can't see and I can't hear without my glasses, and I have a prescription pair of sunglasses as well. So I'm always switching the two. As often as I've told myself, "Put them back in the case as soon as you take them off; NEVER carry them loose! or you'll loose them you know it!" THAT's how many times I've lost a pair of $400 + pair of prescription eye glasses. You're a genius. Thank you.

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    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    "Lor thank you for the nice comment. This was such a simple remedy to a very frustrating problem and easy to fabricate. Many of my close friends loved these gifts that I presented them.

    I use them for other things as well to keep things secure in my upper shirt pocket. When traveling I keep my Drivers License, Medicare card, Insurance Card, and Credit card handy by wrapping them together with a snug Rubber band, and than attaching the eyeglass Loss Preventer clip to the Rubber band so if I do bend over the packet will not fall from my pocket. It is convenient and keeps me from having to dig into my Wallet to find what I need at those "Pit Stops" for Fuel, Food, and other things. "


    Great idea - Here's another one that goes one step further in preventing eyeglass loss. SOrt of an eyeglass insurance.

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    ldcheveyeglass rescue

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Hey Rescue thank you for your comments. Losing those 'Shades' or Prescription Glasses can be costly, so my Loss Preventers becomes your ally in the fight against this possibility.

    A rather simple device, but it works and I use it all the time. I haven't lost another set of Glasses since.



    10 years ago on Introduction

    This is a great instructable. I have been the victim of lost Sunglasses. If I had one of your "Preventer's"I could have saved my self the expense of purchasing new Sunglasses. Thanks for the Instructable.

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    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    I'm glad you liked my instructable, and thank you very much for your comment.


    10 years ago on Introduction

    What the hell. Just wait untill you buddy makes them for you. Like mine did. HeHe

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    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Hahahaha, and when you remember to use the Loss Preventer, you haven't lost anymore Glasses have you?


    Great idea! Your pictures and instructions are easy to follow. Simple to construct and a real lifesaver for your glasses.

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