SAVING YOUR SPECS
Repair plastic eyeglass frames with
thread and super glue. By Dmitri Monk
You’ve got some eyeglasses, plastic frames, broken.
On the internet you found a repair place. In two weeks
you can get them fixed. But what if you can’t wait?
Follow along and fix your glasses at home — the
only special tool you need is a commonly available
small-gauge drill bit. If you’re willing to take a risk
and trust in your skills, you can have your glasses
fixed as soon as tomorrow!
MATERIALS AND TOOLS
TIPS ON GLUING:
The secret to good gluing technique is the Three Cs:
» Cleaning: Surfaces should be clean and dry with
a matte texture. The glue needs a solid, clean
surface with a little “tooth” to bond to.
» Clamping: Hold the parts steady while the glue
sets, or the bond will be weakened.
» Curing: Give the glue time to set. If you strain the
bond before it’s fully set, it will be weaker.
Broken eyeglass frames
Nail polish remover or rubbing alcohol
Cotton swabs and a soft cloth
Wax paper (optional) You can use soft cloth instead.
Scraping tool I used a scribe, but hard and pointy
is all that matters.
Paint stir stick
Rubber bands Wash and let dry before using.
Super glue Any brand that’s cyanoacrylate and
runny. Don’t use gel.
Very small drill bit 2–3 times the diameter of your
needle. I used a #60 wire gauge bit.
Variable-speed drill Slow and gentle is best.
Needle and thread in a color that matches your
glasses. Put glue on a test strand to see what
it’ll look like — silk darkens, polyester doesn’t
Hobby knife and masking tape
Photography by Dmitri Monk (this page) and Trudia Monk
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