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4 Steps to Creating Your Own Solar Eclipse Glasses



For those who do not have solar eclipse glasses or are looking to change their old pinhole projector for something new, these easy DIY solar eclipse glasses are right up your alley. And they can allow you to view a solar eclipse safely. Let’s discover together 4 steps to create your glasses.

Step1: Bring Your Materials

Here’s the most important material you should have:

  • A template for cutting out the glasses
  • A solar filter film (you can find it online)
  • Cardboard
  • Tape
  • Pen
  • Scissors

Don’t forget to verify the Safety of Your Solar Filter Before Use

Although there are many different types of solar filters on the market, it’s important to make sure that the lenses are ISO-certified by reputable businesses like Rainbow Symphony, for safe viewing of the sun during an eclipse. Always go to the verified brands if you want to protect yourself during this big event.

Some alternatives to stay away from:

  • CD’s and floppy discs
  • Medical X-ray film
  • Smoked glass
  • Exposed color film

Step 2: Prep Your Frames

If you’re making your frames from scratch, start by cutting out two identical pieces of cardboard in the shape of the glasses frames using the template. Then, cut out two small rectangles in each piece of cardboard to create viewing holes, and two separate handles for your ears.

If you have old 3D glasses, you can simply out the old lenses and put in the new ones.

Step 3: Insert Your Solar Filter Lenses

Next, carefully cut two pieces of solar filter film that are slightly larger than the viewing holes and tape them securely, so that no light can leak through the edges of the eye holes. Make sure not to puncture or scratch the solar film while cutting it because any deformity can diminish its protective quality. Finally, attach the two pieces of cardboard together to create the frames of the glasses.

Step 4: Go for a Test Run

Once your solar eclipse glasses are assembled, make sure to test them by looking at a bright light source to ensure that no light is coming through the viewing holes. If any bright light comes through (without the yellow/orange hue), you have a leak, and better to fix it before watching the actual eclipse. When you are ready to view the solar eclipse, put on your homemade glasses and enjoy the incredible sight safely.

Remember to never look directly at the sun without proper eye protection, as this can cause serious damage to your eyes.

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