How to Make 3D Glasses

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How to Make 3D Glasses

3D glasses are used to enhance your movie-viewing experience. Remember the View Finder that was so popular in the eighties? The 3D glasses work the same way. While we’re used to seeing just one image, each of our eye sees the same image differently, and the brain adjusts what we see to give us not just an image, but depth perception. It gives us a more accurate view how how the images are positioned relative to us.

3D glasses with the red and blue windows are used in a screening system that projects separate images in blue (or green) and red simultaneously. Since each eye can only see one image at a time, and each window in your 3D window filter out colors, your viewing experience is enhanced, producing a 3D view of whatever it is you’re watching. Following a similar approach are the polarizing 3D glasses, this time, the projections are shown in different polarizations and are filtered through the glasses.

Are you ready to see the world in a different light? Here are the different ways you can do to make your own 3D glasses.

Paper 3D Glasses

What You Need

  • Paper
  • Pencils
  • Sturdy cardboard
  • Red and blue acetate paper
  • Tape
  • Cutter (optional)
  • Ruler (optional)

What to Do

  1. First, you have to make a draft of your 3D glasses. You can do this in a number of ways. The easiest would be to download a 3D glasses pattern online and printing it out.
  2. Another way is to get an old pair of glasses that would fit you, folding it out and lay the glasses down, frames on the floor with the arms pointing upward. Use a ruler to make an estimation of how your 3D glasses’ frames. Turn the glasses sideways and do the same for the arms.
  3. Cut out the paper draft and fit it on your face. If you feel that they do, you can trace the stencil on the cardboard paper.
  4. Cut out the glasses’ frame using scissors or a cutter. If you’ve created and cut the arms separately from the frames, use tape to attach them. If you’ve created the 3D glasses as one whole patter, fold the arms to fit your face.
  5. Using a pair of scissors or a ruler with a cutter, cut a rectangular eye hole in each frame the same way you see in most 3D glasses.
  6. Cut out a your red and blue acetate paper in a slightly larger size than the eye holes.
  7. Tape the acetate paper to the frame from the inside. Put the red acetate paper on the frame where your right eye will be looking out, and put the blue acetate paper on the left eye frame.
  8. Having trouble with your 3D glasses’ arms? You can nix the paper arms altogether and use rubber bands instead. Simply punch a hole on edges of each frame and insert the rubber band in. Make a knot to keep the rubber band attached to the the frame. Stretch the rubber band and snap around your ears, and you’ve got your 3D glasses on securely.
  9. Watch your 3D movie and enjoy.

Recycled 3D Glasses

What You Need

  • Old pair of glasses, or
  • Cheap plastic glasses
  • Clear acetate sheets
  • Permanent blue marker
  • Permanent red marker
  • Permanent black marker
  • Scissors

What to Do

  1. Scrounge around for an old pair of glasses, preferably with one of the frames still on. You can also use a pair of cheap plastic glasses from a dollar store.
  2. Pop out the frames carefully.
  3. Trace the frames on your acetate sheet using your permanent black marker.
  4. Color one frame with permanent blue marker, permanent red marker with the other.
  5. Carefully cut out the acetate.
  6. Put the red acetate cutout into the right eye hole, and put the blue acetate cutout in the left eye hole.
  7. Put those 3D glasses on!

CD Case 3D Glasses

What You Need

  • CD jewel case
  • Permanent blue marker
  • Permanent red marker

What to Do

  1. Flip open your empty CD jewel case. See the clear plastic cover? That’s your canvas.
  2. Draw two rectangular shapes that will serve as your eye holes. Color the right side eye hole completely in red, while the other completely in blue. Remember that they should be space properly so you can peer through them easily.
  3. You can do this on acetate paper as well.

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  1. dj d wrek said,

    on July 28th, 2009 at 8:47 am