Deconstructing Glasses

I’m pretty sure no one on Earth will need this tip, but just in case…

I think I’ve mentioned The Boy’s penchant for fake eyewear.  He wears them so regularly that his teachers have even been fooled into thinking that they are prescription.  Lately, however, he has been preferring the pair of 3D glasses brought home from Toy Story 3, from which he has torn the flimsy black “lenses”.  The reason?  He doesn’t have to clean them if there are no lenses. (Of course, duh…)

Except that he has outgrown the 3D pair (graduating from the all-purpose “kids’ size” to the all-purpose “adult size” in the interim, I suppose), so they look rather silly.  Not a big deal, but we are trying to make new friends in our new community… The Man and I had found a set of three pairs of reading glasses for $3 at the local discount store, and I mentioned it to The Boy, saying we could probably pop the lenses out.  He liked the sound of that, so we bought a set.

glasses de-gooingAnd he decided he wanted me to pop the lenses out about half hour before we had to leave for camp this morning…  Bleh!  So I pushed on those plastic lenses until my thumbs hurt, and could only budge them a bit.  I tried hot water and then cold water to see if expanding and contracting the plastic of the frames would help, but to no avail.  Finally I considered my old friend Goo Gone.  I poured some into a plastic plate, and places the glasses, lenses down, into the Goo Gone.  After about 20 minutes, the lenses popped out with little resistance.  Not sure why this worked, but it did.

So, if you ever find yourself in the position of needing to pop lenses out of some plastic frames, now you know what to do.  Glad to be of help 😉

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2 thoughts on “Deconstructing Glasses

  1. They were probably glued in and the Goo Gone helped break down the components in the glue, thus loosening them.

    Who knows, but that sounds logical! haha

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