Wednesday, May 25, 2011

DIY Kamina Glasses

Determined not to go completely costumeless for our upcoming anime convention, we dug in the closets for a sheet of plastic I had bought prior to our engagement, what - two years ago? So long ago!

The idea was simple - make Kamina glasses to wear around the 'con, because Kamina glasses are the new Vash glasses - the height of coolness.
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Kamina is a character from the manga/anime, Gurren Lagan. Though I admit I'm only about half way through the series (I'm still a couple years behind on the anime scene, due to um, life?), I've seen enough to know that Kamina is pretty awesome.
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First, I made a template from paper.  Completely arbitrary dimensions that I freehanded, folded in half, and cut out.

I traced the template onto the plastic (which comes covered in contact paper to prevent scratching).

Then Sak went to town with a coping saw.
But it was difficult, so we bought an acrylic cutter.  First you score the plastic...

..Then you snap!

But sometimes the snap doesn't break cleanly, so you end up with weird tips on your glasses. Ah well.

He cut out four glasses, three of which are near perfect. We'll give the good ones to the guys, and I'll use the bunky ones. I not nearly cool (or gar) enough to pull off a Kamina.

Next, Sak took apart four pairs of dollar store sunglasses.

And super-glued them to the acrylic glasses.


I don't think super-glue was quite the right type of adhesive to use though - I'm pretty sure it melts plastic.  But it worked *enough* in this case.

Technically, Kamina doesn't have arms on his glasses, and they just magically float on his face. We could have made the illusion using sticky tape or clear elastic or something, but for the comfort and ease of around-the-con-wear, standard glasses' arms will work better.
Ready to go!
My this is a bad picture, hopefully we'll get some better ones at the con!
Have you worked with plastic before? Any tips?

27 comments:

  1. LOL those are hilariously cool!!!! :-D Kind of retro too. :] The plastic is so cool!

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  2. I seriously love you guys! Those glasses are awesome :)

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  3. Sugoi! Nice creativity yet again!

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  4. Very cool.

    I'm totally behind on the anime/manga scene. I can't devote the time to the slow progress (2-3 episodes to cover one chapter of manga) of anime. I use to follow a bunch manga. Now I only follow 3: One Piece, Claymore, and 7 Seeds. I dropped Naruto and Bleach early this year, I'm thinking about picking it back up since I spent 6-7 yrs following them.

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  5. Ore wo dare da to omotteyagaru?!?!?!!?

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  6. this will help you drill through the heavens

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  7. i dont know if i have the right supplies.but...THOSE ARE SOME AWSOME GLASSES!i love gurren lagann so much i learned the opening song on piano!

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    1. I bought it from TAP plastics ( http://www.tapplastics.com/)

      Hope that helps!

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  9. I'm using plexiglass for my glasses and I'm having some trouble. Namely, I can snap off the bottom edge just fine but when it comes down to breaking off the area for the bridge of the nose the glass snaps beyond where I need it to and into the other eye, looky throughy, thing. Any tips?

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    1. Yeah, the middle bridge part is too tight of a corner to snap effectively. Sorry, I guess I should have been more clear in my tutorial :(( We had to manually saw that part with the coping saw. Its a bit painful, but do-able! Good luck!

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  10. Could I possibly buy a pair of those?

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    1. The glasses arms attached are super fragile, so I don't think the construction is good enough to sell for money..however, if you don't mind possibly having to reglue an arm at some point, a trade would be fun. A pair of glasses for say, some locale specialty from your region? Is that too weird? Im weird. And I like candy. Feel free to email me at pengawenga at gmail.

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  11. This reminds me of Dirk Strider :3

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  12. These look like Dirk Strider shades... Where did you get the plastic stuff? And, do you think it comes in black?

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    1. Plastic is from Tap plastic (see comments above). They do have black acrylic, but I don't know if it's see through or not!

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  13. HELLO!
    wow okay I know this page is over a year old
    but is the trade offer you made to that other person a few replies ago^ still ongoing?
    the glasses for some negotiable offer?
    if so I will email you

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    1. Hi! I still have two pairs left :) Feel free to send me an email and we can talk!

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    1. TAP Plastics! http://www.tapplastics.com Good Luck!

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  15. Aah!! This is so helpful! Thank you soooo so so so so much!

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  16. What are those exact measurements?? I've drawn SO many stencils, and they don't look right. :(

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