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Ready to cry even harder as you viscerally experience the original FAIL Boat with Titantic 3D? You said you would never let go, after all. If so, make your glasses now so you won't miss out.

Contents

What You'll Need

  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Sturdy cardboard, posterboard or cardstock
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Sheets of red and blue acetate (available at your local craft store)
  • Assorted decorations (optional)
  • For a quick alternative, simply print the pdf 3d glasses pattern below overhead projector transparency film on any color printer.

How To Proceed

1. First, design your glasses on paper in three parts. Include a frame front and two arms. Cut it out. This is your stencil. In Björk's spirit, feel free to make them as creative or stylish as you like. But keep in mind: Intricate designs probably won't transfer well when cut out of cardboard. Also, the glasses should probably fit your face. If you benefit from further illustrations check this how-to video out.

There are some free templates on the web you can use, too. NASA provides a basic pattern as a downloadable PDF.

2. Check your stencil before continuing: Do your eyes and nose fit? Then trace your stencil on the cardboard.

3. Cut out the cardboard (don't forget the eye holes!) and tape the arms to the frame front. Customize your glasses. Glitter glue is recommended.

Some typical 3-D glasses. Photo: Björk.com
Some typical 3-D glasses. Photo: Björk.com

4. Cut out a piece of red acetate and a piece of blue acetate, each a little larger than the eye hole. Tape a piece of acetate over each eye hole. While most versions of stereoscopic video have a very obvious orientation with the red on the right and the blue on the left, Björk's website offers few clues. If in doubt, put the red film over the right eye. If it's the wrong side, you can just flip the frame around. These glasses are versatile as well as attractive.

A "red/blue" 3-D image, otherwise known as an anaglyph. Photo by bezbozhnik via Flickr
A "red/blue" 3-D image, otherwise known as an anaglyph. Photo by bezbozhnik via Flickr

5. Test your glasses. View the image on the right through your glasses. It should appear in 3-D. There's a pool dedicated to 3-D anaglyphs on Flickr with thousands of images, and even some 3-D videos. NASA's Mars rovers also use two cameras to shoot landscape photos of the red planet. The results are stunning.

6. Enjoy the premiere! Now that you're prepared, you are now able to enjoy many other illustrious examples of the 3-D film genre. IMAX doesn't hold a candle to being able to elude Jaws right in your living room.

CD Jewel Case 3D Glasses Alternative

With a couple of pens, a spare CD case and an inherent lack of shame, you'll amaze yourself. And probably others, as well.

What You'll Need

  • Red permanent marker
  • Blue permanent marker
  • CD Jewel Case

How To Proceed

1. Scribble blue and red marker pen on the CD jewel case about the width of your eyes.

2. Close yourself in a quiet room away from the ridicule, family and friends. Watch and enjoy.


A CD jewel case "red/blue" 3-D glasses alternative
A CD jewel case "red/blue" 3-D glasses alternative

This page was last modified 18:20, 6 August 2012 by jyakku. Based on work by howto_admin, neil80, sovytop, haileyg33, aca01002, dnynumberone, dennisc, dejavont, roadhunter, amyatwired and kent.

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