You worked so hard to secure a pair. Then, maybe another if yours were among the many victims of a recall. Now the eclipse is over and you're left with a pair of glasses that had one job. What do you do with them now?
- Save them for the next eclipse. According to NASA, as long as they met the safety standards and they're kept in good condition with no bends, tears or scratches they don't expire. Bonus points for you if you actually remember where you put them when the time comes. For me here in Oregon, I'll be exactly 200 years old when that happens.
- Recycle them. You have to remove the lenses first, but the frames can probably be tossed in with the rest of your cardboard. The lenses would have to be thrown into the general trash.
- Hang onto them as a memento of the big event. I noticed several were already printed with the date. If not, just write it inside or include them on a scrapbook page that explains the whole thing.
- Donate them. As I write this, Astronomers Without Borders is working on a plan to collect the glasses and send them to other countries with upcoming eclipses.
- Make something out of them! Guess which one I did? Wanna see?
There was something about the ultra-dark silvery lenses that made me think of Halloween and candles. I don't usually get to anything for that event this early, but these are special circumstances.
I peeled the paper away from the inside, which was relatively easy, but getting it loose from the outside was pretty much impossible. It didn't matter much for this project, but a nice little rectangle would have been easier to work with.
I had some double-sided sticky foam, from what I don't know, so I cut a piece a bit larger than the lenses and stuck it on the inside.
I cut around the outside of the lens that wasn't covered by paper. For my skull/monster, I cut that piece into four for the mouth.
I cut the other lens in half for the eyes.
After that I just removed the paper from the foam on the back and applied it to a clean candle jar.
For the jack-o-lantern, I used one lens to make the eyes and cut the mouth from the other.
These guys aren't groundbreaking art or anything, but they are a little way to hang onto the excitement of eclipse day.
What did you do, or are you going to do, with your eclipse glasses?