How to make a fake magnifying glass

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Introduction
  • Introduction

    How to make a fake magnifying glass

    When the kids are playing detective, they will probably want a magnifying glass in their dress-up box. A real magnifying glass could break and cause injury. It's fairly easy to create a fake magnifying glass from recycled materials. If the kids break this magnifying glass, there's no broken glass to worry about.

    (A. Johnson)

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    Trace a circle on a piece of waxed paper, making the same size as the inner circle of the empty roll of masking tape. Repeat this on the other 3 sheets of waxed paper.

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    Cut out the four circles of waxed paper.

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    Thin the white glue with a little water, and paint a coat of glue solution onto one of the waxed paper circles. Lay another circle on top of the glue-coated circle, and smooth any air bubbles. Repeat this until all four pieces of waxed paper circles are glued together to create a thick circle. Set this aside and allow it to dry until stiff.

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    Make a hole along the centre of the roll, large enough to push the unsharpened end through, to create a handle. Secure the area with the glue from the hot glue gun. Allow this to dry.

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    Wrap the entire mock magnifying glass with black tape. The tape will be the outer surface of the magnifying glass.

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    Insert the stiff waxed paper circle in the centre of the roll, and run a bead of hot glue around both sides to secure it in place.

  • Checklist

    Things you will need

    • Empty masking tape cardboard roll
    • Pencil
    • 4 pieces of waxed paper
    • Scissors
    • White glue
    • Paintbrush
    • Unsharpened pencil
    • Black tape
    • Glue gun
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    Tips and warnings

    You can leave out the "glass" if desired.

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