DIY Microscope Lens Magnifies On The Cheap

By Jason Fitzpatrick on September 14th, 2011

This DIY guide shows how you can, using a centuries old technique, turn a strand of glass into a powerful and portable microscope.

In the 17th century Dutch cloth merchant Antonie van Leeuwenhoek stumbled upon a way to create cheap single-lens microscopes that were vastly superior to the multi-lens models available at the time. Using nothing more than a piece of cardstock, a glass tube (such as a laboratory capillary tube), and a blow torch, you can create tiny lenses capable of magnifying 100x-200x using the same techniques he used centuries ago. It’s a fascinating DIY project that yields a product you can take out into the world for some close-up scientific fun.

Hit up the link below for step-by-step instructions including a downloadable PDF guide.

Make Your Own Van Leeuwenhoek Microscope [via Last Word On Nothing]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 09/14/11
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