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Cable Temple Covers

Traditional Covers
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Heat Shrink Covers
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Soft Silicone
 

I highly recommend cable temple covers to extend the life of your temples.

Before discovering covers, I was replacing my cable temples every two years, which as you probably know by now if you've found the Attic, is not that easy. Now I just replace the covers every few years and have kept the same pair of cable temples for over ten years! Experience has also taught me that while clear cable temple covers seem like a good idea at the outset and I do carry them, they will eventually show dirt and oils that get underneath, so I recommend any of the opaque covers rather than clear covers.

If you're purchasing frames or temples you may want your covers installed. If so, please select the ''Installed'' option from the menu before placing your order. Note that once installed, the covers themselves are no longer eligible for a return, though the frames or temples remain eligible. If you have any questions about temple covers or anything else, please feel free to contact me

 

Traditional ''flesh'' cable temple covers

 
Below you'll find several varieties of the old-style plastic covers in the real-deal vintage "flesh" color, the only way they used to make them! 

 

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The plastic comes in the curve shown, but they'll take on any shape you want and offer great protection for both your cables and your ears!
From left to right: 1.3 mm, 1.6 mm (no longer available), 1.9 mm and 2.1 mm.
Please note that these are nominal sizes. Actual size is a little larger.

 

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Cable temple covers ~ 1.3 mm core

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This is the most commonly used cover diameter for vintage temples. It's about 1.3 mm. The open end is tapered for a snug fit.  They're almost 3 3/4 inches (93 mm) long.

 

Measuring 0.3 mm is not easy, so I've used coins to illustrate core diameters. Here's a penny shown next to a 1.3 mm temple cover.

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The cover opening is slightly narrowed to ''hug'' the temple, but once opened, the thickness of a penny is a good match for these. 

Note that these really are a snug fit on most vintage cable temples, so if you're planning to install them yourself, you may want to consider one of the other options below.

 

Item Number Item Name Price Per Pair
#6468
Cable Covers 1.3mm ''flesh''  $10.00
Quantity (pairs)

Not installed or installed**

Add to cart

 

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Cable temple covers - flex style ~ 1.3 mm core

This is a more flexible version of the 1.3 mm core diameter ''flesh'' covers.  They're just shy 4 inches (101 mm) long. They work best on very stiff cable temples. On very flexible temples, they can make the temple straighten out, which is not good for a cable temple.

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You can see the opening is about the diameter of the thickness of a penny, maybe slightly larger. The material is more flexible and not quite so snug a fit as the curved ones above. 

Note since they slip on easily, that also means they slip off easily!  To keep them from sliding off while you're wearing them, plan to either bend back the very tip of your temples or use a little silicone adhesive on the cables.

Item Number Item Name Price Per Pair
#6541
Cable Covers 1.3mm ''flesh'' flex  $10.00
Quantity (pairs)

Not installed or installed**

Add to cart

 

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Cable temple covers ~ 1.9 mm core

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These are the old-style plastic covers in ''flesh'' in about 1.9 mm core diameter. This diameter is sometimes called for on some older safety goggles, some 1950s aluminum or black plastic frames and some middle 1960s and even early 1970s frames. 

 

You'll see this core diameter is very close the thickness of a nickel. 

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This is not the most commonly used size and is usually too big for a traditional 1920s through 1950s wire frame. They're almost 3 3/4 inches (93 mm) long.

Item Number Item Name Price Per Pair
#6544
Cable Covers 1.9mm ''flesh''  $10.00
Quantity (pairs)

Not installed or installed**

Add to cart

 

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Cable temple covers ~ 2.1 mm core

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These are the old-style plastic covers in ''flesh'', about 2.1 mm core diameter, the largest diameter. These are like rigatoni they're so thick!

 

This diameter is sometimes needed for the really old Shuron ''Aztec'' and ''Relaxo'' cables, as well as some 1950s safety frames and goggles. This is not a very common size, so do check your dimes!

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You'll see this core diameter is slightly narrower than the thickness of a two dimes pressed together. They're almost 3 3/4 inches (93 mm) long.

Item Number Item Name Price Per Pair
#6545
Cable Covers 2.1mm ''flesh''  $10.00
Quantity (pairs)

Not installed or installed**

Add to cart

The same style of covers as the ''flesh'' is also available in nice, reddish brown and a white tone.

If you have any questions about these temple covers or anything else, please don't hesitate to contact me

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Contemporary heat shrink cable temple covers

 
The modern approach to cable temple covers is heat shrink tubing. Slide it onto the temple and heat it using a frame warmer (or a hot hair dryer) and it shrinks tight onto the cable. It's flexible and wears well, too. When I do the installation, I finish the tip with a little silicone.

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It comes in a wide variety of colors and two different sizes. I stock only the more subdued colors, reminiscent of some of the hard coatings sometimes used back in the old days. You can find heat shrink elsewhere and most shops will have some, but I really like this version because it's twice as long as the normal 4 inch pieces. These come in one 8 inch (~20 cm) piece you can cut in half for one pair of glasses or you can use more than one piece if you want longer covers!

 

Experience has taught me that while clear cable temple covers seem like a good idea at the outset and I do carry them, for most wearers, they will eventually show dirt and oils that get underneath, so I recommend any of the opaque covers rather than clear covers.

From left to right: 1.5 mm black, 1.5 mm clear, 3 mm black, 3 mm brown, (3 mm clear not shown above)

 

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Black cable temple covers ~ 1.5 mm heat shrink

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This selection is the thinnest version. It begins life with about a 1.5 mm (~1/16 inch) core diameter and will shrink down to about 0.5 mm (~1/32 inch).

The thin stuff only comes in black and clear. I recommend black because clear will eventually show dirt and oils underneath.

They come in a single 8 inch (~20 cm) piece, intended to be cut in half, 4 inches for each cable. 

These days, most heat shrink for one pair of glasses comes in two 4 inch lengths. That's fine if you only want to cover the cable area of your temples, but if you want to cover more of the temple or perhaps cover the entire temple, then these are the only ones I've found that come this long - a real help for covering entire temples!

 

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Item Number Item Name Price Per Piece
#6546
Cable covers 1.5mm shrink black  $5.00 for 1 piece
   $4.00 2 pieces and up
   $3.00 7 pieces and up
Quantity 
(1 piece for 2 temples)

Not installed or installed**

Add to cart

 

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Clear cable temple covers ~ 1.5 mm heat shrink

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This selection is the thinnest version, the same as the one above, but in clear. It begins life with about a 1.5 mm (~1/16 inch) core diameter and will shrink down to 0.5 mm (~1/32 inch).

They come in a single 8 inch (~20 cm) piece, intended to be cut in half, 4 inches for each cable. I recommend opaque covers because clear will eventually show dirt and oils underneath.

These days, most heat shrink for one pair of glasses comes in two 4 inch lengths. That's fine if you only want to cover the cable area of your temples, but if you want to cover more of the temple or perhaps cover the entire temple, then these are the only ones I've found that come this long - a real help for covering entire temples!

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Item Number Item Name Price Per Piece
#6547
Cable covers 1.5mm shrink clear  $5.00 for 1 piece
   $4.00 2 pieces and up
   $3.00 7 pieces and up
Quantity 
(1 piece for 2 temples)

Not installed or installed**

Add to cart

 

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Black cable temple covers - 3 mm heat shrink

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These are larger diameter, useful for vintage safety glasses and old combination-style frames from Shuron and American Optical, among others. It begins life with about a 2.8 mm (~1/8 inch) core diameter and will shrink down to a little over 1 mm (~1/16 inch). I recommend black or brown because clear will eventually show dirt and oils underneath.

They come in a single 8 inch (~20 cm) piece, intended to be cut in half, 4 inches for each cable. 

These days, most heat shrink for one pair of glasses comes in two 4 inch lengths. That's fine if you only want to cover the cable area of your temples, but if you want to cover more of the temple or perhaps cover the entire temple, then these are the only ones I've found that come this long - a real help for covering entire temples!

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Item Number Item Name Price Per Piece
#6548
Cable covers 3mm shrink black  $5.00 for 1 piece
   $4.00 2 pieces and up
   $3.00 7 pieces and up
Quantity 
(1 piece for 2 temples)

Not installed or installed**

Add to cart

 

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Clear cable temple covers - 3 mm heat shrink

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These are larger diameter, useful for vintage safety glasses and old combination-style frames from Shuron and American Optical, among others. It begins life with about a 2.8 mm (~1/8 inch) core diameter and will shrink down to slightly over 1 mm (~1/16 inch).

They come in a single 8 inch (~20 cm) piece, intended to be cut in half, 4 inches for each cable. 

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These days, most heat shrink for one pair of glasses comes in two 4 inch lengths. That's fine if you only want to cover the cable area of your temples, but if you want to cover more of the temple or perhaps cover the entire temple, then these are the only ones I've found that come this long - a real help for covering entire temples! I recommend opaque covers because clear will eventually show dirt and oils underneath.
Item Number Item Name Price Per Piece
#6561
Cable covers 3mm shrink clear  $5.00 for 1 piece
   $4.00 2 pieces and up
   $3.00 7 pieces and up
Quantity
(1 piece for 2 temples)

Not installed or installed**

Add to cart

 

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Brown cable temple covers - 3 mm heat shrink

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These are dark brown, larger diameter, useful for vintage safety glasses, old combination-style frames and temples with really big ball finials on the ends. It begins life with about a 3 mm (~1/8 inch) core diameter and will shrink down to a little over 1 mm (~1/16 inch). I recommend black or brown because clear will eventually show dirt and oils underneath.

It comes in a single 8 inch (20 cm) piece, intended to be cut in half, 4 inches for each cable. 

These days, most heat shrink for one pair of glasses comes in two 4 inch lengths. That's fine if you only want to cover the cable area of your temples, but if you want to cover more of the temple or perhaps cover the entire temple, then these are the only ones I've found that come this long - a real help for covering entire temples!

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Item Number Item Name Price Per Piece
#6549
Cable covers 3mm shrink brown  $5.00 for 1 piece
   $4.00 2 pieces and up
   $3.00 7 pieces and up
Quantity
(1 piece for 2 temples)

Not installed or installed**

Add to cart

 

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Clear cable temple covers - very soft

These covers are not heat shrink tubing. No heat necessary.

These have a 2 mm core diameter, which is pretty large, bigger than most all the temples I carry. They do have the advantage that you can work them over some ball or keystone tips you sometimes find on the end of cable temples. They really are soft. Squishy soft. They're 3 3/4 inches (95 mm) long and come in a pair.

Item Number Item Name Price Per Pair
#6562
Cable covers very soft clear $5.00
Quantity
(1 pair)

Not installed or installed**

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** - Please note that once installed, the covers themselves are no longer eligible for a refund, though the frames/temples remain eligible per the Attic return policies.

 

If you have any questions about these temple covers or anything else, please don't hesitate to contact me. I try to answer all questions promptly.

   

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