In weight paint mode, these bones do bear any influence on such areas (the areas are dark blue when the particular bones are selected) yet these parts deforms entirely or in part when the bone is posed. The model was done on Maya (and Zbrush) and both FBS and OBJ imports were tried with the same behavior. I rigged it using the Rigify metarig. The blend file is available here: https://goo.gl/MznE7J

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Left Side Problem. Right Side No Problem.

An example would be posing the upper arm bone which results in the glasses frame and eye deforming as well

Before the upper arm bone is posed Upper arm bone posed with the part of the glass frame deformed In weight paint mode with the said bone and area selected

  • $\begingroup$ Please place a screen capture in your question. That additional effort will be appreciated. $\endgroup$ Jul 27, 2017 at 21:05
  • $\begingroup$ Video Tutorial. youtube.com/watch?v=rkT92aoMpP0 $\endgroup$ Jul 27, 2017 at 21:15
  • $\begingroup$ In weight paint mode select the bone mentioned above. Paint zero influence or blue on the unruly areas such as the glasses. Paint it like you MEAN it, as though it were red, and repaint it. Paint, Paint, Paint! Your visual inspection may not be enough in certain cases. This situation is very common. The glasses and eye should be full strength red for some other say ... Head bone. $\endgroup$ Jul 27, 2017 at 21:17
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks for the reply. Screenshots now added. "Paint it like you MEAN it, as though it were red, and repaint it" this I had tried but the situation seemed to remain afterwards :( I am now trying the video linked to above and should update accordingly. $\endgroup$
    – Kervin
    Jul 28, 2017 at 2:13
  • $\begingroup$ Your screen shots should show the vertex groups. $\endgroup$ Jul 28, 2017 at 8:15

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Inspecting and Repairing Vertex Weights

  • Toss Rubbish and Start Fresh. Delete armature modifier. Get well planned rest pose. Add armature modifier a second time and see if that eliminates problems. Assuming you have not expended hours of paint time. Otherwise read on.
  • Examine the glasses. Select Glasses.

  • View Solid. No Materials or Textures.
  • Know that casual visual inspection of colors is not exact enough. Slight color differences may be difficult to detect for the human viewer. Clearly blender uses floating point numbers as the representation.
  • Know that some vertices are more difficult to see. An exposed pinky is easier to see than an internal pink tongue. Hair on Glasses makes the glasses difficult to see.
  • Local Mode. Numeric Keypad /. You should only see glasses.
  • Edit Mode
  • Press N to bring up the panel needed below.

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  • Disable [Limit Selection to Visible] Make sure you can see through Model. See Yellow arrow above. Float mouse to see tooltip.
  • Enable View Weights
  • Select Nothing. Blender will indicate 0 vertices of XXXX selected.
  • Select the problematic vertex group related to bone in the Vertex group panel. UpperArm.Right. Click the select Button in the panel to select all vertices in the group.
  • Note and record how many vertices are selected. This number will not be zero. This is an error for the glasses.
  • More inspection. You can Grab g Translate and Move Vertices as extra verification. Shake mouse like you mean it. Escape to reject the grab and keep vertices in original location.

  • Locate Vertex Weights Panel. It will appear because some vertices are selected. It will disappear otherwise. Make mental note to include in screen capture.

  • Take screen snapshot and update your images in your original question. Make sure selection and vertex groups are showing. Your image should convey all bullet points above.

  • Make one of the selected vertices the active vertex with multiple Shift Click
  • Read how many groups in which this vertex has membership. Your probably only want one for glasses, the head bone. Facial Areas require more care.
  • Delete all other groups but the head bone. Only the head bone group remains. This group deletion may be easier for the glasses since we can assume for simple purposes that no stretching should be seen. Delete can be done in the vertex group panel or in the info panel in 3D View.
  • Some of the inspection steps above are for education.

  • Next select the head and perform the same steps above. Use your judgement deleting groups. Skin is more pliable than plastic glasses.
  • Note in weight paint mode you can perform such tasks as making sure vertices have only the dominant one or two groups. This can remove difficult mistakes and circumstances created by whomever.
  • As always there are alternative ways to clean up the weights. Direct Bone Parenting for example. Different question.
  • See basic and advanced tutorials. Ask a new question.
  • $\begingroup$ I think it is very important to use a custom weight paint palette with a completely different color at the 0 position. Otherwise 0.0 and 0.00001 are not distinguishable. $\endgroup$
    – Leander
    Aug 12, 2018 at 8:27

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