Friday, April 18, 2014

[DIY] Eye-Catching Glasses

"Eye" catching? Get it? Get it?…Heh heh hehhh
Embellished glasses have been everywhere lately, and I see them more and more as summer approaches. I especially love the super glam pairs by Her Tiny Teeth! I pulled out a couple of pairs of cheapy sunnies and reading glasses that needed some extra love, raided my local Michael's for buttons, beads, and scrapbooking embellishments, and went to town. I decided to add a little extra floral touch to the arms of my pair's frame, or the "temples", to continue the floral theme. You can do the whole DIY, just the front embellishing, or just the floral paint job, but get creative and put together some stunnas that will really STUN!
PART 1- You will need:
Glasses to decorate
Rhinestones of varying sizes
Other decor, like flat-backed buttons, beads, etc.
A very strong glue, like E-6000 (I ended up switching to a hot glue gun part way through)
Lay out the decorations you want to put on your glasses. Start with the largest pieces on the corners or sides of the frames and work your way out. Put your glasses on and hold up the decor where you want it to be placed to make sure that none of your additions will be blocking your vision.
I was also sort of having another go at the "Embellished Sunnies" DIY I posted HERE, which I still love, but had turned out looking more like a craft project than I had intended. The trick to keeping it classy over crafty is to use more varying sizes of rhinestones, from the big ostentatious ones all the way down to the teeny tiny ones.
Once you have gotten a general idea of how you want your sunnies to look, start spreading glue on your frames, working in smaller sections. 
Once your glue is very tacky (E6000 suggests waiting 10 minutes), start placing your decor on your glasses, starting with the largest pieces. Don't be afraid to overlap-- it creates more depth and interest.
This glueing process was too slow for me, and my decor would slide around with the wet glue on the plastic frames, so this is about when I switched to hot glue. Although I was hesitant, it seems to hold just as well. With hot glue, the process is much quicker, so definitely continue to work in small sections and be careful to clean up any "glue strings".
Once the larger pieces are secured to your glasses, lay out your smaller rhinestones so that they will run largest to smallest around your frames. I used my rhinestones to create an ombre effect on this pair.

Don't limit yourself to rhinestones! I raided the $1 section at my local Michael's store and found flat-backed pearl accents to mix in with rhinestones on my pink reading glasses. You can continue the rhinestones all the way around your frames if you like, but I decided to keep these a little more simple and trail the pattern off.

 This project is so easily customizable. You can create glasses to suit any taste or personality. More, less, sparkles, pearls, studs, or whatever you can glue down.

Did you try this project? If you did, leave a comment or tweet me pictures so I can see! I love the way my glasses turned out, but come back on Monday for another DIY project showing how I further customize my pink rose reading glasses :)

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